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Holidays With A Difference: The Tour de France with Kids

If you love the spectacle and hoopla that surrounds the greatest bike race in the world, then planning to view the Tour de France with kids makes for an exciting family holiday adventure. Far from being a cycling enthusiasts-only event, people from all walks of life gather on the roadside to cheer on the hard-working riders – with children of every age from babies through to the big kids. For a unique way to view the French countryside with kids and take in a world-class sporting event, there’s nothing like taking kids to the Tour de France.

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Profile: Chubby Hubby

Aun Koh is known for his love of eating and travelling which has resulted in his highly successful food blog (wryly titled Chubby Hubby) that documents his culinary adventures. Over the years he has explored the world with his wife, Su-Lyn Tan, sampling the finest cuisines to exotic street foods. But these days travel is a little less glamorous and more sedate thanks to the arrival of his son Toby (3). He tells suitcases&strollers how a dedicated Singaporean foodie has adjusted his travel tastes to holiday with kids.

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The Permanent Travellers, Part 5

Erin Bender of Travel With Bender has been travelling the world with her husband, Josh Bender, and two children Mia (5) and Caius (4) since May 2012. They have been all over North America, Europe and Southeast Asia with kids from Cancun to Aqaba, Cape Canaveral to Manila. Along the way they’ve experienced everything from petting tigers to eating their way around Greece (where they are now) and they’ve logged it all on their blog. Erin tells suitcases&strollers what she and her kids love about being permanent travellers (and it’s not quite so adventurous or unachievable as you’d think). 

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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 Ultimate Barbie Experiences

If your little girls can’t get enough of the blonde bombshell that is Barbie, perhaps it’s time to embrace their love of hot pink and seek out these fantasy-like experiences. Whether it’s just an afternoon in a mall to dedicating an entire island holiday to Barbie, here are some of the most memorable kids holiday ideas for Barbie fans.

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Profile: Australian Idol Winner Damien Leith

Australia Idol, winner of multiple ARIA award, television host and finalist on Dancing With The Stars Damien Leith travels nearly every other week interstate in Australia (he lives in Sydney) or overseas to the US. He has been almost everywhere in Europe, lived in Africa and boasts a huge list of countries visited including Hong Kong, Kenya, Spain, Nepal, Namibia, Singapore…the list goes on. Still, the travel bug hasn’t been satiated and he makes it a point to make sure Jarvis (8), Jagger (6) and Kikki (3) – his kids – will love travel too. Damien tells suitcases&strollers his travel tips for successful family holiday and how to survive long haul flights with kids.

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Quirky Family Friendly Accommodation: Germany

Germany might not seem like an immediate choice for a memorable place to travel with kids, but once you see these amazing accommodation ideas, you might change your mind. From swinging in the trees to chilling out a la eskimo, here are some some place to stay with kids in Germany that will make your family holiday just that little bit more fun for everyone. 

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Little Globetrotter: Mia Cole

At the tender age of ten-years-old Mia Cole has travelled the world; she and her siblings Angus (7) and Annabel (3) currently live in Sydney, Australia, but the family has been all over Europe from England to Spain, France to Poland as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. Mia would love to go to the USA, she tells suitcases&strollers, if only those pesky customs queues weren’t so long. Here are her tips for how to travel with kids and have the perfect family holiday, from a child’s perspective. 


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Little Globetrotter: Oliver Brown

Ollie Brown (6) is a British expatriate living in Singapore with his parents and little sister, Lottie (5).  As well as being a keen rugby player and very good at LEGO, he has done quite a bit of travel around Europe and Asia and the family usually vacay internationally three to four times a year. For him, the greatest travel tip for successfully traveling with kids is for the family to spend time together, simple as that. He tells suitcases&strollers about his favourite family holiday memories (with a little help from his mother). 


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Profile: Mrs Smith

Boutique hotel website Mr & Mrs Smith has long been the go-to resource for trendy getaways. But no longer is the brand just about couples’ retreats. This year they are going global with their new website Smith & Family providing choice child-friendly accommodations for family holidays. Founder Tamara Lohan and mother to Tom (6) and Alexandra (4) gives suitcases&strollers her personal recommendations for the best places to stay and travel with kids all over the world. 


