Dad Travel 101

Exciting History Just Outside New York City

Bannerman’s Island Somehow or another, destinations at a distance always seem to be more exotic and interesting than those in our own backyards. Nearby New York puts the lie to those assumptions. Hidden nearby are the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, with its fabulous vintage aircraft, and Bannerman’s Island, reached by a short boat ride in Beacon, NY, featuring the remains of an imposing fortress built in the early 20th century. Bannerman’s Island, set in the Hudson River, is home to the remains of Bannerman’s Castle. The island’s history took it from being a refuge for vandals, to a home for...

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Flying with Laptops? Here’s what you need to know.

(Readers: As of press time, the regulations described below had been lifted, but please accept the following as a cautionary tale, as new rules will likely come and go. — Your Intrepid Editors)    Conflicted Times Bring New Rules To Air Travel Once upon a time the only complaints about air travel were lost luggage, annoying kids kicking the back of your seat, and what passed for food in Cattle Class…ooops, Economy/Coach. Today, with crazies hiding explosives and caustic chemicals in everything from shoes to breast implants, most governments-especially the United States-have begun instituting rules that make travel a...

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Getting Your Family Ready For the August Eclipse

On August 21 across the United States, the total solar eclipse is expected to wow crowds of onlookers from Oregon to South Carolina. Smart family travelers know this is likely they only time in their lives that they’ll see a total blackout caused by the moon’s shadow upon the earth. The path of totality (where the sun will render complete darkness for 2-3 minutes depending on your location) stretches for 70 miles north to south. My town here in Oregon is in the path and therefore we’re ground zero for 1 million people that officials say will be coming...

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5 Tips for Visiting The DoSeum

Last weekend family and I jumped into the truck and headed Southbound on IH 35 to visit The DoSeum. The DoSeum is located on 2800 Broadway San Antonio, Texas. The DoSeum is San Antonio’s museum for kids. It is a super fun, interactive place for kids.  Featured exhibits include a sensation studio so kids can interactive with sound and video.  A spy academy to help kids hone in on their spy skills. In addition, The DoSeum has a special place for the toddlers, named Little Town. Little Town is has buildings, roads, street furniture, stop signs—even miniature birds and squirrels in dioramas....

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Prepping Your Car for a Road Trip

Prepping your car properly for a road trip is often overlooked during the vacation planning process. Even if we do remember to check the tires and top off fluids, our noses might not be so happy nobody bothered to vacuum up snacks the kids dropped a few weeks ago. When it comes to emergencies, knowing what to do may save your vacation from disaster. I’ve broken the process down into three stages: maintenance, preparedness, and supplies. These simple steps will get you ready for your journey and also get you more familiar with taking care of your car. Road...

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Five Great Reasons to Send Your Kids to Camp

Looking to get your children out of the house this summer? Maybe they’re glue to their cell phones or just plain bored and need some excitement. Consider sending them away to camp for a week. They will not only have a chance to experience the great outdoors, but will also pick up important social skills along the way. Summer camp may even have some benefits for you as a parent. Here are five great reasons to send your kids to camp. Get in Touch with the Nature In our fast paced and tech driven world, kids need an outlet...

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Baseball + Peanuts + Food Allergies

I’ve been a passionate baseball fan since my first childhood visit to watch a game at the old Tiger Stadium at the intersection of Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.  In my opinion you can’t beat being outside on a nice day enjoying America’s national pastime.  I’ve gone to more baseball games than I can count and was looking forward to sharing my love of visiting the ballpark with my kids.  Then life got in the way! During all my trips to stadiums to take in ballgames, I’d never really noticed just how littered the places can be...

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A Dad’s Guide to Disney Pin Trading

Disney Pin Trading If you have ever been to a Disney Park, you have almost definitely seen the displays of pins for sale. You have probably looked through them marveling at the range of designs, and maybe even bought one as a souvenir. But did you know that Disney Pin Trading is not only a ton of fun, but also a great way for your kids to interact with other people at the park? From Cast Members to other guests, your kids will grow their confidence and people skills, all while having a blast and collecting memorable souvenirs. Disney...

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5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World

Every so often a person gets the chance to travel alone. Most recently I traveled to Walt Disney World for a preview of Pandora: World of Avatar.  You can read all about the Traveling Dad experience, THE TRAVELING DAD GUIDE TO PANDORA: THE WORLD OF AVATAR. While I was there enjoying Pandora, I had a few hours to myself and was able to see Disney from a whole different perspective. 5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World Enjoy the parks leisurely – there is something to be said about not having to stick to a nap...

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A Travel Emergency: When Life and Death Intersect

For whatever reason, each one of my children have decided to enter the world in their very own dramatic way.  None of them wanted to follow the trail blazed before them and decided that their own birth experience should be entirely different from that of their siblings.  The birth of my 3rd child, a darling little girl that we shall call Baby S, was full of excitement and “flair” like the others, but with wildly different circumstances that her Grandpa’s travel emergency helped her out with. This post is sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and I...

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