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Road Trips With Kids: From A Kid’s Perspective

What do children really think about family road trips with kids? In June 2014 Tom Ingram (11) and his siblings George (9) and Sophie (7) and his parents went on an epic family road trip around Australia that covered 17,000 kilometres in 70 days. They drove from Kiewa to Adelaide, then up through central Australia to the Flinders Ranges, the Oodnadatta track, Coober Pedy, Uluru (we were here 2 days and that was enough), Kings Canyon (pretty tough but great rim walk views), Alice Springs (awesome nocturnal animal tour), Darwin, Corroborree Billabong (where we stayed on a house boat. AMAZING – watch out for the crocs – we saw heaps!) and Kakadu. Then across to Queensland to Karumba, Atherton Tablelands, Seisia (near the top of Cape York) and down to Cape Tribulation (saw cassowaries at the Discovery Centre), Port Douglas, Magnetic Island and all the way back to Kiewa. Phew! Tom chatted to suitcases&strollers about his family road trip and about whether long drives are actually enjoyable for kids.

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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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Free Things To Do In Brisbane With Kids

If you’re looking for cheap holiday destinations in Australia with kids, Brisbane is a good option. With its relaxed pace and tropical climate, Brisbane lives up to its role as capital of the so-called “Sunshine State” of Australia with plenty of free things to do with kids. While visitors and residents spend much of their time outside in parks, cycling along the riverside bikeways and cruising the Brisbane River on CityCats, Brisbane has plenty of family-friendly indoor attractions should the heavens open up. Here are some suggestions for free activities to do in Brisbane with kids.

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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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WIN! A Luxury Family Holiday in Port Douglas

The best family holiday destinations in the world are all about the crucial combination of parental enjoyment and kids’ entertainment and the super chic QT Port Douglas has both. Family friendly accommodation means lots of activities (outdoor movies, vintage bicycling, tennis, beach and pool play) combined with those little touches the help parents chillax (babysitting, kitchenettes in the villas and a gorgeous spa). Sounds perfect? Then enter our competition to WIN a three-night luxury family holiday in a 2-bedroom villa at QT Port Douglas courtesy of suitcases&strollers and our friends at Smith & Family. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*

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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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Long Haul Flights With Kids, With Jungle Girl Bindi Irwin

Teen conservationist, Bindi Irwin, knows a bit about flying with kids long haul. Since infancy she has been jetsetting around the globe for media appearances and television shows with her mother, Terri, brother Robert (10) and her (now deceased) famous father, the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. Now aged 15, Bindi says flying with kids only gets easier as they get older. She shares her tips for surviving long distance flights with kids, from a kids’ perspective.

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Profile: Chubby Hubby

Aun Koh is known for his love of eating and travelling which has resulted in his highly successful food blog (wryly titled Chubby Hubby) that documents his culinary adventures. Over the years he has explored the world with his wife, Su-Lyn Tan, sampling the finest cuisines to exotic street foods. But these days travel is a little less glamorous and more sedate thanks to the arrival of his son Toby (3). He tells suitcases&strollers how a dedicated Singaporean foodie has adjusted his travel tastes to holiday with kids.

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Bringing Food Into Australia

Australian quarantine laws seem bizarre and confusing to the rest of the world. They are extremely strict about bringing food into the country – including snacks, purees and milks for babies and kids. As laughable as these laws sound, the Aussies take them pretty seriously. Here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips for foods you can (and cannot) bring into Australia.

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Profile: Australian Idol Winner Damien Leith

Australia Idol, winner of multiple ARIA award, television host and finalist on Dancing With The Stars Damien Leith travels nearly every other week interstate in Australia (he lives in Sydney) or overseas to the US. He has been almost everywhere in Europe, lived in Africa and boasts a huge list of countries visited including Hong Kong, Kenya, Spain, Nepal, Namibia, Singapore…the list goes on. Still, the travel bug hasn’t been satiated and he makes it a point to make sure Jarvis (8), Jagger (6) and Kikki (3) – his kids – will love travel too. Damien tells suitcases&strollers his travel tips for successful family holiday and how to survive long haul flights with kids.

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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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Family Beach Safety Tips, with Bondi Rescue

Lifeguard Dean “Deano” Gladstone has been associated with surf lifesaving since the age of 5 and a professional since 2000. On the hit television series Bondi Rescue and the beaches of Bondi in Sydney, Australia, the father of two (Lucy, 2, and Gus, 1 month) regularly saves lives and he loves helping people. He gives suitcases&strollers his tips for a safe day at the beach with 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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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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Lamington National Park, with Jungle Girl Bindi Irwin

Hiking is a healthy and active way to get back in touch with nature, says Bindi Irwin. But to make it a successful family holiday activity, there are a few essentials you’ll need. In January the 15-year-old little crocodile hunter and her mum, Terri Irwin, and brother, Robert (10), left their home at Australia Zoo for some time in one of Queensland and Australia’s most beautiful national parks. Here are her tips for how to hike with kids.  


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Thank You From Christmas Island

Last year suitcases&strollers put out a call for help for the many families incarcerated on Christmas Island as asylum seekers by asking you to donate to not-for-profit organisation Books For New Arrivals. Your generous support was converted into quantities of English language books and dictionaries for the families – including women and children – detained on Christmas Island in Australia indefinitely waiting to be official approved (or not) as refugees. The books arrived…to overwhelming response. 


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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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Profile: Australian Rules Footballer Anthony Koutoufides

The former Carlton hero sports a different career since he retired from the AFL. Anthony Koutoufides has been a ballroom dancer on Dancing With The Stars, cook on Celebrity Come Dine With Me Australia and runs health clinics at Kouta Fit Club. His multi-varied career means he travels all over Australia and the globe and a few times a year he takes his kids Jamie (10), Monique (9) and Lukas (3) with him on family holiday. He tells suitcases&strollers why travelling with children (sometimes) makes them smile. 


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Weekend Road Trips With Kids, with Jungle Girl Bindi Irwin

Raising funds for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and a trip to Brisbane made for an exciting weekend this month for the Irwin family. It's a one-and-a-half hour drive from Australia Zoo to Brisbane where the evening event was held, so Bindi Irwin tells suitcases&strollers how the Crocodile Hunter’s family turns a potentially tedious work commute into a fun, one night holiday for the kids (and how travelling with children doesn't always have to be an elaborate extravaganza). 


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