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Little Globetrotter: Winnie Mastores

Kids' family travel tips and why they love family vacations. 9-year-old Winnie Mastores has recently become a bit of an expert on Asia having just spent over 5 months traveling around the region with her mum Tahli and brothers Gus (6) and Myles (3). Winnie may not have been attending school while she was visiting Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Thailand, but along the way she and her brothers used currency conversion and kilometres covered to practice their maths and blogging to practice their literacy skills. And Winnie learnt one of the most important skills of all – how to use travel to push herself out of her comfort zone.

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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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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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Backwaters of Kerala

A world away from the rest of India is the verdant, peaceful state of Kerala. And the absolute highlight of any trip to Kerala with kids is a couple of nights sailing the “backwaters”. Silently cruising the tributaries, lakes and canals and witnessing life happen around you while you eat the local food and relax is an strangely exilherating combination of chilled out yet culturally enriching experience. There is no doubt, a trip on a Kerala houseboat with kids in the backwaters is the perfect family holiday destination.

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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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The Permanent Travellers, Part 4

For some people, traveling with kids is not a family holiday; it is a way of life. In 2000 Pampa Zapp’s parents (Herman and Candelaria) started out on their dream to travel permanently around the globe. Pampa was born on their long journey between Argentina and Alaska. He is now 11 years old and has 3 younger siblings including his brother Tehue (8), born in Argentina. The family has traversed the world almost non-stop in their vintage Graham-Paige 1928 car from New Zealand to Asia, all over Australia and now in Zimbabwe, Africa on their way to Mozambique. Pampa and Tehue tell suitcases&strollers the best places to travel round the globe…from a kid’s perspective.  


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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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Exercise While Travelling: Yoga Retreats With Babies

Innika Choo from fashion blog No Faux Pas and her husband, Pern, just returned from a two-week yoga retreat in Coonoor, India…with their one year old Eadie Bo. She tells suitcases&strollers how she found her inner “om” with a bubba alongside and how it is possible to do yoga retreats with a baby. 


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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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Why Travel With Kids? with Lonely Planet Founder Tony Wheeler

If you’ve ever aspired to have a bookshelf full of Lonely Planets then you want to talk to Tony Wheeler, the co-founder of the brilliant guidebooks that had 20-somethings backpacking around the globe. The godfather of intrepid travel recently told suitcases&strollers and Air India Magazine about the unexpected joys of travelling with children, why you shouldn’t underestimate kids as travel companions and some of the surprising doors that can be opened when you travel with kids. 

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Jaipur

Rajasthan in India has recently been elevated to the travel hot list and Jaipur is one of its most famed cities. The rich cultural fabric and history makes it an interesting educational experience for both young and old. Like all of India it is a sensory assault – but the sights and sounds of the “Pink City” will remain burnt in the memory long after the trip is over. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel advisor to doing Jaipur with kids.

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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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Delhi

Delhi is definitely a shock to the senses. Even adults, let alone children, can be overwhelmed at first, but the visual feast of colour, rickshaws, cows on the road and amazing temples and ceremonies is sure to win over any skeptic. As India’s capital, it is a sensory overload of heat, smells, noise and busy-ness, but that’s exactly what makes it so exciting. Don't be scared. Delhi and, actually, all of India with kids may just be one of the best family holiday destinations for those willing to travel with a mind open to new and very different experiences. 

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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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