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Quirky Family Friendly Accommodation: Germany

Germany might not seem like an immediate choice for a memorable place to travel with kids, but once you see these amazing accommodation ideas, you might change your mind. From swinging in the trees to chilling out a la eskimo, here are some some place to stay with kids in Germany that will make your family holiday just that little bit more fun for everyone. 

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Little Globetrotter: Mia Cole

At the tender age of ten-years-old Mia Cole has travelled the world; she and her siblings Angus (7) and Annabel (3) currently live in Sydney, Australia, but the family has been all over Europe from England to Spain, France to Poland as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. Mia would love to go to the USA, she tells suitcases&strollers, if only those pesky customs queues weren’t so long. Here are her tips for how to travel with kids and have the perfect family holiday, from a child’s perspective. 


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The Permanent Travellers, Part 3

Herman Zapp and his wife Candelaria are fulfilling their lifelong dream to explore the world and have been travelling since 2000. Apart from a few months here and there, they have been on the road in their 7-seater Graham-Paige 1928 from Alaska to Argentina, all around Australia and around 13 countries in Asia. Their four children are truly global citizens and were born in the course of their parents’ travels – Pampa (11 in the USA), Tehue (8 in Argentina), Paloma (6 in Canada) and Wallaby (4 in Australia). Herman (currently in Zimbabwe) tells suitcases&strollers about the joys of permanently traveling with kids and why their life is so much more than just an extended family holiday.


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Bali With Kids: The Essentials

Hospitals, nannies, taxis and kids clubs. The lifestyle experts on the ground at Honeycombers Bali gave suitcases&strollers their must-have list of all the practicalities of travelling to Bali with kids. Print this out and keep it in your suitcase or tag this page on your iPad. From how to hire baby gear to how to hire a pool fence (a real necessity in those private villas), here the insider’s guide to the practicalities that will ensure a safe and stress-free family holiday on Indonesia’s favourite isle. 


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Little Globetrotter: Oliver Brown

Ollie Brown (6) is a British expatriate living in Singapore with his parents and little sister, Lottie (5).  As well as being a keen rugby player and very good at LEGO, he has done quite a bit of travel around Europe and Asia and the family usually vacay internationally three to four times a year. For him, the greatest travel tip for successfully traveling with kids is for the family to spend time together, simple as that. He tells suitcases&strollers about his favourite family holiday memories (with a little help from his mother). 


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Unique Family Holidays: North Sulawesi With Kids

Exotic enough to garner serious travel credentials, yet remarkably accessible even with tots in tow, North Sulawesi in Indonesia is a relatively undiscovered destination. Whether you spend your time traveling with kids to chill out on white sand beaches, climb up volcanoes or venture into the jungle, you’re bound for some serious adventure on this family holiday. North Sulawesi with kids...go!


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Travelling on a Budget (With Kids)

Family holidays can be fun when they are to exotic, once-in-a-lifetime destinations, but travelling with children can be a costly and expensive exercise. Family vacations don’t have to cost the earth – there are many ways to trim expenses. After all, kids don’t care about staying in five star hotels, they just want to spend time with you. Here are suitcases&strollers’ travel tips for how to do budget travel with kids. 


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Profile: Mrs Smith

Boutique hotel website Mr & Mrs Smith has long been the go-to resource for trendy getaways. But no longer is the brand just about couples’ retreats. This year they are going global with their new website Smith & Family providing choice child-friendly accommodations for family holidays. Founder Tamara Lohan and mother to Tom (6) and Alexandra (4) gives suitcases&strollers her personal recommendations for the best places to stay and travel with kids all over the world. 


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Japan With Kids: Kyushu Insider

Erica Knecht, creator of Expatria, Baby lived in Japan for over three years where she also gave birth to her now three-year-old daughter, Stella. She tells suitcases&strollers why southern Japan is a must-visit for parents traveling with kids and why Kyushu makes the idea family holiday destination.


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Bali With Kids: Bali’s Family-Friendly Restaurants

Bored of chicken nuggets with chips for the kids? We feel you. That’s why we asked the lifestyle experts at Honeycombers Bali for their recommendations for the best places to eat with traveling with kids on Indonesia’s favourite isle. Once the tykes try the resident menus of finger-lickin’ ribs, mouth-watering pizzas and freshly grilled fish, they’ll never ask for frozen food ever again. But the best thing about dining with kids in Bali is there are oodles of space to run around and burn off energy, leaving just enough room for an ice-cream (or another cocktail for the parents!). 


