David Beatus

David Beatus

David is dad to two energetic and happy boys. Living on Long Island in close proximity to New York City, he and his family enjoy making the most of the many events and locations around the area, from the Met Museum to the NY Mets. More of a recreational traveler than a business traveler, he and his family take several road trips per year to visit family and friends all over New England. Ad man by day, and full-time dad by night, he is excited to share his experiences and discoveries as he takes on his most exciting journey yet: fatherhood.

Hot Summer Fun in Fire Island, NY

This past June, some friends of ours were kind enough to invite us out to their summer house on Fire Island, NY.  For those unfamiliar with Fire Island, it’s a long narrow island along the south shore of central Long Island, accessible only by ferry boat. Fire Island has a robust singles scene, but also has a side that is very family oriented and quiet. This is the side of the island that we were going to. Half the fun of Fire Island is the journey there, a ferry! Parking at the dock in Bay Shore, NY can be...

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Highway Rest Stops: The Hold It In (TMI) Edition!

Oh….the highway rest stop. We’ve all been there. Just when we’re thinking “Hey, this road trip isn’t so bad, we’re making excellent time!” one of the kids asks to stop. Unfortunately “Hold it in for three more hours!” is not a realistic solution. As a general rule, I really try to avoid rest stops on drives of three hours or less.  I always make sure to pack enough snacks for the road and  just enough liquids to get me where I need to go without stopping. Of course, once you add kids into the equation, all bets are off. On a...

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Get Out The Vote for FUN in DC!

It’s cherry blossom season and that means about 50 million people heading to Washington, DC, including us! The Hyatt Visa Card is the gift that keeps on gifting. After 4 free nights in Paris a year ago, we were given 2 more free anniversary nights at any category 1-4 Hyatt. With the nights expiring, we needed to find a place, any place, to go for 2 nights. My wife and I debated a quick weekend getaway for ourselves, but in the end, realized it had been a while since we’d done a family road trip. We checked the lists...

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We’re on a Boat! A Family At Sea.

“My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water.” ~ Carl Hiaasen This past summer, I had the opportunity to experience with my wife and kids my “other” favorite transportation method (first will always be a large airplane to anywhere exotic), a speedboat!  Living in a small town on a bay in Long Island, we’re surrounded by an active waterfront. From kayak clubs, to fishing derbies, to sailing regattas, we have it all.  The proximity to the bay and the Long Island Sound was one of the main draws to Port Washington when my...

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Giving Thanks This Year in Montauk, NY

Our original plan this year was to spend Thanksgiving with my in-laws, up in Amherst, Mass, however, a last minute change in plans had us unexpectedly travelling east instead of north, to Montauk, NY, otherwise known as “the end”.  This year, Thanksgiving fell on my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday, and to celebrate this milestone the family opted to rent a suite at Montauk’s famous Gurney’s Resort and Sea Water Spa, and spend the long weekend on the beach. Normally, travelling to Amherst is never that hard. Sure, the 3 hour ride from our hometown has it’s own challenges, but once...

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Tips to Conquering a Sesame Place Road Trip

Now that we have two kids that are old enough to have a full awareness of all things “Elmo,” Sesame Place has officially been added to our yearly road trip destination list. This summer, we made our second annual trip to Langhorne, PA, ready for a long fun day of Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and the rest of the gang. Last year, we decided to stay overnight closer to Sesame Place, but this year we thought we’d take a chance and drive there and back from Long Island. Without traffic, it was only about an hour and forty-five minute...

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A Hidden Gem in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts

Getting places early can sometimes lead to amazing discoveries! This was the case this past July 4th weekend. My wife’s mother, stepfather, and younger brother live in Amherst, Massachusetts, and on this recent visit the family and I found ourselves needing to kill about an hour before my in-laws were home from work. We’ve been travelling up there as a couple for about 10 years now, (well before we had kids) and my wife always loves to show me some of her old stomping grounds. She lived there for a couple years, even attending U-Mass for a few semesters....

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Taking a vacation WITHOUT the kids…

Ok, so we’ve all heard countless stories about the joys (and horrors) of traveling WITH our children, but what about the joys (and horrors) of traveling WITHOUT our children? Six months ago, my wife and I got to experience our first trip alone since our 2nd child was born almost 3 years ago. As a nurse, my wife gets two vacation weeks a year, usually during off-peak weeks that are planned as far as eight months in advance. My job allows for much more flexibility, so I always work around her schedule. We knew last April that she was...

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When Your Kid Has a Medical Emergency on Vacation

Before I begin my initial post for Traveling Dad I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is David, and I’m father to two amazing and too-smart-for-their-own-good boys, aged 5 and 2.5 (we celebrated his half birthday this week). My wife and I have been married just over 8 wonderful years, and I must say that I picked the very best partner in life to co-pilot me on this journey through marriage and fatherhood. Back in the fall of 2001, I joined Joy Products, Inc., a New York based advertising specialties and premiums business, which my parents...

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