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Unusual Holiday Destinations: Reykjavik With Kids

To plan some family holidays with a difference, it doesn’t get much more exotic than the capital of Iceland with kids. Due to the rising popularity of its national airline carrier, Iceland (and Reykjavik in particular) is becoming a hot tourist destination and it’s easy to see why. The stunning surrounding landscape is a mixture of pretty harbour meets lunar-style volcanic fields. The people are quirky, interesting and memorable. The seafood is some of the freshest you’ll get anywhere. And then there are the family-friendly spas. Yes, spas. It might make for an unusual holiday destination, but Reykjavik with kids is a must. 

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Europe With Kids: Stockholm With Kids

Stockholm is far more grandiose than you might expect with imposing buildings and magnificent classical architecture. It boasts an Old Town that has a decidedly southern European feel about it, a spectacular waterfront and several family friendly attractions specifically targeted at kids. In the summer the Swedish capital is a glorious, sunny place to walk around admiring the beautiful people; in the winter many of the waterways are converted to ice skating rinks for lots of family fun. Here is everything you need to know to visit Stockholm with kids.

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Tours of Italy: The Amalfi Coast with Kids

One of the best beach holiday destinations in Europe is to head to the famed Amalfi Coast. Italy with kids is one of the best places to travel with kids because of the great mix of culture, history and activities as well as food even the fussiest eaters will enjoy. From Pompeii to Capri, beach to archeological sites, Italy with kids is not complete without visiting the absolutely charming Amalfi Coast. 

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Europe With Kids: London Insider

Double decker buses, red phone boxes, amazing museums for kids and a vibrant street culture: London with kids is awesome, says Juliet Kinsman, editor-in-chief of Mr & Mrs Smith and Smith & Family. (Don’t forget to enter the competition we are running with Smith & Family to WIN a family holiday in Port Douglas here.) As mother of Kitty (7), Juliet knows all the ins and outs of the United Kingdom’s famed city – from the best free things to do in London with kids to where to go when it’s raining (and that happens a lot, so there’s lots of fun places to go). She gives suitcases&strollers her insider’s scoop to everything to do in London with kids.

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Family Holiday Destinations: Haholmen Havstuer in Norway With Kids

Great family holidays are all about a combination of relaxation, adventure and fun and that’s what family friendly accommodation Haholmen Havstuer does so well. The tiny fishing village is a really memorable way to experience Norway with kids – from the minute you spot the transfer to the minuscule island via Viking ship you know this unusual holiday destination is going to be all about fishing, windswept walks and snuggling up around a stack of books as a family.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Juvet

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation in Norway that will also appeal to your design aesthetic, it’s worth planning a trip around the unique and uber cool boutique hotel Juvet. This is a design hotel quite unlike anything almost anything you will see anywhere else in the world. You get all the creature comforts of free wifi, beds, bathrooms and home cooked meals with a view to rival anything you’d see while camping with kids (without having to do the camping). For a memorable experience of rural Norway with kids, don’t miss this.

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Little Globetrotter: Jed Cole

Which places make the best family holiday destinations according to the kids? Five-year-old Jed Cole lives in London with his mum, dad and big brothers Ezra (8) and Isaac (18). Jed is very much an urban babe, who enjoys playing football in the park and looking cool on his scooter. As well as being well traveled around London, he’s also been to Nice, Corsica, Antibes and is looking forward to spending Christmas in Nigeria. One day he hopes to visit New Zealand where his Nana is from originally. He tells suitcases&strollers his travel tips for how to make travel with kids fun for the entire family.

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Norway With Kids: Bøyabreen Glacier

For one of the most spectacular – and easy – drives you will do to see once-in-a-lifetime natural scenery, head to Fjærland in Norway. Here from the side of the road you will catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bøyabreen Glacier that actually comes all the way right down into the tourist carpark. If you want see a glacier with kids, it doesn’t get any more convenient than this.

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Having a Harry Potter Experience in London

If your children go mad for all things Hogwarts, heading to London with kids is the ultimate way to have a hands-on Harry Potter experience. Here you will find the official studio tour, you can sleep in a wizard’s chamber, you can participate in unofficial trivia walks of London with kids and you can even set foot on Platform 9¾. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel guide to London with kids, Harry Potter style. 

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10 Ways To Do Christmas In London With Kids

London is wonderful for families at any time of year but it’s simply magical at Christmas: carol singers on Burlington Avenue, a giant tree in Trafalgar Square and the scent of roasted chestnuts filling the air. If you’re visiting London with kids over the silly season, here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips for family holiday activities to do with kids from where to visit Santa in London to how to find a flying snowman.

