Paul Eisenberg

Paul Eisenberg

After accompanying his travel writer dad to the Peruvian Amazon, Paul Eisenberg had his first trip report published at age 13 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.


I Will Write for Coffee

I will write for coffee, in every way. I will write to have money to spend on coffee. I will write into the night to have an excuse to drink cup after cup of coffee. I will write a blog post in exchange for coffee, which is the case here. Permit me to explain. A few weeks ago, in honor of International Coffee Day, I was asked if I’d be interested in taking the Overnight Coffee Challenge, which involved my receiving “40 oz. of Coava Coffee’s piping-hot coffee in a Thermos Stainless King Beverage Bottle shipped overnight from Portland” to my...

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November 2: Share Holiday Travel Tips with #TMOM, Maybe Win An Amazon Gift Card

How can you manage the stress of holiday travel – and make your trip a magical memory instead? That’s one of the big questions Traveling Mom (#TMOM) will be asking at their next Twitter party, November 2, sponsored by Travel Guard insurance by AIG Travel. You should come. You’ll almost certainly learn something and will just maybe win a prize: #TMOM and Travel Guard are offering five $100 Amazon gift cards to winners selected at random. At the party you’ll encounter many parents and other travelers swapping holiday travel tips, so bring some of your own, if you don’t mind, as this is the season...

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Back To School Travel Challenges – August 31 #TMOM Twitter Party

Kids are heading back to school or are there already, and a small part of you may be rejoicing. Openly, noisily rejoicing, in fact. However, another part of you may already be a bit anguished at the thought of this: How will I plan my family’s fall getaways and still make sure my kids are keeping up in the classroom? Do we dare have a child miss class so early in the semester – or do we leave him home and have him miss out on the experience? That’s the topic of the next #TMOM Twitter party. And in honor of the challenges many military...

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A Father-Son Moment at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures

“Walk it off,” I say to my 8-year-old son as he drapes himself across the top of our wheelie bag and instantly falls to the floor with a near-sickening slap. We’re at our departure gate en route to the Finger Lakes region for our first-ever father-son trip, and I suspect I’ll be invoking this phrase again as Felix is, after all, a boy. And without mom along, he’s naturally trying to get a sense early on of how far he can push the limits of his boyishness without getting into too much trouble. “Walk it off” is said half-jokingly,...

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Grab This Free OnStar e-Book on Keeping Kids Safe Around Cars

Keep Calm. That’s the tip that resonates most in Keeping Kids Safe, a primer on how to handle and prevent common vehicle-related emergencies. OnStar and Safe Kids Worldwide developed the free e-book with an eye toward parents sharing the information with their children, but I’d argue the advice is mandatory for all audiences, especially grown-ups and very especially grown-up motorists who could likely use a refresher on some of these automotive safety basics. Well before it was the stuff of memes, tee-shirts, and coffee mugs, Keep Calm was my mantra. That and several other tips in the book are...

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6 Uses for Your Ricardo Beverly Hills Suitcase

During an April 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. And in return I agreed to write this post, which I was happy to...

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Man Snacks at Walt Disney World

This will blow your mind. In the phrase “Man Snacks at Walt Disney World,” snacks serves as both a noun and a verb. Meaning that within this post you’ll not only see a sampling of Walt Disney World Resort food and beverages that a man might like, but you’ll also see a man (me) enjoying those snacks. Okay, so maybe that’s not mind blowing, but it’s not extremely dull, either. I mean, we aim to please over here at Traveling Dad. To that end, here’s a photographic sampling of my April fact-finding mission at Walt Disney World, research that was elevated and facilitated...

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How to Enjoy A Butterfly Garden Visit at Epcot

We want what we can’t have. When you’re on safari you’re surrounded by greenery that’s lush and fragrant and without really trying you’ll spot creatures everywhere, including big cats. Yet the more competitive safari goer isn’t satisfied with all that. Not until he spots a leopard, among the most elusive of bush creatures. And the only thing that makes our safari goer more nuts than not seeing a leopard is learning that someone else saw one, perhaps minutes before. Silly to think that despite having this wondrous day on safari, someone would be so goal-oriented that he’d let not...

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Why You Need to See the Tree of Life for Yourself

Take a moment and look at this tree. The photos clue you in to the beauty and intricacy of the Tree of Life. As for its majesty, you kind of have to be there, as I was in April with a contingent of Traveling Moms to size up what was new and noteworthy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The tree, of course, is not new, though Disney regularly revises it, extending the roots to add to the more than 300 carvings. Some new ones will be unveiled when Animal Kingdom debuts its AVATAR Pandora attraction in 2017. But...

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Panasonic HX-A500 Wearable Camera: The Traveling Dad Review

Many gadgets in my house have untapped potential. Our scientific calculator will probably never be used for more than basic math (although perhaps at one time my daughters used it for something more). My Samsung smartwatch does a great many things (including leading people to ask me several times a day if it’s an Apple watch) though I really only use it to count steps. And the netbook I bought for my personal writing could be seeing considerably more use. Another gadget destined for the land of untapped potential is the Panasonic HX-A500, wearable tech at its most cutting...

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