Dad Travel 101

Prepping Your Car for a Road Trip

Prepping your car properly for a road trip is often overlooked during the vacation planning process. Even if we do remember to check the tires and top off fluids, our noses might not be so happy nobody bothered to vacuum up snacks the kids dropped a few weeks ago. When it comes to emergencies, knowing what to do may save your vacation from disaster. I’ve broken the process down into three stages: maintenance, preparedness, and supplies. These simple steps will get you ready for your journey and also get you more familiar with taking care of your car. Road...

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Five Great Reasons to Send Your Kids to Camp

Looking to get your children out of the house this summer? Maybe they’re glue to their cell phones or just plain bored and need some excitement. Consider sending them away to camp for a week. They will not only have a chance to experience the great outdoors, but will also pick up important social skills along the way. Summer camp may even have some benefits for you as a parent. Here are five great reasons to send your kids to camp. Get in Touch with the Nature In our fast paced and tech driven world, kids need an outlet...

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Baseball + Peanuts + Food Allergies

I’ve been a passionate baseball fan since my first childhood visit to watch a game at the old Tiger Stadium at the intersection of Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.  In my opinion you can’t beat being outside on a nice day enjoying America’s national pastime.  I’ve gone to more baseball games than I can count and was looking forward to sharing my love of visiting the ballpark with my kids.  Then life got in the way! During all my trips to stadiums to take in ballgames, I’d never really noticed just how littered the places can be...

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A Dad’s Guide to Disney Pin Trading

Disney Pin Trading If you have ever been to a Disney Park, you have almost definitely seen the displays of pins for sale. You have probably looked through them marveling at the range of designs, and maybe even bought one as a souvenir. But did you know that Disney Pin Trading is not only a ton of fun, but also a great way for your kids to interact with other people at the park? From Cast Members to other guests, your kids will grow their confidence and people skills, all while having a blast and collecting memorable souvenirs. Disney...

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5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World

Every so often a person gets the chance to travel alone. Most recently I traveled to Walt Disney World for a preview of Pandora: World of Avatar.  You can read all about the Traveling Dad experience, THE TRAVELING DAD GUIDE TO PANDORA: THE WORLD OF AVATAR. While I was there enjoying Pandora, I had a few hours to myself and was able to see Disney from a whole different perspective. 5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World Enjoy the parks leisurely – there is something to be said about not having to stick to a nap...

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A Travel Emergency: When Life and Death Intersect

For whatever reason, each one of my children have decided to enter the world in their very own dramatic way.  None of them wanted to follow the trail blazed before them and decided that their own birth experience should be entirely different from that of their siblings.  The birth of my 3rd child, a darling little girl that we shall call Baby S, was full of excitement and “flair” like the others, but with wildly different circumstances that her Grandpa’s travel emergency helped her out with. This post is sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and I...

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What To Do At Magic Kingdom When The Lines Are Too Long

Disney with Kids Visiting Disney with kids is about as American as apple pie. Talk to any kid, and chances are Walt Disney World is one of the places they want to go most. As one of the top tourist destinations in the United States, the Disney Parks in Orlando, Florida, bring in millions of visitors each year. As a parent, you want to try to visit when there are as few people as possible, but that does not always work out. Kids go to school. In my family, my wife is a teacher, so she goes to school...

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Giving Up Control: Can Self-Driving Cars and Dads Live in Harmony?

Self-parking cars, like the Ford Fusion I test drove in Florida, are the way of the future. But are they the right way for real men? We guys like to be in control. The feel of the gas pedal. Hands on the steering wheel. Showing off our parking prowess in that really tight parking spot. Living in New York City, where parking is always at a premium, learning to park is a critical coming-of-age skill. If the cars do it for us, what are dads supposed to teach their sons (and daughters)? On the other hand, after a long...

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Why you need travel insurance for your family

As I sit typing this, the entire left side of my jaw throbs in pain. Long story short, 48 hours ago I felt nothing, last night I woke up at 2 AM in a world of hurt. The diagnosis is in: I need a root canal. As a frequent family traveler, my third thought after “Crap” and “Should have flossed more” was “I’m so glad this didn’t happen on the road”. Things like this can, at best, put a damper on your vacation. At worst, they can end it altogether. Enter family travel insurance. I tend to stress out...

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Why Every Dad Needs to Travel with Their Kids

Family travel can often be pigeonholed into two categories. The first being the whole family, sometimes even pets, packing up for a week long destination like Myrtle Beach or Disney World. The second vacation mode leaves the kids at grandma’s house while the parents jet off for a few days lounging on some tropical beach. Sure, there are many variations on this theme, but it still boils down to the whole family going somewhere. There’s something missing. Not enough parents realize how important, and ultimately enjoyable, it is to travel one on one with their children. This is especially...

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