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...Read More
It was darn near impossible to find and rather strange to comprehend once we did find it, but I wouldn’t trade the short amount of time we spent at/on/in The Burren in County Clare, Ireland in July of 2016 for just about anything. Admittedly, I’m looking back on this time and this place with rose-tinted glasses now, with some 8 months having passed, as our week in Ireland was anything but perfect (as I documented in this post on my own site shortly after we returned home from the U.K. last summer). In a way, the strange, twisting, complicated...Read More
It’s not only the 24-hour ice cream and free kid’s camp on board Carnival Cruise ships. There’s another, potentially life altering reason every kid should take a cruise. Whether it’s for a stretch of 4, 6, 7, 8 or 10 days, when a child cruises they gain not only the sugary all day chill of a soft serve twist and the friendships formed during full-ship scavenger hunts and late-night camp dance parties but also a familiarity with, understanding of, and geographic lessons courtesy of a worldwide crew of thousands who serve not only as steward, waitress, camp counselor, cruise...Read More
Everyone has their go-to travel apps and tools they use on trips. Some use hardcopy guidebooks, printed maps, podcasts. Whatever it is, everyone has that go-to that gets them through a trip. I wanted to cover 4 apps that I used on my recent trip to Europe that will, hopefully, help you out on your future travels. Before I go any further, I want to say that I have no affiliation with any of these companies and these links are not referral links. All of these are free apps and are available on iOS and Android. I’m simply sharing my thoughts and...Read More
Harmony of the Seas! The world’s largest cruise ship! Harmony of the Seas Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship recently moved to the US to begin cruising out of the port of Ft. Lauderdale and we got a sneak peek! Known for it’s size, the Harmony of the Seas also provides more adventure activities than any other cruise ship on the ocean! Ziplining, rock climbing, FlowRider surfing, multiple water slides, and much more await you on this spectacular ship. Of course, you also have the amazing shows and performances that you come to expect from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. There’s...Read More
In mid-summer 2016, my family spent three weeks traipsing around the U.K., going from London to Ireland and then back again to England for a drive around the northeast, Wales and southern England. On the second to last day, just before we kicked off the ’16-’17 English football season at Craven Cottage in West London and before we explored A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin’s real life Hundred Acre Wood, we spent a beautiful day in England at Bodiam Castle. This ended up as one of the best days of our entire vacation. Not only is Bodiam, with its...Read More
A Quick Layover in Beijing On a recent business trip to Malaysia, I chose a flight option with a stop in Beijing, China. The layover was just under 24 hours, so I decided to go that route to stop by and visit for the 2nd time to the capital of China. My flight arrived around 6p and left the next day in the late afternoon. I had to plan strategically to get the most of my pit stop. Due to some phenomenal pricing, I reserved a hotel at the St. Regis in Beijing. Converting Chinese yuan to US dollars,...Read More
After more than a dozen trips to Spain for business in 2 years, I finally had the chance to show my kids around my “second home.” While there is a lot to see and do in Madrid, these are the 3 things you MUST show your family!Read More
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...Read More
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