Domestic Travel

The Traveling Dad Guide to Pandora: The World of Avatar

The Traveling Dad Guide to Pandora: The World of Avatar was reported by Shawn McAskill, Paul Eisenberg, Tim Jones, Daymon Patterson, Josh Rodriguez, and John C. Vanda at Pandora’s debut in May 2017 and was updated by Paul in July 2018 when a delegation from Traveling Dad and Traveling Mom swarmed the Toy Story Land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The larger point here is that the Traveling Dads REVISIT places, because that’s what unshaven men with reporting skills do. It was only last year that we came, we saw, and drank beer in the morning. What we discovered —...

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Ranking the Walt Disney World Nighttime Shows (updated with Happily Ever After!)

When it comes to theme park nighttime spectaculars, nobody can hold a handle to Disney. With Rivers of Light opening this week, Walt Disney World now hosts six different nighttime shows. That’s not even including projection shows like Tree of Life Awakenings. If you have young kids like me, even with a week in Orlando you won’t have time to see all the shows – too many late bedtimes. I thought it might be fun to put together a biased, totally subjective list of the Walt Disney World Fireworks shows. Best Disney Nighttime Shows A couple notes before I start. The...

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Minimize Wait Times By Maximizing Rider Switch at Walt Disney World

When I took my family of four to Walt Disney World for the first time, I vowed to make the best use of our time – and we did just that using techniques I outlined in a previous post. Part of my strategy was based on what my friend (and Traveling Mom) Leslie from Trips with Tykes spoke to me about the wonders of rider switch. She’s written THE definitive guide for rider switching at Disneyland. But did you know Walt Disney World rider switch just went digital? Here’s what you need to know about how to use rider switch...

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Fun Family Activities in Columbus Ohio

Looking for a fun family getaway in the Midwest this summer? Look no further than Columbus in central Ohio where you’ll find plenty of places to explore indoors and outdoors. Interactivity and learning are two factors I always look for when searching for family vacation destinations and Columbus easily fills both categories, while offering a variety of activities to please many interests. Here are a few of the standout attractions we love in this vibrant city.   COSI – The Columbus Center of Science and Industry COSI, located in the heart of Columbus, provides kids of all ages with...

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Charming, Historic Brownsville, Oregon Awaits

Oregon is full of charming small towns that tell a tale. However, my favorite is Brownsville, located just off I-5 20 miles north of Eugene. Brownsville is a town of 2,000 people and is Oregon’s third oldest city, after Astoria and Oregon City. Founded before Oregon was even a state, Brownsville is steeped with history, fun festivals and charming storefronts that are the perfect escape for a day. If, looking at pictures, Brownsville looks familiar; it’s likely because you’ve seen the 1986 Steven King movie Stand By Me. The movie was filmed in and around Brownsville and features the...

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A Traveling Dad, Two Teenagers, Tough Talks about Suicide, and Dear Evan Hansen

Why would you spend several hundred dollars and eat up your airline miles and hotel points to fly your two teenagers to New York City to see a show about teen suicide? Believe me, I asked myself that question several times in the weeks leading up to our family weekender in New York a couple of weeks ago. But if the show is the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, and the suicide rate in your country is inexplicably skyrocketing, and in the very week of your trip both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain take their own lives, and...

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10 Disney World Tips 2018 – Every Parent Needs To Know

We’ve been to Disney World with toddlers four times now, and these are our 10 best Disney World tips 2018 for parents. We wish we knew these Disney World tips the first time around. Honestly, there is so much to learn that we’re STILL figuring out the best Disney World hacks. But below are the Disney World tips 2018 you must know to have the BEST day with your kids. 10 Disney World Tips Every Parent Needs To Know If you’re bringing older kids to Disney World, you have much more flexibility. These Disney World tips are meant for...

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Discovering the Art of the Carousel at Sandusky’s Merry-Go-Round Museum

One of the joys of travel is discovering new facets of yourself. It could be a delicious food you’ve never heard of, or maybe that zip-lining over the forest is not really as fun as it looks. On occasion, something catches you by surprise. On a recent visit to Sandusky, Ohio’s Merry-Go-Round Museum an unexpected appreciation for carousels surfaced within me. Now, I’ve never been a fan of carousels. Clambering onto an uncomfortable horse to slowly spin and bounce along to the loud oompa-oompa of the pipe organ. Even at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, my favorite place on Earth, I’m...

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What Can I See and Do in Austin, Texas if I Only Have a Few Hours?

If you’re like me, you’ve heard the buzz about Austin, Texas for years. And maybe like me you haven’t had the chance to actually see Austin.  Don’t get me wrong.  I mean, I’ve been to Austin. But only once and only for business – just long enough to enjoy the cool airport (complete with live music), and drive around after my meetings. Knowing what I know now, randomly driving around was a wasted opportunity. So, what should you see, do, and eat if you only have a few hours to spare? On a recent trip to Texas with my...

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