Dad Travel 101

An Arts and Crafts Family Reunion

Lots of moms like to travel with their grown-up kids and kids-in-law, taking their annual family reunion on the road, so to speak. It’s important to get some quality time with family, and on a reunion trip, people get a chance to catch up with one another in a context that’s completely new and different. This year Agnes Maserjian of Juno Beach, Florida, planned a truly new and different reunion for her eight kids and kids-in-law: a three-day weekend exploring arts and crafts at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. Everybody took a class — welding, stained glass, glass-blowing, woodturning...

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Family Games for the Tent

Ahh, it’s a camping trip with Dad. Sunny skies, warm days, a couple of clouds. A couple more clouds. A lot more clouds. A flash, a bang and suddenly it’s pouring rain on the campsite. A few soaked minutes battening down the hatches and everyone’s in the tent. Now what? If you’re camping out west, you might be under the fabric for an hour or so as the monsoon passes; or not. If you’re lucky, someone brought Scrabble, Monopoly, a deck of cards and remembered to put them into the tent. Perhaps they’re still in the car, just a...

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How to Survive Camping in a Storm

Wouldn’t it be nice to be a weather forecaster, be wrong more than 50 percent of the time, and still keep your job? It doesn’t work in my case. As a writer I have to be accurate all the time. On the occasions when I’m not, I can print a correction; when the forecast is not accurate, you and I suffer. This all came to an ugly fruition on a camping trip in the desert between Phoenix and Tucson. Were were about an hour West of I-10, in the remote reaches of Ironwood Forest National Monument near Ragged Top...

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How to Keep Your Family Safe in the Desert

The temperature was plummeting and the sun, an orange ball dropping towards the horizon. We were in the sixth hour of a three hour hike. I could see the car in the parking lot tantalizingly close, maybe a mile and a half away, except for the fact that we are standing on the edge of a five hundred foot tall mesa and at the end of a trail. Despite my orienteering certification, USGS maps, and search and rescue experience, we’ve taken a wrong turn and are now lost in the desert with one liter of water left to share....

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Overheard By TravelingDad

My wife borrowed $10 from my five-year-old’s stash the other day and told him last night, “remind me that I owe you ten bucks,” and I swear he said “now it’s twenty.” I think I know where he gets his sense of humor, but where did he learn about...

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Where to travel with a Tween?

A Dad with a Tween Daughter Travel Guide… San Francisco Tweens are a special age group.  Finding an activity that will be both fun for you as a parent and long enough to capture their attention is a tough job. They are too old for Chuck E. Cheese and get too bored to sit through a football game. My daughters’ 10th birthday was coming up, so I decided to take a chance and plan a travel ‘Play Date’ with another family in San Francisco. Our weekend trip to San Francisco was the perfect combination of Father/Daughter time and kid...

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Shut Down the Helicopter!

We all know them. Some of us are them! The incredible, omnipresent parent. They are ready to swoop in at a moment’s notice to rescue their child. Although if they’re really skilled, they are proactive enough to exceed all expectations and create a nice bubble world in which their child is safely protected from ever making a mistake or error. We love our kids, and we want what’s best for them, but so often our panicky desire to shield them from all life’s woes is actually crippling them.“. . . Let me do it, and I learn.”~Prue Leith Letting...

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Couchsurfing with Children

If the first word in the title has you confused, please visit this site. Basically, it’s an awesome concept. People host their couch, floor, spare bedroom, backyard for camping, etc., for free for travellers to come stay for a period of time. I’ve been very intrigued about this concept during our world travels most especially. Not only does it have the chance of saving us money, but even more importantly it gives us the opportunity to stay with a local and experience the culture in a uniqueway. Imagine being able to live in a typical home, have a chance to...

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You Say You Missed Me, But How?

So I was back in New York after ten days in Australia, the longest and farthest I’ve ever been away from my family, and after getting Maya at school the next day I asked her, “You said this morning you missed me, but how did you miss me?” She shrugged without breaking stride and wouldn’t elaborate. Maya can be pretty hardcore. Next I put the question to Maya’s little brother Felix, who had crawled into bed with me that morning and said “I’m glad you’re home, daddy.” He said that he missed playing Xbox with me, which I already...

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4 Words That May Change Your Child’s Life

Many things a parent does & says affects their children, often in ways that don’t manifest until much later in their life. Most of us are familiar with the “clean your plate” addage, and what about the even better one: “There are starving children in Africa!” I never did understand the connection.  We know words have power. My son and other kids I’ve helped raise have all heard me say that words can hurt worse than fists. Because of this I never say a question or an action is stupid. Instead it’s silly or a poor choice. All kids...

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