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 –...Read More
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.
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...Read More
Deep in the heart of the Oregon Outback, which is the south-central part of the state, is one of the most unique dining experiences our little family has ever had. Located in Silver Lake, Oregon, the Cowboy Dinner Tree is an old fashioned cowboy dinner. The Cowboy Dinner Tree is located about 90 minutes south-southeast of Bend, Oregon. The rustic setting is right on the cattle drive path and back in the early 1900’s, when cowboys would drive cattle between Paisly, Summer Lake and Silver Lake and points in between, they’d stop at a place called the “Dinner Tree”. The...Read More
Disclosure: The Ring Doorbell was provided by Ring for review in this article. However, my opinions can never be bought. In the last two years, there have been multitudes of “smart home” products that have come out to (hopefully) make our lives easier. The Nest thermostat started the trend and was the first item to become a household name. Now we have connected devices from cameras to coffee makers to wall outlets that are fighting for your attention. Today, we’ll focus on a doorbell, yes, a doorbell that promises to increase your security and give you a view on...Read More
If you’ve read my stuff here on TravelingDad, you’ve seen that my family and I are an active bunch. We love being on the beach and relaxing, but we also like hiking, biking and being on-the-go, preferably in nature. As an active family of five who conquers cycles in the woods, rides beachside trails and hikes alpine forests, we need nourishment. Also, being Oregon-natives, we’re particular about what we eat. We’re not this particular: However, when we’re given a choice, we like to support farmers and ranchers that are all about free-range and grass fed. Enter Snack Mates from...Read More
You’ve likely heard of HTC, the phone maker from Taiwan, but maybe it’s been a while since you held and experienced what makes an HTC phone unique. HTC is known for making Android and Windows Phone handsets that excel in design, audio quality, and cutting-edge imaging. Today, we’re going to take a look at the HTC 10 from Verizon Wireless. Looking at what’s on the inside. The HTC comes packed with high-end hardware features. The screen is a Quad HD 2650 x 1440 with 564 pixels per inch. This means images, video and even web browsing will be enhanced...Read More
When I travel with my family, I need things to be as simple as possible. My bride and I have three littles aged 9, 6 and 4 so travel is already complex with all these little people, their gear, and managing it all. To help, I wanted to profile two apps that I couldn’t operate without in life or on vacation. Let Evernote be your brain Evernote is an app that’s been around for a long time. While the service started as a note-taking application to help you keep lists, thoughts and random notes in notebooks, the service has grown into so much...Read More
My family and I like things to be easy when we travel. It doesn’t matter if we’re on a road trip across the state or a plane trip to another state, we need things to be easy peasy. We recently found a way to make things super easy when we travel and it’s a super easy addition to our vacation ‘routine’. It’s all about hydration. That’s right – keeping my three kids (and my wife and myself, for that matter!) hydrated is super important. For my wife and I, we’re trying to drink less diet soda. In our case,...Read More
Looking for an event that will entertain the entire family while filling your belly at the same time? Everyone’s heard of Medieval Times, where jousting adventures entertain your family. On a recent night in Buena Park, California (right next to Anaheim), my family and I were able to experience Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, a swashbuckling adventure that features high-flying pirates in a full dinner theatre performance. Our two girls and son, are 9, 6, and 4, respectively. Of course, we knew our son would have a blast because, well, pirates; but the show appealed to everyone in our group. Starting off with...Read More
Today, we’d like to highlight two pieces of gadgetry that are perfect for your Fall 2016 travel. First off, let’s look at a perfect phone for globe-trotting travelers. The OnePlus 3 is a fully featured Android phone that has the same specifications and features as the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and others, that retail for double the price. Coming in at $399 is the OnePlus 3 and this phone has an ideal camera, big screen and 64gb of onboard memory! Also, the OnePlus 3 is a dual-sim phone, meaning you can run your home SIM in the phone...Read More
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