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.


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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Travel Like a VIP with the AMEX Platinum Card

Are you the type of traveler who always has an eye on getting ahead of the herd? Do you cringe when you see that long line for security? And once past security, do you scope out a comfortable place to sit that won’t make you feel like you’re in a bus terminal? I’m always on the lookout for an easier way to travel and I have found a way to make it a little more bearable… especially with the kids! The American Express Platinum Card. Don’t leave home without it. It’s not just for business travelers anymore. I’ve reaped the benefits of my platinum card since becoming a father and...

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Oh Toodles! Activities for Toddlers at Walt Disney World

Even though toddlers may not remember their time at Disney, it does not mean the family can’t have a memorable experience. Walt Disney World offers plenty of activities to entertain toddlers and young tykes alike. Without a Fast Pass, wait lines at Toy Story Mania (Hollywood Studios) can exceed 60 minutes on any given day. It would take a special type of masochist to attempt to entertain toddlers for that long on a most likely warm Florida day. Here are some tips for having an enjoyable day at Disney World with toddlers (which includes avoiding bouts of frustration due...

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