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.


The Traveling Dad Guide to Walt Disney World Smells

What is that smell? That is the question. Shakespeare likely wouldn’t have posed so unphilosophical a question, but then the Bard wasn’t tasked with scouring Walt Disney World for the most distinctive and unusual scents he could find. That was a job for Traveling Dad. During our first-ever conference at Walt Disney World, the dads scattered to the far corners of the parks and back, often with their families in tow, and followed their noses. We’re men, so we zeroed in on a lot of food aromas. “For the most part every restaurant and food stand that I visited at...

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Look At Us. Do We Know How to Pack or What?

Isn’t it obvious that we put a tremendous amount of thought into these outfits? Well, at least Cindy and Kim did. As for the rest of us, well, we’re dads. We’re men. We’re pragmatic to a fault. That fault being, we’re oftentimes boring when it comes to mixing and matching our tops and bottoms. What we sometimes lack in flair, we try to make up for with our packing know-how. Henceforth, let this post serve as a landing page for all the splendid packing advice on offer at Traveling Dad, which includes the following: Can a man make a decent packing video? We...

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10 Dads Went to Walt Disney World. This Is What Happened.

We came, we saw, we conquered. We ate, we drove, we rode, we ate some more, we posed. Ten of us were turned loose in Walt Disney World during the last weekend in February and got a VIP early-morning look at how the force is awakening at the Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, test drove a bunch of Chevys, met some characters, had lots of Kodak moments, sought out the best views, and searched out healthy food, in the process even eating some vegetables. The list goes on. Click around the site and you’ll find plenty more about Disney, Star...

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If You Give a Dad a Chevy…

If you give a dad a Chevy, he’s going to ask you for some legroom. When you give him the legroom, he’ll probably ask you for GPS, as well as in-vehicle Wi-Fi, a wireless charging dock, and so on. Why? Because dads like manspreading and playing with gadgets when they’re in cars, especially if they’re passengers. And that was the case during a bright Orlando mid-morning in February when ten Traveling Dads – along with Kim Orlando and Cindy Richards, founder and editor-in-chief of Traveling Mom, respectively – were permitted to field test several Chevys as part of the...

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Parents Guide (No Spoilers)

If you’re still sticking your fingers in your ears to avoid hearing insufferably smug moviegoers reveal spoilers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” fine, but there are a few things you may want to know as a parent before taking your kids to see the film. 1. Child-inappropriate previews there may be, hmm. Not only were we treated to a ridiculously long chain of movie previews — our 10 a.m. showing this past Sunday began at 10:25 a.m. (!) — but the first of those coming attractions included a woman and her ex-husband steamily hooking up in a car. Yes, the PG-13 rating...

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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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