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About Gabe Miller, The Philosophical Travel Daddy

Long before Gabe Miller was a Travel Daddy, he was a Travel Son. Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the early 1980s, he was exposed to the town’s intellectual, hippie aesthetic before becoming functionally bipedal. He had barely shed his lanugo by the time he began to travel, going on modest trips that were nonetheless profound. His wife is equally passionate about traveling, and together they’re sharing new adventures with their baby boy. From the day of their son’s birth, they’ve rejected the idea that having a child means staying indoors with the blinds drawn. They take him everywhere they go, and his smiles are proof that he’s perpetually prepared for adventure! Gabe and his family currently reside happily in the small rural town of Dundee, Michigan. Gabe has a B.A. in English and works as a middle school English teacher. Connect with Gabe on Twitter as @thetraveldaddy.

Play with Raggs the Dog at the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa

Amidst a seaside stretch of Riviera Maya’s green lushness is the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, an oasis of pampering surrounded by untamed foliage in Mexico. Although monstrous in size, it blends into the natural world like a gecko—precisely where the hotel ends and the wilderness begins is sometimes ambiguous. The Grand Palladium has honed […]

Starved Rock Lodge Review – Glamping in Illinois

While the Starved Rock Lodge boasts a rich history, it lure is its location within the grandeur of Starved Rock State Park. The thousands of acres of forest, cliffs, and unfettered wilderness are situated in the area of Oglesby, Illinois, a quiet town of less than 4,000 people. Although campers and hikers can pitch their tents on […]

Thanksgiving Day Parades – Celebrating Gratitude on a Grand Scale

What could serve more effectively as a symbol of collective gratitude than a parade? Big cities have long served as the gold standards, hosting extravagant parades with gigantic floats and performers on moving truck beds. While Thanksgiving Day parades elsewhere might not match the grandeur of the larger events, uniquely quirky and poignant versions are […]

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown for Families

Located within walking distance of Washington DC‘s most famous landmarks lies the Hilton Garden Inn, a friendly hotel with plenty of practical amenities. For traveling families who want to tour America’s capital city but avoid lengthy bus rides, crippling walks, and pricey cab fares, the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown makes a prime choice. […]

Washington D.C. with Kids – Educational Fun for All Ages

Washington D.C. might seem an imposing place for families, and particularly those with young children. The center of American political life and host to some of history’s most famous events, one could argue that visitors need some knowledge of our political past to truly appreciate it. How completely false! The youngest of children—or any not […]

Why to Visit Traverse City, Michigan with Kids

At the bottom of northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay sits Traverse City, a homey town of friendly charms that draws a million tourists per year. When the summer sun is shining, families occupy the multitudes of beaches on Lake Michigan’s swimmable water. The breezy weather scarcely resembles lower Michigan’s sticky, debilitating humidity. And when winter […]

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa – Where to Stay in Los Cabos

Tucked into the crook of a seaside mountain, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa almost blends in with its natural surroundings. This Los Cabos resort occupies prime Mexican real estate, just beyond reach of the Pacific Ocean’s high tide. The view Organic and woodsy, my suite was elongated enough to encompass several distinct sections, […]

Los Cabos, Mexico – Beyond the Resorts

Mexico’s Los Cabos is best known as a vacation destination where beautiful scenery, deep-sea fishing, upscale resorts and margaritas abound. It is also an area full of hardworking people navigating multiple challenges. While tourism is the main revenue source, some livelihoods in the formerly quaint fishing village have been marginalized. The population has grown since […]

Cultural Activities in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Kids

Exploring Ann Arbor, Michigan with kids reveals surprising cultural riches. The artistic and intellectual cosmos that burgeoned here during the 1960s still lingers, with the world-renowned University of Michigan keeping things cerebral. Within this environment, grandchildren of original hippies can expand their minds in various ways, and Ann Arbor is particularly friendly to families. True, […]

Exploring Nature with Kids in Tucson, Arizona

The Southwest region of America holds some of the country’s richest beauty, Utah’s majestic Arches National Park, New Mexico’s lush mountains, and Nevada’s smoking hot stretches of flat desert. Arizona likewise resides in the deep Southwest, its land defined by ranges of extraordinary mountains, cactus of bewildering variety, and powerful sun that sets the whole […]

What to Do in Kissimmee, Florida – Disney World and Far Beyond

I was granted a taste of what awaits the winner of Experience Kissimmee’s Decade of Memories giveaway, which runs through the end of February. With just four days in Florida, experiencing all of Kissimmee’s delights was impossible—choices had to be made, with alluring sections of the metro area left unexplored. It’s for this reason that the Decade of […]

Detroit with Kids: Youthful Fun in the Motor City

Detroit’s reputation has taken a plunge. Michigan’s most famous city is bordering on bankruptcy, ranks second nationally in both crime and obesity, and has witnessed its population drop to a relatively measly 700,000. Indeed, much of the city appears to be in complete ruins, a maze of bombed out buildings and abandoned businesses, covered in spray paint. Throw […]

Pittsburgh with Kids: An Education in Fun

Amongst Pittsburgh’s charms are a wealth of activities that can enrich the souls of parents and children alike. My wife and I discovered this for ourselves recently, exploring this city’s cultural gems while watching our 6-month-old son do the same. In addition to being legitimately fun, we found the attractions all had certain qualities in […]