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Profile: Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo

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.

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Insider Travel Tips: Travel As A Single Parent

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!

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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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Family Holiday Activities: Surfing With Kids

How to teach kids to surf on family holidays. If you dream of your kids riding the waves at the World Surfing Games, then surfing with kids is a great family holiday activity to get everyone started outdoors and on the beach. But what’s a good age to start and how do you know they’re ready? Rina of Pro Surf School Bali is a surfing teacher who has been on the board since the age of 8. She tells suitcases&strollers all family travel tips you need to get the kids surfing.

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Free Things To Do In Bali With Kids

Bali with kids is an absolute paradise for families: there are fabulous waterparks, great shopping and excellent restaurants. But sometimes it feels like you’re constantly reaching for the wallet. If you’re traveling with kids on a budget, here’s some ideas for a great day out with the kids that won’t cost you a cent.

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Little Globetrotter: Levi Cuthbert

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).

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Exercise While Travelling: Fun Runs For Kids in Asia

Active holidays for families are a great way to encourage kids to embrace health and fitness while still having fun. But this doesn’t mean you need to climb a mountain or do extreme sports. Instead, plan your next family vacation around a fun run for kids. Exercise while travelling can make an event seem more exciting or interesting than just doing it at home and gives a chance for that all important family bonding time that happens in foreign environments. Here are some of the most exciting fun runs for kids in Asia and Australia in 2015.

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Little Globetrotter: Josie Burke

Family holiday destinations that involve sun, sand, beach and lots of laughs are the best, says Josie Burke (11). She regularly travels three or four times a year to places such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, sometimes with her siblings Chloe (9) and Hugh (6) and sometimes independently on school trips. She gives suitcases&strollers her candid opinion on the best (and worst) bits of family travel with kids.

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Indonesia With Kids: Jakarta Insider

Jakarta is more than just a stopover – it’s a family holiday destination in its own right. Tasha May runs the blog We Love Jakarta with her sister Treen May and has been living in Jakarta for five years. The Australian mother of 18-month-old Samudra Mega has spent the last year adjusting to Jakarta with kids (versus Jakarta without kids) and found there is plenty to do, see and explore for the intrepid family. It’s not Bali and it’s not Borobudur, but Indonesia’s capital is full of cultural activities and opportunities to interact with the locals that make for great family holidays with a difference. Here are Tasha’s reasons to visit Jakarta with kids.

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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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WIN! a Family Beach Holiday To Indonesia

If you’re in need of a relaxing family holiday from Singapore, we’ve got one to give away FREE at Bintan’s biggest family beach resort! There are activities and entertainment for everyone in the family and all only a simple skip away from the Lion City. For a short circuit break away from the every day or to give the kids some fun in the sun and fresh air, this is just the kind of recharge the entire family will love. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*

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Parents Can Enjoy Kids-Free Time at Bintan Lagoon Resort

Bintan Lagoon Resort has long been a favourite family holiday destination for families travelling from Singapore, but that doesn’t mean your whole holiday has to be about the kids. Because the Indonesian-based resort offers so many different activities for children of all ages – including the comprehensive Nutty Bunch kids’ club – parents can have the freedom of enjoying some well-deserved kid-free time.

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Kids Activities at Bintan Lagoon Resort

For a few days of sun-soaked fun in the fresh air, it’s hard to look past Bintan Lagoon Resort. Kids will love the freedom of the volume of space, the beachfront and the watersports on this famous Indonesian isle. If you’re looking for family holidays in Singapore, this family holiday destination packed with activities for kids is just an incredibly easy private ferry ride away. All you have to do is put on your swimmers.

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On The Beach Holidays: Telunas Private Island & Telunas Beach Resort

For a family beach holiday that doesn’t require you to fly from Singapore, Telunas Resorts provides an economic option that will make you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re after an easy family holiday destination of sun, sand and sea water, this is a great way to experience a little of Indonesia with kids. Plus, for a limited time, suitcases&strollers readers get an exclusive discount at both Telunas Resorts and all kids under 18 stay FREE! Read on to find out more.

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Family Adventure Holidays: Yogyakarta With Kids

Whether you say “Jogja” or “Yogya”, the rich and royal destination of Yogyakarta is the perfect choice to plan some family adventure holidays. You and your clan will get a taste of Indonesia’s rich history set amongst a stunning volcanic landscape. Your kids will love how this living museum takes history and geography out of the classroom and into amazing sites. The lifestyle experts at Honeycombers Jakarta tell suitcases&strollers their tips for this exotic way to explore Indonesia with kids. 


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CONGRATULATIONS To The Winners of Our Nikoi Competition!

Last year suitcases&strollers hosted a competition for one lucky family of readers to win a holiday with kids at Nikoi. Sorelle Marchand, her husband Nick and daughter, Maya (3), have returned from the luxury Indonesian private island relaxed and rejuvenated. As a thank you, Sorelle gave suitcases&strollers her Nikoi review about why this is such a fabulous place to travel with kids. (And if you don't want to miss your chance to enter a suitcases&strollers competition in the future to win a fabulous prize like this, make sure you sign up to our mailing list.)

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Top 5 Destinations 2013

What are the hottest family holiday destinations among suitcases&strollers readers? Where are people going, what are they doing and where do the kids want to go on family vacation? This month suitcases&strollers turns one and and in the last year we've covered kid-friendly destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Iceland, theme parks to beach resorts. To celebrate our first anniversary, suitcases&strollers brings you the round up of the most popular of these kid-friendly places to travel, as chosen by you. It's been an amazing journey taking you on these virtual trips around the world. We can't wait to see what the next year brings, but for now, here's the round up for 2013. 

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Little Globetrotter: Sean Pizel

Sean Pizel (7) lives with his brothers Alex (10) and Joshua (5) in Singapore. The family travels multiple times a year and makes a particular effort to organise staycations where they rent a hotel on the island and all bunk in together for the weekend – a fun way to do a quick family holiday. He tells suitcases&strollers about travelling to places like Vietnam, Australia and Malaysia with kids…from a child’s perspective. 

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