Kids' family travel tips and why they love family vacations. 9-year-old Winnie Mastores has recently become a bit of an expert on Asia having just spent over 5 months traveling around the region with her mum Tahli and brothers Gus (6) and Myles (3). Winnie may not have been attending school while she was visiting Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Thailand, but along the way she and her brothers used currency conversion and kilometres covered to practice their maths and blogging to practice their literacy skills. And Winnie learnt one of the most important skills of all – how to use travel to push herself out of her comfort zone.Read More
How to do family travel in Penang, Malaysia with kids. Penang is one of Malaysia’s most popular cultural tourist destinations. Famed for its street food, street art and gorgeous heritage architecture, a family holiday to Penang is like stepping back into the Malaysia of yesteryear. A few days in Penang with kids can easily be spent shopping, eating and exploring the streets, posing for pictures and creating lots of happy family memories.
Meet travel writer Eric Stoen of family travel blog Travel Babbo. If you think you’re well traveled, Eric is about to make you feel like a positive home body. This dad has been to 81 countries and 24 just last year. 19 of those he traveled to with his three kids Evelyn (11), Henry (9) and Sadie (7). He has been to such faraway places as Myanmar, Ethiopia, Oman and even Antarctica. His goal is to get to 5 new countries every year and he usually manages to set foot in at least 15 in total. He shares his expert family travel tips with suitcases&strollers.
How to choose a ski resort in Japan for families with kids. From the big and famous Niseko to the much smaller local resort you may never have heard of, it can be difficult to figure out where is the best place to take your family when you want to ski in Japan with kids. Happily for suitcases&strollers, Kate Neath of Tokyo Urban Baby has compiled an extremely comprehensive run down of the pros and cons of each so you can start planning your family ski holiday in Japan with kids.
Nikki Quinn is a single mum who lives in Singapore with her son Harvey (19 months). In his short lifespan Harvey has been to 12 other countries including Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa, Montenegro and Ireland. Nikki chats to suitcases&strollers about the reality of family holidays as a single parent and why it’s worthwhile to keep traveling with kids, even if it does mean you have to preplan to go to the toilet!
Interview with IMC paediatrician Dr Claire Rebentrost in Singapore. As a New Zealander based in Singapore, Claire has been all over the globe to about 20 countries including Samoa, Czech Republic, Australia, Majorca and the USA. An International Medical Clinic Singapore resident doctor, these days she travels three to four times a year around Asia and beyond with her two kids Oscar (4) and Hugo (2). She tells suitcases&strollers her family travel tips for traveling with young kids.
How to hike Mount Fuji in Japan with kids. In 2014 the Steele family trekked up Mount Fuji with their two kids Matthew (9) and Emily (7). Despite being the highest mountain in Japan (Mount Fuji is 3776 metres tall), the children still successfully completed the mountain climb on their own. suitcases&strollers chatted to mum Vanessa about how they achieved this extraordinary feat and and how they planned this interesting and unique family holiday.
Amazing adventure holidays with children in Sabah, Malaysia. The island of Borneo in East Malaysia is one the hidden gems of Southeast Asia tourist attractions. In the state of Sabah, kids can see wild orangutans and elephants up close and personal in their natural tropical environment. For a great adventure holidays for children that will take them off the beaten track and back to nature, Sabah is one of the best holiday destinations in Asia.
City guide to historical town of Lijiang With Kids The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang in China is a fitting tribute to the country’s splendid past. To get a sense of what China was like in her historical glory days, wander the old streets, meet some of the ethnic minorities that call this area home or do lots of outdoor family activities such as hiking, mountain climbing and horse riding. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel guide to Lijiang with kids.
Introducing withlocals.com, a travel website that allows you to sightsee, shop and eat like a local and learn all the city secrets of your family travel destination. If you’ve ever found yourself in a foreign city inside another international chain restaurant, you’ll be familiar with the frustration of feeling like you aren’t really accessing the country’s authentic culture beyond the tourist trail. Withlocals is a travel website that allows you stop being a tourist and start experiencing life like a local with their comprehensive hook up service that allows you to meet a local who can show you around and give you their insider travel tips.
Which family holidays do kids like the best? Emily Steele has been to 9 countries around the world including visiting the Neuschwanstein castle that inspired Walt Disney in Germany and climbing Mount Fuji in Japan. At 8 years old she is eager to learn about the world around her and she and her brother Matthew (10) are already planning their next trip with their parents to Uganda. She tells suitcases&strollers about the value kids see in family vacations and why you should travel with your kids.
