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Playing The Disney Princess

Angela Bonser has lovingly created about 24 handmade, bespoke Disney costumes for her daughter Haylie. Many are remarkably close to the originals, come with accessories and are so stunning they need to be seen to be believed. The pair are regulars at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California (they visit two to four times a month – and sometimes more!) and Haylie often goes in full regalia – including acting out the part of her chosen character. Angela tells suitcases&strollers why visiting Disneyland with kids in costume is just so much fun.

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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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Walt Disney World Florida Insider

Cheryl Leung has been to Walt Disney World 15 times. Becoming the mother of a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm either; the family has visited Disney World with kids five times in the last five years. The owner of travel blog Kids on a Plane gives suitcases&strollers her travel tips for how to plan a fun-filled family vacation at Disney World, perhaps Florida’s most famous kid-friendly holiday destination. 


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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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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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Searching For The Hobbit in New Zealand

If your kids are mad for The Hobbit franchise, there is a way you can take them to Middle Earth. In Waitomo, New Zealand, there are hobbit tours where you can visit actual sites where scenes from the movies were shot. Suzie Denize of Hairy Feet Waitomo owns a farm in the Mangaotaki Valley with stunning limestone cliffs and rustic bushland which became the home of three trolls, a couple of wizards, some dwarves and a hobbit named Bilbo. Now the farm is open to visitors who want to hear stories about the filming and to step foot where Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman walked. For a truly memorable family holiday, Denize tells suitcases&strollers how to do New Zealand with kids, hobbit style.

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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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Hong Kong Rugby Sevens With Kids

One of Asia’s biggest sport events is back in Hong Kong. If you’re a fan, don’t worry. The dream is not over after you have kids and the Sevens doesn’t need to be just about big boys’ boozy fun. The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is actually very child-friendly and, if your kids love sport, makes for an excellent family holiday destination in itself. Get ready. March 28 to 30 is the time to travel with the kids to Hong Kong and see some serious sport. 


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The Hello Kitty Jets

An entire fleet of airlines all dedicated to Hello Kitty and the other Sanrio characters? Introducing Hello Kitty Jets. It sounds surreal and gimmicky, but this is a real operational fleet of one Boeing 777ER and five Airbus 300s. Here’s suitcases&strollers’ behind-the-scenes tour of perhaps the most fun and unique way to fly with kids.


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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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Family Friendly Festival: WOMADelaide

WOMADelaide (World of Music, Arts and Dance, 7-10 March 2014) in South Australia’s capital is the ultimate child-friendly music festival. Beautifully set in the Adelaide Botanic Park on the northern edge of the city, your children will dance bare foot in the grass to the sounds of African drums, South American panpipes and French hip hop. It makes for the perfect higlight to any family holiday Down Under and is a great reason to travel to Adelaide with your 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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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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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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Designer Disney Princess

Disney Princess gowns might conjure up images of unwillingly purchased dress-ups made of cheap polyester, but no more. High fashion and kids franchises have met in a creative collaboration with some of fashion's biggest names and only for public viewing until November 13 2013. Whether you're a fashionista or have a budding one in your family, this is a fun way for little (and big) girls to see a grown-up version of their princess fashion fantasies. 

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Halloween As History Lesson

If you’re not a committed annual participant, then every October’s Halloween brings up the old debate. Is it commercialised, consumer nonsense or a way to introduce the kids to creativity, community and the history of other cultures? Abigail Denham-McQuillen, mother to Brooke (8) and Jeremy (5), tells suitcases&strollers why she thinks Halloween teaches children a bit about themselves, their neighbourhood and other places in the world – a cheap and cheerful way of accomplishing all the things that traveling with kids is all about.

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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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