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What Is The Zika Virus

Everything you need to know about how people contract the Zika virus. If you’re planning a family holiday to the Americas, you should definitely be taking into account your family’s potential exposure to the Zika virus. This mosquito born disease has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO (World Health Organization), so here are some family travel tips about how you can avoid Zika when you travel with kids.

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Ecuador With Kids: Cuenca Insider

Dena Haines of Gringos Abroad has lived in Ecuador with kids since 2009. Her family (including daughter Drew, 14) are based in the pretty city of Cuenca and Dena and her husband, Bryan Haines, recently penned the Expat Family Handbook full of advice about life as a family traveling with kids. She tells suitcases&strollers why she thinks parents should plan a family holiday in Ecuador and especially in her adopted hometown of Cuenca.

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Profile: Luxury Travel Mom

Kim-Marie Evans lives a pretty envious lifestyle. Not only is she a travel writer who gets paid to holiday, her specialty is luxury travel (hence her fabulous name for her website Luxury Travel Mom). She travels at least 2 weeks a month and has been to 23 countries including Cuba, Haiti and Rwanda. Better yet, she gets to do almost all of it with her four kids Macie (15), JJ (14), Wilson (11) and Keaton (8). She tells suitcases&strollers all about the realities of luxury family holidays. (And yes, you will be jealous.)

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The Permanent Travellers, Part 3

Herman Zapp and his wife Candelaria are fulfilling their lifelong dream to explore the world and have been travelling since 2000. Apart from a few months here and there, they have been on the road in their 7-seater Graham-Paige 1928 from Alaska to Argentina, all around Australia and around 13 countries in Asia. Their four children are truly global citizens and were born in the course of their parents’ travels – Pampa (11 in the USA), Tehue (8 in Argentina), Paloma (6 in Canada) and Wallaby (4 in Australia). Herman (currently in Zimbabwe) tells suitcases&strollers about the joys of permanently traveling with kids and why their life is so much more than just an extended family holiday.


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The Permanent Travellers, Part 2

13-year-old Miro Siegel is truly a global citizen. He and his mother, Lainie of blog Raising Miro, have been traveling for over 3 years and don’t plan to stop any time soon. His checklist includes Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia. Miro doesn’t attend formal school but participates in “unschooling” and is even helping produce a learning retreat in Peru. He tells suitcases&strollers why he loves his life on the road and doesn’t miss attending class. 


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10 Reasons to Choose Cruises For Families

Kitschy and mass market, a cruise might seem like the type of holiday for people too lazy to plan their own family vacations. But that’s exactly what makes them so much fun. Yes, the décor is often tacky. Yes, you may be eating buffet (a lot). Yes, your friends will laugh. But you and your kids will enjoy yourselves more than you can imagine and you will come back super relaxed. And isn’t that what a holiday is all about? Here are 10 reasons why cruises make for some of the best family holidays. 

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The Permanent Travellers, Part I

Lainie Liberti of Raising Miro is a single mum who wanted her son, Miro, to learn about the world. So in 2008 she sold her Californian business and took the then 9-year-old on the road. They have been travelling ever since and covered 12 countries in South and Central America including Belize, Chile and Panama. (They currently live in Cusco, Peru where they have been for the last 7 months.) Lainie tells suitcases&strollers about why she chooses to dedicate her life to permanent travel with kids. 

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The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Island in Ecuador are one of the most exotic destinations in the world because they are so expensive and the number of tourists is strictly limited. All the more reason to see the volcanic archipelago if you have the opportunity as the rare and plentiful wildlife will make for brilliant life-long memories for the kids. For a family adventure holiday that's once-in-a-lifetime, it's worth considering doing The Galapagos Islands with kids. 


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