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Here’s How To Take A Couples Only Vacation With Kids…Seriously

When you and your significant other plan an evening out alone, you know, those elusive date nights we parents desire more than Gollum wants that precious ring, what is needed to ensure the evening is a smashing success? Incredible food, probably. And memorable entertainment, likely. But most importantly, if you are anything like us, what is wanted, no, what is NEEDED is to know that our kids are being cared for properly and that they are having a fine enough time of it as well. There is absolutely no/nil/zip/zilch/zero chance we will be able enjoy ourselves, no matter how...

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Safety First When Taking Texas Bluebonnet Pictures

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes wildflowers. As spring creeps into Texas ahead of the rest of the country roadways explode in color with bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and many more colorful flowers. Also exploding? A total disregard for safety as people clamor to get the perfect bluebonnet pictures. Bluebonnet Season in Central Texas Bluebonnet Season (or what most of the U.S. would call “spring”) becomes a conquest of sorts in Central Texas. Much like the infamous “leaf peepers” of New England, Texas has its own breed of hard-core, never say die, and perhaps even fanatical seasonal botany...

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Disney Cruise Whiskey Tasting, It’s a Thing

Disney Cruise Line has no shortage of amenities for adults and children alike, and now you can add Disney Cruise whiskey tasting to the list. Whiskey tasting aboard the Disney Cruise Line is educational, informative and not to mention a ton of fun. Disney Cruise Whiskey Tasting On the first day of the cruise, we read in the Navigator that whiskey, vodka, margarita, tequila, wine and bourbon tastings were available. With an agenda filled with so many activities for the kids, I thought it would be a nice way to end the day – a nightcap of bourbon, scotch and other...

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Stay Road-Ready with The HydroFlask Tumbler

When you venture out on a road trip, the right equipment and gear is key. Of course we need our smartphones for getting around and staying in touch, gadgets for staying entertained, but what about us, the weary traveler? It’s important to have a few items that enable you to take care of you. For me, having a cold drink is important to staying well while on the road. I dislike using bottled water because it’s wasteful and cold tap water is available at virtually every roadside stop. Our family of five already has water bottles for the kids –...

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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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