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New Year’s Eve in Sydney (For Families)

There is no doubt that Australia’s premiere city has one of the most spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in the world – definitely worthy of an entire family holiday. But travelling into town on one of the busiest and rowdiest nights of the year with children does require some planning. Here are suitcases&strollers' tips for how you can still celebrate Auld Lang Syne in Sydney with kids in tow. 


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Helping Asylum Seekers

For some people, traveling with kids is not a family holiday. It is a dangerous and uncertain bid to seek a new life in a country far away from home that oftentimes leads to a terrible outcome – incarceration. This has been the fate of many families also known as “boat people” who are caught illegally trying to enter Australian waters seeking refugee status. This Christmas will not be a happy time for these asylum seekers (many of whom are children) who will spend their time waiting for their cases to be processed on Christmas Island. But you can help. 


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Travelling With Maids

If you’re lucky enough to have a domestic helper, taking her away with you on vacation might seem an easy solution to ensuring you actually get a decent break. But just as traveling with kids can be complicated, so too can a family holiday that involves fulltime hired help, says father of two, Shaun McEwan. The Singapore-based Aussie dad of Charlie (6) and Mary (2) tells suitcases&strollers about his experiences taking their family maid on holidays.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Port Stephens

A regular summer getaway for Sydneysiders, the local Aussie seaside area of Port Stephens is the ideal summer location to travel with kids. Big bright blue skies and an ocean perfect for beginner through to wannabe pro surfers are topped off with friendly dolphins who will ride the waves with you. For a totally chilled out family holiday in the sun, head to Port Stephens with kids, a favourite Sydney family holiday destination dude. 

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Profile: Journalist Tracey Spicer

Her face is most recognisable as a news anchor who has been in our lounge rooms on television screens in Australia, but Tracey Spicer has also been a travel writer for the past 7 years. The Sydney Morning Herald’s Mama Holiday is also mother to Grace (7) and Taj (8) whom she takes on vacation, both locally an internationally, about twice a month. She tells suitcases&strollers about her favourite family holidays and why she thinks it’s important to travel with kids. 


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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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Profile: Dayen Zheng From Hi-5

If you’ve only been watching the DVDs, then you may not have seen Dayen Zheng, but the bubbly Aussie has been a member of children’s group Hi-5 for nearly two years. She tells suitcases&strollers about her favourite places to tour, her life-changing travel moments and how she unwitting became an English language teacher in Indonesia. 


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Profile: MasterChef Australia Finalist Audra Morrice

The audience favourite of Masterchef Australia series 4 not only embraces multiple cultures in the kitchen – she travels with her kids Alex (10) and Andre (8) regularly and tries to take them on an overseas holiday at least once a year. Audra Morrice chats to suitcases&strollers about her favourite family holidays and shares some tips on introducing foreign foods to kids who are fussy little eaters. 


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Profile: Catriona Rowntree From Getaway

After 18 years as a host on travel program Getaway, Catriona Rowntree has been to countless countries and still loves to travel. Since having her kids Andrew (4) and Charlie (2) the type of trips she does has changed but she’s just as enthusiastic about packing her bags. The bubbly host tells suitcases&strollers about why she enjoys everything about travel – from the airport lounges to airline food. Yes, really. 


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Large Family Holidays

Think doing an overnight flight with one newborn is hard? Matt and Alison Lumb and their four children, Solomon (9), Xander (7), Nikki (4) and Sienna (2) are expatriate Australians living in Asia and have travelled all over the continent to beaches in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. But being a large family means that vacations are not always a relaxing or easy experience and there are six opinions to take into account. They tell suitcases&strollers about the logistical gymnastics of travelling with a large family of four kids. 


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Holidays With A Difference: Sponsoring A Child, With MasterChef Australia Winner Julie Goodwin

Sometimes the easiest and most impactful way to teach kids about the world can be done right from the comfort of home without having to travel with kids. Signing up the entire family to sponsor a child provides the human element kids really need to learn more about other cultures, societies and economies – without ever getting on a plane. MasterChef Australia’s first winner, Julie Goodwin, tells suitcases&strollers about her experience going to visit her sponsor child in Uganda. 

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Travelling with Allergies (& Dietary Requirements)

No, we’re not just talking fussy eating here. If you or anyone in your family has Crohne’s disease, is celiac or has an allergy to nuts, for example, watching what you eat while on holidays can literally save your life. Kim Koeller, President and CEO of Gluten Free Passport tells suitcases&strollers about how to travel safely with kids with allergies and dietary restrictions. 


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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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Profile: Stevie Nicholson From Hi-5

For 6 years Stevie Nicholson (pictured on the far left) has been touring the world from Malaysia to The Philippines plus all over his native Australia, singing, dancing and donning rainbow-coloured getups for children’s entertainment band Hi-5. He spends about half the year travelling with Hi-5 and acting as an ambassador for World Vision. He tells suitcases&strollers about performing for non-English-speaking audiences, his love of road trips and the popularity of Elvis in Cambodia. 

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Profile: The Yellow Wiggle Sam Moran

The former Wiggle may have been absent from the live shows for awhile, but his voice continues to be a critical entertainment tool on any long distance journey involving children. Now he is back with his own television show, Play Along With Sam and is on tour. Sam Moran tells suitcases&strollers about his travel experiences, how he entertains his 3-year-old daughter on long trips and what he does when his songs get stuck in his head. 

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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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Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Whether you are looking for a mid-year break on the slopes of Australia or a white Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere, downhill skiing or snowboarding with kids makes for a fun and healthy family holiday. Skiing with kids is a healthy and fun way for the whole family to interact in the great outdoors. Here is the beginner’s guide to how (and why) it's important to teach your kids to snow plough. 

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Family Days Out In Sydney

Glorious Sydney in Australia has (mostly) beautiful temperate weather and a stunning harbour which makes it an ideal place to travel with kids. While the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the Blue Mountains are must-visits, there are time when as a tourist (or even as a local) we all need easy day trips to get everyone outside without too much effort (or money) required. Here are some ideas for free or cheap day activities to do in Sydney with kids. 

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Road Trips With Kids: Driving Around Australia With Kids

In 2005 Steve Baile took his wife, Jen, and two kids (Savanna, then 4, and Sara, then 21 months) on a 16 month road trip around Australia seeking all the geographic extremes of the country from the most northern, southern, eastern and western points to the highest tip of Mount Kosciuszko. The adventure was captured in a new documentary called Expedition Australia – The Big Lap, due to be released in the second half of 2013. Baile tells suitcases&strollers how to he managed 46,000 kilometers driving with kids around Australia. 

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