Joe Cheung

Joe Cheung

As writer of the blog As The Joe Flies Joe Cheung is a self-described “average Joe trying to fly his family for less.” He specializes in helping families utilize their miles and points to travel at a great discount. He uses those same techniques to travel domestically and abroad with his wife and two children throughout the year. You can also find him podcasting at Saverocity and Tweeting at @asthejoeflies.


When does Disney World have the lowest crowds?

Disney World finds its way onto almost every single family’s vacation checklist. Either the parents loved Disney as kids (me) or the kids bug their parents until the parents cave (also me). An important part of the planning process is answering the question: “When are Disney World crowds the lowest?” Disney World always boasts large crowds, but you still can find the best time ago by considering the following parameters. Using basic common sense can really help you with your visit. Here are four of the best times to visit Disney World and the two busiest times of the year! Mid...

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Save money on your vacation with travel rewards credit cards sign up bonuses

Every year, people who don’t get to travel a lot cite budget as a major contributing factor. It can be difficult for families to budget enough to take the trips they want to take, especially as they get bigger. But if you’re in the process of planning a big trip, you can easily save some significant cash using a travel credit card sign up bonus. Let’s take a look at how to do this in the simplest way possible. Disclosure: Traveling Dad may receive a commission for approvals received through links on this page. The editorial content on this...

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Happily Ever After Fireworks Review

Disney fans underwent some weeping and gnashing of teeth a few months ago when Disney announced its plans to end Wishes, the long running nighttime fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom. Wishes holds a sentimental spot in many Disney fans hearts so I understood their worry. On May 12, 2017 Disney debuted the new Magic Kingdom Nighttime Spectacular: Happily Ever After. So one simple question: is Happily Ever After a worthy successor to Wishes? In this traveling dad’s opinion, the answer is 100% yes. Yes, I loved Wishes and will definitely miss it, but Happily Ever After more than...

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Why you need travel insurance for your family

As I sit typing this, the entire left side of my jaw throbs in pain. Long story short, 48 hours ago I felt nothing, last night I woke up at 2 AM in a world of hurt. The diagnosis is in: I need a root canal. As a frequent family traveler, my third thought after “Crap” and “Should have flossed more” was “I’m so glad this didn’t happen on the road”. Things like this can, at best, put a damper on your vacation. At worst, they can end it altogether. Enter family travel insurance. I tend to stress out...

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Ranking the Walt Disney World Nighttime Shows (updated with Happily Ever After!)

When it comes to theme park nighttime spectaculars, nobody can hold a handle to Disney. With Rivers of Light opening this week, Walt Disney World now hosts six different nighttime shows. If you have young kids like me, even with a week in Orlando you won’t have time to see all the shows – too many late bedtimes. I thought it might be fun to put together a biased, totally subjective list of the Walt Disney World nighttime shows. I got to preview Rivers of Light at #DisneySMMC so I’ve now seen all of them and can finally put this list...

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How and why to take the Airport Express from Hong Kong Airport

If you’re visiting Hong Kong with your family, you’ll probably stay somewhere in the city. (Check out fellow TDAD Sheeraj’s experience with his family). While you can accomplish this in a variety of ways, I highly recommend you take the Airport Express from Hong Kong Airport. My last trip to Hong Kong, flights thankfully paid for with American Airlines miles, confirmed my opinion that it supercedes all other options into the city. Disclosure: Traveling Dad may receive a commission for approvals received through links on this page. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank,...

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Why you should consider taking an infant to Europe

Being East Coast based, my wife and I love visiting Europe. Before we had kids, thanks to miles and points earned through credit card rewards, we managed to hit up Europe two or three times a year. Once we had kids, we still earned plenty of miles and points and thus had the means to still visit Europe. But we had to ask: should we consider taking an infant to Europe? Well we ended up answering that question with a resounding yes! I’d say we’ve taken three infant trips to Europe between our two kids (really, the classification of...

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Use Bonwi for easy hotel rebates

For traveling dads, sometimes convenience wins the day. Unless you travel regularly for business, it can be tough to stay loyal to a single hotel chain. Or maybe you don’t want to jump through the hoops necessary. Or even if you have loyalty, there may be that city where you have no options to your preferred loyalty chain. A few weekends ago my wife and I took a weekend trip to New York City without the kids. I booked the trip using Bonwi, a new website that offers easy to use rebates for hotel stays. I’ve tried hotels.com in...

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7 survival tips for flying alone with young kids

A few weeks ago, I made my first solo dad travel with my 4 year and 18 month old. My wife attended a conference in Charleston and I took the kids down to meet with her on a direct two hour flight from Boston. You can read about my trials and travails when flying alone with young kids here. I’ve by no means mastered solo dad travel with my kids but learned a lot from my experience. If you’re a dad (or mom) flying alone with young kids, let me share some tips for how to survive it! Though, as any...

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Enjoying the newly refurbished Disney Wonder in eight pictures

A couple of us from Traveling Dad had the privilege of attending #DisneySMMC this past month. This year the Social Media Moms Celebration added a special component – a sea portion of the conference! We had the chance to embark on a three day cruise (why every child should take a cruise) on the newly refurbished Disney Wonder. How did my 4 year old daughter and I enjoy the cruise? A TON! Here are eight pictures to give you a taste of what Disney Cruise Line and the Disney Wonder have to offer. Have a blast at the Sail...

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