International Travel

5 Reasons Why Cottages Make A Vacation Great

When my wife and I travel with our three young kids, we like to have adventures. We love to be outdoors, hike, see the sights and experience as much about our destinations as possible. Fun destinations are new, exciting and inspiring. Yet, it’s nice to have the certain comforts of home when you’re playing tourist. We just wrapped a trip down to Southern California and we were so thankful that for most of our trip, we stayed in Carlsbad’s Villagio Cottages. Don’t get me wrong – our kids love hotels, they love eating the all-you-can-eat breakfasts and they love...

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Adult Activities on Disney Cruise Line

Are there Adult Activities on a Disney Cruise? There are plenty of articles covering the plethora of activities for kids on a Disney Cruise, but what about adult activities? Entertainment for adults abound aboard a Disney Cruise, and what a wonderful surprise it was to this dad to discover during a 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream with my wife and preschool boys. I’ve been on almost a dozen cruises throughout the world, but this was my first Disney Cruise and I didn’t expect to have as much fun as my twin boys did. Serenity Bay at Castaway Cay,...

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Tips for Travel Between Miami and Havana

Travel Tips: Miami to Havana, Cuba I previously wrote about the logistics of planning a trip to Cuba here. Once you’ve booked your flight, here are some tips for the respective airports. If you’ve grown accustomed to the automated kiosks at US airports, semi-efficient checkin lines, and paperless air travel of the US airline industry, you’re in for a rude awakening when traveling to Cuba. Travelers are advised to arrive four hours before your flight and it was immediately evident why. The majority of the travelers were checking in a ton of luggage. The line at the airport resembled...

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I Flew 8 Flights and 14,000 Miles for Fun Last Weekend

If you travel often like I do, airline elite status can be a great thing. Free upgrades, bonus miles, less lines to stand in and priority boarding to grab much desired overhead bin space can all make a trip much smoother. Over the long 4th of July weekend, I took an eight flight, 14,000 mile journey purely for the sake of collecting airline miles to achieve American Airlines top tier Executive Platinum status. Today, I’ll recap my recent eight segment mileage run to Panama City, Panama and explain the benefits of American Executive Platinum status. Earning Status Back in May, my...

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When a Travel Pro Fails Miserably

There are certainly more travel savvy folks than I, but I do like to consider myself on the very experienced side of the spectrum. I’ve lived on three continents, visited close to 40 countries, and faced about every situation possible when it comes to the logistics of getting from point A to B. Today, I’ll share how after even all of that travel, there are times when I fail miserably. The Late Show Last year I was visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for business and was very proud I had located and booked the Le Meridien hotel which sits directly...

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Use WhatsApp To Save On Messaging While Abroad

When you go away on vacation to another country, it’s always good to stay in contact. As a dad, I like to check in with Grandma and Grandpa to stay up to date on what’s happening with our kids while we’re abroad. However, texting the traditional way can be very expensive when you travel abroad. If your family happens to all be an iPhone family, you can use iMessage to send text messages and pictures while on Wi-Fi while abroad. However, many families are a mix of Android, iPhone and other phones. Lucky enough, there’s a solution: WhatsApp. This...

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How to Survive a Long Flight with a Baby

My wife and I had the great fortune of living in Japan from 2013-2016, and the even greater fortune to have a (surprise!) baby boy born there in 2014. While my greatest concern was to have a happy and healthy family, because we lived in Japan, the thought of long haul flights back home with a baby crept constantly into the back of my mind. Through trial and error, sometimes disastrous error, we have figured out how to prepare for and successfully execute long haul flights with our son. Today, I’ll share my top tips and tricks you can...

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4 Tips To Help Make Going Through A TSA Security Checkpoint Easier

I’ve flown more in the last 3 years of my life than I have in the last 30 years. While my wife hates flying, I am one who is always ready to book a flight and fly somewhere. If you were to ask me, I would rather fly than drive, and I love driving. My increase in flying has meant that I have also had more opportunities (I wouldn’t really call them opportunities) to go through security. I’ve heard their speeches about electronics and liquids so much by now that I am sure I am saying the in my sleep....

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We’re on a Boat! A Family At Sea.

“My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water.” ~ Carl Hiaasen This past summer, I had the opportunity to experience with my wife and kids my “other” favorite transportation method (first will always be a large airplane to anywhere exotic), a speedboat!  Living in a small town on a bay in Long Island, we’re surrounded by an active waterfront. From kayak clubs, to fishing derbies, to sailing regattas, we have it all.  The proximity to the bay and the Long Island Sound was one of the main draws to Port Washington when my...

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Sri Lanka-Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya

We were headed to Kalpitiya, the kitesurfing mecca of Sri Lanka. After a 3-hour van ride north along the coast, passing Buddhist and Muslim temples, and Catholic churches, roadside fruit stands, and all other roadside shops typical of developing countries, we landed at our first extended stay in Kalpitiya (pronounced Cal-pee-tee-ya). My son and I were here to kitesurf and my wife and daughter to log some quality hours at the beach. We stayed at Kitesurfing Lanka (KSL), the largest and oldest kite school and camp in the region. Kitesurfing Lanka is a kite camp, it is not a...

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