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Profile: Dr Claire Rebentrost from International Medical Clinic Singapore

Interview with IMC paediatrician Dr Claire Rebentrost in Singapore. As a New Zealander based in Singapore, Claire has been all over the globe to about 20 countries including Samoa, Czech Republic, Australia, Majorca and the USA. An International Medical Clinic Singapore resident doctor, these days she travels three to four times a year around Asia and beyond with her two kids Oscar (4) and Hugo (2). She tells suitcases&strollers her family travel tips for traveling with young 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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Searching For The Hobbit in New Zealand

If your kids are mad for The Hobbit franchise, there is a way you can take them to Middle Earth. In Waitomo, New Zealand, there are hobbit tours where you can visit actual sites where scenes from the movies were shot. Suzie Denize of Hairy Feet Waitomo owns a farm in the Mangaotaki Valley with stunning limestone cliffs and rustic bushland which became the home of three trolls, a couple of wizards, some dwarves and a hobbit named Bilbo. Now the farm is open to visitors who want to hear stories about the filming and to step foot where Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman walked. For a truly memorable family holiday, Denize tells suitcases&strollers how to do New Zealand with kids, hobbit style.

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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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Queenstown, with Bindi Irwin

New Zealand’s adventure capital isn’t all just about skiing, says conservationist Bindi Irwin. In December the 15-year-old daughter of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin went on family holiday down south with her mum Terri Irwin, brother Robert (10) and some family friends to experience Queenstown in the summer. She tells suitcases&strollers why Queenstown with kids is a great family adventure holiday destination, even without the snow. 


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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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Christchurch Insider

New Zealand’s gorgeous city took a battering in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, but since then locals have been working hard to revive the city and bring it back to life. Musician and winner of Stars In Their Eyes, Mandy Pickering, was born and raised in Christchurch. She tells suitcases&strollers why she loves living in her hometown with her sons Isaac (11) and Levi (9) and how your family holiday to Christchurch with kids can provide much-needed assistance to rebuilding an economy. 

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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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Ski New Zealand 2: Wanaka

New Zealand is an ideal holiday destination for families because it is safe, clean and has a fantastic small town vibe about it. Glaciers, mountains, forests all so picture perfect that hobbits have been known to be spotted here, the scenic Wanaka is a winter wonderland not be missed. Cardrona Alpine ResortTreble Cone and Snow Farm New Zealand have just opened for the season so whether for skiing or movie geeking, the crisp air will be a refreshing break for the whole family. Here are the activities you can do in New Zealand with kids. 

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Ski New Zealand 1: Queenstown

New Zealand with kids is truly super fun. This is a country full of natural beauty, clean air and warm welcoming people. The winter wonderland of Queensland is ideal to visit in the middle of the year as it offers excellent downhill ski fields and snow activities. In the summer months there are all the extreme sports to partake in (or just watch) such as white water rafting. Whether it be bungy spotting or just feeing the kiwis, there is an outdoor activity for everyone. And with Coronet Peak already open for the 2013 ski season and young kids riding the lifts free of charge, now is really the time to get planning. 

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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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The Theme Park Guy

Stefan Zwanzger is obsessed with theme parks. From Africa to Russia, New Zealand and, of course, North America, he has been to over 200 and charted and rated them on his website The Theme Park Guy. He tells suitcases&strollers what fuels this passion for the tacky architecture and ridiculously frightening rides and which are the best theme parks for 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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Sailing With Kids

Being out on a boat in the sunshine is one of the perfect ways to bond with your family, says Pierre Yves Jorand. The sailor has participated in four America’s Cup races and specialises in catamarans or trimarans. He was the mainsail trimmer onboard Alinghi, the boat which won Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2013. But his focus hasn’t always been extreme racing. His two grown daughters, Margaux and Mélanie, have been out on the water with him since they were 6 months old and one-and-a-half respectively. He tells suitcases&strollers why sailing with kids is a fun activity and makes for a great family adventure holiday. 

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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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