Author Adam Shepard (yellow shirt, red cape) gets his matador on in Nicaragua. “I want the wife, I want the babies, I want the business success, and I understand the work that is required ’til the wee hours to get them. But I didn’t want to leave any experience unlived before that happened.” That’s the gauntlet Adam Shepard threw down for himself, mulling over a dream he had had since high school to travel the world. And from late 2011 to late 2012, he did, visiting seventeen countries on four continents, where his pursuits included mustering cattle, volunteering with...Read More
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 think you grew last night.” I don’t know what made me say it. Hundreds of weekday mornings had passed without my saying anything at all. If you’re a parent who routinely gets your children up and out for school, you’ll recognize the sameness, how all the mornings that have come before all but bleed together into a mass of unpleasantness, of yelling to get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, stop dawdling and find your own shoes for a change, a miserably breathless swell of activity entirely contained in a witching hour between 7 and 8am, the worst hour...Read More
My wife borrowed $10 from my five-year-old’s stash the other day and told him last night, “remind me that I owe you ten bucks,” and I swear he said “now it’s twenty.” I think I know where he gets his sense of humor, but where did he learn about...Read More
So I was back in New York after ten days in Australia, the longest and farthest I’ve ever been away from my family, and after getting Maya at school the next day I asked her, “You said this morning you missed me, but how did you miss me?” She shrugged without breaking stride and wouldn’t elaborate. Maya can be pretty hardcore. Next I put the question to Maya’s little brother Felix, who had crawled into bed with me that morning and said “I’m glad you’re home, daddy.” He said that he missed playing Xbox with me, which I already...Read More
Paul is the editor of Traveling Dad. His other jobs include writer in residence at Micato Safaris and family travel writer for Barclaycard Travel. He originated the weekly “Away Game” column for Fox News Travel and appeared weekly as an on-air commentator for FoxNews.com Live, which his eldest daughter was always quick to remind him was “Web TV and not real TV.” For almost 10 years Paul worked at Fodor’s Travel, where he was editorial director for U.S. guidebooks. He also updated the most recent edition of Fodor’s Around New York City with Kids. In 2010, he received a...Read More
This summer I jumped at an opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo, in part because I was invited to bring a child. Problem is I have three of them. After deciding my preschooler boy was not an ideal candidate I was faced with a Sophie’s Choice between his older sisters. The eldest, Libby, had been to the zoo when she was younger than three – one of my first mistakes as a traveling dad, because she would end up not remembering a thing. But technically Libby had gone before and plus, she already liked me. Not that my...Read More