Domestic Travel

Visiting a LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a Fun Road Trip

The LEGO brand with its iconic brick building toys, successful LEGO Dimensions and LEGO Worlds video games, and blockbuster movies is at an all time high in popularity.  So parents with school aged children at home have most assuredly been asked countless times if the family can go on a vacation to one of the LEGOLAND theme parks by their kids.  For those families who don’t have the time or budget to travel to California, Florida or one of the foreign countries that has a LEGOLAND theme park (Dubai, Germany, Great Britain, Malaysia) there is another option that can...

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Dad Lessons Learned While Visiting California

If you’re the father of a daughter then you know the side-eye. While this disapproving sidelong glance has been perfected by Frank Underwood, if you’re the father of a daughter (I have two, as well as a young son with his own collection of dirty looks) then you’re accustomed to getting side-eye when you’re snapping photos of your beloved little girls, especially while on vacation. And the more I need the photo – and if you’re a family travel writer, you always need a photo of your kid doing something – the more disdainful the side-eye. But here’s the thing....

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Lone Star Court, Austin’s Retro Yet Modern Hotel

The Lone Star Court, a boutique hotel in Austin, Tex., offers quite a unique experience than the mega-merger, impersonal properties big brand hotels out there. A recent business trip took me to Austin and I didn’t think twice about staying at the same place I first experienced last year. Lone Star Court at The Domain I heard about Lone Star from my business partner over a year ago on a business trip to Austin. I typically stay in downtown Austin to be close to the action, even though 6th Street seems so young to me now that I’m knocking on the...

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Safety First When Taking Texas Bluebonnet Pictures

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes wildflowers. As spring creeps into Texas ahead of the rest of the country roadways explode in color with bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and many more colorful flowers. Also exploding? A total disregard for safety as people clamor to get the perfect bluebonnet pictures. Bluebonnet Season in Central Texas Bluebonnet Season (or what most of the U.S. would call “spring”) becomes a conquest of sorts in Central Texas. Much like the infamous “leaf peepers” of New England, Texas has its own breed of hard-core, never say die, and perhaps even fanatical seasonal botany...

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Hamilton the Musical in Chicago – Thanks Amex!

Hamilton is by far the most talked about Broadway show right now, and with good reason. The music is amazing! If you have heard all of the hype and tried to buy tickets, you probably found the same thing I did. They are only available through resellers and they cost an arm and a leg. So when you read the title of this post, I’m sure that some of you were thinking, “Wait, you saw Hamilton? How much did you pay for tickets?” Enter American Express. If you are deep in the miles and points game, you likely have...

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2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery

It’s no secret that I enjoy beer, especially a craft beer brewed in town.  Heck I even wrote about it on these posts, 4 Family Friendly Austin Breweries and 7 Restaurants with Beer and a Playscape.  Last week fellow Traveling Dad, Raphael Ocampo was visiting Austin, TX and we decided to take a little field trip.   Check out our video – 2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery. 2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery Raphael was in town on business and my wife was at home with the kids so it was just the dads doing what...

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Our Winter Snow Trip Was (Barely) Successful

We were so ready for our winter snow trip. We’d bought and borrowed as many winter outfits as we could, secured a capable and comfortable 4WD vehicle (a 2017 Pathfinder, courtesy of Nissan – look for a review soon!), and quickly pounced on four affordable plane tickets during one late-night search. My wife and I had promised our two Florida-born-and-bred sons they’d see snow this winter, and we were going to deliver. Our plan was to stay with friends on top of a white-capped mountain in western Maryland. During the week leading up to our departure, our collective excitement...

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