Rich Christensen

Rich Christensen

Richard Christensen was born with an insatiable curiosity about the world and degrees in History and Library Science have only fueled that fire. He's often seeking new adventures, whether that be spinning in a teacup with his daughter at Disney World or heading off the beaten path to visit a lost piece of roadside Americana. You can read about this Michigan dad and his travels on the Wagon Pilot blog or brush up on your Disney World expertise over atPixie Dust Daily.

Create New Traditions with Local Holiday Travel This Year

Holiday travel is not what it once was. According to a recent Traveling Mom poll, many of us are no longer piling into the car or boarding a plane to gather at grandma’s house with the whole family. Americans are enjoying new options in how they spend their precious Holiday vacation time these days. A mere 24% host major holidays at their own home while 17% are jetting off to meet up with family at a vacation destination. And like my own family, 26% choose local holiday travel or head out on their own vacation to relax. Here’s a...

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How to Get the Most out of Disney World Character Meet and Greets

One of the biggest attractions vacationers at Disney World often overlook is the characters themselves. While not exactly a traditional attraction, character meet and greets are a huge draw for both children and adults alike. That’s right, you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the fun interactions and get a picture with a favorite Disney personality. What does set meet and greets apart from other items on the to do list is the vast number of ways you’ll encounter characters in the theme parks and resorts. This guide will make it easy to find your favorites and...

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Easing Stress in Kids When Dad Travels

As a traveling dad, I’ve seen how it effects my daughter when I head out on solo trips. Even though it’s only for a few days at a time, when a parent is away for even a short time it can cause stress for kids. Some children will show it more than others, such as my kiddo who already deals with anxiety issues. Admittedly, even I feel a bit of worry when I’m away from my family. Here are a few things you can do to ease stress for your kids when dad travels alone.   Develop a Routine...

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Find Your Rhythm at Detroit’s Motown Museum

Motown, the combination of jazz and soulful upbeat lyrics, defined the 1960s for many Americans. Born in the heart of Detroit, Berry Gordy’s independent Motown Records studio turned out more successful artists than any of the major labels. Touring the Motown Museum will introduce you to the origins of this distinctive sound and you’ll learn a great deal of history about the Gordy family, record company, and artists. Here is a bit of history on Berry Gordy’s Motown Records and information to help you plan a visit to the Motown Museum.   The Creation of Motown Records Berry Gordy...

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Exploring the Columbus Zoo

Hearing nothing but praise as being one of America’s top zoos, we packed into the wagon and headed to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We weren’t disappointed in the least. In fact, after 8 hours our feet gave way in the summer heat and we missed exploring a few areas. All the better reason to come back again and experience all the zoo has to offer. Located near the beautiful town of Dublin, in central Ohio, it is the perfect place to launch a few days of exploring the area in and around Columbus. Even on its own, the...

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Art and Nature in Harmony at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Our day spent touring the Frederik Meijer Gardens reminded me of why I love traveling to new places. The 158 acre facility is much more than just well planned floral gardens. The grounds are divided into different environments, ranging from a local farmstead to a massive tropical conservatory. But what makes Meijer Gardens stand out is the hundreds of sculptures integrated into the landscape. Ranging from small animal statues to towering works of art, the sculptures are placed to add another dimension to the surrounding greenery. Located on the outskirts of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the gardens are open year...

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Prepping Your Car for a Road Trip

Prepping your car properly for a road trip is often overlooked during the vacation planning process. Even if we do remember to check the tires and top off fluids, our noses might not be so happy nobody bothered to vacuum up snacks the kids dropped a few weeks ago. When it comes to emergencies, knowing what to do may save your vacation from disaster. I’ve broken the process down into three stages: maintenance, preparedness, and supplies. These simple steps will get you ready for your journey and also get you more familiar with taking care of your car. Road...

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Five Great Reasons to Send Your Kids to Camp

Looking to get your children out of the house this summer? Maybe they’re glue to their cell phones or just plain bored and need some excitement. Consider sending them away to camp for a week. They will not only have a chance to experience the great outdoors, but will also pick up important social skills along the way. Summer camp may even have some benefits for you as a parent. Here are five great reasons to send your kids to camp. Get in Touch with the Nature In our fast paced and tech driven world, kids need an outlet...

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Visit Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Take a step back in time and explore the history and beauty of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Located just 10 miles from downtown Charleston, the Magnolia Plantation is a must do adventure in the South Carolina Low Country. The acres of lush, winding garden paths are perfect for a romantic stroll or letting kids burn off some energy. Wildlife and an abundance of flowers blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. The Thomas and Ann Drayton traveled from Barbados to establish the 390 acre plantation in what was then the British Charles Towne colony in 1676. Over the years...

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Discover the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Located in Michigan’s Northwestern Lower Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides an amazing variety of activities for all ages. Voted a top destination by media outlets, such as Good Morning America and USA Today, Sleeping Bear encompasses 71,1999 acres and 35 miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline. North and South Manitou islands are also included within the park borders and accessible by ferries from the town of Leland. The park is well known for its beautiful sand dunes, but also contains historic village and farms as well as 21 inland lakes and forested areas. Visitors can spend anywhere...

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