International 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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Flying with Laptops? Here’s what you need to know.

(Readers: As of press time, the regulations described below had been lifted, but please accept the following as a cautionary tale, as new rules will likely come and go. — Your Intrepid Editors)    Conflicted Times Bring New Rules To Air Travel Once upon a time the only complaints about air travel were lost luggage, annoying kids kicking the back of your seat, and what passed for food in Cattle Class…ooops, Economy/Coach. Today, with crazies hiding explosives and caustic chemicals in everything from shoes to breast implants, most governments-especially the United States-have begun instituting rules that make travel a...

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Ski Dubai: 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Ski Dubai offers plenty of indoor fun for the entire family, year-round. Located in the heart of Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is an ultra-chic shopping mall with stores you can expect to find along Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and Cartier to name a few. The ever expanding universe that is Dubai doesn’t escape your mind here, as mini-mockups of skyscrapers with all their luxurious amenities dot the walk ways, with aggressive sales reps donned in Gucci shoes compete for your attention to glimpse the upcoming property. In a not-so-tucked corner of the mall,...

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A Dad’s Guide to Disney Pin Trading

Disney Pin Trading If you have ever been to a Disney Park, you have almost definitely seen the displays of pins for sale. You have probably looked through them marveling at the range of designs, and maybe even bought one as a souvenir. But did you know that Disney Pin Trading is not only a ton of fun, but also a great way for your kids to interact with other people at the park? From Cast Members to other guests, your kids will grow their confidence and people skills, all while having a blast and collecting memorable souvenirs. Disney...

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Ollantaytambo…The Perfect Base for Exploring the Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu has long been one of the top tourist sites in South America and certainly the top in Peru. In recent years, the annual visitor count has risen to over one million people. Those visitors who have a bit more time for their trip are starting to explore more and more of the ruins and towns of the Sacred Valley, which extends from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We had a total of 10 days in Peru, so we decided to spend a few nights in Ollantaytambo before heading to see Machu Picchu. What a great decision that turned...

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How and why to take the Airport Express from Hong Kong Airport

If you’re visiting Hong Kong with your family, you’ll probably stay somewhere in the city. (Check out fellow TDAD Sheeraj’s experience with his family). While you can accomplish this in a variety of ways, I highly recommend you take the Airport Express from Hong Kong Airport. My last trip to Hong Kong, flights thankfully paid for with American Airlines miles, confirmed my opinion that it supercedes all other options into the city. Disclosure: Traveling Dad may receive a commission for approvals received through links on this page. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank,...

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Traveling to Hong Kong…great place…great with kids?

We were planning a trip with 2 young kids (4 and 1) and because this was our first international trip with the baby, we wanted to go somewhere reasonably unadventurous and where English was spoken. We chose Hong Kong for a few reasons – 1) we hadn’t been there; 2) it looked beautiful; 3) we didn’t think we’d feel bad if we couldn’t visit every little thing there; and 4) English is readily spoken. The one challenge we realized after booking was that coming from the West Coast, the flight to Hong Kong is about 14 1/2 hours. Either...

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Why you should consider taking an infant to Europe

Being East Coast based, my wife and I love visiting Europe. Before we had kids, thanks to miles and points earned through credit card rewards, we managed to hit up Europe two or three times a year. Once we had kids, we still earned plenty of miles and points and thus had the means to still visit Europe. But we had to ask: should we consider taking an infant to Europe? Well we ended up answering that question with a resounding yes! I’d say we’ve taken three infant trips to Europe between our two kids (really, the classification of...

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Traveling With A Food-Allergic Kid to Salzburg

In my first post I talked about the challenges of dealing with my son’s food allergies, both during my family’s long-haul flight to Munich and once we reached the city. Turns out the train ride from Munich to Salzburg would prove to be an even bigger challenge. Why? Traveling short distances is in some ways more challenging with food-allergic kids. On our long-haul flight to Munich we were able to check  our bags, so we were relieved of that burden. But on the train to Salzburg we had to carry all our baggage (in addition to keeping track of our son). Aside from...

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Reefs, Wrecks, and a Wicked Good Time – SCUBA Diving in Coron (Video)

The Challenge of Planning When I first booked my trip on the United Island Hopper, I was super excited to experience this one of a kind flight. Once I started planning the details of the trip, however, the opportunity to go SCUBA diving in the Philippines became my number one priority. My flights took me into Manila, and with over 7000 islands in the country, choosing where exactly to go was a bit of a challenge. With the help of friends on twitter, I eventually narrowed it down to Boracay or Palawan, and flight timing and pricing helped make...

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