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
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.
Australian TODAY show weatherman Steven Jacobs is a prolific traveller. He visits an average of 7 countries a year and has been to somewhere between 70 to 80 countries in his lifetime including Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Uruguay. A lot of his time on the road is for work, but even when he’s not chasing the weather he has something of an obssession about traveling with his kids Isabella (also called Issy, 3) and Francesca (nicknamed Frenchie, 1) and his wife Rosie. Steven gives suitcases&strollers his family travel tips on the best family holiday destinations.
Traveling with kids can be stressful, especially when it comes to mealtimes and especially if you have fussy eaters. But there are ways to get your kids to eat while on family vacation say Annabel Karmel. The baby food guru has famously written 37 books about feeding babies and children and, as the mother of three grown kids (Nicholas, Lara and Scarlett), she knows a bit about how to deal with fussy kids in foreign environments. So much so, she has collaborated in creating kids’ menus with several international hotel groups including the InterContinental. She tells suitcases&strollers her travel tips for tantrum-less meals with kids.
Australia Idol, winner of multiple ARIA award, television host and finalist on Dancing With The Stars Damien Leith travels nearly every other week interstate in Australia (he lives in Sydney) or overseas to the US. He has been almost everywhere in Europe, lived in Africa and boasts a huge list of countries visited including Hong Kong, Kenya, Spain, Nepal, Namibia, Singapore…the list goes on. Still, the travel bug hasn’t been satiated and he makes it a point to make sure Jarvis (8), Jagger (6) and Kikki (3) – his kids – will love travel too. Damien tells suitcases&strollers his travel tips for successful family holiday and how to survive long haul flights with kids.
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.
Lifeguard Dean “Deano” Gladstone has been associated with surf lifesaving since the age of 5 and a professional since 2000. On the hit television series Bondi Rescue and the beaches of Bondi in Sydney, Australia, the father of two (Lucy, 2, and Gus, 1 month) regularly saves lives and he loves helping people. He gives suitcases&strollers his tips for a safe day at the beach with kids.
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.
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.
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.
She has been on our television screens for 12 years so it’s hard to believe she is still only 15 years old. Indeed, since her crocodile-loving father, Steve Irwin, made her famous at the age of 3, Bindi Irwin has been travelling the globe educating kids about conservation and wildlife all over the world. She tells suitcases&strollers about her favourites of the 26 countries she’s visited and why travel has been her defining life experience.
If you’ve only been watching the DVDs, then you may not have seen Dayen Zheng, but the bubbly Aussie has been a member of children’s group Hi-5 for nearly two years. She tells suitcases&strollers about her favourite places to tour, her life-changing travel moments and how she unwitting became an English language teacher in Indonesia.
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.
After 18 years as a host on travel program Getaway, Catriona Rowntree has been to countless countries and still loves to travel. Since having her kids Andrew (4) and Charlie (2) the type of trips she does has changed but she’s just as enthusiastic about packing her bags. The bubbly host tells suitcases&strollers about why she enjoys everything about travel – from the airport lounges to airline food. Yes, really.
Former world number one Pat Rafter has swapped touring the pro tennis circuit to touring his home state of Queensland with his kids Josh (10) and India (7). The US Open champion (and just about the nicest guy to pick up a tennis racket) tells suitcases&strollers about his recent family holiday to far northern Queensland, Australia travelling with his children swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, chilling in Cairns and sharing a meal with a croc. Here are his travel tips to Queensland with kids.Read More
Sometimes the easiest and most impactful way to teach kids about the world can be done right from the comfort of home without having to travel with kids. Signing up the entire family to sponsor a child provides the human element kids really need to learn more about other cultures, societies and economies – without ever getting on a plane. MasterChef Australia’s first winner, Julie Goodwin, tells suitcases&strollers about her experience going to visit her sponsor child in Uganda.Read More
Sleep guru and author of Save Our Sleep Tizzie Hall tells suitcases&strollers her secrets for getting young children and babies to sleep in foreign environments and how going on holidays can actually help make your bubba a better sleeper.Read More
For 6 years Stevie Nicholson (pictured on the far left) has been touring the world from Malaysia to The Philippines plus all over his native Australia, singing, dancing and donning rainbow-coloured getups for children’s entertainment band Hi-5. He spends about half the year travelling with Hi-5 and acting as an ambassador for World Vision. He tells suitcases&strollers about performing for non-English-speaking audiences, his love of road trips and the popularity of Elvis in Cambodia.Read More
Matt Gross, author of travel memoir The Turk Who Loved Apples, has travelled the globe for his famed columns "The Frugal Traveler" and “Getting Lost” in The New York Times and his blog The Minor Glories. He tells suitcases&strollers about how travel has changed for him since the birth of his kids Sasha (4) and Sandy (8 months) and why these days travelling with kids, he tries not to get lost.
The former Wiggle may have been absent from the live shows for awhile, but his voice continues to be a critical entertainment tool on any long distance journey involving children. Now he is back with his own television show, Play Along With Sam and is on tour. Sam Moran tells suitcases&strollers about his travel experiences, how he entertains his 3-year-old daughter on long trips and what he does when his songs get stuck in his head.Read More