Between seven and eight each weekday morning is the time in my house I have long referred to as the Witching Hour. Five of us – two adults, two teen girls, and a 9-year-old boy – jockeying for privacy in a two-bedroom, one bathroom apartment. If it weren’t an hour that brought out the worst in all of us, we might find it comical. The alarm goes off at 7 a.m. Nobody moves. “Get in the bathroom,” I yell. “It’s empty.” I yell this as a courtesy, knowing full well that still, nobody will move. So I go into...Read More
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.
Some men snack to live while others live to snack. Traveling Dads Daymon “Daym Drops” Patterson and Chris “C-Snacks” Clarke are definitely the latter. And they prove it when their Cooking Channel pilot “Baby Got Snack” premieres Thursday, July 14, 9:30 ET. A little backstory. Best friends Daym and Chris have been dominating the world of online fast food and snack reviews for some time now. “Baby Got Snack” takes their snack mission to the next level. In the pilot — which, needless to say, we hope becomes a series with a huge episode order — Daym and Chris go straight to...Read More
“If someone has a problem with a baby being a baby, they’re an as*hole,” Donnie Wahlberg told me the other day and I agree with him, both because I’m easily intimidated and he happens to be right. You know he is. I caught up with Walhlberg and his fellow New Kids on the Block bandmates June 9 during a live Q&A session at the Adorama Live Theatre in New York City. NKOTB was on the scene to promote the upcoming second season of their “Rock This Boat” series, an episode of which was screened for the bloggers in attendance. What came...Read More
Is that charcoal in the air or is that burning smell your desperation from still not knowing what to do with your kids this summer? Either way, summer is upon us and I’m here to suggest that it’s not too late to make plans. I am a huge procrastinator in this area, so learn from my mistakes and consider doing some of the following things. Now. If you’re hoping to travel with particular family or friends this summer or crash at any of their houses for free, don’t take their availability for granted – initiate that conversation today if you...Read More
Let’s face it, bringing your family to Walt Disney World can be stressful. Let’s look at why. A Walt Disney World vacation can be quite expensive. Expectations are insanely high. However much time you have to explore the parks, it never seems like enough. You may find yourself being almost pathologically tactical as you plan which rides and attractions to do when and in what order, doing whatever it takes to get your money’s worth and cram it all in before your time and energy run out. When I went to Walt Disney World for the first time as a dad, I...Read More
Last week during the annual Traveling Mom summit in Walt Disney World I toured Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, one of the ten Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resorts within the Walt Disney World Resort, and as often happens when discussions of vacation clubs, room categories, points, dues, terms, conditions and the like arise, my head spins. I’ve never belonged to a vacation club and while I’ll never say never I doubt I’ll ever join one. The thing is, if you want to stay at one of those 10 DVC resorts at Walt Disney World or one the club’s...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More