International Travel

When a Travel Pro Fails Miserably

There are certainly more travel savvy folks than I, but I do like to consider myself on the very experienced side of the spectrum. I’ve lived on three continents, visited close to 40 countries, and faced about every situation possible when it comes to the logistics of getting from point A to B. Today, I’ll share how after even all of that travel, there are times when I fail miserably. The Late Show Last year I was visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for business and was very proud I had located and booked the Le Meridien hotel which sits directly...

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Use WhatsApp To Save On Messaging While Abroad

When you go away on vacation to another country, it’s always good to stay in contact. As a dad, I like to check in with Grandma and Grandpa to stay up to date on what’s happening with our kids while we’re abroad. However, texting the traditional way can be very expensive when you travel abroad. If your family happens to all be an iPhone family, you can use iMessage to send text messages and pictures while on Wi-Fi while abroad. However, many families are a mix of Android, iPhone and other phones. Lucky enough, there’s a solution: WhatsApp. This...

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How to Survive a Long Flight with a Baby

My wife and I had the great fortune of living in Japan from 2013-2016, and the even greater fortune to have a (surprise!) baby boy born there in 2014. While my greatest concern was to have a happy and healthy family, because we lived in Japan, the thought of long haul flights back home with a baby crept constantly into the back of my mind. Through trial and error, sometimes disastrous error, we have figured out how to prepare for and successfully execute long haul flights with our son. Today, I’ll share my top tips and tricks you can...

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4 Tips To Help Make Going Through A TSA Security Checkpoint Easier

I’ve flown more in the last 3 years of my life than I have in the last 30 years. While my wife hates flying, I am one who is always ready to book a flight and fly somewhere. If you were to ask me, I would rather fly than drive, and I love driving. My increase in flying has meant that I have also had more opportunities (I wouldn’t really call them opportunities) to go through security. I’ve heard their speeches about electronics and liquids so much by now that I am sure I am saying the in my sleep....

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We’re on a Boat! A Family At Sea.

“My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water.” ~ Carl Hiaasen This past summer, I had the opportunity to experience with my wife and kids my “other” favorite transportation method (first will always be a large airplane to anywhere exotic), a speedboat!  Living in a small town on a bay in Long Island, we’re surrounded by an active waterfront. From kayak clubs, to fishing derbies, to sailing regattas, we have it all.  The proximity to the bay and the Long Island Sound was one of the main draws to Port Washington when my...

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Sri Lanka-Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya

We were headed to Kalpitiya, the kitesurfing mecca of Sri Lanka. After a 3-hour van ride north along the coast, passing Buddhist and Muslim temples, and Catholic churches, roadside fruit stands, and all other roadside shops typical of developing countries, we landed at our first extended stay in Kalpitiya (pronounced Cal-pee-tee-ya). My son and I were here to kitesurf and my wife and daughter to log some quality hours at the beach. We stayed at Kitesurfing Lanka (KSL), the largest and oldest kite school and camp in the region. Kitesurfing Lanka is a kite camp, it is not a...

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Fun for Dads (and kids, too!) at Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica

Family trips are usually more work for parents than staying at home. Packing, schlepping and entertaining is a mission with kids, but I found a place that turns this paradigm on its head: Beaches Resorts in Ochos Rios, Jamaica via Funjet Vacations. Beaches offers plenty to do for kids and parents alike. As fun as it is to hang with the little ones, isn’t it nice to know there’s a destination where you can drop off the kids at Camp Sesame for a few hours without guilt? After all, they are not only being taken care of by professional...

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Cuba 101: A Traveler’s Survival Guide

Cuba, one of five existing communist countries, evokes intrigue and curiosity in the American psyche. La Habana (Havana’s proper name in Spanish) is the capital of the dictator led Cuba, an island floating only 90 minutes from the border of the global superpower United States. Cuba is filled with mystery and the unknown. With few stories from casual travelers, and no personal stories from friends or family, we (sans kids) decided to go with the utmost open mind. Our pep talk on our flight was to roll with the punches, expect the unexpected, and anticipate the absence of modern luxuries....

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How to Travel to Cuba from the U.S.

I’ve always wanted to travel to Cuba, the forbidden fruit of the American traveler, to see a place that time and technology forgot…and finally did. Here’s how: Booking Your Trip Traveling to Cuba no longer requires the casual American traveler to book through a complicated application process, or via some clandestine travel itinerary through Canada or Mexico. I kept hearing that it was still difficult to get to Cuba so I, along with a few brave others, took the Cuban travel challenge to the test. After asking many people about the logistics, and getting many opinions, I found a...

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Pleasantly Surprised in Phuket

I’ll be honest, before this trip, Phuket was a place that held little interest for me to visit with my family. From what others told me and what I read, Phuket was an island of overpriced luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts, overcrowded beaches, and a place that was great 15 years ago. Thanks, but no thanks, I thought, as my family prefers places a little more off the beaten path where local flavor and culture is still evident. It wasn’t until our recent sailboat charter that departed out of Phuket’s northern Yacht Haven Marina that we were forced to...

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