This is the first year that our family looked into the Southwest Companion Pass. Not because we didn’t know about it, but because a few of our travel priorities have changed. We welcomed our first son, Hudson, Jr., in February and we knew that our travel plans were changing some. We aren’t going to be traveling to Hong Kong, Bali, or Greece over the next couple of years. Instead, we will be traveling throughout the United States, Caribbean and Central America. This is where the Southwest Companion Pass is our best friend. Let me explain. Introduction to Southwest Companion Pass I’m...Read More
Hud is a long-time traveler and a new dad. His first son, Hudson, was born on 2/5/17, so he’s still trying to get the hang of this parenting thing. He lives in Raleigh, NC and works for RewardStock, a travel company that has a free website that shows users how to earn, manage, and use reward points instead of cash for travel. His specialty is using points and miles for (nearly) free travel and hopes to share some of this knowledge with the Traveling Dad community. He’s looking forward to learning from all of the seasoned dads out there!
Growing up in North Carolina, I’ve always taken for granted everything it has to offer. That’s changed in the past couple of years, after finding out we were pregnant and having our first child. My wife, Vicki, and I now talk about all of the weekend trips we can take from Raleigh. While doing some research, I thought other families may want to know some of the family-friendly must do’s in North Carolina. Whether you are from this area or you’re just passing through, keep this post bookmarked for quick reference. It may just help you plan your next...Read More
Raleigh-Durham (aka “the Triangle”) has a lot of family friendly things to do. This is one of the main reasons we love living here. You can drive 2 hours to the east and your at the beach. Drive 2.5 hours to the west and you’re in the mountains. Growing up in North Carolina, I took for granted all that this area offered. Moving away for a few years after college finally gave me an appreciation for the area. Take a look at some of the family friendly things to do if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Triangle of...Read More
Everyone has their go-to travel apps and tools they use on trips. Some use hardcopy guidebooks, printed maps, podcasts. Whatever it is, everyone has that go-to that gets them through a trip. I wanted to cover 4 apps that I used on my recent trip to Europe that will, hopefully, help you out on your future travels. Before I go any further, I want to say that I have no affiliation with any of these companies and these links are not referral links. All of these are free apps and are available on iOS and Android. I’m simply sharing my thoughts and...Read More
Life, as I know it, is about to change. Alright, that was a little over-dramatic, but my life is about to change. In my previous (and first) post, I talked about how my wife and I were expecting our first child. We learned some lessons about traveling while pregnant that we’ll never forget. Now, as we’re about 1 week from our due date, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about our 2017 travel plans. Our life to this point, has revolved around travel. It’s been a centerpiece in everything that we do. We try to take at least...Read More
My wife, Vicki, and I are expecting our first child in February. Excited is an understatement. So is scared, anxious, nervous. You name it, we’re feeling it. Also, Vicki and I are travelers. I’m glad we have that in common. We’ve visited 10+ countries and traveled around the U.S. in the past five years together. No matter how much of a seasoned traveler you are, I’ve come to learn that traveling while pregnant can change everything. I’m going to share three lessons that we learned during our trip for any future dads. Lesson 1: Do not be overly ambitious. There’s a...Read More