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Snorkeling with Kids

A family beach holiday where the kids spend their days swimming with manta rays, turtles and dolphins isn’t so exotic or difficult as it seems, says Joseph Lassus from Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives. Joseph’s job as a marine biologist is to introduce his guests to the underwater world of reef, fish and animals and one of the best ways to this is through snorkeling. He tells suitcases&strollers why snorkeling for kids is an easy and fun activity for any family vacation.

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Whale Watching in Western Australia

Animal lovers rejoice – it’s whale watching season again in Australia’s South West. In other parts of the world whale watching with kids can be a tedious experience with very little reward – you could go several hours and only see a spurt of water in the far distance – but in Western Australia whale spotting with kids is a life-changing event. Here you can get right up close to the massive sea mammals – all without even needing to get wet.

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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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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Coffs Harbour Insider

Rose Jacobs wears many hats including being the travel expert on FOXTEL’s The Lifestyle Channel, mother to Isabella (3) and Frenchie (1) and wife of TODAY weather presenter Steve Jacobs. She grew up in the Coffs Harbour area in eastern Australia and still loves the favoured local family holiday destination. From swimming in the Rosewood River to soaking up the sun on the stunning beaches, Rose tells suitcases&strollers why travel with kids in Coffs Harbour is absolutely perfect.

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Backwaters of Kerala

A world away from the rest of India is the verdant, peaceful state of Kerala. And the absolute highlight of any trip to Kerala with kids is a couple of nights sailing the “backwaters”. Silently cruising the tributaries, lakes and canals and witnessing life happen around you while you eat the local food and relax is an strangely exilherating combination of chilled out yet culturally enriching experience. There is no doubt, a trip on a Kerala houseboat with kids in the backwaters is the perfect family holiday destination.

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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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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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Profile: Luxury Travel Mom

Kim-Marie Evans lives a pretty envious lifestyle. Not only is she a travel writer who gets paid to holiday, her specialty is luxury travel (hence her fabulous name for her website Luxury Travel Mom). She travels at least 2 weeks a month and has been to 23 countries including Cuba, Haiti and Rwanda. Better yet, she gets to do almost all of it with her four kids Macie (15), JJ (14), Wilson (11) and Keaton (8). She tells suitcases&strollers all about the realities of luxury family holidays. (And yes, you will be jealous.)

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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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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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Durban Insider

It may not be South Africa’s most famous city, but Durban still has a lot to offer says local Cara Mullin. The founder of www.kidzworld.co.za, the go-to guide for parents in South Africa, and mother of two kids aged 9 and 11 says if you want to stunning beaches, amazing coastlines and to go on safari with kids, Durban has it all. She tells suitcases&strollers her insider tips for a family-friendly way to experience South Africa with kids. 


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CONGRATULATIONS To The Winners of Our Nikoi Competition!

Last year suitcases&strollers hosted a competition for one lucky family of readers to win a holiday with kids at Nikoi. Sorelle Marchand, her husband Nick and daughter, Maya (3), have returned from the luxury Indonesian private island relaxed and rejuvenated. As a thank you, Sorelle gave suitcases&strollers her Nikoi review about why this is such a fabulous place to travel with kids. (And if you don't want to miss your chance to enter a suitcases&strollers competition in the future to win a fabulous prize like this, make sure you sign up to our mailing list.)

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Airbnb With Kids

Travel with kids can be expensive, especially if you choose prime family holiday destinations in large cities. That’s where Airbnb has found their niche. The website provides access to small and more unique accommodation options that can allow you to stay in places that have full facilities (just like a house) but without costing a fortune – because you stay in other people’s homes. No, this is not just a service for backpackers. Airbnb actually has family friendly accommodation and can be a clever and cost effective way to travel with kids too. Two suitcases&strollers mums tell us their experiences using Airbnb with kids.


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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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Family Beach Safety Tips, with Bondi Rescue

Lifeguard Dean “Deano” Gladstone has been associated with surf lifesaving since the age of 5 and a professional since 2000. On the hit television series Bondi Rescue and the beaches of Bondi in Sydney, Australia, the father of two (Lucy, 2, and Gus, 1 month) regularly saves lives and he loves helping people. He gives suitcases&strollers his tips for a safe day at the beach with kids.  


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The Permanent Travellers, Part 4

For some people, traveling with kids is not a family holiday; it is a way of life. In 2000 Pampa Zapp’s parents (Herman and Candelaria) started out on their dream to travel permanently around the globe. Pampa was born on their long journey between Argentina and Alaska. He is now 11 years old and has 3 younger siblings including his brother Tehue (8), born in Argentina. The family has traversed the world almost non-stop in their vintage Graham-Paige 1928 car from New Zealand to Asia, all over Australia and now in Zimbabwe, Africa on their way to Mozambique. Pampa and Tehue tell suitcases&strollers the best places to travel round the globe…from a kid’s perspective.  


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On The Beach Holidays: Bunaken

As tropical paradises go, Bunaken Island is a relatively undiscovered gem. This tranquil island hideaway nestled in a marine nature preserve just off the coast of North Sulawesi makes an idyllic backdrop for some chilled out family time, with a little SCUBA on the side. Perfect for a beach family holiday that’s stress free, this is the ideal way to visit Indonesia with kids (without any hassle).  


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