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.


What Kids Would Change About Travel

When I have writer’s block, a friend will usually suggest that I “need to get out of my own head,” which is typically true but my head is where most of my writing comes from, so I’m kind of screwed there.   If I’m stuck and I need to freshen my perspective, I turn to my kids and I ask them, what would you change about the travel industry? I did this for the first time in 2011 and again in 2012 in posts for Shermans Travel. And here now is a third installment, exclusive to Traveling Dad, with...

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What LEGO Can Teach Our Kids

I can sit in a museum and stare at a piece of art for a long time …if I’m not with my family. With my kids in tow, a museum experience is, to put it mildly, not nearly as pleasurable. Upon arrival the kids dash in different directions and often go through all the collections too fast, eliminating any chance I have of gazing lovingly at a painting. By the end of the museum visit we’re all left wondering, “Did any of us appreciate what we just saw?” One notable exception was a Guggenheim outing with my two younger children, when they relished...

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Questions That Tick Off Family Travelers

Has a seemingly innocent question posed by a loved one during vacation ever wrecked your good mood, sending your anxiety level into the stratosphere? No? Then I’ll have whatever medication you’re having. A simple question lobbed over the backseat or directed at me at the very moment I think we’re all finally starting to relax sets me off like nothing else, and if you’re anything like me you may be particularly interested in the results of the recent Travel Habit Survey conducted by Cheapflights.com. The study of 1,132 American grown-ups — a mix of respondents who travel with kids...

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Do You Have Any Kids? Go Fish.

Give a girl a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach a girl to fish and she’ll either like it or go back to playing on her phone. While fishing with my family at Kingsmill Resort this summer I discovered that my eldest daughter did in fact like fishing and would do it again, while my younger daughter would be happy never doing it again. My son hates whatever my younger daughter hates, so he surprised us all by also taking a liking to the sport. Needless to say all the kids resumed playing on their phones once our angling was done...

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What You’ll Get Out of a Family Golf Lesson

Golf never struck me as a sport that fostered togetherness – nor did it ever really strike me as a sport – until my family and I hit the links for the time this summer. Teeing up at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, we learned during the course of our private lesson that being chaufferred around in a cart is certainly as fun as it looks, but it’s not the only rewarding thing about the game. Among other things, golf teaches focus. Our instructors were golf pro Jason King and Kingsmill head of instruction Chris George, who took us through the...

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How to Buy Souvenirs for Your Kids

If you’re about to go on your first trip since becoming a parent and are looking for an easy souvenir idea, here’s one: Nothing. Don’t get baby anything on that trip, or any other. Stop the habit before it starts and you’ll save yourself heaps of time, money, and aggravation. (Also, if you’re shoving Tooth Fairy money under your child’s pillow for the first time, leave something way south of five bucks. I left a fiver for my eldest daughter when she lost her first tooth, and what was meant as a one-time-only First Lost Tooth prize became the...

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How to Eat Healthy with Kids: A Birds Eye View

While I try to refrain from the unseemly practice of quoting myself, I noted during the June 24 Traveling Mom Twitter party that the “hardest part about getting kids to eat healthy on the road is setting a good example with my own eating.” It follows, then, that the most effective way to model healthier vacation eating would be to eat better at home, cooking healthier meals more and ordering in less. But the reality is that when my wife and I get home from work we have little energy to cook and even less desire to get creative...

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Put Your Phone in a Drawer

When I meet couples about to become parents for the first time I typically give them the same (usually unsolicited) advice: Both of you take the longest, hottest shower of your lives {separately is what I’m suggesting, but whatever suits you} right before the baby is born. During the first few months of your baby’s life you will think back fondly on being that clean and undisturbed… That bit of wisdom still holds up. But as the years have gone by and our kids have morphed from babies into toddlers and beyond, there’s another piece of advice I wish...

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Survey Says: Dads Do Bulk of Vacation Planning. We Say: So What?

Great Wolf Lodge recently commissioned a survey of a thousand working dads, 61 percent of whom said they “handle all or most of the family vacation planning.” The freakishly-long infographic at right highlights the survey findings and ends by asking “Is Dad in charge of planning YOUR family vacation? Or does he just think he is?” This impish question is no doubt meant to provoke good-natured debate between the sexes about who REALLY plans the trip, but I already think I have the answer: So what? See, I equate trip planning with making a Thanksgiving turkey: Seems hard, isn’t. But...

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Making a Connection (and Pasta) with Your Kids

On our way down to Chelsea Market to take a pasta-making class at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina, I suggested to my kids that the quality of the class would depend entirely on the instructor or as I elegantly put it, “If the teacher sucks, the class will suck.” As my children have been students for most of their lives, this was not breaking news to them. Well, the teacher didn’t suck, and raising the bar yet higher, Antonella Rana knows how to captivate her students. During the hour-long class, as we made dough from scratch and later cut...

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