Former editor of Cosmopolitan and Cleo, Mia Freedman, is known for her topical, heart-on-sleeve approach. That’s why readers love her website, Mamamia, where she offers everything from parenting advice to political opinions and commentary. Here she provides a refreshingly honest perspective to suitcases&strollers about her experiences on family holidays with her 3 kids Remy (9), Coco (11) and Luca (20).Read More
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
Meet travel writer Eric Stoen of family travel blog Travel Babbo. If you think you’re well traveled, Eric is about to make you feel like a positive home body. This dad has been to 81 countries and 24 just last year. 19 of those he traveled to with his three kids Evelyn (11), Henry (9) and Sadie (7). He has been to such faraway places as Myanmar, Ethiopia, Oman and even Antarctica. His goal is to get to 5 new countries every year and he usually manages to set foot in at least 15 in total. He shares his expert family travel tips with suitcases&strollers.
How to visit Noumea, New Caledonia, with kids. The cosmopolitan capital city of New Caledonia has plenty to offer for a short stay for families. Beaches, water sports and an eclectic mix of Pacific Islanders, French expats and tourists make this little city an easy and enjoyable break before you head off to the more remote areas of the country for that picture postcard tropical getaway. The city particularly comes alive when the cruise ships come in and suddenly all the little shops and eateries that looked so closed and abandoned open their doors and are filled with music, people and laughter.
What to do in New Caledonia’s Bourail with kids. Despite its charming French influence, pristine beaches and impressive accessibility to coral reefs, Bourail in New Caledonia is still a family travel destination that is largely undiscovered. Hire a car, bring your swimmers and explore some delightfully quaint seaside locations – that you need only share with a few stray locals and no fast food chains, hawkers or tourist buses.
Travel planner for family holidays on The Big Island in Hawaii for kids. The Big Island with kids is a good mixture of outdoorsy activities as well as huge family oriented beach resorts. This is a good middle ground if you’d like to see some magnificent natural scenery but still get a large resort experience. Here the adventure stuff is easily accessible for little ones – you can drive straight up to a live volcano and see volcanic rock from right outside the airport. But all the amenities and luxuries of resort life are still available to entertain and keep you relaxed too.
5 Things To Do In Blackpool With Kids A family favourite for many years, Blackpool is the perfect place for a weekend trip or a longer stay. Blackpool has plenty of attractions with activities suited to various ages and abilities, making it the perfect family-friendly spot for your next trip and a favoured British family beach getaway. Whether there’s rain or shine, there is always something new to discover in Blackpool – and with fun-filled attractions and award-winning beaches, you’ll never be stuck for something to do. Here are 5 family friendly attractions in Blackpool for kids.
Family holidays in Hawaii with kids. If you’re planning a family vacation in Hawaii, it’s pretty hard to go past the Aulani Disney Resort Hawaii. Conveniently located on Oahu island, there is everything you need to keep young kids (and their parents) entertained. As well as a pristine beach and multiple pools and water play areas, there is live entertainment as well as the all important roaming Disney characters all on the one property. For a trip to Hawaii with kids that doesn’t require you to ever leave the resort, this is the place to be.
Things to do on family holidays in Fiji with kids. Fiji has long been a favourite family holiday destination for its glorious weather, tropical beaches and friendly people. And while lying on the sand all day can be pretty relaxing, sometimes kids (and parents!) just need to get out of the resort for a change of scenery and to do something different. If you are after active outdoor family holidays, here are some family travel tips for things to do in Fiji away from your hotel.
Family travel tips for Nova Scotia with kids. Lisa Gleave lives in Nova Scotia with her kid Solomon (6) where she is also General Manager of Mermaid Theatre. While the productions of her company travel the world (The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites is appearing in Singapore in March), Lisa is also passionate about the joys of her home area and wants to share them with other parents. If you love the great outdoors, quiet beaches and being on the water, she says, Nova Scotia is the perfect family holiday destination. Here is her insider destination guide to travel with kids in Nova Scotia.
