International Travel

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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UA 154, The Island Hopper – Have You Hopped?

The Background Several years ago, I heard about an intriguing flight. United 154, better known as The Island Hopper. I read an account of someone flying UA154, got excited, showed it to my wife, and she immediately said there was no way she was ever taking that flight. Before you judge her too harshly though, you need to understand exactly what The Island Hopper entails. You see, although The Island Hopper has just one flight number, it is actually a series of multiple flights between Honolulu and Guam. A direct flight between these two cities takes around 7 1/2...

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The Perfect Italian Island For An Authentic Family Vacation Experience in Italy

We’d been to Naples Italy once before, for a hot minute. It didn’t go so well. It should have been an easy in and out. All we needed to do in Naples was go from the central train station to a centrally located Hertz rental car location — just a couple of blocks on foot — then drive south out of town toward Sorrento. And yet, even with a bare minimum of Napoli touch points required, we were made miserable by a city than seemed to us to be too dirty, too aggressive and too unwelcoming to visitors. Many...

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International Travel with Kids: Dealing with Food Allergies in Munich

I love traveling and now especially love traveling with my family. One of the unique challenges I have, but which won’t hold us back at all, is traveling with kids who have allergies. This just means we have a lot more planning to do (and maybe more luggage to carry because we need to have food backups), but our trips are just as adventurous and exciting as any other. In fact, the additional planning we have to do as parents is what inspired me to start my own travel events site to help people like us get the most out...

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Best FREE Snorkeling Experience? Castaway Cay!

Is Castaway Cay the best snorkeling experience available? While enjoying our 19th Disney Cruise in February of this year, we decided to try out the new(ish) snorkeling trail on Disney’s own private paradise island, Castway Cay. We’ve tried snorkeling at Castaway Cay on previous Disney Cruises in the old area and it was OK. This newer area, though was a lot of fun! The best part? You can experience this snorkeling “trail” for FREE! Best Snorkeling Experience The Castaway Cay snorkeling experience begins at Gil’s Fins and Boats or Flippers and Floats, depending on which end of the family...

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Meet Jeff the Wanderer – The Newest Traveling Dad

For my first post here on Traveling Dad, I thought I should take some time to introduce you to myself and my family. Those of you who have been around the miles and points world for a while may recognize me from my former blogging days or from the few times I have spoken at conferences. To the rest of you, I am probably a new face. You may be wondering why I am showing up as a writer. The Facts To start, lets get the basic statistics out of the way. Name: Jeffrey Brownson Nickname: Jeff The Wanderer...

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