Dad Travel 101

Spending Time

I know parents who can’t stand to be away from their children for more than a couple of hours. Well, how do I put this? My favorite time of the day is my son’s bedtime. Click...

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How to Bring a Baby to the Beach

Before I lost my freedom to family life, I was a fairly adventuresome traveler. To me, a vacation was hiking the deserts and canyons of the Southwest for two weeks, or canoeing with the alligators in the Everglades. With a baby, you may be able to do an abridged version of the former, but I would recommend skipping the latter.In any case, my son was born in October in Philadelphia, and we were blessed with sunny and seventy degree weather for the rest of that month. Just leaving the interior of our house and the three of us sitting...

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Daddy’s Little Travel Helpers

Even though we are embarking on an indefinite round-the-world trip, spring break is coming up.  I already put in for vacation, and, frankly, I could still use the break.  With the reality that this is quite likely our last trip in the US, I’m looking at all the options.  I absolutely adore New Orleans. It’s one of my favorite cities in America, but even though I lived just over 2 hours away from the Grand Canyon, I’m almost ashamed to admit I’ve never been there. Since we live in Colorado, we’re half of a day’s drive from there, so we’re...

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Me Nervous?

No way!  Now where’s that Ativan? Travelling as a family has its unique . . . challenges, but when you’re doing it as a single parent, well, there are some additional logistics to consider.  Having informed my coworkers and upper management of my impending trip and then informing the couple of boards of directors I sit on things are feeling a LOT more real.  Along with this cementing dose of reality has accompanied a little bit of anxiety.  Just a tad.  A smidgen. A drop? Recently I was faced with the possibility of having knee surgery.  Since the school...

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What Obstacles?

“Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted.” William Hastie We’ve all heard the endless cliches about looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, counting our blessings, having a “can do” attitude, blah, blah, blah. I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes when I hear them I just really want to slap the person regurgitating their latest Chicken Soup for the Soul inspirational quote. When you’ve faced the loss of a loved one (I had four in 4 months in 2010), the last thing you need to...

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Travel with Baby. Really.

Parents of older children seem to have selective amnesia about the early months of childhood, particularly the first three months, and I have heard many say, “Oh, those are the most wonderful months.” Actually, the first three months are THE WORST, unless you enjoy severe sleep deprivation, short tempers, and the fear that your baby will explode from its own ear-splitting screams.  However, one thing is true. Infants are relatively easy to travel with, because they can’t move that much, seem impervious to noise, and sleep a lot, and for longer stretches in a car than at home. During...

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Father-Daughter Trip May Let You See Your Kid for the First Time

This summer I jumped at an opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo, in part because I was invited to bring a child. Problem is I have three of them. After deciding my preschooler boy was not an ideal candidate I was faced with a Sophie’s Choice between his older sisters. The eldest, Libby, had been to the zoo when she was younger than three – one of my first mistakes as a traveling dad, because she would end up not remembering a thing. But technically Libby had gone before and plus, she already liked me. Not that my...

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