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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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Hiking the Grand Canyon With Kids & A Wheelchair

8 kids aged 9 to 19 carry their grandfather and his wheelchair through the Grand Canyon. At the end of March the Headings family paid tribute to their head, Bob Headings, by carrying about 250 to 300 pounds of Bob and his wheelchair and all the gear that the family needed over 3 days and 17 miles through the Grand Canyon. Their amazing family travel story will astound and certainly bring a few tears.

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Skiing in Australia: Snow in Victoria

Round up of skiing in Victoria, Australia with kids. Whether you want to do snowboarding in Australia or you just want to see snow in Australia, there are three options all within close proximity of Melbourne that make great choices as family holiday destinations. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel guide to skiing in Victoria with kids.

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Holiday Destinations Australia: Top 10 in Australia’s South West

Australia’s South West named in the Top 10 Family Friendly Destinations by Lonely Planet. Travelling to Western Australia with kids is renowned for its big blue skies, mild weather, stunning natural scenery and friendly local folk. But did you know that it is specifically the south west of the state that is a favourite for visitors from all over the globe? From the biggest free playground in the southern hemisphere to its glorious beaches, here are the top 10 reasons why Australia’s South West is a must visit family holiday destination in Western Australia for kids.

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Unusual Holiday Destinations: Vik in Iceland

Iceland is famous for its volcanoes and there is no better one to visit than the one that erupted in 2010, Eyjafjallajokull. From the unlikely little village of Vik in Iceland, there are lots of family friendly activities to do with kids (including Eyjafjallajokull) that will give a fantastic taster of what Iceland is all about – glaciers, waterfalls and huge volcanoes. For family adventure holidays, this is hard to go past.  

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School Holiday Camps

When should you send kids on school holiday camps? And how do you know when kids are really ready to travel on their own? Summer camp organisers – Merritt Gurley (Camp Director), Dave Milne (Founder of The Wild Planet) and Toby Bell (Marketing Manager of The Wild Planet) – have come together to host Thailand Summer Camps in Khao Yai in Thailand for kids at the end of June. They gave suitcases&strollers their advice on independent travel for kids and how and when to start getting your child camp ready.

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Extreme Adventure Holidays: Chasing The Northern Lights

If your kids love looking at the night sky, it’s worth considering taking them on one of the great once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences to view the Northern Lights. Photographer Joseph Bradley of Joseph Bradley Auroras has been taking photos of the Northern Lights for 9 years now and lives in Yukon, Canada with his kids aged 4 and 6 years old. He tells suitcases&strollers what you can expect to see, how to maximise your chances of catching a glimpse of them and how you will know if your kids are ready for a family holiday to chase the Northern Lights.

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Road Trips With Kids: The Golden Circle in Iceland

A family adventure holiday to Iceland with kids really isn’t complete without visiting the extremely popular Golden Circle. This is a 300 kilometre drive of natural geological formations and sites that takes in old volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers and even some Teutonic plates. To get a real sense of the landscape of Iceland (home to so many myths and legends) as well as to be able to spend some proper time at each stop, plan your own road trip with kids around the Golden Circle, instead of hopping on a tour bus. It’s easy to do a road trip with kids in Iceland – here’s all the family travel tips you need.

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Active Holidays For Families: Hiking Taipei With Kids

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.)

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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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Family Adventure Holidays: Tibet Insider

Unusual family holiday destinations don’t get much more unusual that Tibet. If you love family adventure holidays, Tibet with kids is a brilliant combination of hiking, sightseeing and appreciating the fresh air. Just ask guide Jamin York (who goes by the name Losang) who has lived in Tibet with kids Tsering (8) and Norbu (6) for more than 13 years. suitcases&strollers chatted to Losang of Plateau Photo Tours about what a family holiday in Tibet with kids really involves and when you should start planning.

