Malaysia With a Baby or Toddler

Best European Cities for Kids

Vienna Vienna has gone above and beyond to make itself child friendly. It offers excellent accommodation, a top class transportation system and some fantastic  family friendly restaurants. Schonbrunn Palace is wonderful for younger kids. It offers gardens, the world’s oldest zoo, a palace tour and the children’s museum. You will find yourself spending an entire day here. The Belvedere is …

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Cabo With Kids: Intel, Tips & Resources

Tip #1 Kids Are SO Welcome In Mexico In general, there is a huge family-friendly mentality throughout all of Mexico, and especially in beach towns. Mexican people adore children and its not uncommon for local people to gaze adoringly at a foreign child or to stroke his or her cheek as they walk by. Locals could also gently pat your …

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Top 10 Family Friendly Beaches in Europe

Salema, The Algarve, Portugal Salema located on the western side of the Algarve, was originally a fishing village.  It has retained much of its charm and although it has plenty of restaurants and shops, it is not overrun with tourists like some of the other popular resorts in the region. Its half-mile-long beach, with its powdery golden sand, has a …

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Family Vacations in Thailand – Where to Stay and What to Do…

Thai people generally adore children and your kids will be treated like celebrities everywhere you go. A Thailand vacation is quite safe for families and luxury accommodation is reasonably priced. If you are staying on one of the islands such as Phuket or Koh Samui (which are very child friendly), you will be able to rent a luxury villa with private pool and …

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Parent Review – Brittany Ferries

Taking the ferry to France from the UK or Ireland can be a much easier option than flying if you have a baby or toddler. Brittany Ferries departs from Ringaskiddy, Cork every Saturday at 4pm. Travel time is approximately 14 hours and you arrive in Roscoff in Brittany at 7am the following day. You can book a cabin with bunks and …

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Pagel, France with a Baby and a Toddler

Pagel is advertised as a baby and toddler friendly haven where parents can relax while their kids are entertained and it certainly lives up to expectations. There are 9 residences  available on site, each filled with all the toys and equipment you will need. The staff are super friendly and thoughtful and they contact you in advance of travel to find out …

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Parent Review – Faithlegg Hotel & Golf Course

The Faithlegg Hotel and Golf Course is a perfect for a family break with little ones. The hotel is a mere 20-minute drive by car from Waterford city centre, which means it’s easy to reach from the train or bus station. There is an old-world feel to the main house but its not stuffy or old fashioned. The reception is inviting …

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Tips on Preparing for a Perfect Flight with a Baby

1. Check the Airline’s Minimum Age Guidelines Every airline has its own minimum age for flying and this ranges from two days to 14 days old. For premature babies this is usually counted from their due date and not the day they were born. Some airlines may also insist that new-borns and their mothers have a doctor’s note to say …

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The Wild Atlantic Way With Kids

Perched on the edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way has been described by the Huffington Post as the world’s “most scenic drive”. This recently developed, well signposted driving route runs along Ireland’s stunning Western coastline. The route offers breath-taking views, majestic castles, wildlife at its best along with a host of culinary delights.   But add kids to the mix and …

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The Wild Atlantic Way With Kids – Cork & Kerry

Cork City is a fantastic starting point for your journey. This old viking town is set upon one of the largest harbours in the world. Its major draws for tourists include St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral and the English Market, filled with food stalls. The city is small and walkable and has plenty for kids such as the magnificent Fitzgerald’s Park …

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The Wild Atlantic Way With Kids – Clare & Galway

Probably one of Clare’s most famous sights are the Cliffs of Moher which can be seen in countless movies. You can visit on foot or enjoy them from a different perspective by booking an hour long boat trip on Cliffs of Moher Cruises. Near the cliffs, you will find Doolin, a lovely village famous for its traditional Irish music. As …

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The Wild Atlantic Way With Kids – Sligo, Mayo & Donegal

Heading North from Galway you will reach County Mayo. The town of Westport is defined by its pleasing Georgian streetscapes and lies close to Clew Bay and the Croagh Patrick mountain range which offer some terrific photo opportunities. There’s something for everyone in the family at Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park. Set on the 480 acre estate, explore the …

