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How To Travel Like the Locals Do

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.

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Cambodia With Kids: Phnom Penh Insider

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.

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10 Asian Street Foods For Kids

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.

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Avoiding Rabies in Asia

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.

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Little Globetrotter: Josie Burke

Family holiday destinations that involve sun, sand, beach and lots of laughs are the best, says Josie Burke (11). She regularly travels three or four times a year to places such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, sometimes with her siblings Chloe (9) and Hugh (6) and sometimes independently on school trips. She gives suitcases&strollers her candid opinion on the best (and worst) bits of family travel with kids.

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Activites With Kids in Siem Reap

If you’re planning a family holiday to Cambodia with kids, it’s important to manage your expecations about just how they will respond to those famous UNESCO temples. If the kids enjoy historical sites, then Siem Reap with kids can be a marvellous way to step back in time. But in reality, kids are just as likely to find the entire experience all too hot and boring – and that doesn’t make for a positive family holiday experience for anyone. As a back up, here are a few ideas for other activities for kids in Siem Reap that can help to break up long days of temple hopping in the tropics.

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Activities with Kids at Siem Reap’s Temples

Siem Reap is a buzz of activity and children will love the friendliness and creativeness of Cambodian people. Obviously it is known for the splendid temples built by long ago kings with a precision of modern engineering. But Siem Reap with kids is an excuse to get creative and add another dimension to the experience. Here are some ideas for pop quiz activities to do with kids in Siem Reap. Get your printer ready – you might want to take some of these along on family holiday with you.  

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Top 5 Destinations 2013

What are the hottest family holiday destinations among suitcases&strollers readers? Where are people going, what are they doing and where do the kids want to go on family vacation? This month suitcases&strollers turns one and and in the last year we've covered kid-friendly destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Iceland, theme parks to beach resorts. To celebrate our first anniversary, suitcases&strollers brings you the round up of the most popular of these kid-friendly places to travel, as chosen by you. It's been an amazing journey taking you on these virtual trips around the world. We can't wait to see what the next year brings, but for now, here's the round up for 2013. 

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International Adoption

Adopting a child from another country is certainly not the same as planning a holiday, but it does involve international borders, multiple countries and families with young children. While every individual family’s experiences are completely different, suitcases&strollers also recognises that there is a distinct lack of information to help guide people who want to understand more about the process. With that in mind, here is a bit of a starter kit of things parents should think about if you are considering adopting a child from another country.  

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Profile: Dayen Zheng From Hi-5

If you’ve only been watching the DVDs, then you may not have seen Dayen Zheng, but the bubbly Aussie has been a member of children’s group Hi-5 for nearly two years. She tells suitcases&strollers about her favourite places to tour, her life-changing travel moments and how she unwitting became an English language teacher in Indonesia. 


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Profile: MasterChef Australia Finalist Audra Morrice

The audience favourite of Masterchef Australia series 4 not only embraces multiple cultures in the kitchen – she travels with her kids Alex (10) and Andre (8) regularly and tries to take them on an overseas holiday at least once a year. Audra Morrice chats to suitcases&strollers about her favourite family holidays and shares some tips on introducing foreign foods to kids who are fussy little eaters. 


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How To Use A Squat Toilet

Holes in the ground are the reality of travelling through the developing world, so it’s best to be prepared and know how to use one, especially if you’re taking young kids or toddlers with you. Jess Farrugia of With Two Kids In Tow, It’s Backpacking We Go took two girls under 6 on an extended budget holiday around Asia, so she knows a bit about how to handle the daunting squat toilet. Here are some of her tips for dealing with bathrooms in developing countries when traveling with kids. 

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Travel Books (For Kids)

Sometimes learning about other cultures doesn’t even require you to open the front door. Whether it’s to prep for an upcoming holiday or just to encourage a desire to see the world, books can be an excellent inspiration for children and adults. Here are some fun travel-themed books for kids.

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Holidays With A Difference: House-Building Trips

Dedicating your holiday to a charitable purpose is not only rewarding, it teaches (you and) your kids to be mindful of the less fortunate in the world. To encourage your children to be true global citizens, it’s important that they understand what a privilege it is to be able to travel. That’s why Eleanor Craig, President of Tabitha Foundation (Singapore) and her husband Andrew have taken their son, Jonathan (now 10), to build houses for the disadvantaged in Cambodia twice since he was 8 years old. She tells suitcases&strollers about her experience.

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Profile: Stevie Nicholson From Hi-5

For 6 years Stevie Nicholson (pictured on the far left) has been touring the world from Malaysia to The Philippines plus all over his native Australia, singing, dancing and donning rainbow-coloured getups for children’s entertainment band Hi-5. He spends about half the year travelling with Hi-5 and acting as an ambassador for World Vision. He tells suitcases&strollers about performing for non-English-speaking audiences, his love of road trips and the popularity of Elvis in Cambodia. 

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Profile: Travel Writer Matt Gross

Matt Gross, author of travel memoir The Turk Who Loved Apples, has travelled the globe for his famed columns "The Frugal Traveler" and “Getting Lost” in The New York Times and his blog The Minor Glories. He tells suitcases&strollers about how travel has changed for him since the birth of his kids Sasha (4) and Sandy (8 months) and why these days travelling with kids, he tries not to get lost.


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Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the historical treasure trove of Southeast Asia, with its mystical ruins overgrown by jungle. Visiting is like stepping back in time and history Indiana Jones style – rediscovering a lost world. In fact, it is such a mystical place that Tomb Raider was filmed at the magical Bayon. Cambodia with kids certainly makes for a memorable family adventure holiday, but that doesn't mean it has to be hard. Just plan around difficulties and everyone will have the best family holiday. 

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Inspiring Travel Stories: Backpacking With Kids

Family travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Two years ago Jess Farrugia and her husband Jim took their two girls, Madeleine (then aged 5) and Yasmine (then 3), on a 363-day backpacking adventure all over the world including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada and The Philippines. She tells suitcases&strollers how her family managed to travel on a budget and why they chose to backpack with kids. 

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Holidays With A Difference: Siem Reap in a Wheelchair

Bronwyn Leeks and her husband, Andrew, have three kids, Cooper, 8, Pepper, 4, and Elwood, 1. Cooper has Athetoid Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and requires support with most tasks from walking to communicating. He also uses both manual and power wheelchairs as well as a walking frame to get around. But despite these hurdles, the family has been traveling since Cooper was 6 months old. Amazingly in 2010 Cooper initiated a 1 kilometre walk and raised AU$15,000 that he then delivered to New Hope Cambodia in Siem Reap. Bronwyn tells suitcases&strollers their story of travelling to Cambodia with kids. 


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