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Profile: Australian Rules Footballer Anthony Koutoufides

The former Carlton hero sports a different career since he retired from the AFL. Anthony Koutoufides has been a ballroom dancer on Dancing With The Stars, cook on Celebrity Come Dine With Me Australia and runs health clinics at Kouta Fit Club. His multi-varied career means he travels all over Australia and the globe and a few times a year he takes his kids Jamie (10), Monique (9) and Lukas (3) with him on family holiday. He tells suitcases&strollers why travelling with children (sometimes) makes them smile. 


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Family Friendly Accommodation: London Hotels

Surprisingly, many of London’s most esteemed hotels welcome children for family holidays. Just ask Mr & Mrs Smith who have recently launched Smith and Family, their website dedicated to luxurious, chic and family-friendly accommodations. Here are their picks for stylish hotels providing family friendly accommodation in their hometown of London for those traveling with kids.


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Designer Disney Princess

Disney Princess gowns might conjure up images of unwillingly purchased dress-ups made of cheap polyester, but no more. High fashion and kids franchises have met in a creative collaboration with some of fashion's biggest names and only for public viewing until November 13 2013. Whether you're a fashionista or have a budding one in your family, this is a fun way for little (and big) girls to see a grown-up version of their princess fashion fantasies. 

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Profile: Jungle Girl Bindi Irwin

She has been on our television screens for 12 years so it’s hard to believe she is still only 15 years old. Indeed, since her crocodile-loving father, Steve Irwin, made her famous at the age of 3, Bindi Irwin has been travelling the globe educating kids about conservation and wildlife all over the world. She tells suitcases&strollers about her favourites of the 26 countries she’s visited and why travel has been her defining life experience. 


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Exercise While Travelling: Fun Runs with Kids

Marathons, triathlons, ironman competitions – these might not seem like events around which to build a family holiday. But they can actually make for a different, fun and educational way to travel with kids says Mike Pizel, dad to Alex (9), Sean (7) and Joshua (4). Mike has competed in multiple competitive races with his wife, Jo, all over the world and they’ve taken their kids to many of them. He tells suitcases&strollers how to get ready, set, go! and exercise while travelling by doing fun runs with kids.


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Dos & Don’ts In Italy (For Kids)

Italy is a fabulous destination to travel to with kids – apart from the copious amounts of spaghetti, pizza and gelato, it is a captivating cultural experience. But there are some tricks to ensuring you get the most out of your family vacation. Jennifer Gargiulo, creator of blog Diary of An Expat in Singapore and kids Alexander (12) and Eliot (7), tells suitcases&strollers her hilarious essential kids need-to-knows for holidaying in her homeland (or travelling to Italy with kids). 

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Chiemsee

If you’re spending a bit of time in Germany and want a break from the more touristy destinations, heading to Chiemsee is an easy, affordable option. This is the preferred destination for many locals who are attracted by the waterside location and numerous outdoor activities for a healthy family holiday. Set against a pretty mountainous backdrop, this is an unpretentious chillax destination to suit every budget. For a family vacation in the German countryside with kids, Chiemsee is perfect. 

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Guidebooks & Maps (For Kids)

Free maps might work well for adult tourist attractions, but how do you know which museums, parks and other excursions are suitable for kids? These little guidebooks and maps are perfect for a family travelling with children as a pocket-sized source of ideas for how to keep teeny tots to pre-teens occupied from Paris to Hong Kong, Berlin to Singapore. (Like what you see? To win a Little Luxe Linen Box set of Little Luxe City Guides go to the bottom of this story for details. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*)

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Family Friendly Accommodation Booking Websites

Most villa and hotel booking websites are great pre-kids, but after that they somehow fail to deliver all those little details you need to know as a parent travelling with children. “Kid-friendly” can mean anything from a mere tolerance of children to step stools in the bathroom and a fully accredited kids club. So the best way to find the type of accommodation that works for your family – no matter the kids’ ages – is to go to the sites that specialise in helping parents find the right fit in accommodation when planning family holidays. Here are some of the best accommodation websites for families for vacations primarily in Europe. 

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