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Best Beaches in Ireland for Kids

Inchydoney, Co Cork This fabulous sandy beach lies just a few kilometers from the gorgeous town of Clonakilty. It has been awarded Blue Flag status and it was also awarded the Green Coast stamp of excellence in 2015. It can get very windy for swimming depending on the weather but it is still a great place to sunbathe and picnic, …

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Best Luxury Family Hotels in Europe

The Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Mainland Greece (5 Star) The Sani Resort overlooks Mount Olympus and is located on the Kassandra Peninsula on mainland Greece, near to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city. This luxury family friendly hotel and resort offers suites which have a terrace balcony or their own private garden, a lagoon pool, an indoor pool, kids pool, a wide choice …

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Should you Take a Stroller on a Plane?

When you’re traveling with a baby or toddler, a stroller can indispensable, particularly if you will be walking a lot. It also provides a place for your child to nap during the day or in the evenings. However, bringing a stroller on the plane does have some drawbacks. It is quite likely that strollers which are checked with your baggage will be damaged. If …

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How to Survive Air Travel with a Lap Toddler

Toddlers tend to want space to run around and play and being cooped up in a small airplane seat is not much fun for them. Toddlers are much larger than babies, particularly when they are close to the age of 2 and so they can become uncomfortable when stuck in one position on your lap. They can throw tantrums, kick …

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Parent Review – Banna Beach Resort, County Kerry

Where did you travel to and for how long? We went to Banna Beach Resort in County Kerry for 2 nights. In what month of the year did you travel? March during the Easter break. Who were you travelling with? My 2 daughters aged 4 and 22 months although we were meeting my sister there with her children and well …

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10 Tips for Stress-Free air Travel with Children

1. Use your phone as a reminder service Writing lists and making notes is one of the essential activities when planning a trip. Instead of taking lots of paper and lose it on the way, write everything down on your phone. You can download an application for organizing a trip or use a simple memo app. This way everything will …

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Family Friendly Islands in Thailand

Koh Samui Koh Samui, on the east coast is a popular beach destination and can be reached by air, train and ferry from Bangkok. The best beaches are located on the North side of the island. Chaweng is the main tourist town and if you are looking for restaurants and bars this is the best spot to stay in. The Centara …

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Top European Rural Holidays for Families

Pagel Gites, Lot, France These 3 gites consist of large gardens and heated pools, sandpits, trampolines and climbing frames. The child friendly 2 – 3 bedroom gites are situated in a shared meadow with a play barn and pirate ship. Each gite has toys, books and dress up clothes and there’s a welcome gift for each child under their pillow …

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Parent Review – Lopeson Baobab, Maspalomas

The Flight The flight from Dublin took just over 4 hours. We brought plenty of distractions for our son such as an etch a sketch, a laptop with DVDs and a few books and toys. We also brought plenty of snacks and milk. The flight there was ok. There were a few meltdowns and socks were thrown at the man …

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Best Package Holidays With Babies and Toddlers 2018

Toddlers love the beach as they can explore, paddle and run around to their heart’s content. A lot of European beach resorts now offer crèches, kids clubs, play areas and toddler pools for younger guests to enjoy. Some also have soft play areas and baby equipment rental on site. When searching for the right package holiday for your family keep in …

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Parent Review – Dublin

Where did you go? We took a weekend break to Dublin and stayed in the Trinity City Hotel which is close to Trinity College and Grafton Street. When did you go? For 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) in December 2015. Who did you travel with? My mother and son How old were your kids when you travelled? My son was …

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Parent Review – The Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Malaysia

Where did you go? We went to Malaysia and Thailand for 3 weeks in January 2015. We visited Chiang Main in Thailand, Penang in Malaysia and Langkawi in Malaysia (we decided to only visit areas where Malaria and Dengue were not prevalent). We stayed at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Penang for 4 nights. The hotel is a stunning, …

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Parent Review – The Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Malaysia

Where did you go? We went to Malaysia and Thailand for 3 weeks in January 2015. We visited Chiang Main in Thailand, Penang in Malaysia and Langkawi in Malaysia (we decided to only visit areas where Malaria and Dengue were not prevalent). Langkawi was our last stop and it was such a relaxing paradise island! Who did you travel with? …

