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
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).
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.
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.
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).
Family holiday destinations that involve sun, sand, beach and lots of laughs are the best, says Josie Burke (11). She regularly travels three or four times a year to places such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, sometimes with her siblings Chloe (9) and Hugh (6) and sometimes independently on school trips. She gives suitcases&strollers her candid opinion on the best (and worst) bits of family travel with kids.
Which places make the best family holiday destinations according to the kids? Five-year-old Jed Cole lives in London with his mum, dad and big brothers Ezra (8) and Isaac (18). Jed is very much an urban babe, who enjoys playing football in the park and looking cool on his scooter. As well as being well traveled around London, he’s also been to Nice, Corsica, Antibes and is looking forward to spending Christmas in Nigeria. One day he hopes to visit New Zealand where his Nana is from originally. He tells suitcases&strollers his travel tips for how to make travel with kids fun for the entire family.
Interview with Cora Montgomery of family travel website Tropic of Candycorn about the family holidays kids like the best. Cora is 11 years old and has already been to over 10 countries including exotic destinations such as Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Panama and Spain and around much of the USA. She and her siblings Hero (9), Philippa (6) and Minerva (3) typically do on 6 week trip a year with their parents as well as additional smaller trips throughout the year. This jetsetter tells suitcases&strollers her very frank (and sassy!) opinions about what kids like (and don’t like!) about family travel.
Which family holidays do kids like the best? Emily Steele has been to 9 countries around the world including visiting the Neuschwanstein castle that inspired Walt Disney in Germany and climbing Mount Fuji in Japan. At 8 years old she is eager to learn about the world around her and she and her brother Matthew (10) are already planning their next trip with their parents to Uganda. She tells suitcases&strollers about the value kids see in family vacations and why you should travel with your kids.
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.
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.
Brian Munashe Chaonwa is experiencing every kid’s dream – to live on an African safari reserve. He, his parents and his sister, Anna, live inside the property of River Bend Lodge in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa where his father, Darlington Chaonwa, works as a guide. Yes, lions live there too. The 7-year-old tells suitcases&strollers what it’s like to wake up to zebras right in your front garden and elephants drinking from your water tanks and why you should do an African safari with kids too.
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.
On the beach holidays are some of the most relaxing for parents and most memorable for kids. Just over the Malaysian border and a short road trip with kids from Singapore, Rawa Island Resort is a popular family resort because it has just the right combination of chillax vibe, activities for the entire family and entertainment for kids that require minimal supervision. This is one of the best family beaches you will find anywhere near Singapore and because it is such a family friendly resort, you may just never want to leave.