Paul Eisenberg

Paul Eisenberg

After accompanying his travel writer dad to the Peruvian Amazon, Paul Eisenberg had his first trip report published at age 15 in Junior Scholastic magazine and has been a fan of family travel and journalism ever since. Some years later he went on to serve as editorial director at Fodor’s, where for nearly a decade he directed a guidebook program including U.S. and family travel titles. He has reported on travel for Barclaycard, Shermans Travel, and FoxNews.com, has written about parenting for Nick Jr. magazine and authored the sixth edition of Fodor’s Around New York City with Kids. In 2010 his article about medical tourism received a Lowell Thomas Award, the highest honor in travel journalism. Paul and his wife live in New York City with their three children.


“Brewmaster”: Beer Is a Calling

Everybody has dreams. For the dudes in “Brewmaster,” those dreams happen to be about beer. Happen to be, because while the film does delve into the lives of guys for whom beer and its culture are a calling, you can close your eyes and easily imagine them talking about something other than beer when they say things like: “Everybody’s got a day job.” (which isn’t necessarily what you love). “We wanted to create our own jobs.” (to truly do that thing we love). “You can’t get tired doing what you love.” This is all pretty relatable stuff for dreamers,...

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Goodbye Christopher Robin: A Wake-Up Call for Dads

If you’re a writer there’s a good chance you’re a procrastinator. Case in point, I’m writing this post about “Goodbye Christopher Robin” a month after seeing the film at its New York premiere. Procrastination isn’t the same as laziness, which is not to say that procrastinators and writers can’t be lazy. Many are. Procrastinating writers might procrastinate from an absence of inspiration. Or an abundance of pressure, say from a loved one or editor who just wants you to, you know, write something. But you really don’t need or want me to explain a writer’s torment. For that, you...

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Win a Sweet Wheelie Bag! Sweepstakes Ends Soon!

During a sojourn to Walt Disney World with the Traveling Mom team I discovered the dark magic of Dole Whip, communed with winged creatures at Epcot, and discovered why it’s important to see the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for yourself. I also received a nice piece of luggage, the Ricardo Beverly Hills 21″ 4-Wheel Spinner WheelAboard, which in layman’s parlance is a medium-sized carry-on wheelie bag that will fit comfortably in the overhead luggage compartments of most commercial airplanes. I got to keep the bag. In exchange I agreed to write the post that follows. But before we get to...

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Complete Quick Holiday Survey, Maybe Win A Bag

The other day I asked a colleague how his far-flung family picked the destination they’ll be flocking to for a reunion this winter. “We managed to find a mutually inconvenient place,” he said. His answer underscores a truth that is perhaps under-discussed, at least publicly: The holidays, which the Bureau of Transportation Statistics defines as that hot pocket spanning the day before Thanksgiving and the day after New Year’s, is the busiest travel period in the United States… but, do any of us really want to be traveling during the holidays? That’s one of the questions raised in the...

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The Truth About Traveling With My Daughters

My daughters have never had to share a bed at home the way the Ingalls girls did on “Little House on the Prairie” but when our family travels the two often end up in the same bed. The other night I asked my girls to sum up that experience and they complied, recalling their recent travels with my wife to visit colleges. “There was that time,” my eldest daughter said, describing when she and her sister turned in at a roadside hotel,” when she just put her hand on my face. She did it in her sleep, and it...

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Giving Up Control: Can Self-Driving Cars and Dads Live in Harmony?

Self-parking cars, like the Ford Fusion I test drove in Florida, are the way of the future. But are they the right way for real men? We guys like to be in control. The feel of the gas pedal. Hands on the steering wheel. Showing off our parking prowess in that really tight parking spot. Living in New York City, where parking is always at a premium, learning to park is a critical coming-of-age skill. If the cars do it for us, what are dads supposed to teach their sons (and daughters)? On the other hand, after a long...

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The Traveling Dad Guide to Pandora: The World of Avatar

The Traveling Dad Guide to Pandora: The World of Avatar was reported by Paul Eisenberg, Shawn McAskill, Tim Jones, Daymon Patterson, Josh Rodriguez, and John C. Vanda. We came, we saw, we drank beer in the morning. Morning is relative, though, especially at Walt Disney World. Especially within the dozen acres of Disney’s Animal Kingdom now known as the alien moon of Pandora, where it was perhaps after 5 p.m. Therefore it was acceptable for a rollicking band of Traveling Dads to belly up to Pongu Pongu (how the Na’vi of James Cameron’s “Avatar” say “Party Party”) and tipple...

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Multigenerational Travel – Have You? Would You? Could You?

Family vacations are morphing. It used to be enough to take the wife and kids on a trip. Now, increasingly we’re taking everyone–Mom, Dad, kids, grands, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends big and small. It’s multigenerational travel, large group travel and take-everyone-along travel. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing trends in family traveling–taking the whole neighborhood along on a trip. Have you done it? Would you? Could you? We want to know. So we’ve partnered with the TravelingMoms and and Vacatia  to find out more. Take our quick 8-question survey and be entered to win two Ricardo of Beverly Hills...

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What’s in Your Pants?

What happens when you couple an Emmy Award-winning video editor with some Traveling Dads punch-drunk on Orlando sunshine but nonetheless eager to talk about the one thing that’s always in their pants when they travel? A video editor with his work cut out for him. Fortunately the aforementioned video guy, world traveling photographer JD Andrews, was not only behind the camera but also happens to be one of us (a Traveling Dad) so he understood the unique challenges of eliciting responses that were at once informative and hilarious. We hope you find the video embedded herein to be a bit of...

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Traveling Dad Driving Tips By Daym Drops

Last month the 2017 New York International Auto Show made car enthusiasts even more enthusiastic about cars. The event yielded a Girls Night Out sponsored by SheBuysCars and Traveling Mom. And, I had the opportunity to catch up with Daym Drops. Daym, aka Daymon Patterson, is a YouTube #FoodTitan and food correspondent for “The Rachael Ray Show.” He’s also a father of two. So shortly after testing the trunk capacity of the 2018 Toyota Camry, Daym and I evaluated the legroom of the 2018 Yaris, where I asked him what he feared most about his eldest daughter eventually hitting the road as a licensed driver. In his answer, Daym notes the...

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