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Lavender Farm with the Family

Every so often we get the itch to take a drive.  Last weekend we took a little road-trip to Chappell Hill, Texas to visit the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm. Chappell Hill, Texas is located one hour and a half away from Austin at 2250 Dillard Rd, Washington, TX 77880.  A perfect distance from Austin, Texas and a perfect little daytrip. If you were so inclined you can visit the Blue Bell Factory and the Lavender Farm in one day.  Unfortunately, the Blue Bell Factory was closed on the day we made our way to the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm....

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Multigenerational Travel – Have You? Would You? Could You?

Family vacations are morphing. It used to be enough to take the wife and kids on a trip. Now, increasingly we’re taking everyone–Mom, Dad, kids, grands, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends big and small. It’s multigenerational travel, large group travel and take-everyone-along travel. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing trends in family traveling–taking the whole neighborhood along on a trip. Have you done it? Would you? Could you? We want to know. So we’ve partnered with the TravelingMoms and and Vacatia  to find out more. Take our quick 8-question survey and be entered to win two Ricardo of Beverly Hills...

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Traveling Dad Driving Tips By Daym Drops

Last month the 2017 New York International Auto Show made car enthusiasts even more enthusiastic about cars. The event yielded a Girls Night Out sponsored by SheBuysCars and Traveling Mom. And, I had the opportunity to catch up with Daym Drops. Daym, aka Daymon Patterson, is a YouTube #FoodTitan and food correspondent for “The Rachael Ray Show.” He’s also a father of two. So shortly after testing the trunk capacity of the 2018 Toyota Camry, Daym and I evaluated the legroom of the 2018 Yaris, where I asked him what he feared most about his eldest daughter eventually hitting the road as a licensed driver. In his answer, Daym notes the...

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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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Free Fishing with Kids in New York City

At least once a day in conference rooms and business schools across the galaxy you’re certain to hear someone say that if you want something done in a way that’s good, cheap, and fast, you’re dreaming, because realistically you can only pick two of the three. That saying may apply to a great many things but I discovered last weekend that it’s not true of the Harlem Meer, a lake in the northernmost reach of New York City’s Central Park where the fishing is free, good, and fast, as well as easy and fun. The Meer, which incidentally is...

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United Airlines and the Overbooking Scandal

With the exception of traveling salesmen and the President of the United States, we have probably logged far more air miles than the average person. Of course POTUS has the Secret Service to guard him and a private aircraft that “trumps” all others for landings and takeoffs. The doctor who was unceremoniously dragged off an airplane recently had no such protection. What we witnessed here was a lapse in judgment on both sides. And, if we are to be fair about the incident, the doctor had a major share of the blame that seemed to bypass the notice of the...

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How to Poach an Egg & Other Cooking Tips

Give a dad a poached egg and you feed him for a day. Teach a dad to poach an egg and he’ll be a hero the next time he’s cooking his daughter breakfast. Or so the saying sort of goes. Now, you can likely teach yourself how to properly poach an egg, grill an octopus, sear a halibut, or plate a dish from browsing different YouTube videos. Or, you can learn all of those things and more from watching the single epic video embedded at the end of this post. It’s like getting a free master class in cooking techniques, well,...

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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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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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