Dad Travel 101

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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Travel Advice From A Soon-To-Be Dad

My wife, Vicki, and I are expecting our first child in February. Excited is an understatement. So is scared, anxious, nervous. You name it, we’re feeling it. Also, Vicki and I are travelers. I’m glad we have that in common. We’ve visited 10+ countries and traveled around the U.S. in the past five years together. No matter how much of a seasoned traveler you are, I’ve come to learn that traveling while pregnant can change everything. I’m going to share three lessons that we learned during our trip for any future dads. Lesson 1: Do not be overly ambitious. There’s a...

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What Happened When Two Dads Spent a Weekend in Snowy Detroit

We flew into Detroit from opposite directions, me from Philadelphia, him from Spokane, but the origin of our guys’ winter weekend hockey getaway can be traced back across the Atlantic Ocean, to Northumberland, England, high atop a crag along the scenic but maddening mid-section of Hadrian’s Wall. While this quick trip to see a Red Wings game was child-free, just two dudes who happen to be dads meeting up in a sub-freezing Midwestern city, we are still two devoted dads and that meant we spent a good portion of our 48 hours in the D trying to make our...

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him, the Modern Traveler

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him We, at TravelingDad, want to share some gift ideas for him, the modern traveler in your life. With only about two weeks left before Christmas, your window of shopping is quickly closing. We have included different items ranging from $10 to $400. In this list are items for the travel warrior to the annual trip planner. The items were selected based on what we use on our excursions around the world. You’ll find a Lumix camera – considered the best point and shoot camera for travel. Next on the list is a well-designed,...

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A 9 Year Old’s View: Snack Mates Jerky Snacks

If you’ve read my stuff here on TravelingDad, you’ve seen that my family and I are an active bunch. We love being on the beach and relaxing, but we also like hiking, biking and being on-the-go, preferably in nature. As an active family of five who conquers cycles in the woods, rides beachside trails and hikes alpine forests, we need nourishment. Also, being Oregon-natives, we’re particular about what we eat. We’re not this particular: However, when we’re given a choice, we like to support farmers and ranchers that are all about free-range and grass fed. Enter Snack Mates from...

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When’s the best time to fly for kids under five?

Before I became a traveling dad, I was willing to take all sorts of flights to get to my destination. Redeyes, multiple destinations, overnights, you name it. But everything changed when I had my daughter, and even more changed after I had my son. After 36 flights for my almost 4 year old daughter and 13 for my toddler son, I’ve come up with my favorite times to fly. When traveling with babies and toddlers, I’ve found it really important to choose the right flights and fly at the right time of the day for my kids. Obviously everyone’s...

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A Taste of Home In Austin, Texas

Growing up on the Texas-Mexico Border, I often time yearn to find something that reminds me of home.  After moving to Austin, Texas seven years ago, it was difficult to find places and foods that reminded me of The Rio Grande Valley.  Luckily, I found a little taste of home in Austin. A Taste of Home in Austin I had to ask around and drive around to find some places that reminded me of The Rio Grande Valley.  After a semi extensive search I found Marketplace Austin (Mi Mercado).  Market Place Austin or “La Pulga” is located on North...

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Hard Facts: The Holidays and Drunk Driving

Americans cherish their holiday weekends to relax, party and spend time with friends and family.   But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA, an average of 1,022 people – more than 10 per day – die during the ‘100 deadliest days’ of summer in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Holidays such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and others are a time when many parents and grandparents take off with children and grandchildren for some terrific down time. We are reminded of an incident some years back when we attended a function celebrating a milestone for a young...

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