Kids' family travel tips and why they love family vacations. 9-year-old Winnie Mastores has recently become a bit of an expert on Asia having just spent over 5 months traveling around the region with her mum Tahli and brothers Gus (6) and Myles (3). Winnie may not have been attending school while she was visiting Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Thailand, but along the way she and her brothers used currency conversion and kilometres covered to practice their maths and blogging to practice their literacy skills. And Winnie learnt one of the most important skills of all – how to use travel to push herself out of her comfort zone.Read More
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.
Introducing withlocals.com, a travel website that allows you to sightsee, shop and eat like a local and learn all the city secrets of your family travel destination. If you’ve ever found yourself in a foreign city inside another international chain restaurant, you’ll be familiar with the frustration of feeling like you aren’t really accessing the country’s authentic culture beyond the tourist trail. Withlocals is a travel website that allows you stop being a tourist and start experiencing life like a local with their comprehensive hook up service that allows you to meet a local who can show you around and give you their insider travel tips.
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.
Tips for teaching kids to ride a bike. Cycling is a skill that not only allows kids to explore their neighbourhood; it can also be an activity you can take with you when you travel with kids too. From how to choose the right bike for kids to how much you should be spending, Kenneth Wee, Cycling Coach at Singapore Bike School gives suitcases&strollers his extremely comprehensive and helpful parenting tips for riding bicycles with kids.
Serviced apartments and hotels for families in Singapore. If you’re planning a family holiday to somewhere as busy, crowded and hot as Singapore with kids, you need really excellent facilities for when you are seeking downtime back at your accommodation. Here are some of the more baby and kid friendly hotels and accommodations in Singapore, the Lion City.
Traveling with kids doesn’t have to mean they are always eating chicken nuggets and fries. Nor should what your kids eat stop you from venturing to developing countries further afield. Even with kids on the road, you can still sample hawker and street fare as the locals do – on a small stool on the roadside – rather than feeling restricted to the hotel buffet. As proof, here are the suitcases&strollers family travel tips for 10 Asian street foods the kids will love.
Which are the best family friendly airlines when you fly out of Singapore with kids? International flights can be hard-wearing on children once the initial excitement wears off. But the good news is that many airlines, both legacy and budget, do go to extra lengths to keep kids (and their parents) happy when travelling. From gift packs to free in-flight entertainment for older kids; changing tables to extra carry-on luggage allowances just for nursing infants, the long-haul flight can be made a whole lot more enjoyable for parents if they know what to expect in advance. With that in mind, cheapflights.com.au has prepared a breakdown of 10 international carriers judged in terms of their child-friendliness all in a helpful infographic.
Information about the prevalence of rabies in Asia for families traveling with kids. Rabies is not a disease you commonly hear about or associate with family travel with kids, but it is something you should be keeping on your radar. In fact, children are at higher risk of contracting rabies as they are attracted to animals and less likely to be able to avoid scratches and bites from affected animals. For anyone traveling to Asia with kids including destinations like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji or the Philippines, here are some travel tips from International Medical Clinic in Singapore for how to avoid rabies coming into contact with your family.
Healthy meals for kids don’t have to disappear on family holidays. At an all inclusive family friendly accommodation like Rawa Island Resort, the children won’t be surviving on a pizza diet. Rawa has set up a very convenient buffet system for parents which means at every meal there is always plenty of homemade food prepared across a range of cuisine types as well as fresh fruit and vegetables to keep everyone happy. Here’s why, when it comes to great family holidays and mealtimes, the kids (and you) will love Rawa Island Resort.
There is no doubt that Singapore is a fantastic family holiday destination but it is not known for being a cheap holiday destination. Unless you have the insider tips to help you maintain your family holiday budget. There are plenty of free activities for kids in Singapore, you just need to know where to look. For alternative family holidays in Singapore with kids beyond the casinos, theme parks and expensive restaurants, here is the ultimate suitcases&strollers city guide to Singapore with kids on a budget.
Which is the best travel stroller to buy? The Baby Jogger City Select comes pretty close, says Singaporean realtor Amber Oh. And she should know. The mum and her husband photographer Alex Tan already own four strollers to get around with their three kids Ryan (5), James (3) and Melody (3 months) so they have some experience in what makes for a good, solid travel stroller. Amber put the Baby Jogger City Select to the test transporting their brood all over the Lion City including to a 5 kilometre family fun run in Sentosa. Here’s her verdict.
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).
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.
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.
Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, so a basic knowledge of first aid is always handy, especially if you are travelling to remote destinations with kids. In the terrible event that you’re in a foreign environment and something should happen to your kids, there are a few medical methods you can apply that might prevent a small incident from becoming a serious calamity. Dr. Samantha Izzard of International Medical Clinic (IMC) gives suitcases&strollers some basic first aid tips handy for when you’re traveling with kids. (Print these out and carry them in your suitcase with your other essential travel documents or travel emergency medical kit as you never know when you might need them.)
If your kids love superheros or are addicted to video games, a visit to a Comic-Con is in order. These are not just for adult nerds, insists Wayne Rée. The self-professed geek has been to two San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC or, as Wayne calls it, “the big daddy of Comic-Cons”) and is a regular every year at the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC). This year he even presented his own work at STGCC, a book of short stories called Tales From A Tiny Room. He tells suitcases&strollers why Comic-Cons make fantastic family holiday destinations for big and small kids.
Which are the essential travel vaccinations you need for visiting countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand with kids? Dr. Michael Rodger of International Medical Clinic (IMC) gives suitcases&strollers his travel tips for the essential list of travel vaccinations for Southeast Asia and why you need them if you are traveling with kids.
The highlight of a great family holiday for most kids is time spent splashing in the pool, particularly in the summer or in tropical countries. But there is no faster way to dampen a family vacation than an ear infection or sunburn. Dr. Tan Lih Yi of International Medical Clinic gives suitcases&strollers some of her travel tips for avoiding common medical conditions associated with long days in the water and swimming with kids.