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Italy With Kids: Florence Insider

Daisy Beatriz Diaz has lived in Florence, Italy for the last decade. The mother of three (Manuel, 4, Pietro, 2, Margherita, 10 months) understands what it’s like to be a busy mum traveling with kids, so she offers her super cute gifts store, Baby Bottega, as a rest point for mothers who need somewhere to breastfeed when traveling with kids in Florence. She tells suitcases&strollers why she thinks Florence is the best family holiday destination in Italy for kids and adults.

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Profile: TODAY Show Weatherman Steven Jacobs

Australian TODAY show weatherman Steven Jacobs is a prolific traveller. He visits an average of 7 countries a year and has been to somewhere between 70 to 80 countries in his lifetime including Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Uruguay. A lot of his time on the road is for work, but even when he’s not chasing the weather he has something of an obssession about traveling with his kids Isabella (also called Issy, 3) and Francesca (nicknamed Frenchie, 1) and his wife Rosie. Steven gives suitcases&strollers his family travel tips on the best family holiday destinations.

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The Netherlands With Kids: Amsterdam

The capital city of The Netherlands is not just for backpackers or young singles. In fact, a family holiday to Amsterdam with kids provides a perfect combination of European culture and history with easy family living. Hidden behind the picture perfect façade of the Amsterdam canals, pedestrian bridges and tall townhouses with flowering window boxes lies a children’s paradise.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Jumbo Stay

For kids who love planes, it doesn’t get cooler than this: a hostel built out of a real Boeing 747. Based outside the Stockholm airport in Sweden, Jumbo Stay is two star hotel accommodation inside a plane. The 1976 747-212B no longer flies but they’ve worked hard to maintain it’s original look and feel so while there you don’t have any of the inconvenience of the changed cabin pressure or turbulance, you will have a flat bed, shower and entertainment right inside a plane. If you’re visiting Stockholm with kids, this is one attraction not to be missed.

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Why Disneyland?

Theme parks for kids are everywhere, but there is some special about Disney in particular says Carolyn Moore. In 2013 the mother of two toddlers and her husband Nathan decided to do a Disney-trifecta tour – they visited three Disneylands in one year: Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland and Disney’s Californian Adventure in the Ahanheim in the US. She tells suitcases&strollers why, in her opinion, Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth – when it comes to theme parks for kids.

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Best Family Holiday Destinations In The World: Copenhagen With Kids

Canals, historical buildings, cobbled streets and lots of family-friendly activities. Copenhagen condenses all the best bits of a typical European city with some additional special touches to make it an especially attractive family holiday destination. Particularly in the summertime, Copenhagen with kids is all about cruisey boat rides, street entertainers and families out enjoying the sunshine. As the home to the likes of LEGO and Hans Christian Andersen, you know this is going to be one family-friendly city.

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Visiting Santa in the North Pole

As far as children are concerned, there is only one reason to take a trip to the North Pole with kids – to visit Santa. The town of Rovaniemi in Finland lays claim to being the official hometown of the jolly red man and has two different ways that you can meet the “real” Santa in the North Pole. For a fantastical and whimsical day trip, here’s how parents can tick the Arctic Circle box and the kids meet Santa Claus.

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Elsa & Anna’s Home in Frozen: Bergen

The small portside town of Bergen is one of Norway’s hidden gems. It has a gorgeous historical nautical village feel about it with colourful wooden houses perched along the cliffs, tiny cobbled streets and laneways full of cool designer boutiques, cafes and old churches and buildings. The UNESCO city may not be super famous but maybe it should be. After all, it is the city that inspired Arendelle in the Disney smash hit Frozen. If you’re planning to visit the Norwegian fjords with kids, this is a great way to experience a city in Norway with kids before hitting the countryside.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Treehotel

Fancy sleeping in a UFO? Or what about a hotel room suspended high in a Swedish forest canopy? If you are in Swedish Lapland with kids, it is absolutely essential to do a stop at the amazing Treehotel. The name lives up to everything you could imagine and more – if you have a love of design and architecture or you simply want a night or two in the wilderness without having to actually camp with kids or give up creature comforts, this is it.

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Family Adventure Holidays: Nigardsbreen Glacier

One of the multiple arms of Jostedalsbreen Glacier (the largest glacier in Europe) this is a very impressive way to experience a glacier with kids. Right in the heart of Norway’s fjord district, the massive ice formation that is Nigardsbreen Glacier is surrounded by huge rock faces, a stunning glacial lake and magnificent vistas as good as anything you will see anywhere in the world. If you are in Norway with kids, this is a memorable family holiday activity that should not be missed.

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