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
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Where to eat in New York with kids. Eating out can be especially tough for families in New York because while there is an endless selection of amazing restaurants, most are small and cramped due to how expensive rent is in the city. Many restaurants won't be able to provide you with a high chair or booster, and if you want some space to stash a stroller? Fuhgeddaboudit! Mother of girls, Carmen Sognonvi from luxury family travel website Top Flight Family, gives suitcases&strollers her city guide to eating out with kids in New York.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
How to do family travel in Penang, Malaysia with kids. Penang is one of Malaysia’s most popular cultural tourist destinations. Famed for its street food, street art and gorgeous heritage architecture, a family holiday to Penang is like stepping back into the Malaysia of yesteryear. A few days in Penang with kids can easily be spent shopping, eating and exploring the streets, posing for pictures and creating lots of happy family memories.
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.
Best travel stroller and suitcase for flying with kids: Mountain Buggy nano and bagrider. Flying with toddlers and travel with kids is a tricky business which is why really good quality and well considered travel products are so essential. Mountain Buggy is a brand often associated with travel with kids – in the past they’ve created strollers perfect for the great outdoors for active families moving around with children. Now they’ve come up with some of the most impressive travel products for parents with kids that we’ve seen; a brilliant solution to the travel stroller and a ride on suitcase. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel product review of the Mountain Buggy bagrider and Mountain Buggy nano.
How to choose a ski resort in Japan for families with kids. From the big and famous Niseko to the much smaller local resort you may never have heard of, it can be difficult to figure out where is the best place to take your family when you want to ski in Japan with kids. Happily for suitcases&strollers, Kate Neath of Tokyo Urban Baby has compiled an extremely comprehensive run down of the pros and cons of each so you can start planning your family ski holiday in Japan with kids.
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.
5 things to do in Melbourne city with kids. From the hole-in-the-wall eateries to the urban street art down every innocuous laneway, Melbourne city offers a fun and unique family holiday that is completely different from visiting other parts of the greater city. Whether you incorporate it as part of a great Australian family holiday or you simply plan a weekend escape, booking a serviced apartment or hotel in Melbourne CBD means you will be centrally located to tram or walk to the best the city has to offer. Here is the suitcases&strollers guide to five activities for kids in Melbourne’s city.
Nikki Quinn is a single mum who lives in Singapore with her son Harvey (19 months). In his short lifespan Harvey has been to 12 other countries including Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa, Montenegro and Ireland. Nikki chats to suitcases&strollers about the reality of family holidays as a single parent and why it’s worthwhile to keep traveling with kids, even if it does mean you have to preplan to go to the toilet!
How travel changes after kids. While some folks do still backpack with kids or have enough support to jet away on romantic, expensive weekends away without children, for most parents travel becomes a vastly different beast when you start to plan family holidays with kids. Here is a humorous list of some of the changes you can expect when you going on family vacation with kids.
Trunki has launched a new ride-on suitcase for parents and teenagers. Durable enough to withstand the rigours of traveling with kids, but light enough to be easily portable, Jurni is the latest in carryon cabin luggage by Trunki. How well does it work and how does it travel with kids? Here is the suitcases&strollers review of the Jurni.
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.
Family Travel Tips Fear of Flying in Kids For many children flying on an airplane can induce fear. As soon as their seat belts are buckled, they scream uncontrollably, grab their parent's arm or hyperventilate. As a caregiver of a young child, you must determine whether your child's fear of flying is an isolated phobia or part of general anxiety your child may have. Knowing this will help you determine how you should handle the phobia. Here are 5 family travel tips to help your child overcome the fear of flying.
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.
City guide to things to do in Paris with kids. Strolling along the Seine hand in hand, a few glasses of rose over lunch at a happened-upon bistro, a look at some priceless works of art in the Louvre and maybe a cheeky purchase at Celine. We know what you’re thinking. Not going to happen if you travel to Paris with kids. But if you forgo the clichés, you will discover that Paris is perfect for a family vacation. The land of Madeleine and macarons still has plenty to offer for the intrepid independent traveller that is all still super enjoyable for the kids. Here, suitcases&strollers contributor and mum of 2, Skye Wellington, of Lens & Pen Project gives suitcases&strollers her city guide to Paris with kids.
Everything you need to know about how people contract the Zika virus. If you’re planning a family holiday to the Americas, you should definitely be taking into account your family’s potential exposure to the Zika virus. This mosquito born disease has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO (World Health Organization), so here are some family travel tips about how you can avoid Zika when you travel with kids.
Interview with IMC paediatrician Dr Claire Rebentrost in Singapore. As a New Zealander based in Singapore, Claire has been all over the globe to about 20 countries including Samoa, Czech Republic, Australia, Majorca and the USA. An International Medical Clinic Singapore resident doctor, these days she travels three to four times a year around Asia and beyond with her two kids Oscar (4) and Hugo (2). She tells suitcases&strollers her family travel tips for traveling with young kids.