This story starts a couple of months before I would visit The Omni Homestead Resort, a stunning historic hotel in Hot Spring, Virginia. I needed to be in southern Maryland at 10am on a Monday morning to visit the new Camp Kesem summer camp location I helped fund by hiking across England with a gaggle of dad blogger buddies to honor a dear friend who succumbed to cancer. Phew that’s an emotional mouthful. D.C. traffic, 100 miles of hiking, terminal cancer. Facing the daunting prospect of battling both the Baltimore and D.C. beltways in rush hour traffic, I instead...Read More
Jeff Bogle is an at-home dad who writes about fatherhood, family travel, and All Things Childhood on his site Out With The Kids. His stories have also been featured on The Huffington Post, Esquire and PBS Kids, among other print and online outlets. He is married to an adorable redheaded gal with whom he has two remarkable tween daughters who provide countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment. He considers himself one of the luckiest guys in the world, although he needs to be reminded of this fact from time to time
Cruise Line Primer The first day can be dizzying. This is true of a first day of school, at a new job, of being a dad. It’s a universal thing and cruising is no different. Embarkation day (that’s the first day, for first time cruisers) is of course filled with waves of excitement over the tasty never-ending food, the pools, water slides, hot tubs, the kids clubs, activities like laser tag, ziplining, escape rooms, mini golf, and Broadway-style musicals, but on the other side of the coin is unbearable logistical dread thanks to long lines at check in, the wait...Read More
Head Over Heels, a punk rock Shakespearean romp set to the classic 80’s songs of The Go-Go’s. I recently challenged my teenager, who is Broadway musical obsessed, to write her first Broadway review about this show after having seen a Saturday matinee last month, getting a quick tour of the stage and the wings of the theater, and meeting Peppermint, the first trans woman to create a principle role on Broadway. As you can imagine, I’m a pretty proud dad already but sharing her Head Over Heels Broadway review by my girl and edited together is next level. He/She/They/We...Read More
My teenager isn’t really taking a gap year. That said, if you were to hear her describe heading into an online charter high school this fall, that’s exactly what it would sound like. I can only imagine what our fellow back to school shoppers at Target were thinking, as an obviously not-even-close-to college age child was dancing around the glue sticks and pink erasers singing about her gap year. “Gap year, gap year, I’m taking a gap year!” Come the Tuesday after Labor Day, however, she will flip open the laptop provided, log in, and begin her freshman year...Read More
Sometimes, in the life of a family travel writer and photographer, you must leave the family back at the ranch and have experiences all by your solo self. It’s a happy and sad reality all at once, but sometimes there’s not budget for +3, and so I go it alone and report back to them and to you. And then sometimes, I make immediate plans to return to that exact spot I stood, or in this case swam, with my wife and kids because the experience was so grand, so unique, and so enormous! There I was, at 6:45...Read More
Carnival Cruise Line is known for many things. There’s Grooving for St. Jude outside on the Lido deck, towel animal surprises in your cabin each evening, and, on the newer ships Vista and Horizon, the only IMAX Theaters at sea and a craft brewery on board. For little kids, what they probably love most about cruising on a Fun Ship is Carnival’s long standing partnership with Dr. Seuss! This month, that incredibly fun partnership offers young people a special bookish challenge during their summer cruise vacation. The Dr. Seuss Word Challenge is simple: read as many Dr. Seuss words...Read More
Being a dad blogger means I get to know about a lot of rad dads doing rad things in the honeymoon glow of fatherhood. There’s my pal Sean Singleton’s Pop Lyfe Shop , the wonderful City Dads Groups all across the country, and Broadway actor-turned-dad-turned-entrepreneur Gavin Lodge’s high end diaper bags for handsome dudes sold in Barney’s of New York! But there’s a collection of rad dads I’ve known for even longer. These guys are the dads who rock (and rap) for families seeking awesome all-ages alternative music. Sharing music you love with your kid is stellar but sharing...Read More
I’d happily stand on Las Ramblas in Barcelona and photograph the people there — natives and tourists alike — from dawn to dusk. I would return to Belize in a heartbeat to eat more breadfruit and capture a few more howler monkeys in the wild eating banana chunks out of my youngest daughter’s shaky hand. I’m also ready to fly back to Norway to frame the fist-sized snowflakes falling in front of the famed Bergen wharf one more time. But the destination that tops this photographer’s travel bucket list is the middle of the world, Quito, Ecuador and the...Read More
On The Island of Ischia Italy, My Family Found An Even Bigger Diamond In The Bay of Naples During Our Carnival Horizon Cruise
Procida, the pastel-hued Italian island, the most Italian Italian island, the tiny island gem in the Bay of Naples, has now got some tough as nails competition in the ‘what’s the most idyllic place we’ve ever been’ game show that is most certainly not airing on any television network. Not even TLC and I think they’d show anything. While the Carnival Horizon spent the day chillaxing in Naples, my family hopped on a Medmar commuter car ferry (the sloooooow, cheap one) to Ischia (pronounced, we learned while on the sloooooow ferry, as ‘Iskia’). Ischia is the biggest island of...Read More
The sun and relative warmth proved a double edged sword as we made our way from Flåm to Ålesund on the sixth full day of our nine total spent adventuring in Norway as a family during Spring Break last month. Had the weather been nastier, or even just not THAT picture perfect, the doors of the shacks, huts, homes and storefronts in Norway’s “Book Town” would’ve been swung open just for us — to photograph, peruse, and possibly purchase despite not being able to read a word of any of the tens of thousands of used books for sale...Read More
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