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Parent Review – Cork & Kerry

Where did you go? We stayed in my parent’s house in County Cork and also went to the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. When did you go? In February 2015 for 2 weeks. We stayed in Killarney for 4 nights. Who did you travel with? I travelled with my husband and my two daughters. How old were your kids when you travelled? Anna had just turned …

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Parent Review – Magdeburg, Germany

I live in Magedeburg, Germany with my husband and two daughters, Anna and Sophie. Magdeburg is around two hours from Berlin by train. My sister travelled to Magdeburg in 2013 with her two sons aged 5 and 3 and had a fantastic time. Where did they stay? They stayed at my house in Magdeburg. How was the journey there? They …

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Parent Review – Rugen Island, Germany

Where did you go? Rügen Island. It is a German holiday destination on the Baltic Sea. When did you go? We travelled there in September 2015 and stayed for one week. Who did you travel with? I travelled with my husband Chris, and our two daughters. How old were your kids when you travelled? Anna was 4 years old and …

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Parent Review – Prague, The Czech Republic

Where did you go? Prague When did you go? We went August 2014 for one week. Who did you travel with? I travelled with my Husband Chris and our two daughters Anna and Sophie. How old were your kids when you travelled? Anna was three and half years and Sophie was two years old. Where did you stay?  We stayed …

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Parent Review – Hawaii with a Toddler

Where did you go? We went to Oahu Island, Hawaii for 3 weeks with our daughter. We got married on the beach there and had a great time exploring the island. When did you go? August 2013 How old was your daughter when you travelled? 22 months Where did you stay? We stayed in an apartment in Honolulu for 10 days and then rented a …

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Best Family Hotels with Childcare, 2018-2019

Family holidays can be tiring and some parents opt for a trip where child care facilities are available which allows them to enjoy time out to swim, relax and get pampered. More and more hotels and resorts are offering high quality, safe and certified child care facilities. This is due to an awareness that parents will not compromise on their …

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Best Family Winter Sun Destinations 2018/2019

The Canary Islands The Canary Islands is an ideal winter sun family holiday destination with sun, sea and golden sand and plenty of family friendly hotels. If you are travelling from the UK and Ireland, you will stay in the same time zone which is great when you are travelling with little ones as jet lag is avoided. The Canaries …

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EU Car Seat Laws

It’s the driver’s’ responsibility to be sure their passengers are using seat belts and appropriate child restraints. Car Seats  Children under 3 can only travel in cars or goods vehicles if there are fitted with the appropriate child restraint.  Taxis are exempt from this rule. Children between ages 3 and 12 must use an appropriate child restraint in cars or …

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Europe’s Best Christmas Markets 2018

Strasbourg 27th of November – 31st of December This Christmas market has been named best in Europe in 2015 (for the second year running). With its some 300 chalets spread over 11 sites in the city centre, it is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. You will find arts and crafts, food and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations. …

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Surviving City Breaks with Toddlers

Although it requires more planning with regard to formula, food, sterilizing, travel systems and an array of other things. Planes are easier to handle with younger babies also as they can sleep (in bassinets on long haul flights) and do not need to move around as much. Toddlers need a lot of stimulation to get through even a short flight, unless you …

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Baby and Toddler Friendly Greek Hotels

Greece is a favourite holiday destination for families in the UK and Ireland thanks to its stunning beaches, scenery and delicious food. There are plenty of activities for the whole family and older babies and toddlers will love playing on the beach and paddling in the warm Mediterranean and Aegean waters. If you are taking a baby or toddler, it …

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Things to Do in County Cork with a Toddler

Fota Wildlife Park Toddlers will love Fota Wildlife Park, located on Fota Island, near to Cobh in County Cork. The park is home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species. Some of the animals roam freely with the visitors, such as the ring-tailed lemurs and wallabies, while larger animals, including the giraffe and bison, live in paddocks with minimal …

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Travel Advice for People Travelling to Greece

The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued the following travel warning for Irish tourists visiting Greece: “The Greek Government has indicated that Capital Controls will not affect tourists but you are strongly advised to bring adequate cash (see below). When travelling outside of Ireland, you should take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card). …

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