Family Holidays : Traveller Tips

Ages and stages the key to holiday plans

Travel Insider If you're travelling with toddlers or temperamental teenagers, it's all about choosing the right sort of trip.

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Whizzes when it comes to kids

Children on flights. Which is the best airline for children?

Travel Insider There's more than one way to keep an in-transit family happy, as this year's finalists for the family-friendly airline award demonstrate.

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Air travel

Come cry with me

Baby crying plane

Flying with a toddler? Fasten your seatbelt, advises Dugald Jellie. There's a white-knuckle ride ahead.

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Tips

States of intolerance beaten

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Travelling overseas with children suffering food allergies ain't easy but can be done with some forward planning, write Matt and Eli Martel.

Kids on planes

Family-friendly flight: are we there yet?

Baby Crying Flight Singapore Airlines

Jane E. Fraser Can travelling long distances with children ever be a stress-free experience? Fear not, frazzled parents: airline services and staff can make all the difference.

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Tripologist

To Canada by wing and by vessel

Tripologist We want to visit my brother in Vancouver. Which is the best airline when you're flying with infants?

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How not to make a Germany trip an own goal

Tripologist Our daughter is in the under-19 Australian lacrosse team and I would love for the rest (five) of us to go with her to Hanover, Germany.

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Sicily or Piedmont with a toddler in tow

Tripologist We are travelling to Italy. Which region and towns would you recommend for a relaxing stay, with family-friendly accommodation and facilities?

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Waiting will give Mickey the slip

Tripologist I am looking at taking my two children to Disneyland. When would be the best time to look at booking flights and accommodation?

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Geishas, gardens and a Minnie for minors

Tripologist We are a family travelling to Japan in April. We have accommodation in Osaka but would like some advice regarding interesting day trips.

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When the gang goes to Fiji

Tripologist We are a group of friends planning a holiday to Fiji. Are there suitable accommodation options that would be more cost-effective than hotel rooms?

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Mexican waves, without the chill

Tripologist My family is booked on an holiday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. My father insists we will be kidnapped or murdered. Please allay or confirm his fears.

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Diversionary tactics on the long ride north

Tripologist We plan to drive from Sydney to the Gold Coast in mid-December with our two children. Can you suggest some good stopping points along the way?

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A note from mum for a family field trip

Not so average ... travel companies are catering for more than just two adults and two kids.

Jane E. Fraser The costs and crowds during school holidays make it tempting for parents to take children out of class to travel during term time.

Expert advice

Tripologist: Roaming with kids in a Roman playground

Michael Gebicki What's appropriate to do in Rome with young kids? Are there interactive galleries or museums?

Tips

Sometimes it pays to splash out

Jane E. Fraser finds the once humble holiday park has competition from upmarket rivals.

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Here's not booking with you, kids

Room with a brood ... online booking engines fail to factor in family needs.

Making a family holiday reservation online should be child's play but often isn't, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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Top tips on coping with Christmas travel

Santa angry

Arrive at your Christmas destination refreshed, not frazzled, with these tips, writes Jane E. Fraser.

Q&A

Your questions

I'm planning a three-week trip to southern Italy with my six-year-old daughter. Could you help with an itinerary?

Tips

Large family holidays: nuclear explosion

Families come in all shapes and sizes these days, writes Jane E. Fraser.