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Everest Base Camp With Kids

Family adventure holidays don’t get much more adventurous than visiting the famous Base Camp at Mount Everest. But did you know, far from involving lots of hiking and serious climbing, you can actually drive right into Base Camp at Mount Everest with kids? Guide Jamin York – also known as Losang – has guided over 1,200 clients over the years around Tibet including his two sons Tsering (8) and Norbu (6). He also continues to take visitors on tours to Everest Base Camp from the Tibetan side. He tells suitcases&strollers his travel tips for how to do it and why visiting Everest Base Camp with kids is, in terms of unusual holiday destinations, one family holiday with a difference.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Juvet

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation in Norway that will also appeal to your design aesthetic, it’s worth planning a trip around the unique and uber cool boutique hotel Juvet. This is a design hotel quite unlike anything almost anything you will see anywhere else in the world. You get all the creature comforts of free wifi, beds, bathrooms and home cooked meals with a view to rival anything you’d see while camping with kids (without having to do the camping). For a memorable experience of rural Norway with kids, don’t miss this.

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Norway With Kids: Bøyabreen Glacier

For one of the most spectacular – and easy – drives you will do to see once-in-a-lifetime natural scenery, head to Fjærland in Norway. Here from the side of the road you will catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bøyabreen Glacier that actually comes all the way right down into the tourist carpark. If you want see a glacier with kids, it doesn’t get any more convenient than this.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Albury & Wodonga With Kids

If you’re driving between Sydney and Melbourne with kids, the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga have historically been a favourite place to stop and break up the road trip. But these two townships (one on the New South Wales border, the other in Victoria) have much more to offer than just a place to grab a coffee. If all you plan to see are the big cities, it’s definitely worth investing at least a day here to explore the sights and get a glimpse of what rural Australia has to offer.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Jumbo Stay

For kids who love planes, it doesn’t get cooler than this: a hostel built out of a real Boeing 747. Based outside the Stockholm airport in Sweden, Jumbo Stay is two star hotel accommodation inside a plane. The 1976 747-212B no longer flies but they’ve worked hard to maintain it’s original look and feel so while there you don’t have any of the inconvenience of the changed cabin pressure or turbulance, you will have a flat bed, shower and entertainment right inside a plane. If you’re visiting Stockholm with kids, this is one attraction not to be missed.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Tumbarumba

Set in the pretty New South Wales countryside, Tumbarumba is a tiny town that boasts spectacular scenic roads whether you choose to visit it via Sydney or Melbourne. This is the ideal place to explore some of the prettiest countryside in Australia with kids, venture into the famed Snowy Mountains, view some native wildlife, swim in the Murray River in the summer and ski or snowboard with kids in the winter.

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Family Adventure Holidays: The Inca Trail With Kids

If you’re planning a family adventure holiday, one of the most famous and memorable things to do in Peru with kids is to hike the Inca Trail. For those aged 12 and above, this is a chance to reach the famed Machu Picchu from a different perspective – after a 42-kilometre walk through the Peruvian Andes. The Inca Trail is popular and famous for good reason – it will take you through the most stunning scenery but it’s not too difficult for anyone with reasonable fitness. All you need is a love of the outdoors and an appetite for fresh air. 

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Skiing with Pre-Schoolers

If you want your kids skiing competently by the time they are teens, it’s worth starting lessons early while they’re young. Many mountains will take kids into ski school programs from as young as 3 years old. But be warned, this is an investment on the part of you as a parent for the future. If you are expecting your kids to be zipping down the runs after a couple of lessons on your first family holiday ski trip, think again. It’s far more likely there will be tears and tantrums – and that’s just from the parents. Here are our suitcases&strollers travel tips for what to expect when taking pre-schoolers skiing.

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Activities with Kids at Siem Reap’s Temples

Siem Reap is a buzz of activity and children will love the friendliness and creativeness of Cambodian people. Obviously it is known for the splendid temples built by long ago kings with a precision of modern engineering. But Siem Reap with kids is an excuse to get creative and add another dimension to the experience. Here are some ideas for pop quiz activities to do with kids in Siem Reap. Get your printer ready – you might want to take some of these along on family holiday with you.  

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