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.
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!
5 Things To Do In Blackpool With Kids A family favourite for many years, Blackpool is the perfect place for a weekend trip or a longer stay. Blackpool has plenty of attractions with activities suited to various ages and abilities, making it the perfect family-friendly spot for your next trip and a favoured British family beach getaway. Whether there’s rain or shine, there is always something new to discover in Blackpool – and with fun-filled attractions and award-winning beaches, you’ll never be stuck for something to do. Here are 5 family friendly attractions in Blackpool for kids.
City guide to things to do in Paris with kids. Strolling along the Seine hand in hand, a few glasses of rose over lunch at a happened-upon bistro, a look at some priceless works of art in the Louvre and maybe a cheeky purchase at Celine. We know what you’re thinking. Not going to happen if you travel to Paris with kids. But if you forgo the clichés, you will discover that Paris is perfect for a family vacation. The land of Madeleine and macarons still has plenty to offer for the intrepid independent traveller that is all still super enjoyable for the kids. Here, suitcases&strollers contributor and mum of 2, Skye Wellington, of Lens & Pen Project gives suitcases&strollers her city guide to Paris with kids.
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.
The reality of cycling the Great Western Greenway with kids in Ireland. There are bike paths opening all around the Emerald Isle so tourists can access more of its natural beauty. Skye Wellington, of Lens & Pen Project, tells suitcases&strollers about about her experience cycling with her kids, Matilda (5) and Flynn (3), along the 42 kilometre stretch of Irish highway, and how she may have been taken for a ride.Read More
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.
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.
City guide to Helsinki with kids. Aleasha Kimber of blog Little Traveller Things is an Online Fashion Editor and mother of a 2 year old and 4 month old. While she agrees her current hometown of Helsinki is impressive in the winter, it is best to visit in the summer for the many free parks, outdoor areas and delicious pastries. Aleasha tells suitcases&strollers her city secrets to discovering Finland’s capital, Helsinki, with kids.Read More
What it’s like to travel with kids with allergies. Ryan Flynn and Hillary Paparo enjoy taking their kids on family holidays but, for them, the planning involves more than just choosing a nice resort or spontaneously trying some local street food. These two families both have kids with allergies that prevent them from throwing caution to the wind and traveling without a fixed, pre-booked itinerary. And yet still these parents have ventured beyond their hometowns and are taking their kids to see the world, one trip a month, one destination at a time. They tell suitcases&strollers about the realities of traveling with children with allergies.
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.
Charlotte Burns is 13 years old and the youngest and first ever PADI AmbassaDiver. She started SCUBA diving at just 10 years old and in 3 years has completed 26 PADI dive certifications and over 140 dives (not including many extra hours in the pool helping other kids). She qualified at age 12 as the youngest ever junior master diver and she is also a British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Sports Diver, trained in Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Sea Survival, VHF Radio trained and a qualified skipper to drive power boats. She has SCUBA dived in shipwrecks in Cyprus, photographed sea creatures in the south of France and even dived under an aircraft carrier searching for Improvised Explosive Devices. She tells suitcases&strollers why she loves to dive and why it’s a fun family holiday activity to introduce SCUBA diving to kids.
Iceland is famous for its volcanoes and there is no better one to visit than the one that erupted in 2010, Eyjafjallajokull. From the unlikely little village of Vik in Iceland, there are lots of family friendly activities to do with kids (including Eyjafjallajokull) that will give a fantastic taster of what Iceland is all about – glaciers, waterfalls and huge volcanoes. For family adventure holidays, this is hard to go past.
Kid friendly festivals don’t get much better than family festival Camp Bestival. From 30 July to 2 August 2015 the fields around Lulworth Castle in Dorset, England will be filled with family festival fun. While you get into live acts like Kaiser Chiefs, Bob Geldof and DJ Rob Da Bank, the kids can watch Cat In The Hat or forage in the forest, meet new friends and have an awesome weekend. Here’s everything you need to get ready for Camp Bestival 2015.
If your kids love looking at the night sky, it’s worth considering taking them on one of the great once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences to view the Northern Lights. Photographer Joseph Bradley of Joseph Bradley Auroras has been taking photos of the Northern Lights for 9 years now and lives in Yukon, Canada with his kids aged 4 and 6 years old. He tells suitcases&strollers what you can expect to see, how to maximise your chances of catching a glimpse of them and how you will know if your kids are ready for a family holiday to chase the Northern Lights.
A family adventure holiday to Iceland with kids really isn’t complete without visiting the extremely popular Golden Circle. This is a 300 kilometre drive of natural geological formations and sites that takes in old volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers and even some Teutonic plates. To get a real sense of the landscape of Iceland (home to so many myths and legends) as well as to be able to spend some proper time at each stop, plan your own road trip with kids around the Golden Circle, instead of hopping on a tour bus. It’s easy to do a road trip with kids in Iceland – here’s all the family travel tips you need.
Family holiday destinations should always involve LEGO, says our little friend Levi Cuthbert. At the tender age of 5, Levi is something of a jetsetter travelling regularly to places like Bali, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand and all over Australia with his parents and sister Zoey (3). This precocious preschooler tells suitcases&strollers about his favourite family friendly holidays and what made them so great (hint: coloured bricks may have been involved).
Europe holidays are about castles, heritage building and giving kids a sense of time and history. Amongst the most impressive of the historical English cities is York. The entire township feels like a magical movie set of old buildings, historical ruins and cobbled streets all surrounded by the historical walls that encase the city. If your children love to play knights and princesses or want to really immerse themselves in living history, York with kids is a must.
Colleen Kelly travels the world for her television show Family Travel With Colleen Kelly.She has been to over 30 countries including Switzerland, Ireland, Greece and Malta and, whenever she can, she takes her two daughters Dunovan Kate (12) and Shea Grace (9) with her. Colleen tells suitcases&strollers why travel with kids is important and which, of all the places in the world she has traveled with kids, are her favourite family travel destinations.