Former editor of Cosmopolitan and Cleo, Mia Freedman, is known for her topical, heart-on-sleeve approach. That’s why readers love her website, Mamamia, where she offers everything from parenting advice to political opinions and commentary. Here she provides a refreshingly honest perspective to suitcases&strollers about her experiences on family holidays with her 3 kids Remy (9), Coco (11) and Luca (20).Read More
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 visit Noumea, New Caledonia, with kids. The cosmopolitan capital city of New Caledonia has plenty to offer for a short stay for families. Beaches, water sports and an eclectic mix of Pacific Islanders, French expats and tourists make this little city an easy and enjoyable break before you head off to the more remote areas of the country for that picture postcard tropical getaway. The city particularly comes alive when the cruise ships come in and suddenly all the little shops and eateries that looked so closed and abandoned open their doors and are filled with music, people and laughter.
What to do in New Caledonia’s Bourail with kids. Despite its charming French influence, pristine beaches and impressive accessibility to coral reefs, Bourail in New Caledonia is still a family travel destination that is largely undiscovered. Hire a car, bring your swimmers and explore some delightfully quaint seaside locations – that you need only share with a few stray locals and no fast food chains, hawkers or tourist buses.
Stay the night at Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne with kids. If your kids have ever dreamt of sleeping with the wildlife, a Slumber Safari experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo is well worthwhile. From your tented lodge you get a magnificent view over the kangaroos and emus, can listen to the lions roaring and toast marshmallows before collapsing into bed dreaming of your new friends the hippo and the rhino. For a unique form of family friendly accommodation, this is one for the bucket list when you’re next in Melbourne with kids.
5 things to do in Melbourne city with kids. From the hole-in-the-wall eateries to the urban street art down every innocuous laneway, Melbourne city offers a fun and unique family holiday that is completely different from visiting other parts of the greater city. Whether you incorporate it as part of a great Australian family holiday or you simply plan a weekend escape, booking a serviced apartment or hotel in Melbourne CBD means you will be centrally located to tram or walk to the best the city has to offer. Here is the suitcases&strollers guide to five activities for kids in Melbourne’s city.
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.
Things to do on family holidays in Fiji with kids. Fiji has long been a favourite family holiday destination for its glorious weather, tropical beaches and friendly people. And while lying on the sand all day can be pretty relaxing, sometimes kids (and parents!) just need to get out of the resort for a change of scenery and to do something different. If you are after active outdoor family holidays, here are some family travel tips for things to do in Fiji away from your hotel.
Accommodation where you can sleep with the animals at the Canberra zoo. The National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra may be small but the addition of a safari style lodge where guests can sleep with tigers and bears practically in their rooms makes it an essential place to visit when you go to Canberra with kids. Jamala Wildlife Lodge gives their accommodation guests behind-the-scenes access to their animals in a way that is interactive, educational and so much fun for kids. Guests get to feed giraffes, eat dinner with lions and walk the grounds after the zoo is closed. If your kids are animal lovers, staying a night in the hotel inside Canberra zoo is a must.
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.
Activities for kids in Bright, Porepunkah and surrounds. Bright in Victoria makes for one of the most memorable country escapes outside of Melbourne. Set in the Ovens Valley, there are gorgeous mountains surrounds, many activities to do in the Ovens River and plenty of bike and walking paths to explore. If you are looking for a picturesque countryside escape, this is a pretty special place.
Travel guide to Christmas Island for families. With a name like “Christmas Island”, this Australian protectorate has all the makings of a memorable family holiday destination. If your kids love the great outdoors and active family holidays, here you can get very close to rare wildlife, explore the reefs and cliff edges and just run wild and free. There are no manufactured tourist attractions or resorts (just loads of nature to discover) which means you will feel like you are the only visitors on the island – and that is a very rare experience indeed. Here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips to Christmas Island with kids.
