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4 travel apps for your next trip

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...

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New Baby Equals New Travel Plans

Life, as I know it, is about to change. Alright, that was a little over-dramatic, but my life is about to change. In my previous (and first) post, I talked about how my wife and I were expecting our first child. We learned some lessons about traveling while pregnant that we’ll never forget. Now, as we’re about 1 week from our due date, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about our 2017 travel plans. Our life to this point, has revolved around travel. It’s been a centerpiece in everything that we do. We try to take at least...

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Traveling Dad on Radio: Fitbit Charge 2, Here One and more

Disclosure: The Fitbit, ICON backpack and Ring Doorbell mentioned below were provided by the manufacturers for review in this article. However, my opinions can never be bought. In addition to being a Traveling Dad, I also appear on Rudy Maxa’s World – the most listened to travel radio show in the United States. Rudy’s show is syndicated nationwide and is listened to by roughly 2 million people every weekend. Recently, on the show, I featured products that every traveler should know about including the Ring Doorbell, Fitbit Charge 2, Here One headphones and the InCase ICON backpack. Ring Doorbell The Ring is...

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The difference between a layover, a stopover and an open jaw flight

Sometimes there is confusion about airline flight terms.  Layover, stopover and open jaw are three of the more common ones.  These are typically used with booking award tickets, but they can also be true when booking regular (cash) tickets.  I know that when I was first starting out, back before I did my first ever credit card churn or my first trip I got for (almost) free with miles and points, I remember seeing these terms and not understanding what they meant. Definition of a layover A layover is often called just a connection, and it’s the easiest one to explain.  Any time you’re not making a nonstop (direct) flight, you’ll have a layover or connection, often-times in the hub of the airline on which you’re flying. This is especially common when you live in a non-hub airport. In most cases, unless I am flying TO the hub of a particular airport, I have to connect.  When we went on our trip to Miami back in 2014, we flew on US Airways (now part of American Airlines), and connected in Charlotte (then a US Airways hub) Definition of a stopover A stopover is exactly like a layover, just a little bit longer :-).  Typically a layover is anything less than 4 hours domestically, or less than 24 hours internationally.  With paid tickets, it’s harder to book a stopover (it usually just counts...

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Be “Always Home” With Ring Doorbell

Disclosure: The Ring Doorbell was provided by Ring for review in this article. However, my opinions can never be bought. In the last two years, there have been multitudes of “smart home” products that have come out to (hopefully) make our lives easier. The Nest thermostat started the trend and was the first item to become a household name. Now we have connected devices from cameras to coffee makers to wall outlets that are fighting for your attention. Today, we’ll focus on a doorbell, yes, a doorbell that promises to increase your security and give you a view on...

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him, the Modern Traveler

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him We, at TravelingDad, want to share some gift ideas for him, the modern traveler in your life. With only about two weeks left before Christmas, your window of shopping is quickly closing. We have included different items ranging from $10 to $400. In this list are items for the travel warrior to the annual trip planner. The items were selected based on what we use on our excursions around the world. You’ll find a Lumix camera – considered the best point and shoot camera for travel. Next on the list is a well-designed,...

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Eat (or kill) Lionfish in the Caribbean

I attended a lionfish cooking demonstration  by the Sandals Foundation in Negril, Jamaica recently while visiting Beaches Resorts. Chef Juan, a head Chef at Beaches, presented a fish to the group and walked us through how best to prepare it. Before he did, though, he explained the dangers of the lionfish, and how the species is forever changing the Caribbean ecosystem. Why are lionfish dangerous Lionfish, formally known as Pterois, are a voracious fish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. With few predators, most likely due to the effectiveness of their venomous spines, they have proliferated in the...

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Back To School Travel Challenges – August 31 #TMOM Twitter Party

Kids are heading back to school or are there already, and a small part of you may be rejoicing. Openly, noisily rejoicing, in fact. However, another part of you may already be a bit anguished at the thought of this: How will I plan my family’s fall getaways and still make sure my kids are keeping up in the classroom? Do we dare have a child miss class so early in the semester – or do we leave him home and have him miss out on the experience? That’s the topic of the next #TMOM Twitter party. And in honor of the challenges many military...

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