TDAD Travel Writers

Adam Sommer
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Adam Sommer

Travel writer and Visit Flyover Country blogger focused on Midwest family travel.


Bob & Sandy Nesoff
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Bob & Sandy Nesoff

Bob and Sandy Nesoff have been together, and reporting together, for more than 40 years. Bob is an award-winning journalist who has worked for two daily newspapers and was a New York magazine editor. He is a columnist for New York Resident Magazine and a travel writer for a number of outlets and publications in the Northeast. Bob served as the first national president of the North American Travel Journalists Association and is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. His novel, Spyder Hole, has been highly rated on Amazon and has been treated especially kindly by the reviewers. Bob has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the Media and Communications since 1998. Sandy is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was a founding member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and a past national officer. She has coauthored a weekly travel column with Bob as they traveled the world from Africa to the South Pacific and throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their three daughters were their test subjects for travel. That job has now been taken over by a granddaughter and two grandsons.



Brandon Billinger
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Brandon Billinger

Brandon, AKA The Rookie Dad, is a working father of two.  He hails from Kansas City, the heart of the U.S. where it is easy to travel to just about anywhere in the United States. He has traveled the length of I-70 through Kansas and all the way to east coast, and hopes in the near future to travel it to the west coast. He offers tips and tricks for people traveling to the Midwest and believes that it is one of the most under traveled destinations.




Craig Reiss
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Craig Reiss

Craig Reiss is an editor-turned-social-scientist on customer emotional engagement with brands. He is co-founder of Emotographics LLC, and earlier was editor-in-chief or Chief Creative Officer for more than 200 consumer and business magazines, from Motor Trend to Adweek. He is the sire of three daughters, one of whom actually lives by his family motto: “Don’t be a squealer.”


Dan Miller
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Dan Miller

Dan Miller generally writes over at Points With a Crew about how families (especially larger families) can travel for free or cheap. Feel free to contact him via email at dan@pointswithacrew.com or on Twitter at @PointsWithACrew. He loves helping families travel and is more than happy to answer specific questions.



David Beatus
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David Beatus

David is dad to two energetic and happy boys. Living on Long Island in close proximity to New York City, he and his family enjoy making the most of the many events and locations around the area, from the Met Museum to the NY Mets. More of a recreational traveler than a business traveler, he and his family take several road trips per year to visit family and friends all over New England. Ad man by day, and full-time dad by night, he is excited to share his experiences and discoveries as he takes on his most exciting journey yet: fatherhood.


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Daymon Patterson

With over 400,000 Subscribers and closing in on 45 million channel views, father of two Daymon Patterson has been deemed the "voice of the people" when it comes to food reviews. Check out his YouTube channel here: DaymDrops


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Eric Jay Toll

Eric is a reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal covering Economic Development. In free time, he covers the West--and other journeys along the way. Eric has been journaling about travel for more than 10 years. He is a traveler, camper, and accomplished chef--or fancy food dabbler, as the case may be. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Grant Smith
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Grant Smith

Grant was born and raised in North Carolina and has lived there his entire life. He notes, “I have a great family, with a supportive wife and three children. We love weekend trips, day trips, and any opportunity we have to travel and see all the world has to offer.” Grant is a self-described “certified Walt Disney World crazy person” and counts among his areas of expertise Disney World trip planning and a wealth of ideas about what to see and do once at the Walt Disney World Resort.


Guest Author
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Guest Author

Our guest authors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but each has something unique to contribute to Traveling Dad.




Jason Harris
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Jason Harris

Jason Harris is a writer, community manager and happy father of three. Jason's passion is enabling people to have better lives and better experiences through technology. In between family road trips and ventures in the Northwest and beyond, Jason is also the tech correspondent for , the most listened to travel radio show in the US.





Jeff Dungan
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Jeff Dungan

Outside of his real job as an international educator, educational technology consultant and speaker and Apple Distinguished Educator, Jeff thinks of himself as a semi-professional traveler. A Detroit native, he has lived extensively throughout the western United States, living and traveling as a whitewater raft guide, kayak instructor, chef, and sailboat delivery crew. In 2001, he expatriated to Cartagena, Colombia for his first international school teaching job where he met his wife and started his family. He has been living internationally ever since, including stops in the Dominican Republic and his current residence in Shanghai, China. Jeff has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia. Jeff’s insight into traveling internationally with two young kids (currently tweens) and a wife gives him a unique if not somewhat darkly humorous take on family traveling. When not sitting in front of the screen, his love of the sea takes him and his family to remote sailing, surfing and kitesurfing locations throughout the world. Once in a while, they stay in nice hotels, too.


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Joe Cheung

As writer of the blog As The Joe Flies Joe Cheung is a self-described “average Joe trying to fly his family for less.” You can also find him podcasting at Saverocity and Tweeting at @asthejoeflies.


