Dad Travel 101

SANTA THEMED TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Santa Claus brings so much joy to people during the holiday season. Have yourself a jolly good time by visiting a destination that will bring out your Christmas spirit throughout the year. Here are a few family-friendly destinations that have a Santa theme to them: Christmas in Michigan Visitors to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland situated within the city of Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, are welcomed by a 17-foot statue of Santa Claus. This store designed to look like an Alpine chalet is open year-round and specializes in one thing … Christmas decorations! Known as the world’s largest...

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8 Ways to Save Money on Family Vacations

Traveling as a family is a great way to spend time with your kids and also build lasting memories. Whether your family likes to hit the the open road or lay claim to a spot on a sandy beach for a few days, these are moments enrich our lives. The downside is that these adventures can quickly become prohibitively expensive. To be able to travel more often without breaking the bank, here are eight useful tips for planning more budget friendly family vacations. Saving on Airfare Booking flights for a family vacation is often enough to cause mild chest...

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The Flying With Kids Master Plan — A Traveling Dad Expert’s Best Tips For Air Travel With Children

Despite what you have heard or seen depicted in movies, air travel with toddlers and other young children doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. I know because I’ve been flying around the world with my two daughters since the first born was 5-months old. She’s been to over 20 countries and more than 2/3 of the states now as a 13-year-old. Here is my Flying With Kids Master Plan and some other Traveling Dad expert travel tips that will not only keep you and your kids sane on the plane, but actually help you both enjoy the experience of...

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PARENTS GUIDE TO BIRD WATCHING

Have you ever spent any time bird watching with your kids? I’ve been taking my kids on hikes along nature trails since they’ve been toddlers and over the years our treks have evolved into bird watching expeditions. Bird watching is an entertaining and educational way for families to spend quality time together appreciating nature. It is a hobby that you can engage in anytime of the year anywhere in the world providing an opportunity to have fun outdoors while getting some exercise.   Bird watching has been increasing in popularity over the last few years. According to Bill Stewart,...

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This Could Be The Last Family Vacation

Deep in the Highlands of Scotland, off the main road between Ullapool and Inverness, lies Rogie Falls, among the most picturesque sights in the region. The falls—more a series of cascades, really, both fearsome and delightful—are loud, rock-rimmed, and lined by deep forests. A bonny place, as the Scots might say. The scene was so captivating, as viewed from a nearby bouncy footbridge, that my family was dead silent. And if you knew the Orwolls, you’d know silence isn’t listed among the skills on our family résumé. There were five of us that afternoon, midway through an eleven-day driving...

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Create New Traditions with Local Holiday Travel This Year

Holiday travel is not what it once was. According to a recent Traveling Mom poll, many of us are no longer piling into the car or boarding a plane to gather at grandma’s house with the whole family. Americans are enjoying new options in how they spend their precious Holiday vacation time these days. A mere 24% host major holidays at their own home while 17% are jetting off to meet up with family at a vacation destination. And like my own family, 26% choose local holiday travel or head out on their own vacation to relax. Here’s a...

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COSTUMES AREN’T JUST FOR HALLOWEEN

One of my favorite baseball games of the year to attend is the Detroit Tigers’ annual Star Wars Night which features members of fan clubs in movie accurate costumes interacting with people at the ballpark. Costumes aren’t just for Halloween fun anymore as people engaging in “Cosplay” has become a popular activity taking place throughout the year. There are many opportunities now to take a road trip or fly off on vacations which revolve around cosplay experiences. With this in mind, I spoke with three avid cosplay enthusiasts about the best ways for someone to get into character. WHAT...

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How to Get the Most out of Disney World Character Meet and Greets

One of the biggest attractions vacationers at Disney World often overlook is the characters themselves. While not exactly a traditional attraction, character meet and greets are a huge draw for both children and adults alike. That’s right, you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the fun interactions and get a picture with a favorite Disney personality. What does set meet and greets apart from other items on the to do list is the vast number of ways you’ll encounter characters in the theme parks and resorts. This guide will make it easy to find your favorites and...

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Smart Travelers Never Leave Home Without Tripcase

Traveling, especially with kids, is hard and sometimes unpleasant. Between airline delays, overwhelming amounts of gear and entertaining little ones while on the road, travel can be daunting. However, sometimes, an app or gadget can come along and become so crucial for travel success that we can’t imagine hitting the road without them. For me, TripCase falls into this category. What’s so great about Tripcase? It’s a traveling service and app for iOS and Android that consolidates all of your travel plans and itineraries in one single place for easy reference. That’s right – you can combine all your...

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When does Disney World have the lowest crowds?

Disney World finds its way onto almost every single family’s vacation checklist. Either the parents loved Disney as kids (me) or the kids bug their parents until the parents cave (also me). An important part of the planning process is answering the question: “When are Disney World crowds the lowest?” Disney World always boasts large crowds, but you still can find the best time ago by considering the following parameters. Using basic common sense can really help you with your visit. Here are four of the best times to visit Disney World and the two busiest times of the year! Mid...

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