Family travel guide to Sydney on a budget with kids. Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live but you shouldn’t let that fact put you off visiting the stunning harbour city with your family. There are so many fabulous and free activities to do with kids of all ages. From walking across the coat hanger (a.k.a. the Sydney Harbour Bridge) to visiting one of Sydney’s brilliant museums, you can easily fill in your days without causing too much damage to your wallet! Here’s the suitcases&strollers city guide to Sydney with kids on a budget.
Information about the prevalence of rabies in Asia for families traveling with kids. Rabies is not a disease you commonly hear about or associate with family travel with kids, but it is something you should be keeping on your radar. In fact, children are at higher risk of contracting rabies as they are attracted to animals and less likely to be able to avoid scratches and bites from affected animals. For anyone traveling to Asia with kids including destinations like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji or the Philippines, here are some travel tips from International Medical Clinic in Singapore for how to avoid rabies coming into contact with your family.
How to teach kids to surf on family holidays. If you dream of your kids riding the waves at the World Surfing Games, then surfing with kids is a great family holiday activity to get everyone started outdoors and on the beach. But what’s a good age to start and how do you know they’re ready? Rina of Pro Surf School Bali is a surfing teacher who has been on the board since the age of 8. She tells suitcases&strollers all family travel tips you need to get the kids surfing.
Guide to eating out in Sydney with kids. Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice when it comes to kid friendly places to eat. From delightful little suburban cafes to trendy inner city pubs, families are welcome with open arms in the beautiful harbour city. At breakfast time there are hundreds of cafes all over Sydney that provide excellent food and coffee. (Don’t forget to ask for a babycino for your little ones as babycinos are taken very seriously in Sydney!) At lunch and dinnertime you can dine everywhere from a sushi train to an upmarket restaurant, as most eateries in Sydney are used to have little customers at their tables. Below are only a handful of child friendly places on offer in Sydney and they are all very easy to get to via public transport if you are visiting Sydney with kids.
Weekend getaways with kids around Melbourne. Every family holiday planner in Victoria should include at least a day trip out to Beechworth, a town in northern Victoria with a great reputation as a family holiday destination. The heritage town boasts a gorgeous streetscape of shops and restaurants that all maintain a country escape feel. Just outside of town there are farm stays, wineries and cycling trails. For a taster of just how pretty regional Australia can be, don’t miss Beechworth.
What do children really think about family road trips with kids? In June 2014 Tom Ingram (11) and his siblings George (9) and Sophie (7) and his parents went on an epic family road trip around Australia that covered 17,000 kilometres in 70 days. They drove from Kiewa to Adelaide, then up through central Australia to the Flinders Ranges, the Oodnadatta track, Coober Pedy, Uluru (we were here 2 days and that was enough), Kings Canyon (pretty tough but great rim walk views), Alice Springs (awesome nocturnal animal tour), Darwin, Corroborree Billabong (where we stayed on a house boat. AMAZING – watch out for the crocs – we saw heaps!) and Kakadu. Then across to Queensland to Karumba, Atherton Tablelands, Seisia (near the top of Cape York) and down to Cape Tribulation (saw cassowaries at the Discovery Centre), Port Douglas, Magnetic Island and all the way back to Kiewa. Phew! Tom chatted to suitcases&strollers about his family road trip and about whether long drives are actually enjoyable for kids.
Perth with kids is a pretty perfect city. Beaches, blue skies, parks, brilliant weather and that charming Aussie laid back vibe – what’s not to love? suitcases&strollers chatted to blogger Amanda Kendle of I’m Not A Ballerina – I’m A Traveller and a Thinker and mama to a four-year-old son about Australia’s west coast and her insider tips for the best things to do in Perth with kids. Here is the suitcases&strollers Perth city guide.
Round up of skiing in Victoria, Australia with kids. Whether you want to do snowboarding in Australia or you just want to see snow in Australia, there are three options all within close proximity of Melbourne that make great choices as family holiday destinations. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel guide to skiing in Victoria with kids.