DIY Family Travels with Kids – Itineraries | Reviews

DIY Family Travels with Kids – Itineraries | Reviews

15 Countries from Canada to Cambodia, Iceland to Thailand, Japan to USA, Scandinavia to Indonesia (and God-willing many more!).

Cities include: Bali, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Hokkaido, Kyoto, Osaka, Penang, Queensland, , Reykjavik, Siem Reap, Tokyo.

Activities include: Ski lessons in Hokkaido, Self-Drive Iceland, Self-Drive Hokkaido, Farm stays in Taiwan, Northern-lights and Santa Claus Park in Finland.

Theme Parks include: Disneyland (Anaheim); Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disneysea, Hong Kong Disneyland, Universal Studios Japan.

Tips on Travelling with kids include: How to choose adequate winter wear, how to pack, our ‘scariest’ adventure and winter driving tips to Hokkaido plus more.

Self-drive Iceland

We have always travelled with our kids, believing in creating unique core memories with them and to build their resilience as global citizens.  We felt a deep loss of opportunity cost when the borders closed in early 2020.  In just 2 years, our tween became a full-fledged teen, our child-care going toddler became an independent Primary school boy.

Now that the borders are re-opening and the world is learning to live with COVID-19, we hope this serves as record of our travels with our children thus far.  While we know that many of these are experiences that we share here are pre-COVID (and some places or experiences may no longer be around), we hope the authenticity of our sharing will serve as a good reference for families planning to resume travels.

For us, it is our hope that our children will remember the many adventures we had as ‘Ohana’ – where family means, no one gets left behind.

See more of our Travel photos and connect with us on our IG: @lifestinymiracles and @doting_dad

May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.

~Trenton Lee Stewart~

America / United States

Disneyland (Anaheim):

New York:

Prepping Kids for New York:



Deep-creek Conservation Park :




Australia Zoo:

Strawberry Picking :

Surfers’ Paradise Free & Easy:

Dream World:

SeaWorld, Gold Coast:

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary:

Siem Reap Cambodia was surprisingly family friendly!


Siem Reap, Free & Easy:

Accommodation Review: Marriot Courtyard, Siem Reap:


Niagara Falls:


Royal Caribbean Cruise – Quantum of the Seas:

Dream Cruise – On a Dream and a Cruise:

Copenhagen – One of our favourite Scandinavian cities!



Accommodation Review – Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers:

One of the most memorable experiences – to witness the Northern Lights with the kids.


DIY Northern Lights with Kids:

The furthest north we’ve been – The Arctic Circle!

Hong Kong:

Ocean Park:

HK Disneyland:

Siblings on an Icelandic Road trip


Self-drive Tips:

Free & Easy Iceland with Kids:



Our first ATV ride! Woo Hoo!


Accommodation Review: Club Med Bintan Review :

Club Med – A Reflection:

We can never get enough of Club Med.


Prepping Kids for Bali:

Memories of Bali:

Accommodation Review -Alila Ubud:

Accommodation Review – Alila Manggis:

Bali Safari and Adventure Park:

Accommodation Review – Club Med Bali – Part 1:

Accommodation Review – Club Med Bali Part 2:

Accommodation Review – Le Meridien, Jimbaran Review:

Bali Treetop Adventure Park:

Accommodation Review – Mari River Safari Lodge:

Wild Dolphin Spotting at Lovina:

We love Hokkaido. 3 times and counting!


Prepping Kids for Japan – Books on Japan for kids:

Summer Itinerary:

Theme Parks:

Tokyo Disneysea:

Tokyo Disneyland:

Universal Studios Japan:


Tokyo Tsukiji Market and Cupnoodle Museum:

Asakusa, Sumida and Odaiba Free & Easy itinerary:

Childhood is fleeting and will never return.


Hakone Part 1 – Surviving my first onsen:

Hakone  – Part 2: The Little Prince Museum and Botanical Gardens of Wetlands :

Hakone – Part 3


Free & Easy Kyoto:


Osaka & Nara: Free & Easy Itinerary:

Accommodation Review – Swisshotel Nankai hotel review:

Driving in wintry Hokkaido? Read our experience first!


Hokkaido Winter Driving Tips:

Accommodation Review – Hokkaido Ski Resorts – a comparison:

Hokkaido, The Complete Free & Easy Itinerary:

Niseko: Where to eat:

Asahiyama Zoo:

Hokkaido is our favourite skiing ‘playground’

Hanazono – Learn Skiing with NISS:

Niseko (Grand Hirafu) – GoSnow Ski School:

Niseko (Grand Hirafu) – Learn skiing in Niseko:

Accommodation Review –  Niseko, Ki Niseko Hotel Review:

Accommodation Review – Rusutsu Resort Review:

Accommodation Review – Sapporo  – Keio Plaza Hotel Review:

Accommodation Review – Tomamu, Hoshino Resort Review:

Accommodation Review – Tomamu, Hoshino Resorts VLogs:

In the end, kids won’t remember that fancy toy you bought them, they will remember the time you spent with them.

~Kevin Heath~

Wintry white Hokkaido. Enchanting!

South Korea:

Korea Trip Review:

Jeju Island:

Trickeye Museum:

We seriously love Taiwan!


Free and Easy Taiwan

LeoFoo Resort:

Free & Easy Taiwan – 5D4N Itinerary for Families :



Bangkok Beyond Malls and Massages:

Bangkok Safari World:

Bangkok Airplane Graveyard:

KidZania Bangkok:

TrueLove Husky Café, Bangkok:

Siem Ocean World:

Accommodation Review – Intercontinental Hotel, Bangkok:

Accommodation Review – So Sofitel Hotel, Bangkok:

Accommodation Review – Le Meridien, Suvarnabhumi.  Bangkok:

Accommodation Review – Siam Kempinski Bangkok:

Erawan Tea Room, Bangkok:


Free and Easy Phuket:

Phuket Highlights:

Accommodation Review – Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Kao Beach:

Accommodation Review – Holiday Inn Phuket Patong Beach:

Not all classrooms have four walls.


Zipping around in Daddy’s hometown – Penang!



Angrybird Park:



Legoland – 20 Things To Do. :

Accommodation Review – Legoland Hotel:

Legoland Waterpark – Part 1: Guide to all rides:

Legoland Waterpark – Part 2: Amenities:

Accommodation Review – Doubletree Hilton, Johor:

Kuala Lumpur:

Eating in KL:

Accommodation Review – One World Hotel:

Accommodation Review  – Capri by Fraser:

Accommodation Review – The Majestic Hotel:

KidZania KL:

Dimsum in KL:

Cameron Highlands:



Free & Easy Penang:

Accommodation Review  – Doubletree Hilton:

Escape Park:

Accommodation Review  – Golden Sands Hotel, Penang:

Accommodation Review  – Holiday Inn Resort, Penang:

Maldives! The place where every beach resort wants to emulate.


Club Med Kani:

Holiday-Inn Kandooma:

Kids won’t remember the best day of television.


Hamlet’s Castle, Denmark. Where we saw literature come to life.

General Travel Tips

Building Holidays with Kids:

Travelling during COVID – Tips and Experience:

Tips for Travelling with Kids – from infant to Primary school:

Travelling with Kids –  Why we do it:

Staying Connected while Travelling:

Dressing Kids for Winter:

Scariest Moments from our Travels:

When you travel with children, you are giving away something that can never be taken away. Experience, exposure, and way of life.

~Pamela T. Chandler~

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