Dad Travel 101

What LEGO Can Teach Our Kids

I can sit in a museum and stare at a piece of art for a long time …if I’m not with my family. With my kids in tow, a museum experience is, to put it mildly, not nearly as pleasurable. Upon arrival the kids dash in different directions and often go through all the collections too fast, eliminating any chance I have of gazing lovingly at a painting. By the end of the museum visit we’re all left wondering, “Did any of us appreciate what we just saw?” One notable exception was a Guggenheim outing with my two younger children, when they relished...

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Questions That Tick Off Family Travelers

Has a seemingly innocent question posed by a loved one during vacation ever wrecked your good mood, sending your anxiety level into the stratosphere? No? Then I’ll have whatever medication you’re having. A simple question lobbed over the backseat or directed at me at the very moment I think we’re all finally starting to relax sets me off like nothing else, and if you’re anything like me you may be particularly interested in the results of the recent Travel Habit Survey conducted by Cheapflights.com. The study of 1,132 American grown-ups — a mix of respondents who travel with kids...

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Do You Have Any Kids? Go Fish.

Give a girl a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach a girl to fish and she’ll either like it or go back to playing on her phone. While fishing with my family at Kingsmill Resort this summer I discovered that my eldest daughter did in fact like fishing and would do it again, while my younger daughter would be happy never doing it again. My son hates whatever my younger daughter hates, so he surprised us all by also taking a liking to the sport. Needless to say all the kids resumed playing on their phones once our angling was done...

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What You’ll Get Out of a Family Golf Lesson

Golf never struck me as a sport that fostered togetherness – nor did it ever really strike me as a sport – until my family and I hit the links for the time this summer. Teeing up at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, we learned during the course of our private lesson that being chaufferred around in a cart is certainly as fun as it looks, but it’s not the only rewarding thing about the game. Among other things, golf teaches focus. Our instructors were golf pro Jason King and Kingsmill head of instruction Chris George, who took us through the...

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How to Bond Like a Man

No matter how much we love the women and children in our lives, all men need male bonding time every now and then, primo moments when we fart, belch, tell crude jokes and generally just be a guy. My time comes once a year on a weekend baseball trip with several other guys, both old friends and new. This year, we hopped onboard an Amtrak at Union Station in Chicago and headed to St. Louis for a Cardinals-Cubs game. OK. We really went for the farting, belching and bawdy humor. We could have been heading to the Bowling Hall of...

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How to Eat Healthy with Kids: A Birds Eye View

While I try to refrain from the unseemly practice of quoting myself, I noted during the June 24 Traveling Mom Twitter party that the “hardest part about getting kids to eat healthy on the road is setting a good example with my own eating.” It follows, then, that the most effective way to model healthier vacation eating would be to eat better at home, cooking healthier meals more and ordering in less. But the reality is that when my wife and I get home from work we have little energy to cook and even less desire to get creative...

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Social Media Travel Can be Difficult for Those Left at Home

I’m Drew Bennett and I’m a new Traveling Dad writer. You’ll learn more about me in the months to come. In what feels like a past life I was a stellar traveler. I never missed a flight, flew through security and visited new and exciting places every other week. Each time I went to these places I would discover fun things to go and see like, the World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet in Brandon, Iowa. When I started the job a friend of mine told me that I should always have a camera with me. So, I bought a...

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Put Your Phone in a Drawer

When I meet couples about to become parents for the first time I typically give them the same (usually unsolicited) advice: Both of you take the longest, hottest shower of your lives {separately is what I’m suggesting, but whatever suits you} right before the baby is born. During the first few months of your baby’s life you will think back fondly on being that clean and undisturbed… That bit of wisdom still holds up. But as the years have gone by and our kids have morphed from babies into toddlers and beyond, there’s another piece of advice I wish...

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Survey Says: Dads Do Bulk of Vacation Planning. We Say: So What?

Great Wolf Lodge recently commissioned a survey of a thousand working dads, 61 percent of whom said they “handle all or most of the family vacation planning.” The freakishly-long infographic at right highlights the survey findings and ends by asking “Is Dad in charge of planning YOUR family vacation? Or does he just think he is?” This impish question is no doubt meant to provoke good-natured debate between the sexes about who REALLY plans the trip, but I already think I have the answer: So what? See, I equate trip planning with making a Thanksgiving turkey: Seems hard, isn’t. But...

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How to Pass Down a Love of Baseball

I have always been a big baseball fan. I played it in high school, and while I might not have been the best player, it didn’t keep me from loving the game. My dad was also a baseball fan. His love of the game was what he passed down to me. I always enjoyed going to the ball park with him while he taught me the different idiosyncrasies of the game. When I learned that I was having a son, I knew that I wanted to pass down to him the love of baseball that my dad passed on...

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