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Malaysia With Kids: Cameron Highlands

Missing a European-style Christmas while you’re in the tropics? Then Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands is a hidden gem. Perched high in the mountainous terrain, this weekend getaway spot is a gorgeous hark back to the colonial hey day of yesteryear and an interesting place to travel with kids. For a different family holiday from your standard Southeast Asian experience and a unique way to see Malaysia with kids, Cameron Highlands with kids is it.  


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Profile: Australian Rules Footballer Anthony Koutoufides

The former Carlton hero sports a different career since he retired from the AFL. Anthony Koutoufides has been a ballroom dancer on Dancing With The Stars, cook on Celebrity Come Dine With Me Australia and runs health clinics at Kouta Fit Club. His multi-varied career means he travels all over Australia and the globe and a few times a year he takes his kids Jamie (10), Monique (9) and Lukas (3) with him on family holiday. He tells suitcases&strollers why travelling with children (sometimes) makes them smile. 


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Travelling With Maids

If you’re lucky enough to have a domestic helper, taking her away with you on vacation might seem an easy solution to ensuring you actually get a decent break. But just as traveling with kids can be complicated, so too can a family holiday that involves fulltime hired help, says father of two, Shaun McEwan. The Singapore-based Aussie dad of Charlie (6) and Mary (2) tells suitcases&strollers about his experiences taking their family maid on holidays.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Port Stephens

A regular summer getaway for Sydneysiders, the local Aussie seaside area of Port Stephens is the ideal summer location to travel with kids. Big bright blue skies and an ocean perfect for beginner through to wannabe pro surfers are topped off with friendly dolphins who will ride the waves with you. For a totally chilled out family holiday in the sun, head to Port Stephens with kids, a favourite Sydney family holiday destination dude. 

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CONGRATULATIONS To The Finalists!

Will it be lazy massages while the kids play on the sand on a beach in Phuket? Or do you prefer sundowner drinks at a trendy bar in Bali? Or is Krabi you ultimate family holiday destination? It’s up to the winner of our competition to decide whether they prefer to jet set to Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Patong or Holiday Inn Resort Krabi for the best way to travel with kids – absolutely free. Here are the lucky finalists for the fabulous suitcases&strollers competition. 


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Profile: Journalist Tracey Spicer

Her face is most recognisable as a news anchor who has been in our lounge rooms on television screens in Australia, but Tracey Spicer has also been a travel writer for the past 7 years. The Sydney Morning Herald’s Mama Holiday is also mother to Grace (7) and Taj (8) whom she takes on vacation, both locally an internationally, about twice a month. She tells suitcases&strollers about her favourite family holidays and why she thinks it’s important to travel with kids. 


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WIN! A Family Holiday to Bali or Thailand!

It’s your decision. Bali, Phuket or Krabi – suitcases&strollers is giving away a fabulous holiday for one super lucky family. All you have to do is decide which delicious deluxe destination you want to indulge in. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*


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Family Friendly Accommodation: Hotels In Bali

Villas are all the rage in Bali but there’s a lot to be said for a good old-fashioned hotel with a fabulous kids’ club, a waterslide and a kids’ menu that makes mealtimes a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a flash five-star luxury getaway, a beachside jaunt or a holiday right in the heart of Kuta, Honeycombers Bali – the online guide to everything chic on Indonesia’s favourite isle – tell suitcases&strollers the insider’s tips to the perfect family-friendly hotels in Bali. 


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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Perth With Kids

For many travellers, visiting Perth is all about a stopover to a different destination: Margaret River, Ningaloo Reef, Broome…But this world-class city is quietly moving from a being a nice place to live to a family holiday destination in its own right. As a quintessentially Australian city there is the sun, sand and surf in the mix with top class restaurants, wonderful, chilled-out cafés and multitudes of beautiful parks. Perth with kids really is all about easy living, so get ready for a relaxing break (with a little culture and good food on the side).


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Profile: MasterChef Australia Finalist Audra Morrice

The audience favourite of Masterchef Australia series 4 not only embraces multiple cultures in the kitchen – she travels with her kids Alex (10) and Andre (8) regularly and tries to take them on an overseas holiday at least once a year. Audra Morrice chats to suitcases&strollers about her favourite family holidays and shares some tips on introducing foreign foods to kids who are fussy little eaters. 


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