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Asia Holiday Destinations: Bagan Insider

Insider’s city guide to Bagan in Mayanmar with kids. Exotic temples and loads of history just waiting to be discovered. These are the things that keep Mark Simmons, Chief Pilot of Balloons Over Bagan, returning to Bagan every year. Since 2007 he has been spending 6 months of the year in Myanmar with kids Henry (10) and Lewella (7). He tells suitcases&strollers why Bagan with kids is a such a unique cultural and travel experience that families traveling with kids should not miss. 

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Family Holiday Activities: Surfing With Kids

How to teach kids to surf on family holidays. If you dream of your kids riding the waves at the World Surfing Games, then surfing with kids is a great family holiday activity to get everyone started outdoors and on the beach. But what’s a good age to start and how do you know they’re ready? Rina of Pro Surf School Bali is a surfing teacher who has been on the board since the age of 8. She tells suitcases&strollers all family travel tips you need to get the kids surfing.

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SCUBA Diving Malaysia: Rawa Island Resort

Malaysia beach resorts may not be as famous as their Southeast Asian neighbours, but this means that the marine life can often be more pristine. If you’re keen on snorkeling in Malaysia or SCUBA diving somewhere that’s an easy commute from Singapore, you should certainly be look at Rawa Island Resort says Adam Cheang. The Resident Divemaster says the reef there is some of the most beautiful and diverse he has ever seen – and many of the fish can be spotted just walking in offshore. He takes suitcases&strollers on a virtual tour of what it feels like to snorkel and dive at Rawa Island Resort with kids – get your goggles and swimsuit ready as you’ll definitely be inspired.  

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Profile: World’s Youngest Junior Master SCUBA Diver Charlotte Burns

Charlotte Burns is 13 years old and the youngest and first ever PADI AmbassaDiver. She started SCUBA diving at just 10 years old and in 3 years has completed 26 PADI dive certifications and over 140 dives (not including many extra hours in the pool helping other kids). She qualified at age 12 as the youngest ever junior master diver and she is also a British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Sports Diver, trained in Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Sea Survival, VHF Radio trained and a qualified skipper to drive power boats. She has SCUBA dived in shipwrecks in Cyprus, photographed sea creatures in the south of France and even dived under an aircraft carrier searching for Improvised Explosive Devices. She tells suitcases&strollers why she loves to dive and why it’s a fun family holiday activity to introduce SCUBA diving to kids.

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Vietnam With Kids: Hanoi Insider

Insider’s city guide to Hanoi with kids. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam with kids, it’s essential to set aside time in the capital city. Here is where you can find some of Vietnam’s best art galleries, there is a ridiculously quaint colonial centre to explore, parklands and lakes abound and there is that famed Vietnamese coffee everywhere. Le Anh Ngoc is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Apricot Hotel in Hanoi. The mother to 10 month old Linh Nhi tells suitcases&strollers about why you should visit her hometown of Hanoi with kids.

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Road Trips With Kids: From A Kid’s Perspective

What do children really think about family road trips with kids? In June 2014 Tom Ingram (11) and his siblings George (9) and Sophie (7) and his parents went on an epic family road trip around Australia that covered 17,000 kilometres in 70 days. They drove from Kiewa to Adelaide, then up through central Australia to the Flinders Ranges, the Oodnadatta track, Coober Pedy, Uluru (we were here 2 days and that was enough), Kings Canyon (pretty tough but great rim walk views), Alice Springs (awesome nocturnal animal tour), Darwin, Corroborree Billabong (where we stayed on a house boat. AMAZING – watch out for the crocs – we saw heaps!) and Kakadu. Then across to Queensland to Karumba, Atherton Tablelands, Seisia (near the top of Cape York) and down to Cape Tribulation (saw cassowaries at the Discovery Centre), Port Douglas, Magnetic Island and all the way back to Kiewa. Phew! Tom chatted to suitcases&strollers about his family road trip and about whether long drives are actually enjoyable for kids.

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Family Friendly Holidays: Perth Insider

Perth with kids is a pretty perfect city. Beaches, blue skies, parks, brilliant weather and that charming Aussie laid back vibe – what’s not to love? suitcases&strollers chatted to blogger Amanda Kendle of I’m Not A Ballerina – I’m A Traveller and a Thinker and mama to a four-year-old son about Australia’s west coast and her insider tips for the best things to do in Perth with kids. Here is the suitcases&strollers Perth city guide.

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Hiking the Grand Canyon With Kids & A Wheelchair

8 kids aged 9 to 19 carry their grandfather and his wheelchair through the Grand Canyon. At the end of March the Headings family paid tribute to their head, Bob Headings, by carrying about 250 to 300 pounds of Bob and his wheelchair and all the gear that the family needed over 3 days and 17 miles through the Grand Canyon. Their amazing family travel story will astound and certainly bring a few tears.

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Holiday Destinations Asia: Bangkok Insider

Insider's city guide to Bangkok with kids. Thailand with kids is one of the best family holiday destinations in the world but there is so much more to it than just the beautiful beaches. The capital Bangkok with kids is a sensory overload – humid tropical weather, noise and hustle and bustle. With its combination of emerging first world meets traditional Southeast Asia, this makes it the perfect family holiday destination for the intrepid family, says Cordelia Newlin de Rojas of blog Multilingual Mama. She tells suitcases&strollers her city secrets to exploring Bangkok with kids (she has two daughters Pea, 6, and Plum, 4).

