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Traveling With A Food-Allergic Kid to Salzburg

In my first post I talked about the challenges of dealing with my son’s food allergies, both during my family’s long-haul flight to Munich and once we reached the city. Turns out the train ride from Munich to Salzburg would prove to be an even bigger challenge. Why? Traveling short distances is in some ways more challenging with food-allergic kids. On our long-haul flight to Munich we were able to check  our bags, so we were relieved of that burden. But on the train to Salzburg we had to carry all our baggage (in addition to keeping track of our son). Aside from...

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The Traveling Dad Workout Guide

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...

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Spring Break Procrasticationers Exposed

If there’s a reason that procrastination so gracefully rhymes with vacation I’d like to think it’s because I often wait until the last minute to make family travel plans for spring break (if I make any at all) and according to a recent survey, I’m not alone. Evidently a relatively whopping 28 percent of us – the us being respondents in a joint Traveling Dad/Traveling Mom/Vacatia survey released today – say we tend to figure out our spring break vacation plans at the last minute. And what feels like good news – at least for procrastination vacation planners or...

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Dad Lessons Learned While Visiting California

If you’re the father of a daughter then you know the side-eye. While this disapproving sidelong glance has been perfected by Frank Underwood, if you’re the father of a daughter (I have two, as well as a young son with his own collection of dirty looks) then you’re accustomed to getting side-eye when you’re snapping photos of your beloved little girls, especially while on vacation. And the more I need the photo – and if you’re a family travel writer, you always need a photo of your kid doing something – the more disdainful the side-eye. But here’s the thing....

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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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If I Can Stand Up On a Paddleboard, So Can You

In Life, the Universe and Everything, the third installment of the Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, Ford Prefect, a reporter for the aforementioned guide, suggests that there’s a trick to flying. “The knack,” he says, “lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” This tip was on my mind during my first-ever stand-up paddleboard lesson with YOLO Board Adventures this past November as I stood amongst a gaggle of fellow travel writers on the shore of the fun-to-say Choctawhatchee Bay, nestled within the Florida Panhandle’s Emerald Coast region. I reasoned that if flying is the art...

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Key West: No, You Can’t Really See Cuba From Here

Sarah Palin, in the 2008 presidential campaign was Alaska’s governor. Most people thought she actually said “I can see Russia from my house.” She never said that; it was Tina Fey. The Saturday Night live comedian could have been standing in Key West at the southernmost point in the United States and said: I can see Cuba from here.” Well, she really couldn’t have because it’s 90 miles away and that would be difficult even on one of the key’s beautifully clear days. Southernmost Point is one of the more popular spots to visit in Key West. There’s nothing...

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Here’s Why Every Child Should Take A Cruise

It’s not only the 24-hour ice cream and free kid’s camp on board Carnival Cruise ships. There’s another, potentially life altering reason every kid should take a cruise. Whether it’s for a stretch of 4, 6, 7, 8 or 10 days, when a child cruises they gain not only the sugary all day chill of a soft serve twist and the friendships formed during full-ship scavenger hunts and late-night camp dance parties but also a familiarity with, understanding of, and geographic lessons courtesy of a worldwide crew of thousands who serve not only as steward, waitress, camp counselor, cruise...

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We Pulled Up To The Beachwalk Resort. And Then My Son Threw Up.

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...

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Days of Bluster: Teaching My Son to Dominate the Go Kart Track

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...

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