The book is divided into three logical parts: the preparation for the trip (and it's in this section where I probably learnt the most), what to do during the trip itself, and what to do after you get home. I was so pleased to read the section on "Making Memories Stick" in the final part, since I think that's such an important part of a trip - finding different ways to remember the trip and what was learnt, and the family stories that grow out of such a trip - there are still a number of stories from our trip to Europe over 25 years ago that my family discuss with surprising regularity.
For older children, there are some great ideas and templates for creating fun activities related to museums or cities or other parts of a trip - I'm sure in the future I'll use the scavenger hunt ideas and probably have fun doing it too. Getting older children deeply involved in planning the trip (and allowing them to make some of the decisions about where to go and what to do) is also something I'll definitely do in the future.
As someone who has travelled a lot at every stage of life, and is a pretty hands-on parent too with a teaching background and lots of ideas of activities to keep my son busy, I found that parts of this book didn't tell me anything new. But every part of it was a good reminder, and I think for parents who haven't travelled much before, it is indeed a necessary bible for pre-travel with kids reading!
Full disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of this review, but my enthusiasm is genuine!