City guide to travel to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, with kids. Anaïs Pagès-Peeters is the Creator of Kids Weekly, (a newspaper for kids in Cambodia), baby accessories business Globe-Crawlers and mother of two kids Emile (3) and Madeleine (1). The French native has been based in Phnom Penh with her kids and husband for 6 years and, while the city is still developing, she says there is still a lot to offer travelers looking to see a different side of Cambodia from the Siem Reap tourist trail. She tells suitcases&strollers her travel tips for how you can and should visit Phnom Penh with kids.
Profile of International Medical Clinic Singapore’s Dr June Tan. As a family doctor based in Singapore, Dr June Tan sees a lot of families with medical questions relating to travel with kids. As a mother of two kids herself – Jade (2) and Pierce (8 months) – she has also experienced a bit herself. In the past June lived in Berlin and took advantage of that time to travel around Hungary, the Czech Republic and Latvia. She’s also visited places like Nepal, Egypt, China and Taiwan. These days she does 2 to 3 long family holidays with the kids and jokes that despite having been to multiple parts of Europe and the US, she is still yet to see much in her own backyard of Southeast Asia. She shares her family travel experiences with suitcases&strollers.
Tips for teaching kids to ride a bike. Cycling is a skill that not only allows kids to explore their neighbourhood; it can also be an activity you can take with you when you travel with kids too. From how to choose the right bike for kids to how much you should be spending, Kenneth Wee, Cycling Coach at Singapore Bike School gives suitcases&strollers his extremely comprehensive and helpful parenting tips for riding bicycles with kids.
Insider’s city guide to Shanghai with kids. Tatum Hawkins is the Style Editor for City Weekend Parents & Kids magazine. As the mum of two girls Tess (4) and Rue (2), she is very familiar with moving around the city of Shanghai with kids. She tells suitcases&strollers all about the best (and worst!) bits of living in the city she has called home for the past two years, Shanghai, with kids and why you should be visiting too.
Serviced apartments and hotels for families in Singapore. If you’re planning a family holiday to somewhere as busy, crowded and hot as Singapore with kids, you need really excellent facilities for when you are seeking downtime back at your accommodation. Here are some of the more baby and kid friendly hotels and accommodations in Singapore, the Lion City.
Traveling with kids doesn’t have to mean they are always eating chicken nuggets and fries. Nor should what your kids eat stop you from venturing to developing countries further afield. Even with kids on the road, you can still sample hawker and street fare as the locals do – on a small stool on the roadside – rather than feeling restricted to the hotel buffet. As proof, here are the suitcases&strollers family travel tips for 10 Asian street foods the kids will love.
Highlights of family holiday activities in Bagan, Myanmar. The one must-see tourist stop in Myanmar with kids is, of course, the historic town of Bagan. With its stunning temples and beautiful landscape, this part of the world has long been hidden from the rest of us – and is now waiting to be explored. Tour guide at Khiri Travel, father of three and resident of Bagan for 47 years, Min Min, gives suitcases&strollers his travel tips for the shortlist of the best to see in Bagan with kids.
Which are the best family friendly airlines when you fly out of Singapore with kids? International flights can be hard-wearing on children once the initial excitement wears off. But the good news is that many airlines, both legacy and budget, do go to extra lengths to keep kids (and their parents) happy when travelling. From gift packs to free in-flight entertainment for older kids; changing tables to extra carry-on luggage allowances just for nursing infants, the long-haul flight can be made a whole lot more enjoyable for parents if they know what to expect in advance. With that in mind, cheapflights.com.au has prepared a breakdown of 10 international carriers judged in terms of their child-friendliness all in a helpful infographic.
The Man in Seat 61 tells suitcases&strollers his favourite train journeys with kids. Mark Smith is a career railwayman who has travelled all over the globe including from London to Tokyo via Moscow’s Trans-Siberian Railway, to Turkey, Syria and Jordan and around Hong Kong, Mongolia and Beijing. His kids Nathanel (9) and Katelijn (6) have followed him and his wife Nicolette on train journeys from the UK to Italty, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco and right across the USA from New York to Los Angeles. Wherever he goes, he always tries to sit in Seat 61 and documents his travels plus lots of other useful information for train enthusiasts on his website. Here are his really thoughtful insights into why travel by train with kids is so much more rewarding than any other form of transport.