Raphael Ocampo

Raphael Ocampo

Raphael has visited 38 countries, over 40 US 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 pre-schoolers with an attention span of 68.2 seconds.


Venture to Vero Beach: Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Review

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a serene beach gem tucked in the Atlantic coast of Florida, also known as the Treasure Coast. If you like quiet coastal towns with quirky shops and restaurants, then start making plans. I recently went on a trip with the family and found the accommodations to be quite ideal for traveling with the kids. We stayed in a two bedroom with plenty of space between us and the kids, in fact a bathroom separated the rooms so we had some quiet time when they woke up. Nearby, you’ll find the likes of...

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Ski Dubai: 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Ski Dubai offers plenty of indoor fun for the entire family, year-round. Located in the heart of Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is an ultra-chic shopping mall with stores you can expect to find along Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and Cartier to name a few. The ever expanding universe that is Dubai doesn’t escape your mind here, as mini-mockups of skyscrapers with all their luxurious amenities dot the walk ways, with aggressive sales reps donned in Gucci shoes compete for your attention to glimpse the upcoming property. In a not-so-tucked corner of the mall,...

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Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers

Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers Epcot may not be the first park that comes to mind when thinking about Walt Disney World destinations for your preschoolers. Epcot is a must-do with preschoolers, especially on the very busy weekend days at Magic Kingdom. Below are some of best things to do at Epcot with preschoolers from Traveling Dad. On warm days, which can be any day in Florida, let the youngsters get drenched in the oval splash pad. It’s located on the main path from Future World to the World Showcase, across from the Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World...

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Complete Guide to Drinking at Walt Disney World

Who says visiting theme parks is only fun for the kids? Drinking at Walt Disney World might help relax you after shepherding the kids around the parks all day. Let’s journey through the parks and resorts to find the tastiest cocktails found at some of the best watering holes. Drinking at Walt Disney World: Resorts Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is perhaps one of the best bars in all of Disney. It’s a tiki bar located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You will find some of the most creative cocktails, perhaps ever! The bar is dark, and cool, which makes it a viable...

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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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