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Parents Can Enjoy Kids-Free Time at Bintan Lagoon Resort

Bintan Lagoon Resort has long been a favourite family holiday destination for families travelling from Singapore, but that doesn’t mean your whole holiday has to be about the kids. Because the Indonesian-based resort offers so many different activities for children of all ages – including the comprehensive Nutty Bunch kids’ club – parents can have the freedom of enjoying some well-deserved kid-free time.

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Dengue Fever

Mosquito-borne diseases can be problematic when travelling in tropical countries with kids. While many seasoned travellers are used to taking malaria into account, it is less well known that dengue fever also poses a risk, even in countries that are malaria-free (such as Singapore). In fact there are already 7,706 new dengue cases reported in Singapore this year. Dr. Niek ter Mors from International Medical Clinic (IMC) Singapore, a family medical centre with a specialisation in travel, tells suitcases&strollers how to avoid dengue when traveling with kids. 

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Kids Activities at Bintan Lagoon Resort

For a few days of sun-soaked fun in the fresh air, it’s hard to look past Bintan Lagoon Resort. Kids will love the freedom of the volume of space, the beachfront and the watersports on this famous Indonesian isle. If you’re looking for family holidays in Singapore, this family holiday destination packed with activities for kids is just an incredibly easy private ferry ride away. All you have to do is put on your swimmers.

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On The Beach Holidays: Telunas Private Island & Telunas Beach Resort

For a family beach holiday that doesn’t require you to fly from Singapore, Telunas Resorts provides an economic option that will make you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re after an easy family holiday destination of sun, sand and sea water, this is a great way to experience a little of Indonesia with kids. Plus, for a limited time, suitcases&strollers readers get an exclusive discount at both Telunas Resorts and all kids under 18 stay FREE! Read on to find out more.

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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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The Permanent Travellers, Part 5

Erin Bender of Travel With Bender has been travelling the world with her husband, Josh Bender, and two children Mia (5) and Caius (4) since May 2012. They have been all over North America, Europe and Southeast Asia with kids from Cancun to Aqaba, Cape Canaveral to Manila. Along the way they’ve experienced everything from petting tigers to eating their way around Greece (where they are now) and they’ve logged it all on their blog. Erin tells suitcases&strollers what she and her kids love about being permanent travellers (and it’s not quite so adventurous or unachievable as you’d think). 

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The Ultimate Barbie Experiences

If your little girls can’t get enough of the blonde bombshell that is Barbie, perhaps it’s time to embrace their love of hot pink and seek out these fantasy-like experiences. Whether it’s just an afternoon in a mall to dedicating an entire island holiday to Barbie, here are some of the most memorable kids holiday ideas for Barbie fans.

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Road Trips With Kids: The Singapore to Malaysia Border Crossing

If you’re planning to cross the border overland between Singapore and Malaysia with kids, the process is very straightforward. You don’t have to sit for hours in long queues among hundred of other cars. Follow this simple suitcases&strollers travel advisor and you’ll be on your way to a fabulous family holiday destination in no time via the overland Singapore and Malaysia border crossing, rather than having to get on a plane.

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Underwater Hotels

Under the sea is always a fascinating place for children and sometimes just a few hours snorkeling is not enough. To really indulge a love of marine life and nature, an underwater hotel room is a unique family adventure holiday activity for everyone and (in some cases) you don't even need to know how to swim. Whether you are sightseeing in Singapore, lazing around in Florida or in Africa with kids, Here are some amazing and exotic family-friendly hotels for parents traveling with kids...that are actually under water. 

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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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Little Globetrotter: Sean Pizel

Sean Pizel (7) lives with his brothers Alex (10) and Joshua (5) in Singapore. The family travels multiple times a year and makes a particular effort to organise staycations where they rent a hotel on the island and all bunk in together for the weekend – a fun way to do a quick family holiday. He tells suitcases&strollers about travelling to places like Vietnam, Australia and Malaysia with kids…from a child’s perspective. 

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Malaysia With Kids: LEGOLAND Malaysia, In Photos

Sometimes the best way to figure out if it’s worth visiting somewhere is to see it for yourself. If you’re looking for family holiday destinations in southern Malaysia with kids, LEGOLAND Malaysia  is a theme park certainly worth adding to add to the to-do list. They have just recently opened the LEGOLAND Hotel and a full LEGOLAND waterpark which now makes it’s a very viable two or three day kids holiday activity. And because of its location right on the Malaysian border, it’s one of the hottest places to visit from Singapore with kids too. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect at Johor Bahru's most popular amusement park.

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Little Globetrotter: Mia Cole

At the tender age of ten-years-old Mia Cole has travelled the world; she and her siblings Angus (7) and Annabel (3) currently live in Sydney, Australia, but the family has been all over Europe from England to Spain, France to Poland as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. Mia would love to go to the USA, she tells suitcases&strollers, if only those pesky customs queues weren’t so long. Here are her tips for how to travel with kids and have the perfect family holiday, from a child’s perspective. 


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Things To Do at Singapore Changi Airport (For Kids)

If you’re exiting after a family holiday to Singapore, the national airport is a surprisingly good place to spend time as a family. Not only does it run like a dream, it’s chock full of activities for children (many of which are free, including the giant SpongeBob pineapple house). This makes all the difference for families traveling with kids because, as a regional hub, suddenly Singapore is a very viable and practical place to stopover for a few hours to break up two long haul flights. If you happen to find yourself at Changi, here is the comprehensive guide to things to with your kids in Singapore. 


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Little Globetrotter: Oliver Brown

Ollie Brown (6) is a British expatriate living in Singapore with his parents and little sister, Lottie (5).  As well as being a keen rugby player and very good at LEGO, he has done quite a bit of travel around Europe and Asia and the family usually vacay internationally three to four times a year. For him, the greatest travel tip for successfully traveling with kids is for the family to spend time together, simple as that. He tells suitcases&strollers about his favourite family holiday memories (with a little help from his mother). 


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Perks of Travelling With Kids

No, this is not a science fiction novel or an example of a witty oxymoron. There really are some perks to going on the road, the plane and on vacation with young children, says Jennifer Gargiulo. The mother of Alexander (12) and Eliot (8) and author of hilarious blog Diary of An Expat in Singapore tells suitcases&strollers how the sippy cup can sometimes be half full on family holiday (provided the kids don’t spill it first). 


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Flying to Bring Home Baby

Imagine how surreal it would be to be sipping Champagne and relaxing on a flight from Singapore to halfway across the world, only to return on the same plane a week later with two small babies in tow. This was Katherine Blair’s* introduction to parenthood when she and her husband, Nico, adopted two baby girls (4 months) from Ethiopia in November. She tells suitcases&strollers about the bizarre situation of being a first time parent packing to travel with children you don’t actually have yet and how air travel changed for her in just the space of one return flight. 


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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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International Adoption

Adopting a child from another country is certainly not the same as planning a holiday, but it does involve international borders, multiple countries and families with young children. While every individual family’s experiences are completely different, suitcases&strollers also recognises that there is a distinct lack of information to help guide people who want to understand more about the process. With that in mind, here is a bit of a starter kit of things parents should think about if you are considering adopting a child from another country.  

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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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