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Why Travel By Train With Kids

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.

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Dubai With Kids: Dubai Insider

Thinking of heading to the Middle East with kids? Don’t believe the media hysteria, say Jenny Bufton and Laura Davison of Mums The World. The Middle East and especially Dubai are safe, fun and make a fantastic family holiday destination. These bloggers and best friends live in the United Arab Emirates with kids (Jenny has George (5) and Isla (2) and Laura is mum to Finlay (6) and Elliott (3)) and say that far from backward or unsophisticated, the Middle East is modern, glitzy and actually very luxurious. They tell suitcases&strollers why Dubai with kids makes for great family holidays you won’t soon forget.

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Profile: Family Travel TV Host Colleen Kelly

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.

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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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Oman Road Trip With Kids

Omanis are known for their hospitality and the country makes an exciting and interesting family holiday destination to explore with children, says Helen McClure of Expat Explorers. If you still hanker for a family adventure holiday, Oman is the place for parents traveling with kids looking for the thrills that are a little off the beaten track, without getting lost. Adventurous travel in Oman with kids means not standing still: hiring a car and exploring, settling in a different place each night. In five days you can explore mountains, sand dunes, the coast and the city, says Helen, mother of Madeleine (6) and Tilda (4). Where else in the world is that possible? Now is the time to go, before it gets over-developed and risks losing its innocent charm.


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Dubai With Kids

Dubai is a city of extremes. Sand-coloured, modest houses sit comfortably opposite gleaming steel and glass skyscrapers with stunning geometric silhouettes. The Emiratis wear the calm monotones of all-white or all-black traditional dress while the malls are filled with every single international chain and brand you can imagine. The days are glaringly bright, sunny and hot. And yet, this hedonistic city is super easy to travel to with kids and is so full of startling contradictions it makes for a surprisingly fun family holiday that won’t be easily forgotten. Here's the suitcases&strollers travel guide to Dubai with kids. 


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International Adoption

Adopting a child from another country is certainly not the same as planning a holiday, but it does involve international borders, multiple countries and families with young children. While every individual family’s experiences are completely different, suitcases&strollers also recognises that there is a distinct lack of information to help guide people who want to understand more about the process. With that in mind, here is a bit of a starter kit of things parents should think about if you are considering adopting a child from another country.  

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Dubai With Kids: The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is so much more than just a shopping centre. It’s a hedonistic, sensory and commercial assault that is just so much fun. Shopaholics will be in heaven but if you even have the faintest interest in retail, this is still an absolute must. It’s like a compacted, non-gambling version of Las Vegas for families and all in air-conditioned comfort away from the searing heat. Dubai with kids is so much easier in this one-stop wonderland. If you are thinking of travelling to United Arab Emirates with kids, even just for a stopover, this is the place to hit. 


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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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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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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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