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How To Travel Like the Locals Do

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.

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10 Asian Street Foods For Kids

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.

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Avoiding Rabies in Asia

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.

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Vietnam With Kids: Hanoi Insider

Insider’s city guide to Hanoi with kids. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam with kids, it’s essential to set aside time in the capital city. Here is where you can find some of Vietnam’s best art galleries, there is a ridiculously quaint colonial centre to explore, parklands and lakes abound and there is that famed Vietnamese coffee everywhere. Le Anh Ngoc is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Apricot Hotel in Hanoi. The mother to 10 month old Linh Nhi tells suitcases&strollers about why you should visit her hometown of Hanoi with kids.

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Family Holiday Vietnam: Danang

If you’re keen to do Vietnam with kids, Danang is a good port of entry. It’s a convenient place to fly into areas such as Hoi An and Hue and there are plenty of direct flights from major cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore. But Danang is so much more than just an airport. There are brilliant beaches, delicious food and luxury resort living for the ultimate family holiday destination with kids.

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Vietnam Family Holidays: Halong Bay

Halong Bay With Kids. The jewel in Vietnam’s crown, Halong Bay with kids makes for a very relaxing family holiday that has a little more character than just hitting a beach. Traveling with kids in Vietnam can sometimes be hard work, so Halong Bay provides just the right mixture of relaxation and outdoor activity to break up a trip around the country or even as a family holiday destination in itself. Hire a boat and then just take a few days to sit back and soak up the stunning limestone island formations all around “Descending Dragon Bay” while the kids hike, explore caves and swim to their hearts’ content.

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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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Exercise While Travelling: Fun Runs with Kids

Marathons, triathlons, ironman competitions – these might not seem like events around which to build a family holiday. But they can actually make for a different, fun and educational way to travel with kids says Mike Pizel, dad to Alex (9), Sean (7) and Joshua (4). Mike has competed in multiple competitive races with his wife, Jo, all over the world and they’ve taken their kids to many of them. He tells suitcases&strollers how to get ready, set, go! and exercise while travelling by doing fun runs with kids.


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How To Use A Squat Toilet

Holes in the ground are the reality of travelling through the developing world, so it’s best to be prepared and know how to use one, especially if you’re taking young kids or toddlers with you. Jess Farrugia of With Two Kids In Tow, It’s Backpacking We Go took two girls under 6 on an extended budget holiday around Asia, so she knows a bit about how to handle the daunting squat toilet. Here are some of her tips for dealing with bathrooms in developing countries when traveling with kids. 

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Travel Books (For Kids)

Sometimes learning about other cultures doesn’t even require you to open the front door. Whether it’s to prep for an upcoming holiday or just to encourage a desire to see the world, books can be an excellent inspiration for children and adults. Here are some fun travel-themed books for kids.

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Family Holidays Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh

History is very much present in Vietnam, especially in Ho Chi Minh. If you’ve never been to the country, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is an excellent entry point with a mixture of historical sites, cheap shopping, glorious food and chill-out on-the-water activities. This charming Vietnamese city is changing rapidly. The beautiful colonial buildings are steadily being invaded by multinational chain restaurants (think Starbucks, BreadTalk, Jollibee and Burger King) and most locals are now abandoning the gorgeous traditional ao dai for Western style clothes. These are all good reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh with kids now, before international commercialisation changes the city forever.

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10 Reasons to Choose Cruises For Families

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. 

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Inspiring Travel Stories: Backpacking With Kids

Family travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Two years ago Jess Farrugia and her husband Jim took their two girls, Madeleine (then aged 5) and Yasmine (then 3), on a 363-day backpacking adventure all over the world including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada and The Philippines. She tells suitcases&strollers how her family managed to travel on a budget and why they chose to backpack with kids. 

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Family Holiday Vietnam: Hoi An

Vietnam with kids is a much easier family holiday destination than you might think, especially if you head to Hoi An. Since the bigger cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are more crowded, Hoi An offers just the right cocktail of culture, beach and delicious food for a family adventure holiday that's not too overwhelming for anyone. If you are traveling with kids and looking for a taste of Southeast Asia, Hoi An with kids is the ideal mix of activity and chillax. 

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