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Tokyo Disney Versus Historic Japan for Kids

For years Alex Pizel (11) and his brothers Sean (8) and Joshua (5) have been asking their parents Jo and Mike to take them to Disneyland. Over Easter Jo agreed, planning a cultural immersion of Japan for kids with 4 days split between Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea and 3 days staying in a traditional ryokan (guest house) in Hakone. Did Hakone pale in comparison to Disneyland for the kids? Actually, not necessarily. suitcases&strollers chatted to Alex about his recommendations for family vacations in Japan and the pros and cons of a theme park for kids versus historical cultural experiences.  

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10 Ways To Do Christmas In London With Kids

London is wonderful for families at any time of year but it’s simply magical at Christmas: carol singers on Burlington Avenue, a giant tree in Trafalgar Square and the scent of roasted chestnuts filling the air. If you’re visiting London with kids over the silly season, here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips for family holiday activities to do with kids from where to visit Santa in London to how to find a flying snowman.

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Italy With Kids: Florence Insider

Daisy Beatriz Diaz has lived in Florence, Italy for the last decade. The mother of three (Manuel, 4, Pietro, 2, Margherita, 10 months) understands what it’s like to be a busy mum traveling with kids, so she offers her super cute gifts store, Baby Bottega, as a rest point for mothers who need somewhere to breastfeed when traveling with kids in Florence. She tells suitcases&strollers why she thinks Florence is the best family holiday destination in Italy for kids and adults.

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The Netherlands With Kids: Amsterdam

The capital city of The Netherlands is not just for backpackers or young singles. In fact, a family holiday to Amsterdam with kids provides a perfect combination of European culture and history with easy family living. Hidden behind the picture perfect façade of the Amsterdam canals, pedestrian bridges and tall townhouses with flowering window boxes lies a children’s paradise.

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Best Family Holiday Destinations In The World: Copenhagen With Kids

Canals, historical buildings, cobbled streets and lots of family-friendly activities. Copenhagen condenses all the best bits of a typical European city with some additional special touches to make it an especially attractive family holiday destination. Particularly in the summertime, Copenhagen with kids is all about cruisey boat rides, street entertainers and families out enjoying the sunshine. As the home to the likes of LEGO and Hans Christian Andersen, you know this is going to be one family-friendly city.

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Elsa & Anna’s Home in Frozen: Bergen

The small portside town of Bergen is one of Norway’s hidden gems. It has a gorgeous historical nautical village feel about it with colourful wooden houses perched along the cliffs, tiny cobbled streets and laneways full of cool designer boutiques, cafes and old churches and buildings. The UNESCO city may not be super famous but maybe it should be. After all, it is the city that inspired Arendelle in the Disney smash hit Frozen. If you’re planning to visit the Norwegian fjords with kids, this is a great way to experience a city in Norway with kids before hitting the countryside.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Melbourne Insider

Melbourne is such a hip and happening city, but does that make it a suitable family holiday destination? Absolutely, says blogger and self-confessed travel obsessive Sharon Gourlay. She regularly packs up her two kids (aged 4 and 2) and her suitcases to explore the rest of the world (which she documents on her website Where’s Sharon?) but when she’s in her Australian hometown there is plenty to do with her kids in Melbourne. Sharon tells suitcases&strollers all her insider tips to Melbourne with kids and why the changeable weather isn’t that bad.

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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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Oregon, with Jungle Girl Bindi Irwin

In February self-confessed Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin went to visit her extended family in the US with her mum, Terri, and brother Robert (10). The 15-year-old daughter of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin might live in the Aussie outback, but she loves the snow. She tells suitcases&strollers why Oregon is one of her favourite family holiday destinations and why it’s a fantastic place to travel with kids.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Adelaide Insider

Adelaide is creative, chilled out and a culinary centre, says creator of the gorgeous Pure Poppet Natural Play Makeup, Georga Holdich. The mother of Millie (almost 8) and Evie (almost 6 – the “almosts” are important!) say South Australia’s capital makes the perfect kids holiday destination precisely because it’s not a huge city like Sydney or Melbourne. Here are her secrets for why you should choose Adelaide for your next Australian holiday with kids.

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New York with Jungle Girl Bindi Irwin

New York City had the Irwin family in awe when they visited in March. Bindi Irwin (15) and her mum, Terri, and brother Robert (10) had a little something special for everyone, even in the midst of an extreme cold snap. Bindi, daughter of legendary crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, spreads the news to suitcases&strollers about why New York makes for a great family holiday destination – and maybe even a family adventure holiday.

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Free Things To Do In Most Cities With Kids

No matter which family holiday destination you choose, in most big cities there are multiple attractions providing free (or very cheap) entertainment for kids. While these might not be the stock standard tourist attractions to visit when traveling with kids, they can actually be a way to see a different part of the local culture, meet some local people and offer a surprisingly refreshing break from sightseeing. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel advisor for free activities to look out for on holidays with kids.

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New Jersey Insider

New Jersey is not second fiddle to New York, says Samantha Feuss of Have Sippy Will Travel. Her home state has the best pizza and glorious beaches for kids making it an ideal place for a family vacation. Or if you want a cheaper way to travel to New York with kids, it’s worth basing yourself out of Jersey, says the mother of one. She gives suitcases&strollers the scoop on activities, hidden gems and the best place to get a giant American breakfast when you’re in New Jersey with kids.

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Sydney Insider, With Wiggle Sam Moran

Former yellow Wiggle, Sam Moran, lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and four-year-old daughter, Eloise. When he’s not recording catchy tunes to entertain kids all over the world, he’s enjoys riding his bike around his city with Eloise in tow. He gives suitcases&strollers his travel guide to a holiday with kids in Sydney.

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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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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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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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New York City Insider

Samantha Feuss is one of the most influential mummy bloggers in the USA and runs website Have Sippy Will Travel. She lives in northern New Jersey but she and her 6-year-old son regularly visit New York. The Big Apple – with Times Square, Broadway, Central Park and so many iconic places – is one of the most buzzing cities in the world and this, Feuss says, makes it the perfect family holiday destination. She tells suitcases&strollers the essential tips you need to do New York with kids.


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