Why every family should have a bucket list

Catherine Rodie There is one very compelling reason for families to start a bucket list and here is how you do it.

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Ten things dads want to do on family holidays

Dads: They're just 12-year-old boys at heart.

Daniel Scott Here are 10 things to keep dad happy when planning your next family holiday.

Australia's 'big things'

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You've heard of The Big Banana, and the Big Pineapple? Here are a few more of the famous and not so famous big things around Australia. Happy Travels.

Five airline fails when it comes to kids

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The key to flying with children is distraction. And that's exactly where airlines are getting it wrong.

Twenty-five top Australian family holiday spots

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Sure, Fiji and Bali are popular, but Australia has a wealth of wonders on its doorstep. Here are a few of the best.

Taking a gap year with the kids

More parents giving kids the gap year of a life time.

Jo Hartley Why more families are packing up their kids and travelling the globe for a gap year abroad or on the road.

8-not-so-magical secrets as told by a former Disney princess

What it is really like to be a Disney princess.

Max Knoblauch Former Disney princess reveals what it is really like to work at the happiest place on earth.

Polish mum shares beautiful photos of her family playing in the countryside

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In her photo series, titled 'Summertime', Polish photographer and mother, Izabela Urbaniak captures beautifully what it was like for her family to spend a summer in the countryside without technology. "These pictures represent summer without computers and TVs - only idyllic nature and playing children," she wrote on Bored Panda. To view more of Urbaniak's work visit her website.

New South Wales

Fancy a slumber party at IKEA? Now you can

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Annie Dang Need a place to stay? Why not spend a night at IKEA for free. You won't even need an Allen key.

Mama Holiday

Caravanning with the grandparents

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Tracey Spicer A bumper sticker I once saw sums it up perfectly: 'Adventure before dementia.'

A family trip to Cambodia is built for adventure

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Paul Chai Its brutal past cannot be denied, but a transforming Cambodia can be a magical place for kids.

USA

Tourist warning: Spider-Man, Elmo and Iron Man

A person dressed in a Cookie Monster costume stands with a boy in the Times Square region of New York.

New York police have begun handing out fliers to tourists in Times Square telling them that tipping the costumed superheroes and children's characters who pose for photographs is optional, and to call the 911 emergency number if they have complaints.

PM hits out at shocking images of boy holding a decapitated head

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Latika Bourke, Megan Levy Prime Minister Tony Abbott has condemned the shocking image believed to show a Sydney boy holding a decapitated head in Syria, saying that it shows the “barbaric” nature of the terrorist organisation the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant.

Girl thought dead by parents reunited 10 years after Boxing Day tsunami

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After 10 years apart, an Indonesian girl swept away in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been reunited with her parents who believed she was dead, says her mother.

Culture and adventure found in Disney's Hawaiian paradise

Hawaiian holiday with a touch of Disney.

Brooke Lumsden When Brooke Lumsden and her family arrived in Aulani, Disney’s island paradise on Oahu’s west coast, they found an island paradise that was far from tainted by the famous mouse.

Kids in the Kimberley, a Broome family holiday

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Broome, WA offers the kind of family holiday adventures children of all ages will never forget, writes Lynne Whiley.

Travel with kids

How to travel with children without stress

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Sally Webb Want to introduce the joy and wonder of travel to your kids? A bit of planning can take the stress and tears out of travelling with children, writes Sally Webb.

Parents who lost all three children in MH17 disaster issue heartbreaking tribute

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin and their grandfather Nick were killed on MH17.

Lucy Cormack Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris have released a statement addressed to "the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family."

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Children playing around the world

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No matter the cultural background, children playing is a universal image. Here's 20 beautiful pictures of children playing around the world .

Mama Holiday: Families can be hit hard with travel related scams

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Tracey Spicer Families can be hit hard with travel related scams because (a) we travel in a group and (b) we're restricted to certain times of year. So a scam can leave us out of pocket, with no holiday and no hope of rescheduling.

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Australia

Country holidays: Australia's best farm stays

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Sheriden Rhodes Rolling green hills, the early morning crow of a zealous rooster, fresh country air and the thrill of collecting freshly laid eggs are part and parcel of the farm stay experience.

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Things to do while parked

When you can't face another moment waiting in the car ...

Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids Between school pick-ups and after school activities, play dates and parties, you can spend hours each week just sitting in your parked vehicle waiting for your offspring.

When mothers travel solo

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Andie Fox At least once a year, I pack up my two children and we drive away from my job and the house. We stay somewhere cheap and peaceful, in the company of other mothers and their children.

Would you holiday without the kids?

Getting away without the kids has some benefits.

Jo Hartley Travelling with kids is never quite as relaxing as it is without them but could you leave them at home or would the guilt be too much?

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5 problems travelling with kids and how to solve them

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Bianca Wordley Bianca Wordley shares the lessons she learnt from travelling overseas with her husband and three young children.

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Discover a winter paradise in tropical Townsville

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Sheriden Rhodes The often overlooked tropical city of Townsville in far north Queensland packs a mighty surprise for families, writes Sheriden Rhodes.

4 Schoolies trips that are teen and parent-approved

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Tiffany Dunk Once in a lifetime schoolies experiences your teen will remember for all the right reasons and you will actually approve of.

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11 Disney Princess inspired locations you can stay

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Quit wishing you were a part of Disney's world and make it a reality on your next getaway. Homeaway.com shared some villas, towers and even castles where you can fulfill your dreams of living like a Disney princess. This post first appeared on www.mashable.com

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Why you need to visit the Cook Islands with kids

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Amanda Collis No doubt most people have heard of the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands. But compared to some of its island neighbors, visitor numbers reflect a destination that is yet to be fully embraced by Australian families.

Jolie-Pitts couldn't get enough of this Aussie attraction

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Angelina Jolie reveals the one family activity she couldn't get enough of while in Australia filming 'Unbroken' earlier this year.

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