Domestic Travel

Experience the Disney Difference with Adventures by Disney!

Experience the “Disney Difference” with an Adventures by Disney trip!   Going on an Adventures by Disney trip is unlike any other vacation your family will take and most of that uniqueness comes from the “Disney Difference.” What is Adventures by Disney? Members of our family have been on three different Adventures by Disney trips. We just returned from our first trip with the entire family for the Arizona/Utah itinerary where we visited Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Arches National Park. Many of our friends think we’re just going to Disneyland or Disney World and having an adventure....

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S SAPPHIRE FALLS

When visiting a Florida theme park it can be tempting to stay offsite to save money, but the convenience and perks of an onsite hotel can often outweigh these cost savings.   Especially if you place a value on your time!   We recently discovered during a family trip to Universal Orlando Resort that the accessibility provided by staying at one of their onsite hotels really had a relaxing effect that really improved the enjoyability of our vacation. We stayed at Loews Sapphire Falls which is one of five hotels located at Universal Orlando Resort to go along with three theme...

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Exploring the Columbus Zoo

Hearing nothing but praise as being one of America’s top zoos, we packed into the wagon and headed to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We weren’t disappointed in the least. In fact, after 8 hours our feet gave way in the summer heat and we missed exploring a few areas. All the better reason to come back again and experience all the zoo has to offer. Located near the beautiful town of Dublin, in central Ohio, it is the perfect place to launch a few days of exploring the area in and around Columbus. Even on its own, the...

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P-Town, arguably the most welcoming place in the U.S.

A place where everyone is welcome Folks in the New York/New Jersey metro area are what card players used to call “sitting in the cat bird seat.” Simply translated, it means that you are in a position that can’t lose. Jumping in a car, bus, or train opens up myriad destinations for vacations, weekend getaways and terrific down time. While most such destinations are acutely aware that their livelihood comes from making guests feel comfortable and at home, there are a few others that take that to a science. Sitting on the northern tip of The Cape lies Provincetown,...

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Art and Nature in Harmony at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Our day spent touring the Frederik Meijer Gardens reminded me of why I love traveling to new places. The 158 acre facility is much more than just well planned floral gardens. The grounds are divided into different environments, ranging from a local farmstead to a massive tropical conservatory. But what makes Meijer Gardens stand out is the hundreds of sculptures integrated into the landscape. Ranging from small animal statues to towering works of art, the sculptures are placed to add another dimension to the surrounding greenery. Located on the outskirts of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the gardens are open year...

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Exciting History Just Outside New York City

Bannerman’s Island Somehow or another, destinations at a distance always seem to be more exotic and interesting than those in our own backyards. Nearby New York puts the lie to those assumptions. Hidden nearby are the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, with its fabulous vintage aircraft, and Bannerman’s Island, reached by a short boat ride in Beacon, NY, featuring the remains of an imposing fortress built in the early 20th century. Bannerman’s Island, set in the Hudson River, is home to the remains of Bannerman’s Castle. The island’s history took it from being a refuge for vandals, to a home for...

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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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