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Share Your Spring Break Planning Challenges in Our Survey!

When you hear “spring break” do you think, oxymoron? I do. Historically this period in April when our kids are off school either takes so much planning that my wife and I are completely strung out by the time this “break” rolls around and it’s really not much of a break at all (at least for us) or we do too little planning and our brood ends up muddling through what feels like the World’s Longest Staycation. Part of my problem with spring break and almost every school break, really, is that they’re times when a lot of other families are off...

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If I Can Kayak, So Can You

Two Novembers ago in Florida I had my first-ever stand-up paddleboarding experience and spaced out while the guides were giving a group of us instructions about what to do and what not to do on the water. But everything on the Choctawhatchee Bay turned out fine that day because my guide was kind and his confidence was infectious enough that I almost knew what I was doing after only an hour. And once I returned to dry land, I had what has to be a water sport operator’s primary benchmark of success after giving someone an inaugural lesson: I...

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Omni Amelia Island Magical TDAD Video Tour

In early November I was one of “five guys just sitting around talking, drinking, eating, seeing and doing stuff,” to quote myself in the video above, which in a shade under six and a half minutes gives you an exhausting if not exhaustive walk-through of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, where I was hosted for four days as part of a “man fam” trip, aka mancation. As you’ll hear if you choose to watch the video with sound, I share some useful travel information about the resort, off Florida’s Atlantic Coast and not far from Jacksonville, which you’ll...

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“Brewmaster”: Beer Is a Calling

Everybody has dreams. For the dudes in “Brewmaster,” those dreams happen to be about beer. Happen to be, because while the film does delve into the lives of guys for whom beer and its culture are a calling, you can close your eyes and easily imagine them talking about something other than beer when they say things like: “Everybody’s got a day job.” (which isn’t necessarily what you love). “We wanted to create our own jobs.” (to truly do that thing we love). “You can’t get tired doing what you love.” This is all pretty relatable stuff for dreamers,...

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Goodbye Christopher Robin: A Wake-Up Call for Dads

If you’re a writer there’s a good chance you’re a procrastinator. Case in point, I’m writing this post about “Goodbye Christopher Robin” a month after seeing the film at its New York premiere. Procrastination isn’t the same as laziness, which is not to say that procrastinators and writers can’t be lazy. Many are. Procrastinating writers might procrastinate from an absence of inspiration. Or an abundance of pressure, say from a loved one or editor who just wants you to, you know, write something. But you really don’t need or want me to explain a writer’s torment. For that, you...

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MEET JET SET DADDY – THE NEWEST TRAVELING DAD

To keep up the Traveling Dad tradition, I’ll use my first post to introduce you to the blog & the family behind the newest TDAD member, Jet Set Daddy. I’m still a beginning blogger, let’s be honest, my wife helps me with my blog more often than not, but I’m a seasoned traveler with a background that practically requires a blog. Here Are The Facts Name: Luiz Perl Blog: Jet Set Daddy Years as a Dad: 7 Family: Saira (wife), Sofia & Elisa (daughters) Current Home: South Florida (near Fort Lauderdale) Current Location: Depends when you read this – by the end of next month I will have been to...

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Take A Trip Back In Time To Say Goodbye Christopher Robin

I’ve tiptoed around delicate arches and paddled kayaks into and out of sea caves, natural structures that have been carved over millions of years. Everything changes with time. To look upon Ashdown Forest, a wondrous ancient place you know well even if you’ve never been within a thousand miles of East Sussex England, is to discover a natural world seemingly untouched since a British playwright and his mop-haired son conspired, accidentally some 90 years ago, to forever change childhood; for the worse for young Christopher, for the better for every other young boy and girl in the world from...

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What Our Florida Dads Learned From Hurricane Irma

From August 30 to September 10, 2017, Irma was a low-pressure system that became a tropical storm that became a Category 5 hurricane. As Hurricane Irma’s strength grew and its path fluctuated, Floridians scrambled, and in doing so underscored something that’s going to sound insufferably glib, but it also happens to be true: Evacuation is travel. Traveling Dad strives to thoughtfully explore the intersection of travel and parenting, and as the four stories herein illustrate, when a hurricane is heading for that intersection, the rules change a little. What doesn’t change is our desire to share good information and...

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Win a Sweet Wheelie Bag! Sweepstakes Ends Soon!

During a sojourn to Walt Disney World with the Traveling Mom team I discovered the dark magic of Dole Whip, communed with winged creatures at Epcot, and discovered why it’s important to see the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for yourself. I also received a nice piece of luggage, the Ricardo Beverly Hills 21″ 4-Wheel Spinner WheelAboard, which in layman’s parlance is a medium-sized carry-on wheelie bag that will fit comfortably in the overhead luggage compartments of most commercial airplanes. I got to keep the bag. In exchange I agreed to write the post that follows. But before we get to...

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Complete Quick Holiday Survey, Maybe Win A Bag

The other day I asked a colleague how his far-flung family picked the destination they’ll be flocking to for a reunion this winter. “We managed to find a mutually inconvenient place,” he said. His answer underscores a truth that is perhaps under-discussed, at least publicly: The holidays, which the Bureau of Transportation Statistics defines as that hot pocket spanning the day before Thanksgiving and the day after New Year’s, is the busiest travel period in the United States… but, do any of us really want to be traveling during the holidays? That’s one of the questions raised in the...

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