Disney vacations with preschoolers can be a challenge for many reasons. Number one for your child (if not you as well), is finding appropriate rides. The little ones are likely to feel left out as they are relegated to “It’s a Small World” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” while mom, dad, and older siblings take turns on the more exciting rides. In addition, Disney’s parks are sprawling. Even with all the transportation options available, making your way from end to end is exhausting for their fast-moving but nonetheless tiny legs. Worst of all is the worry that they’re just...Read More
Shawn McAskill is the millennial father that the old print newspapers warned you about. He is a marketing professional living in South Florida with two highly energetic boys and a very patient wife. Shawn loves his family, his cars, FSU, and wasting his free time planning out everything he’d like to do in his free time.
It’s alright to admit it. The thing most dads fear when planning a Disney trip are the outrageous expenses involved. Especially when it comes to food. Eating inside or outside any of the major parks and surrounding areas can be an intimidating ask for even the most respectable bank account. Sure, you’re on vacation so you expect to indulge a little, but is a $100-per-day meal budget too much to hope for? Believe it or not, it’s possible. The question of whether you have to choose between sustenance for a family of four and future college tuition finally has...Read More
This past November, my family and I decided to head out of town for a bit of a Thanksgiving “staycation” in Orlando. Rather than spend the typically stress-filled weekend running around like a turkey with our head cut off, we’d instead be pampered, served, and introduced to the joys of footgolf. Along for the ride – actually, our ride itself – was a spicy-hot red Lexus IS200t courtesy of DriveShop USA. The littlest Lexus provided everything a family ready to spend hours on the road would expect; it possessed style, space, power, and comfort. The twice-removed blood ties to...Read More
I know. The last thing you need is one more person telling you how important it is to stay healthy and in shape. Instead, I’m going to share some exercises I’ve added to my workout routine over the past few months, along with their unexpected travel-related benefits. See, I didn’t initially add any of these with the intent to make myself a better traveler. During my family’s recent winter trip to Maryland however, I surprised myself by setting new personal bests in several events well-seasoned traveling dads know well – like the multiple suitcase-carry and overhead storage clean-and-jerk. It doesn’t...Read More
I went into our recent winter trip to Maryland expecting (hoping) that a unique driving experience awaited me. I was prepared to put our borrowed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder through its paces up and down snow and ice-covered mountains. I anticipated my car control skills and this latest version of Nissan’s popular crossover to both be properly tested. Of course, without the onslaught of snow we planned for, that test was no longer part of our itinerary. However, I was far from disappointed. In fact, I was gifted a totally unexpected driving experience by way of one of the 2017...Read More
We were so ready for our winter snow trip. We’d bought and borrowed as many winter outfits as we could, secured a capable and comfortable 4WD vehicle (a 2017 Pathfinder, courtesy of Nissan – look for a review soon!), and quickly pounced on four affordable plane tickets during one late-night search. My wife and I had promised our two Florida-born-and-bred sons they’d see snow this winter, and we were going to deliver. Our plan was to stay with friends on top of a white-capped mountain in western Maryland. During the week leading up to our departure, our collective excitement...Read More
This isn’t the weekend I had planned. I’m supposed to be 27-stories in the sky at the Beachwalk Resort in Hallandale Beach, FL. Instead, I’m sitting at my dining table in Pompano Beach, deathly afraid of more poop and vomit. My family and I were set to take full advantage of a complimentary stay at the newly-renovated resort, about 30 minutes south on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. For 36 hours, we’d relax on the beach, enjoy delicious meals, and traverse through Aventura and Hollywood on the hotel-provided shuttle. Beachwalk Resort offered a complimentary weekend in a two-room...Read More
It’s pretty easy to find a go kart track. They’re littered throughout amusement parks, county fairs, and suburban warehouse districts. This is because, on its face, go karting is one of those family-friendly activities that is supposed to be fun and not matter all that much. The problem is – it does matter. Deny it all you want, but the truth is go karts turns all of us into contact-loving, tire-shredding jerks. Something about a tiny car with no doors, electronics, suspension, or safety aides of any kind pegs the red of our internal fight-or-flight-ometers. Every time you plop...Read More
This year, my family and I decided to forgo most of the usual Thanksgiving traditions. No hours spent slaving away in the kitchen. No hosting of extended family members. No awkward political discussions bringing the night to a screeching halt. Instead, we whisked away to the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, FL – located about 15 minutes outside of Orlando – where we would be waited on, cleaned up after, and free to be tormented by the political rants of complete strangers, rather than cherished members of our family tree. However, there was one particular tradition that we couldn’t escape...Read More
“It’s too stiff. And stuffy. I don’t like it.” True to her Maryland hill country roots, my wife was resisting the allure of the butterscotch nappa leather seats of the 2017 Volvo XC90 – a vehicle which, in her eyes, was a tribute to excess and bourgeois sophistication. On paper, there was nothing about the XC90 that would remotely appeal to her – especially the $72,000+ price tag for our fully-loaded T6 AWD Inscription model. Disclosure: DriveShop USA loaned me a Volvo XC90 for review purposes. Opinions were not directed by DriveShop USA, and are, as always, my own....Read More
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