Dad Travel 101

A Dad and Daughter Weekend Getaway To Ottawa and The Importance of Traveling With Kids Individually

We were beat tired. Tired like the punchlines from her kid sister’s joke book. The two of us, dad and daughter. We’d completely run out of steam. After a long night and early morning of driving… After 75 minutes of hurling ourselves around a frozen curling court… After hours spent traipsing all over Canada’s cosmopolitan capital city on foot… We straight up ditched our plans to trek across Ottawa for a haute dinner of local fare. That’s what we’d usually do. We’d find a neighborhood joint, we’d assimilate. Like we did at the Indian place for a mid-day snack...

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A Dad and His Son at a Baseball Game

Baseball is America’s favorite past time and I grew up playing baseball. I love playing baseball and I love going to Arlington to catch a Texas Rangers baseball game. But living in Austin, Texas we have an awesome Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers just a few miles up the road in Round Rock, Texas.  The Round Rock Express call Round Rock, Texas home and play at the Dell Diamond. Minor League Baseball in Round Rock has a huge fan base and it is a great experience for families. Every season we like to catch a few games...

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S SAPPHIRE FALLS

When visiting a Florida theme park it can be tempting to stay offsite to save money, but the convenience and perks of an onsite hotel can often outweigh these cost savings.   Especially if you place a value on your time!   We recently discovered during a family trip to Universal Orlando Resort that the accessibility provided by staying at one of their onsite hotels really had a relaxing effect that really improved the enjoyability of our vacation. We stayed at Loews Sapphire Falls which is one of five hotels located at Universal Orlando Resort to go along with three theme...

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How to go on a golf trip with buddies (aka how to convince your wife to watch the kids)

This month I set out on a golf trip for a friend’s birthday. While a group of us was going to be living it up in Bandon, OR for a few days golfing and drinking, my wife was going to take care of two kids under the age of 5 and working full-time. Here’s how you can pull that off too (let’s the moms aren’t reading this!). By the way, if my wife is reading this, I love you!  🙂   Tip #1 – Offer your wife a girls’ trip or something similar I told my wife she can...

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True Love Travels on Gravel Road — Important Lessons Learned On A Cross Country Family Road Trip

The ride at least was impeccably smooth. Thanks to Kia and their supple Sedona for that. Everything else about and during our cross country family road trip? Well, that’s a wee bit more complicated. It took our two-week, one-way summertime drive from the Carnival Cruise port of Seattle to the driveway of our suburban Philly home to realize what we probably already knew, deep down, but didn’t want to admit: Long, sprawling, exhausting family road trips aren’t our thing anymore. This summer’s cross country trip proved an awfully expensive and nearly treacherous lesson. But isn’t that the way it...

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Exciting History Just Outside New York City

Bannerman’s Island Somehow or another, destinations at a distance always seem to be more exotic and interesting than those in our own backyards. Nearby New York puts the lie to those assumptions. Hidden nearby are the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, with its fabulous vintage aircraft, and Bannerman’s Island, reached by a short boat ride in Beacon, NY, featuring the remains of an imposing fortress built in the early 20th century. Bannerman’s Island, set in the Hudson River, is home to the remains of Bannerman’s Castle. The island’s history took it from being a refuge for vandals, to a home for...

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Flying with Laptops? Here’s what you need to know.

(Readers: As of press time, the regulations described below had been lifted, but please accept the following as a cautionary tale, as new rules will likely come and go. — Your Intrepid Editors)    Conflicted Times Bring New Rules To Air Travel Once upon a time the only complaints about air travel were lost luggage, annoying kids kicking the back of your seat, and what passed for food in Cattle Class…ooops, Economy/Coach. Today, with crazies hiding explosives and caustic chemicals in everything from shoes to breast implants, most governments-especially the United States-have begun instituting rules that make travel a...

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Traveling Dad 1-2-3 Guide to Watching the Eclipse

On August 21 across the United States, the total solar eclipse is expected to wow crowds of onlookers from Oregon to South Carolina. Smart family travelers know this is likely they only time in their lives that they’ll see a total blackout caused by the moon’s shadow upon the earth. The path of totality (where the sun will render complete darkness for 2-3 minutes depending on your location) stretches for 70 miles north to south. My town here in Oregon is in the path and therefore we’re ground zero for 1 million people that officials say will be coming...

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5 Tips for Visiting The DoSeum

Last weekend family and I jumped into the truck and headed Southbound on IH 35 to visit The DoSeum. The DoSeum is located on 2800 Broadway San Antonio, Texas. The DoSeum is San Antonio’s museum for kids. It is a super fun, interactive place for kids.  Featured exhibits include a sensation studio so kids can interactive with sound and video.  A spy academy to help kids hone in on their spy skills. In addition, The DoSeum has a special place for the toddlers, named Little Town. Little Town is has buildings, roads, street furniture, stop signs—even miniature birds and squirrels in dioramas....

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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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