Domestic Travel

What’s so unique about a Disney Magic Cruise?

http://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/6023/disney-magic-cruise-podcast.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 52:21 Your intrepid podcast hosts have each taken a cruise on the Disney Magic, and we’re here to give you 50 minutes of podcast action.  You’ll need to click that play button at the top of the post to hear Kevin recreate the scream from the first time he experienced the Aquadunk, why the New York cruise he took was extra special, and how he doesn’t know how to pronounce the word inaugurated.  There’s more fun to be had when hearing how a variety act on the cruise reacted when...

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5 Tips for Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail

After going on my first section hike of the Appalachian Trail with my son, recently, I thought I’d share my 5 tips for section hiking the Appalachian Trail. My son’s Boy Scout patrol recently decided they wanted to do a section hike of the Appalachian Trail. For them, this served two purposes, working on the Camping Merit Badge and working on the Cooking Merit Badge. It also got them out hiking and backpacking. Something our Troop rarely does. With some guidance from one of the Assistant Scoutmasters, the boys created a plan for section hiking the Appalachian Trail that...

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3 Things to NEVER do on a Plane

I’d like to share 3 things that you should NEVER do on a plane. I’m sure there’s more (like yelling or even saying bomb — see Meet the Parents, for reference), but these are three that I experienced on my last flight. We recently made a trip to New York City with our whole family for a conference. Flying home was like something you’d see in a movie. A tragic comedy, probably. Delta delayed our flight home 6 times. The last delay had our flight leaving at 2AM, instead of the original 7PM. I can only imagine the meltdowns...

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A Child-Free Weekend in Asheville

My wife, Vicki, and I just got back from a weekend in Asheville. This was a special weekend because: 1) We attended the wedding of 2 of our really good friends 2) It was our first weekend as a couple away from our 6 month old son, H. As you probably know, wedding weekends are not the most relaxing weekends, but we still managed to have fun in one of our favorite cities. There was a little anxiety from being away from H, but we managed! Where we stayed in Asheville If you know anything about Asheville, you know that hotels are super expensive. Asheville has become a destination city and it seems like there is something going on every weekend. The hotel that the wedding party reserved was discounted to a cool $350/night, so we decided to use some points and stay at the Hyatt Place. The Hyatt Place was priced at about $500/night, so I felt good about using points on it. Things kind of changed when we checked in. To our surprise, and a little help from an email to the manager, we were upgraded to a suite for free. Not a bad way to spend our first weekend away. This room would have normally cost about $670/night and we paid $0!     Overall, the hotel was great. It is a little outside of downtown,...

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Traveling Dad 1-2-3 Guide to Watching the Eclipse

On August 21 across the United States, the total solar eclipse is expected to wow crowds of onlookers from Oregon to South Carolina. Smart family travelers know this is likely they only time in their lives that they’ll see a total blackout caused by the moon’s shadow upon the earth. The path of totality (where the sun will render complete darkness for 2-3 minutes depending on your location) stretches for 70 miles north to south. My town here in Oregon is in the path and therefore we’re ground zero for 1 million people that officials say will be coming...

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WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE: A HUGE PARTY FOR CAR LOVERS

The world’s largest celebration of car culture will be taking place in Michigan on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  This year is the 23rd Woodward Dream Cruise; an annual event that takes place on the third Saturday of August which showcases more than 40,000 classic cars, hotrods and customized vehicles along a 16-mile stretch of a historic Metro Detroit avenue that runs through nine host communities.   A million spectators are expected to join in the fun watching incredible cars cruise up and down Woodward Avenue and checking out the numerous cars shows taking place along the route in Berkley, Birmingham,...

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Touring Indianapolis With Kids

Even the most prideful Hoosier would admit, in an honest moment, that theirs isn’t the hippest of tourist destinations. You’ll get no “oohs” and “aahs” upon announcing to your Facebook friends that you’re “off to Indiana!” for vacation. This, however, does not mean that your family should skip past this Midwestern state and its capital city on your way to Chicago and St. Louis, or to Philly, NYC, and D.C. We spent the opening weekend of our three-week, cross-country road trip in 2015 in Indy – a Fourth of July in the heartland – and came away extremely impressed with...

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A Trek Along New York City’s High Line Park

High Line Park, also known as The High Line, is an oasis of greenery within the concrete jungle of New York City.  An incredibly innovative feat, The High Line transformed an abandoned line of railroad tracks into a 1.45 mile-long park that is elevated 30 feet above the streets of southwestern Manhattan.  It provides a relaxing setting with scenic views where you can take a stroll along its trails avoiding the hassle of crossing busy street intersections along the city’s ground level sidewalks while trying to get around that part of town. Whenever visiting Manhattan I always make an...

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Must-See Activities in Oregon’s Capital City

Being an Oregon resident, I get fun reactions whenever I tell people I’m from the Beaver State. Most folks ask me if the themes and jokes from Portlandia are real (most of them are!) and gush about a trip either they or a friend took to Portland. They talk about the food, the coffee, the beer and the proximity to nature. Then, these same folks give me a blank look when I say I live in Salem, Oregon – just 45 miles south of Portland on I-5. Salem is Oregon’s capital and is the unofficial center of the Willamette...

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Day Trip: Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas

While grandma was in town for the weekend we decided to take a little day trip out to Johnson City, Texas. Not only is Johnson City is the home of Lyndon B Johnson but it is also home to the Science Mill. The Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Johnson City, is located about 70 miles Southwest of Austin, Texas.  Just a short drive to an awesome interactive museum. Grandma, the kids, mom and dad, hopped in the truck and headed south to Johnson City. Museums can be boring for kids but...

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