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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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The Big Island in Hawaii for Families

Travel planner for family holidays on The Big Island in Hawaii for kids. The Big Island with kids is a good mixture of outdoorsy activities as well as huge family oriented beach resorts. This is a good middle ground if you’d like to see some magnificent natural scenery but still get a large resort experience. Here the adventure stuff is easily accessible for little ones – you can drive straight up to a live volcano and see volcanic rock from right outside the airport. But all the amenities and luxuries of resort life are still available to entertain and keep you relaxed too.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Aulani Disney Resort Hawaii

Family holidays in Hawaii with kids. If you’re planning a family vacation in Hawaii, it’s pretty hard to go past the Aulani Disney Resort Hawaii. Conveniently located on Oahu island, there is everything you need to keep young kids (and their parents) entertained. As well as a pristine beach and multiple pools and water play areas, there is live entertainment as well as the all important roaming Disney characters all on the one property. For a trip to Hawaii with kids that doesn’t require you to ever leave the resort, this is the place to be.

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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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Little Globetrotter: Cora Montgomery

Interview with Cora Montgomery of family travel website Tropic of Candycorn about the family holidays kids like the best. Cora is 11 years old and has already been to over 10 countries including exotic destinations such as Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Panama and Spain and around much of the USA. She and her siblings Hero (9), Philippa (6) and Minerva (3) typically do on 6 week trip a year with their parents as well as additional smaller trips throughout the year. This jetsetter tells suitcases&strollers her very frank (and sassy!) opinions about what kids like (and don’t like!) about family travel.

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Profile: Travel Doctor Dr June Tan

Profile of International Medical Clinic Singapore’s Dr June Tan. As a family doctor based in Singapore, Dr June Tan sees a lot of families with medical questions relating to travel with kids. As a mother of two kids herself – Jade (2) and Pierce (8 months) – she has also experienced a bit herself. In the past June lived in Berlin and took advantage of that time to travel around Hungary, the Czech Republic and Latvia. She’s also visited places like Nepal, Egypt, China and Taiwan. These days she does 2 to 3 long family holidays with the kids and jokes that despite having been to multiple parts of Europe and the US, she is still yet to see much in her own backyard of Southeast Asia. She shares her family travel experiences with suitcases&strollers.

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Family Adventure Holidays: Nova Scotia Insider

Family travel tips for Nova Scotia with kids. Lisa Gleave lives in Nova Scotia with her kid Solomon (6) where she is also General Manager of Mermaid Theatre. While the productions of her company travel the world (The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites is appearing in Singapore in March), Lisa is also passionate about the joys of her home area and wants to share them with other parents. If you love the great outdoors, quiet beaches and being on the water, she says, Nova Scotia is the perfect family holiday destination. Here is her insider destination guide to travel with kids in Nova Scotia.

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Travel the USA With Kids: Washington DC Insider

Washington DC with kids. Kate Gallery owns Recess Outings, a company that coordinates family friendly bicycle rides around the capital city. As a mother of an 18 month old daughter, she understands how to move around her hometown with kids and knows all the city secrets for the best activites for kids in Washington DC. She shares her insights into the best museums, neighbourhoods and (most importantly) venues to coffee and ice cream around town with suitcases&strollers.

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Family Travel Tips For Kids With Allergies

What it’s like to travel with kids with allergies. Ryan Flynn and Hillary Paparo enjoy taking their kids on family holidays but, for them, the planning involves more than just choosing a nice resort or spontaneously trying some local street food. These two families both have kids with allergies that prevent them from throwing caution to the wind and traveling without a fixed, pre-booked itinerary. And yet still these parents have ventured beyond their hometowns and are taking their kids to see the world, one trip a month, one destination at a time. They tell suitcases&strollers about the realities of traveling with children with allergies.

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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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Profile: World’s Youngest Junior Master SCUBA Diver Charlotte Burns

Charlotte Burns is 13 years old and the youngest and first ever PADI AmbassaDiver. She started SCUBA diving at just 10 years old and in 3 years has completed 26 PADI dive certifications and over 140 dives (not including many extra hours in the pool helping other kids). She qualified at age 12 as the youngest ever junior master diver and she is also a British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Sports Diver, trained in Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Sea Survival, VHF Radio trained and a qualified skipper to drive power boats. She has SCUBA dived in shipwrecks in Cyprus, photographed sea creatures in the south of France and even dived under an aircraft carrier searching for Improvised Explosive Devices. She tells suitcases&strollers why she loves to dive and why it’s a fun family holiday activity to introduce SCUBA diving to kids.

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Hiking the Grand Canyon With Kids & A Wheelchair

8 kids aged 9 to 19 carry their grandfather and his wheelchair through the Grand Canyon. At the end of March the Headings family paid tribute to their head, Bob Headings, by carrying about 250 to 300 pounds of Bob and his wheelchair and all the gear that the family needed over 3 days and 17 miles through the Grand Canyon. Their amazing family travel story will astound and certainly bring a few tears.

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Extreme Adventure Holidays: Chasing The Northern Lights

If your kids love looking at the night sky, it’s worth considering taking them on one of the great once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences to view the Northern Lights. Photographer Joseph Bradley of Joseph Bradley Auroras has been taking photos of the Northern Lights for 9 years now and lives in Yukon, Canada with his kids aged 4 and 6 years old. He tells suitcases&strollers what you can expect to see, how to maximise your chances of catching a glimpse of them and how you will know if your kids are ready for a family holiday to chase the Northern Lights.

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USA Family Holidays: Boston Insider

If you’re planning family holidays in the USA with kids, you shouldn’t go past a few days in Boston with kids. This elegant and stately city has beautiful public galleries and museums, parks for the summer, ski fields for the winter and plenty of history to educate and entertain. suitcases&strollers chatted to Robin Hutson, Editor of Luxe Recess: For Parents Who Like Really Nice Hotels and mama to a 9-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy about why she loves her hometown and why your USA family holidays should be all about Boston baby.

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Family Holiday Canada : Vancouver Insider

Vancouver with kids is chock full of family friendly activities, says local Tara Cannon of Pint Size Pilot – Survival Skills for Travel with Kids. The scenery is stunning, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor options and the list of family friendly eateries is endless! The mum of Lucas (10) and Ella (7) gives suitcases&strollers her insider city secrets to the ideal Canada family holiday in Vancouver with kids.

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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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Family Holidays USA: Seattle Insider

As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle with kids is a treasure trove of family friendly activities. And it goes far beyond the (very cool) tours of the Boeing plant says Seattle blogger Terumi Pong of An Emerald City Life. Terumi lives in Seattle, Washington, USA and is mum to twin 6-year-old boys. She tells suitcases&strollers her city secrets to all the things to do in Seattle with kids (brace yourselves, it is a VERY long list!).

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California With Kids: San Jose Insider

A trip to San Jose and surrounds is about so much more than just goggling in awe at Google, says Cliff Hsia, owner of family travel blog Live Family Travel. He and his two girls Emily (5) and Chloe (2) say Silicon Valley with kids is not just for nerds – there are plenty of great family-friendly activities in San Jose. Here are his insider secrets to a family holiday in San Jose 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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Why Disneyland?

Theme parks for kids are everywhere, but there is some special about Disney in particular says Carolyn Moore. In 2013 the mother of two toddlers and her husband Nathan decided to do a Disney-trifecta tour – they visited three Disneylands in one year: Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland and Disney’s Californian Adventure in the Ahanheim in the US. She tells suitcases&strollers why, in her opinion, Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth – when it comes to theme parks for kids.

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