Raphael Ocampo

Raphael Ocampo

Raphael has visited 32 countries, 39 states and lived in all four time zones between LA and NYC. Most importantly, he embarked on his toughest yet most rewarding journey: fatherhood of identical twin boys. He chronicles his trips through the lens of entertaining toddlers with an attention span of 68.2 seconds.


Colorful Wynwood Walls Will Wow You

Wynwood – Miami, Fla. Every big city has a neighborhood with a dotted past. A neighborhood that is going through a resurgence, typically led by artist, which eventually becomes gentrified and prices out those trendsetters. In Miami, one neighborhood that’s ultra chic and trendy is Wynwood. Wynwood, just north of Downtown Miami, near the Brickell area, is certainly not completely gentrified yet. There are many characteristics, and characters, to remind of that if you step a few streets out of the main drag in any direction. Homeless shelters and those in those who call the streets their home greet...

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5 Reasons to Visit Austin Beerworks Brewery

Two Traveling Dads Walk Into a Bar A recent work trip took me back to my old stomping ground of Austin, Tex. I reached out to fellow TDAD Josh Rodriguez, as no trip to Austin is complete without sharing a beer with this gentleman (and scholar!). Upon my arrival at Austin Bergstrom Airport, I texted him asking of his whereabouts and his reply was, “Austin Beerworks.” Visit Austin Beerworks Brewery? That wasn’t on my list for my quick two day jaunt into the liberal heartbeat of Texas. GPS input and 20 minutes later, I parked and pulled up to...

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Lone Star Court, Austin’s Retro Yet Modern Hotel

The Lone Star Court, a boutique hotel in Austin, Tex., offers quite a unique experience than the mega-merger, impersonal properties big brand hotels out there. A recent business trip took me to Austin and I didn’t think twice about staying at the same place I first experienced last year. Lone Star Court at The Domain I heard about Lone Star from my business partner over a year ago on a business trip to Austin. I typically stay in downtown Austin to be close to the action, even though 6th Street seems so young to me now that I’m knocking on the...

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Disney Cruise Whiskey Tasting, It’s a Thing

Disney Cruise Line has no shortage of amenities for adults and children alike, and now you can add Disney Cruise whiskey tasting to the list. Whiskey tasting aboard the Disney Cruise Line is educational, informative and not to mention a ton of fun. Disney Cruise Whiskey Tasting On the first day of the cruise, we read in the Navigator that whiskey, vodka, margarita, tequila, wine and bourbon tastings were available. With an agenda filled with so many activities for the kids, I thought it would be a nice way to end the day – a nightcap of bourbon, scotch and other...

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Caring for Giants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What does it take to take care of giant African elephants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? The Walt Disney Resort is introducing a new tour, Caring for Giants, with a behind-the-scenes experience that answers just that. The new elephant excursion begins March 12, 2017 and is now open for reservations. Caring for Giants, Up Close with Elephants The new experience is family-friendly and open to anyone over the age of 4. I went on one of the tours recently during the recent Disney Social Media Mom Celebration, as part of a preview. There were at least 5 elephants no more than 100...

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Legoland Florida Introduces Ninjago World

Legoland Florida Legoland Florida Resort introduces Ninjago World at its theme park in Winter Haven, Fla. just outside of Orlando. My family and I visited Legoland for the first time and did not know what to expect. We knew, from friends’ recommendations, that the park was particularly friendly towards younger kids. With two pre-school twin boy critics in the family, we ventured out to discover what it was all about. Legoland invited my wife and blogger matriarch, Tara, to the grand opening of Ninjago World so the boys and I tagged along – she had little say in the affair....

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24 Hour Layover in Beijing, Why Not?

A Quick Layover in Beijing On a recent business trip to Malaysia, I chose a flight option with a stop in Beijing, China. The layover was just under 24 hours, so I decided to go that route to stop by  and visit for the 2nd time to the capital of China. My flight arrived around 6p and left the next day in the late afternoon. I had to plan strategically to get the most of my pit stop. Due to some phenomenal pricing, I reserved a hotel at the St. Regis in Beijing. Converting Chinese yuan to US dollars,...

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him, the Modern Traveler

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him We, at TravelingDad, want to share some gift ideas for him, the modern traveler in your life. With only about two weeks left before Christmas, your window of shopping is quickly closing. We have included different items ranging from $10 to $400. In this list are items for the travel warrior to the annual trip planner. The items were selected based on what we use on our excursions around the world. You’ll find a Lumix camera – considered the best point and shoot camera for travel. Next on the list is a well-designed,...

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Travel to Malaysia, Yes a Muslim Country

A journey to a Muslim-majority country – like Malaysia – is probably one of the furthest thoughts for most Americans, and the greater West for that matter. The media portrays the Middle East and parts of Southeast Asia as terrorist havens on the brink of destruction and violence. So why on Earth would you want to go to Malaysia? Inter-religious Friendships Formed Almost a decade ago in New York City, I met Kamran, my first friend with Pakistani roots. He was born in New Jersey, and his father was from Pakistan. He and I grew very close and took...

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Eat (or kill) Lionfish in the Caribbean

I attended a lionfish cooking demonstration  by the Sandals Foundation in Negril, Jamaica recently while visiting Beaches Resorts. Chef Juan, a head Chef at Beaches, presented a fish to the group and walked us through how best to prepare it. Before he did, though, he explained the dangers of the lionfish, and how the species is forever changing the Caribbean ecosystem. Why are lionfish dangerous Lionfish, formally known as Pterois, are a voracious fish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. With few predators, most likely due to the effectiveness of their venomous spines, they have proliferated in the...

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