Josh Rodriguez
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Josh Rodriguez

Josh Rodriguez is a father of three, husband, and founder of TexasDadBlog.com.  He writes about parenting adventures in Austin, Texas, travel tips, and parenting from a fathers perspective.  He enjoys taking trips with his family and road tripping across Texas.


Kevin Gillooly
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Kevin Gillooly

Kevin is a New Yorker by birth and settled down with his family in Virginia after serving as an active duty Naval Officer for 10 years. He is husband to Jennifer, a Federal Government employee and Navy Reserve Officer, and father to two wonderful daughters, Audrey and Kathryn. What brings him to Traveling Dad is a decades-long love affair with all things Disney. A multiple visitor to both the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disneyland Resort in California, he has often been called upon by family and friends for “expert advice” on the best way to plan their Disney vacations. He’s even provided real-time text message support to loved ones already on Disney property needing food or entertainment recommendations. As if this weren’t crazy enough, he has also made multiple voyages aboard Disney Cruise Line, is a member of the Disney Vacation Club, and is a proud stockholder of The Walt Disney Company.


Matt Langdon
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Matt Langdon

Matt didn't leave Australia until he was 21, but the travel bug hit hard and he spent most of the next twenty years living in Michigan. That allowed him easy access to the 48 states (made it to 41) and trips to Europe became a lot cheaper. After mostly traveling alone, he found a full-time partner in his wife in 2005 and a third wheel (in a good way) when his daughter arrived in 2009. Matt writes and speaks on heroism, arguing that the opposite of a hero is not a villain; it's a bystander. He also organizes the Hero Round Table conference and hopes to run one in every continent.


Paul Eisenberg
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Paul Eisenberg

After accompanying his travel writer dad to the Peruvian Amazon, Paul Eisenberg had his first trip report published at age 13 in Junior Scholastic magazine and has been a fan of family travel and journalism ever since. Some years later he went on to serve as editorial director at Fodor’s, where for nearly a decade he directed a guidebook program including U.S. and family travel titles. He has reported on travel for Barclaycard, Shermans Travel, and FoxNews.com, has written about parenting for Nick Jr. magazine and authored the sixth edition of Fodor’s Around New York City with Kids. In 2010 his article about medical tourism received a Lowell Thomas Award, the highest honor in travel journalism. Paul and his wife live in New York City with their three children.


Raphael Ocampo
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Raphael Ocampo

Raphael has visited 32 countries, 39 states and lived in all four time zones between LA and NYC. Most importantly, he embarked on his toughest yet most rewarding journey: fatherhood of identical twin boys. He chronicles his trips through the lens of entertaining toddlers with an attention span of 68.2 seconds.


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Richard Kerr

A simple internet search for cheap airfare led Richard to chasing the proverbial white rabbit down the hole towards points and miles. Richard’s passion is exploring the inner workings of loyalty programs in order to provide readers the best strategies for maximizing their loyalty account balances. Richard has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived in the UK and Japan. His wife, Emily, and son, Thomas, are his favorite travel companions. Thomas has visited six countries and taken over 20 flights at the ripe old age of one. Richard graduated The Georgia College in 2007 with a BBA in International Business followed by Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI where he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He served as the Supply Officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) from 2010-2013 followed by a three year your in Japan as a Material Control Officer responsible for supporting maintenance on Navy and Marine Corps aircraft outside of the US. Richard is currently a lieutenant working in the Washington D.C. area inside the Navy aviation community. Contact Richard via email at travelhacking101@gmail.com or keep up with him on Twitter and Instagram (@thepointsjock). “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” – Mark Twain


Shawn McAskill
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Shawn McAskill

Shawn McAskill is the millennial father that the old print newspapers warned you about. He is a marketing professional living in South Florida with two highly energetic boys and a very patient wife. Shawn loves his family, his cars, FSU, and wasting his free time planning out everything he’d like to do in his free time.


Shreeraj Sutaria
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Shreeraj Sutaria

Shreeraj is the proud owner of events site for locals and travelers Trekommend and even prouder father of two small kids. Despite an extreme love of the sun, Shreeraj has found himself progressively moving up the West Coast, starting in LA and currently residing in Seattle.



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Tim Jones

Tim lives just down the road from the #1 family travel destination, Walt Disney World. Although he, his wife, and two kids visit this area quite often, they’ve also traveled to Peru, Costa Rica, on an 8,600 mile road trip around the US (yes, two kids and parents in a car for 8,600 miles!), and cruises through the Caribbean. Tim has worked in the travel industry for 17 years and is currently planning his next adventure! You can follow Tim and all of his travel adventures on Jones Family Travels.