Dad Travel 101

The Great LEGO Race Ride Opens in LEGOLAND Florida

Get your motor running! The newest attraction The Great Lego Race now open at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, just outside of Orlando, combines roller coaster excitement with virtual reality (VR) technology, putting guests in the center of an out-of-this-world thrill. LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, and it’s newest ride The Great LEGO® Race invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of an exhilirating race against several LEGO minifigure competitors — all while taking an roller coaster ride! A LEGO pirate, surfer, wizard, pharaoh are ready to outpace the competition at every turn. Virtual Reality Wearing the optional, but...

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FLYING WITH PEANUT ALLERGIES

    When the topic of peanuts comes up the first thing many of us think of is enjoying them as a snack at baseball games or during an airline flight.  But for a growing number of families when it comes to this topic what comes to mind is food allergies.  According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 4 million children in the United States suffer from a food allergy. These allergies occur when the body’s immune system associates a certain food as harmful and becomes overstimulated to attack the threat causing a person...

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How To Plan Summer Vacations Without Wrecking Your Finances

I admit it! I have a tendency to splurge on having fun with my family during summer vacations then come home to credit card bills and bank statements that tend to be more troublesome than initially expected.  Seems like I’m not alone though.  A survey by the consumer credit reporting agency Experian found that 68% of people overspend during their summer vacations. In fact 38% of those surveyed by Experian didn’t do any advance saving to prepare for their summer vacations plans and took on much of the expense as debt.  While everyone wants to have enjoyable, memorable vacations,...

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Costa Mesa: Full of Dining, Fun and Close to Everything!

Located within a stone’s throw of Anaheim to the north and Newport Beach to the west, the city of Costa Mesa is in the heart of Orange County, California. In a special visit recently, our family was able to take in many sights and experiences that make Costa Mesa an ideal family vacation spot. Costa Mesa is an upscale destination within a few minutes drive of the beach, Disneyland and home to amazing restaurants and Orange County’s only working farm, among many other fun attractions. Easy access to Disneyland If you’ve ever been to Anaheim and Disneyland Resort, you’ve...

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Long Beach offers views, chilled vibes and amazing experiences

When it comes to Southern California beach destinations, most folks might think of San Diego or Santa Monica. But what if we told you there was a suburban locale within 20 minutes of LAX that offered exciting beachfront adventures, fine food and an amazing family getaway? That’s what Long Beach, California is all about. The beachfront urban oasis of Long Beach is located just south of LA and north of Anaheim. Downtown Long Beach is clean, bike friendly and feels like an escape from the crowded, traffic-infested gnarl associated with the LA area. The perfect Long Beach family hotel: Courtyard by Marriott For our trip, our home base was The Courtyard by Marriott is right in the heart of downtown and features a welcoming lobby with hues of green and blue that reflect the ocean and create relaxation at the same time. We had two rooms, one with a king bed and the other with two queens. The rooms were clean, large and homey. The king room had a stand-up shower while the queen bedroom had a bath – so if you’re particular about having a bath, you’ll want to reserve the room that’s right for you. A catered gondola evening escape via Getaway Gondolas During our first evening in Long Beach, we were able to experience Getaway Gondolas on the water, just west of downtown. Thanks to catering...

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Amazing Activities for Tweens on Disney Cruise Lines

While often viewed as the premiere ships for parents of young children, Disney Cruise Lines also caters to the desires of older kids. Tweens, in particular, benefit from the diverse array of areas and activities on the ship designed just for them. Being a transitional age group (10-12), the Disney ships offer the security of supervised areas alongside adult-free zones where kids can test their budding social skills. As my daughter enters the tween years, her recent experience on the Disney Dream was exciting and let her choose which activities had appeal.   A Note on Tweens and Social...

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When’s the best time to fly for kids under five?

Before I became a traveling dad, I was willing to take all sorts of flights to get to my destination. Redeyes, multiple destinations, overnights, you name it. But everything changed when I had my daughter, and even more changed after I had my son. After 36 flights for my almost 4 year old daughter and 13 for my toddler son, I’ve come up with my favorite times to fly for young children. When traveling with babies and toddlers, I’ve found it really important to choose the right flights and fly at the right time of the day for my...

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What Is the Golden Spike National Historic Site, and So What?

Just another lawn-mowing day in the life of a Northern Utah teenager. One hot summer afternoon as a kid, I was mowing the front yard when a car pulled over in front of my house.  The passenger rolled his window down and motioned me over.  I stopped the mower and went to the car, which contained two elderly couples. The man driving the car said “hello” and I could tell from his accent he wasn’t a Utah native. In my teenage “you’re interrupting my lawn mowing but how can I help you” voice, I said “hi” back. He asked,...

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HOW TO AVOID SPRING BREAK INTESTINAL DISTRESS

Spring Break is supposed to be about having fun in the sun. Unfortunately, numerous vacations are ruined when an upset stomach or intestinal distress caused by a foodborne illness leads to most of the trip being spent sick in the bathroom or stuck in a hospital bed instead of having fun on a beach or cruise deck. The United States’ Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illness causes by bacteria, viruses and parasites each year. While no time is ever ideal to get sick, I think we can all...

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When’s the best time to leave for a roadtrip with kids?

Kids say the darndest things. You’d think after bringing my kids to Disney World without mom, they’d say it’s their favorite vacation. You, like me, would be wrong when it comes to my kids. My daughter says, and I quote, “My favorite vacation is at grandma’s house.” So we decided last minute to take a long weekend drive from Boston to New Jersey, which led me to wonder: when’s the best time to leave for a roadtrip with kids? Like my past post about the best time to schedule a flight with kids, I don’t think there’s a hard...

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