Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jason Harris is a writer, community manager and happy father of three. Jason's passion is enabling people to have better lives and better experiences through technology. In between family road trips and ventures in the Northwest and beyond, Jason is also the tech correspondent for , the most listened to travel radio show in the US.


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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Must-See Activities in Oregon’s Capital City

Being an Oregon resident, I get fun reactions whenever I tell people I’m from the Beaver State. Most folks ask me if the themes and jokes from Portlandia are real (most of them are!) and gush about a trip either they or a friend took to Portland. They talk about the food, the coffee, the beer and the proximity to nature. Then, these same folks give me a blank look when I say I live in Salem, Oregon – just 45 miles south of Portland on I-5. Salem is Oregon’s capital and is the unofficial center of the Willamette...

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3 Reasons the LG G6 Is A Solid Phone For Travelers

Introduction LG Electronics is a brand you likely heard of when it comes to mobile phone, but most have never owned an LG phone. That’s because Samsung and Apple rule the mobile world when it comes to advertisements and therefore, these well engineered, solid performing LG phones often get overlooked when American consumers go to the store to buy a new phone. I’ve been watching LG for a few years now as I was a big fan of the LG G4 and V10 models from 2015. In 2016, we had the LG G5 which was featured modular components to offer...

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Alaska Enables New Parents to Extend Elite Status

Frequent travelers, whether for business or leisure (or a bit of both!), spend a lot of time on planes and in airports. With all that travel, it’s a bonus when you gain elite status on an airline and are able to use the affordances this offers such as access to airline lounges, extra legroom on flights and more. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Alaska Airlines recently announced a program whereby new parents can extend their elite status for one year. That’s right, if you’re an Alaska MVP, MVP Gold or MVP Gold 75K and go on parental leave starting in...

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Flights, Family and Rest: How to Arrive Refreshed

As a family man and business traveler, I travel numerous times a month for work, often by air. Let’s face it, travel, especially air travel, is grueling. Between the airport food, stress of maintaining family connections and work/life balance while on the road, the late nights and more – being on the road can be really stressful. Over my years as a traveler, I’ve developed a few strategies for arriving refreshed with kids, and without. Let’s walk through a few of them. Stay hydrated! If I had a number one rule to stay and keep refreshed when I travel,...

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Never Travel Without these Three Tech Helpers

Technology can do wonders for us when we travel with children. Tablets can entertain our kids during long layovers or on flights, iPhone games distract us from the unpleasantries of travel – in fact, it’s hard to imagine traveling before phones, tablets and computers. I travel quite a bit for work and pleasure –  and I’ve developed a kit that has my must-have items for smooth travel between destinations. Let’s walk through my must-have items. Bluetooth speaker I listen to tunes pretty much all day. And when I get to my hotel after a day of traveling or even...

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5 Reasons the Fitbit Charge is a Traveler’s Must-Have

Disclosure: The Fitbit Charge 2 mentioned below was provided by the manufacturer for review in this article. However, my opinions can never be bought. Introduction As a traveler, I need things to be simple and serve a purpose. Especially with gadgets I bring along: if I pack and try to maintain things that don’t add value to my trip, they aren’t brought along. Also, I’m a tech-forward kind of guy as I rely upon gadgets to keep me on time, in the right place and entertained along the way. This is why the Fitbit Charge 2 is my wearable of...

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SXSW 2017 Through The Traveler’s Eye

South by Southwest, also known as SXSW, is always a interesting conference because 30,000 movers and shakers in technology descend upon Austin, Texas in a 3 week-long conference that has a huge impact on culture. SXSW has three tracks, Interactive (tech and marketing), Music and Film and this year’s conference was fantastic. I’ve gone to SXSW for 9 years in a row and over the years, the show has changed from being a smaller show that attracted techies, creatives and creators from all over the globe to being a big, loud marketing conference. This year, in 2017, there seemed to be a...

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Stay Road-Ready with The HydroFlask Tumbler

When you venture out on a road trip, the right equipment and gear is key. Of course we need our smartphones for getting around and staying in touch, gadgets for staying entertained, but what about us, the weary traveler? It’s important to have a few items that enable you to take care of you. For me, having a cold drink is important to staying well while on the road. I dislike using bottled water because it’s wasteful and cold tap water is available at virtually every roadside stop. Our family of five already has water bottles for the kids –...

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Traveling Dad on Radio: Fitbit Charge 2, Here One and more

Disclosure: The Fitbit, ICON backpack and Ring Doorbell mentioned below were provided by the manufacturers for review in this article. However, my opinions can never be bought. In addition to being a Traveling Dad, I also appear on Rudy Maxa’s World – the most listened to travel radio show in the United States. Rudy’s show is syndicated nationwide and is listened to by roughly 2 million people every weekend. Recently, on the show, I featured products that every traveler should know about including the Ring Doorbell, Fitbit Charge 2, Here One headphones and the InCase ICON backpack. Ring Doorbell The Ring is...

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