United Airlines and the Overbooking Scandal

With the exception of traveling salesmen and the President of the United States, we have probably logged far more air miles than the average person. Of course POTUS has the Secret Service to guard him and a private aircraft that “trumps” all others for landings and takeoffs. The doctor who was unceremoniously dragged off an airplane recently had no such protection. What we witnessed here was a lapse in judgment on both sides. And, if we are to be fair about the incident, the doctor had a major share of the blame that seemed to bypass the notice of the...

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SXSW 2017 Through The Traveler’s Eye

South by Southwest, also known as SXSW, is always a interesting conference because 30,000 movers and shakers in technology descend upon Austin, Texas in a 3 week-long conference that has a huge impact on culture. SXSW has three tracks, Interactive (tech and marketing), Music and Film and this year’s conference was fantastic. I’ve gone to SXSW for 9 years in a row and over the years, the show has changed from being a smaller show that attracted techies, creatives and creators from all over the globe to being a big, loud marketing conference. This year, in 2017, there seemed to be a...

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Huzzah! Arizona Renaissance Festival Time Means It’s Spring

Huzzah! In Spring, Arizona won’t turn the clocks to daylight savings time. The Phoenix area turns it back 450 years for the Renaissance Festival. Festival time in perfect Arizona spring weather Every February through April, it’s Arizona Renaissance Festival time. The event displaces the Sonoran Desert with an Elizabethan Village. In 2018 it turns 30-years-old. The fair takes place at a 17th century “village” east of Gold Canyon, Arizona. The time warp into the past is about a 45 minute-drive from most major Phoenix-Scottsdale resorts. The festival runs from the second weekend in February through the second weekend in April....

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Rivers of Light Debut and Opening Date Announced!

Rivers of Light sneak peek! Finally! Rivers of Light Sneak Peek Rivers of Light is one of the most highly anticipated shows “coming soon” at Disney World.  This show was suppose to open last summer, but was delayed several times.  Many joked if the show would ever open…until now!  Last night, we were surprised at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference with an exclusive sneak peek of the Rivers of Light.  I was so excited, but I did not expect very much.  Last summer, Rivers of Light was replaced with The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic show.  Let me say...

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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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Before You Take Your Son To His First Car Show, Read This

As a father, you’re faced with many challenges. From figuring out how to save for college to learning to share all your old toys; each is an opportunity for a learning experience. One of the most special challenges you’ll come across is introducing your children to your passions and hobbies. Sure, you’re not supposed to force your kids into anything – but we can all agree it’s a helluva lot easier to relate to them and spend some quality time over a shared interest. Some of us are lucky in that regard. Call it nature or nurture, but some...

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3 Things to Know Before Taking Your Kids to Their First NBA Game

If you’re a dad and a sports fan, I already know two things about you: You remember the first time you attended a live sporting event From the moment you became a father, you started planning your kid’s first trip to the stadium Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a father that brought me along to several different spectacles and games. One of the first I can remember was some iteration of the long-defunct Grand Prix of Miami. It was raining, and I mostly remember being wet, cold, not seeing much through the plastic poncho he was...

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Save the Date: Family Travel for Real Life Conference 10.24.15

Ever wondered how to get started using airline miles and hotel points to travel around the world for free (or cheap)? Join me at Family Travel for Real Life on October 24th in Tysons Corner, Virginia.Organized by Dia Adams (“The Deal Mommy”), this is the third Family Travel for Real Life (#FT4RL) conference and this time I am honored to have been selected as one of the speakers.My topic is “Panning for Gold in Category 1: Hotel Tips, Tricks, and Steals,” which will focus on how to find hotels even in the lower ranges of hotel awards (ones that require...

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