Activities for kids in Bright, Porepunkah and surrounds. Bright in Victoria makes for one of the most memorable country escapes outside of Melbourne. Set in the Ovens Valley, there are gorgeous mountains surrounds, many activities to do in the Ovens River and plenty of bike and walking paths to explore. If you are looking for a picturesque countryside escape, this is a pretty special place.
Travel guide to Christmas Island for families. With a name like “Christmas Island”, this Australian protectorate has all the makings of a memorable family holiday destination. If your kids love the great outdoors and active family holidays, here you can get very close to rare wildlife, explore the reefs and cliff edges and just run wild and free. There are no manufactured tourist attractions or resorts (just loads of nature to discover) which means you will feel like you are the only visitors on the island – and that is a very rare experience indeed. Here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips to Christmas Island with kids.
The Man in Seat 61 tells suitcases&strollers his favourite train journeys with kids. Mark Smith is a career railwayman who has travelled all over the globe including from London to Tokyo via Moscow’s Trans-Siberian Railway, to Turkey, Syria and Jordan and around Hong Kong, Mongolia and Beijing. His kids Nathanel (9) and Katelijn (6) have followed him and his wife Nicolette on train journeys from the UK to Italty, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco and right across the USA from New York to Los Angeles. Wherever he goes, he always tries to sit in Seat 61 and documents his travels plus lots of other useful information for train enthusiasts on his website. Here are his really thoughtful insights into why travel by train with kids is so much more rewarding than any other form of transport.
How to teach kids to surf on family holidays. If you dream of your kids riding the waves at the World Surfing Games, then surfing with kids is a great family holiday activity to get everyone started outdoors and on the beach. But what’s a good age to start and how do you know they’re ready? Rina of Pro Surf School Bali is a surfing teacher who has been on the board since the age of 8. She tells suitcases&strollers all family travel tips you need to get the kids surfing.
Malaysia beach resorts may not be as famous as their Southeast Asian neighbours, but this means that the marine life can often be more pristine. If you’re keen on snorkeling in Malaysia or SCUBA diving somewhere that’s an easy commute from Singapore, you should certainly be look at Rawa Island Resort says Adam Cheang. The Resident Divemaster says the reef there is some of the most beautiful and diverse he has ever seen – and many of the fish can be spotted just walking in offshore. He takes suitcases&strollers on a virtual tour of what it feels like to snorkel and dive at Rawa Island Resort with kids – get your goggles and swimsuit ready as you’ll definitely be inspired.
Weekend getaways with kids around Melbourne. Every family holiday planner in Victoria should include at least a day trip out to Beechworth, a town in northern Victoria with a great reputation as a family holiday destination. The heritage town boasts a gorgeous streetscape of shops and restaurants that all maintain a country escape feel. Just outside of town there are farm stays, wineries and cycling trails. For a taster of just how pretty regional Australia can be, don’t miss Beechworth.
Perth with kids is a pretty perfect city. Beaches, blue skies, parks, brilliant weather and that charming Aussie laid back vibe – what’s not to love? suitcases&strollers chatted to blogger Amanda Kendle of I’m Not A Ballerina – I’m A Traveller and a Thinker and mama to a four-year-old son about Australia’s west coast and her insider tips for the best things to do in Perth with kids. Here is the suitcases&strollers Perth city guide.
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.
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.
Highlights of family holidays in Albury with kids. The best family holidays in Australia always involve the great outdoors and that is why Albury is such a fantastic family holiday destination. Almost halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga have tons to offer for families traveling with kids who want to stop on a road trip with kids. But perhaps lesser well known is the fact that there is some truly beautiful and awe inspiring scenery to be seen in the region, if only you know where to look. Here, the suitcases&strollers travel tips for some of the best activities to do with kids in Albury (and Wodonga).