Dad Travel 101

Traveling Dad on Radio: Fitbit Charge 2, Here One and more

Disclosure: The Fitbit, ICON backpack and Ring Doorbell mentioned below were provided by the manufacturers for review in this article. However, my opinions can never be bought. In addition to being a Traveling Dad, I also appear on Rudy Maxa’s World – the most listened to travel radio show in the United States. Rudy’s show is syndicated nationwide and is listened to by roughly 2 million people every weekend. Recently, on the show, I featured products that every traveler should know about including the Ring Doorbell, Fitbit Charge 2, Here One headphones and the InCase ICON backpack. Ring Doorbell The Ring is...

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Stress, Puke, Fatigue and Traveling Babies

I recently returned to the East Coast from a family jaunt to the deserts and red rocks of Arizona and was reminded that plastering social media with great landscapes, fancy resorts, and frolicking babies is easy. The stress, puke, and fatigue that come along with traveling babies is not. Allow me to recap the hardships we faced on our trip and share the lessons learned. Plane Travel We flew Southwest Airlines non-stop from Baltimore-Washington International to Phoenix on a round trip itinerary utilizing my Southwest Companion Pass. It’s a great deal because it means I only had to buy...

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Oregon Outback Adventures: Cowboy Dinner Tree

Deep in the heart of the Oregon Outback, which is the south-central part of the state, is one of the most unique dining experiences our little family has ever had. Located in Silver Lake, Oregon, the Cowboy Dinner Tree is an old fashioned cowboy dinner. The Cowboy Dinner Tree is located about 90 minutes south-southeast of Bend, Oregon. The rustic setting is right on the cattle drive path and back in the early 1900’s, when cowboys would drive cattle between  Paisly, Summer Lake and Silver Lake and points in between, they’d stop at a place called the “Dinner Tree”. The...

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Infant plane ticket: to buy or not to buy?

In the good old days, you used to be able to buy a discounted infant plane ticket. But nowadays airlines that offer such tickets are few and far between: you can get one on Southwest but you can’t do it online. Even then it might not be worth the phone call. The question every traveling dad has before there child turns two: should I buy an infant plane ticket? I’ve found very strong opinions on the subject – needless to say people can be fiercely defensive of their position. I’m not here to wade into that argument today, instead, I...

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How to Find The Round Rock in Round Rock

The Round Rock in Round was was not lost but we were on a mission to find it!  I have been living in Central Texas for the past seven years and I have always wanted to visit the Round Rock that the city of Round Rock was named after.  It has been a natural landmark helping guide travelers.  If you ever wondered how to find The Round Rock in Round Rock, I have some tips for you! How to Find The Round Rock in Round Rock If you are going to Google The Round Rock in Round Rock, Texas the...

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Move Over Football, Footgolf is Our New Thanksgiving Tradition

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...

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The Intersection of Family Travel and Live Music

It only takes a short stroll through my small office to get a sense of my musical taste. I have records on display from Frank Sinatra, Kamasi Washington, Dawes, Santigold and Superchunk, just to name a handful, and on the other side of the room is a mountain of concert tickets, lanyards and signed posters from other bands I’ve seen and have adored listening to for many years. So, and to be perfectly honest, when I think back on my oldest child’s first concert, it’s not exactly the way I’d have drawn it up. As a child who grew...

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Be “Always Home” With Ring Doorbell

Disclosure: The Ring Doorbell was provided by Ring for review in this article. However, my opinions can never be bought. In the last two years, there have been multitudes of “smart home” products that have come out to (hopefully) make our lives easier. The Nest thermostat started the trend and was the first item to become a household name. Now we have connected devices from cameras to coffee makers to wall outlets that are fighting for your attention. Today, we’ll focus on a doorbell, yes, a doorbell that promises to increase your security and give you a view on...

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