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.
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.
Taipei with kids is about more than just seeing a big city. Just ask Stu Dawson of Taiwan Adventures who runs tours of the many hiking trails surround Taiwan’s capital city. He tells suitcases&strollers about the best places to go around Taipei with kids to hike and experience the great outdoors for those looking for active holidays for famillies. (Don’t forget your camera! There are some pretty awesome views to be had too.)
Taiwan is a very underrated family holiday destination, says Kai Speth, General Manager of Grand Hyatt Taipei. He lives in the Taiwanese capital with his children Erik (11) and Ana (9) and has many, many, many family-friendly activities he likes to do in Taipei with kids. suitcases&strollers chats to Kai about his very extensive list of must-dos in Taipei with kids.
In December Emilia Wright backpacked for 10 days around Taiwan with her parents Brooke and Mark. The purpose of the trip was to encourage Emilia to develop her foreign language skills (Emilia is learning Mandarin fulltime at her school in Singapore). Neither Brooke nor Mark can speak Mandarin, so the family was heavily reliant on Emilia to help them communicate with the locals. Emilia tells suitcases&strollers about her experiences acting as a translator – at the tender age of 6!
Imagine travelling to a foreign country where you cannot speak the language – but your child can. Brooke Hayne and her husband, Mark, are based in Singapore with their daughter Emilia (6) who attends a Mandarin immersion school program. As a result, Emilia can speak Chinese while Brooke and Mark can only comprehend a few words. To encourage Emilia’s language development, the family travelled to Taiwan in December to let Emilia practice what she has been learning in school. Brooke tells suitcases&strollers her family’s experience learning a foreign language through travel.
An entire fleet of airlines all dedicated to Hello Kitty and the other Sanrio characters? Introducing Hello Kitty Jets. It sounds surreal and gimmicky, but this is a real operational fleet of one Boeing 777ER and five Airbus 300s. Here’s suitcases&strollers’ behind-the-scenes tour of perhaps the most fun and unique way to fly with kids.
Matt Gross, author of travel memoir The Turk Who Loved Apples, has travelled the globe for his famed columns "The Frugal Traveler" and “Getting Lost” in The New York Times and his blog The Minor Glories. He tells suitcases&strollers about how travel has changed for him since the birth of his kids Sasha (4) and Sandy (8 months) and why these days travelling with kids, he tries not to get lost.
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.Read More