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.


How to Avoid AirBnB and HotelTonight Fails

Often times, I travel last minute so am fairly used to concocting solutions at the 11th hour. On a recent trip to the Bay Area, though, I experienced an epic last-minute travel fail with my two usual stalwarts: HotelTonight and AirBnB. I will explain how you can prevent a similar mishap so you can avoid AirBnB and HotelTonight fails and not end up homeless while traveling. First, a word about the two prominent services available for the travel warrior. HotelTonight is an app that offers discounted hotel rooms, for the day of travel, based on filling last minute room inventory. The savings...

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Dad Lessons From the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

Dad Lessons from Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Like Nemo out of water, I was one of the handful of dad bloggers at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. I have gone in the past as a +1, as the guest of my wife Tara Met Blog, but this year I was invited to attend… despite my need for the male gender restroom in a sea of over 200 mom bloggers and social influencers. It turns out, there were plenty of lessons to be learned at the conference, not only from Disney, but from the many mom...

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What to Do If Your Child Gets Sick at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World cures most mental ailments. However, physical ailments are a different story. My family traveled to “The Happiest Place on Earth” while our blogging matriarch attended the TMOM conference. Both our boys had been playing pong back and forth with a not-so-fun upper respiratory bug. One would get better. The other would not. The joys of twinning. All of this is perfectly normal in our household ever since the boys started preschool last year. Surely, every parent can relate. The story took a unique twist when the health of one of the boys deteriorated quite rapidly on Day...

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What do you get for $2.6 billion in cash? Virgin America.

  A quite unlikely merger came to light over the weekend between Alaska Airlines parent Alaska Airlines Group and Virgin America. The cost? A cool $2.6 billion dollars in cash. Rumors of an acquisition began last week, which led to a significant rise in Virgin America’s share price. Two companies seemed to be in the hunt for Virgin America: Alaska Airlines and JetBlue. The potential merger of JetBlue and Virgin would have made more sense to me since they offer similar on-board products and fly the same type of fleet. Also, JetBlue has a strong foothold on the East Coast...

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5 Ways In-Car Wi-Fi Will Improve Your Life

The first midsize to offer built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot was the Chevy Malibu. In fact, Chevrolet is the first and only company to provide 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots in their cars, trucks and crossovers. Being a software engineer, I was skeptical of Wi-Fi as a feature in cars because I’ve been using my iPhone as a hot spot for years. I also thought I was satisfied with our 2011 Chevy Malibu, which debuted before Wi-Fi. I simply didn’t understand the benefits of having a vehicle with the added connectivity – until I tried it myself. What do...

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Star Wars: The Force Grows Stronger at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

During the first annual Traveling Dad retreat at Walt Disney World Resorts, we received a sneak peek of the upcoming Star Wars attractions “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” and “First Order March” opening April 4, 2016 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is an all-new live stage show situated in front of The Great Movie Ride. Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, BB-8, Darth Maul and more will recreate famous movie vignettes from the Star Wars film saga. Marc Rothschild, Producer for Walt Disney Parks and Resort, Creative Entertainment added that the live show will...

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What Do You Call an Audi Rental at a Bargain Price? Silvercar.

Amid the multitude of rental car agencies, a relatively new Austin-based company, Silvercar, is managing to disrupt the marketplace and give the traditional brand names a run for its money. Silvercar rental has a fleet made up entirely of silver Audis. The cars, which start at $69 per day, are currently available in 12 locations throughout the United States and come with lots of extra perks that other rental car companies don’t provide. As a loyal Hertz Gold Plus member, I had little incentive to use any other car rental company due to their superb service and conveniences. Even...

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Fun for Dads (and kids, too!) at Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica

Family trips are usually more work for parents than staying at home. Packing, schlepping and entertaining is a mission with kids, but I found a place that turns this paradigm on its head: Beaches Resorts in Ochos Rios, Jamaica via Funjet Vacations. Beaches offers plenty to do for kids and parents alike. As fun as it is to hang with the little ones, isn’t it nice to know there’s a destination where you can drop off the kids at Camp Sesame for a few hours without guilt? After all, they are not only being taken care of by professional...

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Cuba 101: A Traveler’s Survival Guide

Cuba, one of five existing communist countries, evokes intrigue and curiosity in the American psyche. La Habana (Havana’s proper name in Spanish) is the capital of the dictator led Cuba, an island floating only 90 minutes from the border of the global superpower United States. Cuba is filled with mystery and the unknown. With few stories from casual travelers, and no personal stories from friends or family, we (sans kids) decided to go with the utmost open mind. Our pep talk on our flight was to roll with the punches, expect the unexpected, and anticipate the absence of modern luxuries....

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How to Travel to Cuba from the U.S.

I’ve always wanted to travel to Cuba, the forbidden fruit of the American traveler, to see a place that time and technology forgot…and finally did. Here’s how: Booking Your Trip Traveling to Cuba no longer requires the casual American traveler to book through a complicated application process, or via some clandestine travel itinerary through Canada or Mexico. I kept hearing that it was still difficult to get to Cuba so I, along with a few brave others, took the Cuban travel challenge to the test. After asking many people about the logistics, and getting many opinions, I found a...

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