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Malaysia With Kids: Kuala Lumpur Insider

Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a heaving, sweaty, tropical metropolis which means it is chock full of fun things to do with children. Affectionately known as KL, the city has a great mix of culture and modernity to make it a fascinating place to explore. Blogger Anna Mehta of Mum On The Move lives in KL with kids Arran (5) and Sienna (18 months). She shares her insider city secrets for what makes KL with kids such a fantastic family holiday destination.

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School Holiday Camps

When should you send kids on school holiday camps? And how do you know when kids are really ready to travel on their own? Summer camp organisers – Merritt Gurley (Camp Director), Dave Milne (Founder of The Wild Planet) and Toby Bell (Marketing Manager of The Wild Planet) – have come together to host Thailand Summer Camps in Khao Yai in Thailand for kids at the end of June. They gave suitcases&strollers their advice on independent travel for kids and how and when to start getting your child camp ready.

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Extreme Adventure Holidays: Chasing The Northern Lights

If your kids love looking at the night sky, it’s worth considering taking them on one of the great once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences to view the Northern Lights. Photographer Joseph Bradley of Joseph Bradley Auroras has been taking photos of the Northern Lights for 9 years now and lives in Yukon, Canada with his kids aged 4 and 6 years old. He tells suitcases&strollers what you can expect to see, how to maximise your chances of catching a glimpse of them and how you will know if your kids are ready for a family holiday to chase the Northern Lights.

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USA Family Holidays: Boston Insider

If you’re planning family holidays in the USA with kids, you shouldn’t go past a few days in Boston with kids. This elegant and stately city has beautiful public galleries and museums, parks for the summer, ski fields for the winter and plenty of history to educate and entertain. suitcases&strollers chatted to Robin Hutson, Editor of Luxe Recess: For Parents Who Like Really Nice Hotels and mama to a 9-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy about why she loves her hometown and why your USA family holidays should be all about Boston baby.

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Little Globetrotter: Levi Cuthbert

Family holiday destinations should always involve LEGO, says our little friend Levi Cuthbert. At the tender age of 5, Levi is something of a jetsetter travelling regularly to places like Bali, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand and all over Australia with his parents and sister Zoey (3). This precocious preschooler tells suitcases&strollers about his favourite family friendly holidays and what made them so great (hint: coloured bricks may have been involved).

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Family Holiday Canada : Vancouver Insider

Vancouver with kids is chock full of family friendly activities, says local Tara Cannon of Pint Size Pilot – Survival Skills for Travel with Kids. The scenery is stunning, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor options and the list of family friendly eateries is endless! The mum of Lucas (10) and Ella (7) gives suitcases&strollers her insider city secrets to the ideal Canada family holiday in Vancouver with kids.

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Dubai With Kids: Dubai Insider

Thinking of heading to the Middle East with kids? Don’t believe the media hysteria, say Jenny Bufton and Laura Davison of Mums The World. The Middle East and especially Dubai are safe, fun and make a fantastic family holiday destination. These bloggers and best friends live in the United Arab Emirates with kids (Jenny has George (5) and Isla (2) and Laura is mum to Finlay (6) and Elliott (3)) and say that far from backward or unsophisticated, the Middle East is modern, glitzy and actually very luxurious. They tell suitcases&strollers why Dubai with kids makes for great family holidays you won’t soon forget.

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Active Holidays For Families: Hiking Taipei With Kids

Taipei with kids is about more than just seeing a big city. Just ask Stu Dawson of Taiwan Adventures who runs tours of the many hiking trails surround Taiwan’s capital city. He tells suitcases&strollers about the best places to go around Taipei with kids to hike and experience the great outdoors for those looking for active holidays for famillies. (Don’t forget your camera! There are some pretty awesome views to be had too.)

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Profile: Family Travel TV Host Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly travels the world for her television show Family Travel With Colleen Kelly.She has been to over 30 countries including Switzerland, Ireland, Greece and Malta and, whenever she can, she takes her two daughters Dunovan Kate (12) and Shea Grace (9) with her. Colleen tells suitcases&strollers why travel with kids is important and which, of all the places in the world she has traveled with kids, are her favourite family travel destinations.

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Family Friendly Holidays: Seoul Insider

There are few family holidays destinations as kid friendly as Seoul. If you plan on visiting Korea with kids, the capital city has multiple children’s museums, free translators for tourists in the city centre and lots of quirky themed cafes to keep the kids entertained. Irena Marce of Kids Fun In Seoul has lived in Seoul with kids Mia (7) and Lukas (5) since 2011. She tells suitcases&strollers all her insider city secrets to Seoul with kids.

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Family Adventure Holidays: Tibet Insider

Unusual family holiday destinations don’t get much more unusual that Tibet. If you love family adventure holidays, Tibet with kids is a brilliant combination of hiking, sightseeing and appreciating the fresh air. Just ask guide Jamin York (who goes by the name Losang) who has lived in Tibet with kids Tsering (8) and Norbu (6) for more than 13 years. suitcases&strollers chatted to Losang of Plateau Photo Tours about what a family holiday in Tibet with kids really involves and when you should start planning.

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