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Editors' picks: Family travel for 2019

From apps and books to outings and events, we asked the team for their top family picks for the coming year

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 8 Apr 2019, 23:49 BST, Updated 15 Jul 2021, 16:18 BST
National Motor Museum

National Motor Museum

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Do you have a travel tale to tell?
Bradt Travel Guides is calling on parents, grandparents and guardians who have a memorable travel story from a trip with children. The most entertaining true stories will be included in an upcoming book — provisionally titled Travelling with Kids. Submissions must be in by 14 January.  
Maria Pieri, editorial director

The unexpected win 
We recently had an unexpectedly brilliant time at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions in Edinburgh, which I previously would have dismissed as a bit naff — however, it seems that seven is the perfect age for visiting somewhere with several floors full of hands-on tricks, puzzles and optical illusions. It's open late at night, too, so we went after dark and I think it's the most we've ever laughed together as a family."
Jo Fletcher-Cross, contributing editor

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In numbers — The Big Bang 

years since Chitty Chitty Bang Bang hit cinema screens

showing of the Child Catcher's carriage in the UK, part of National Motor Museum's commemorative exhibition, in Hampshire

mad machines by Rowland Emett (creator of Caractacus Potts' inventions)

costumes, original artworks, props and cars, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the 1909 Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious.

Runs until 3 November 2019 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Pat Riddell, editor 

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App of the Year
We love posting our holiday experiences online, but if you have kids you may want a private environment to share content with friends and family only. Tripfiles lets you build a beautiful log of your trip; upload photos, video, location details and review notes, then choose to share the trip with specific people or publish openly on the web. Free, iOS/Android.
Kate Russell, contributor

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Three to read

Natural Wonders of the World, out this February, is an illustrated guide by QI 'elf' Molly Oldfield, who looks at our planet's natural wonders, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and how we can help protect them. RRP: £14.99 (Wren & Rook)

The Island at the End of Everything, the second novel by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, recounts the story of Ami, who's banished from her exotic island in a poignant paean about home and belonging. RRP: £6.99 (Chicken House Ltd)

The Secret Treasures of Saint Lucia by Sara Grant sees Jack and Nyla follow a mysterious map around the island. A joint project between Scholastic, Virgin Holidays and St Lucia Tourism Authority. Free at Virgin Holidays' V-Room stores and Gatwick Airport.
Sarah Barrell, associate editor

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