2TravelDads Podcast

Rob Taylor


2TravelDads is the original LGBT Family Travel blog. We focus on sharing the most interesting destinations, sights, family moments, and travel tips. It's not all family travel, we take trips without the kids too. Whether National Parks or weekend getaways, we're all about helping others get out and explore.

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45 episodes

Visiting Maine in Winter (and a lot of food talk!)

We just got back from exploring Portland and MidCoast Maine in winter. We live in Florida, so we weren't sure what to expect, but lemme tell ya, it was great! From snow and what it's like driving in Maine in the winter to all the different regional food was loved, that's what this episode is all about! What you'll find (re: Maine food) - lobster, haddock, whoopie pies, potato donuts, needhams and more! Check out our complete article about Visiting Maine in Winter https://2traveldads.com/visiting-maine-in-winter/, including our top picks for activities in the snow, and to get in from the cold with great musuems. Bonus: the Easiest Lighthouses to Visit in Maine https://maineexplored.com/easiest-lighthouses-to-visit-in-maine/!

Feb 27
Everything About Universal's Islands of Adventure

We love visiting Universal's Orlando Resort, but our favorite part of it is Islands of Adventure! We dig into this fun and awesome theme park, from Seuss Landing to Jurassic World, hashing out our favorite rides and dining. We've got some big tips too for saving time and money, including the details of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade. All this and more in our Islands of Adventure episode.   Check out our tips and guides for Universal Orlando Resort https://2traveldads.com/universal-orlando-resort/ on 2TravelDads.com https://2traveldads.com: 2 Day Itinerary at Universal https://2traveldads.com/two-days-at-universal-orlando-resort-itinerary/  Universal with Small Kids https://2traveldads.com/universal-orlando-with-small-kids/

Feb 06
Universal Studios Florida - Full Scoop from Rides to Dining to Diagon Alley and Harry Potter

Universal Studios Florida is one of the three theme parks at the Universal Orlando Resort. Here you'll find Springfield (the Simpsons) New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and London, aka Diagon Alley from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We love Universal Studios, so we've pick what we think is the most awesome to share, and we've got some opinions about what to skip over. Also, give a listen for the details of how to ride the Hogwarts Express, because you can't just show up to the park to ride it.   Check out all this and more on our blog at 2TravelDads.com https://2traveldads.com - 2 Days at Universal Orlando https://2traveldads.com/two-days-at-universal-orlando-resort-itinerary/  Universal With Small Kids https://2traveldads.com/universal-orlando-with-small-kids/

Feb 06
Universal Orlando Resort - Understanding the Parks and Money/Time Saving Tips

Universal Orlando Resort is one of the most popular Florida vacation destinations. But it's not at all like Walt Disney World. In this episode we break down how Universal Orlando https://2traveldads.com/universal-orlando-resort/ is laid out, what there is to do outside of the main two parks, and how to actually have a more affordable visit. We've even got a hack that saves you both time AND money when you're staying at Universal Orlando.   Be sure to check out our blog articles all about Universal Orlando also, because we've been more times that we care to admit and love it: Best 2 Days at Universal Orlando https://2traveldads.com/two-days-at-universal-orlando-resort-itinerary/  or  Universal Orlando with Small Kids https://2traveldads.com/universal-orlando-with-small-kids/

Feb 06
Hiking the Waimea Canyon and Kauai's South Shore

Are you ready for a side of Hawaii that ISN'T resorts and is just jaw-dropping? This is Kauai's South Shore!! From hiking the amazing Waimea Canyon to doors-off helicopter flights, hear all about our adventures exploring one of the most unique parts of Hawaii. We even have a random luxury stay that, if you have a big budget or lots of Hyatt points to use, you have to plan for it.   Check out our full 5 Day Kauai Itinerary https://2traveldads.com/5-day-kauai-itinerary/, our grand list of Things to Do on Kauai https://2traveldads.com/off-the-beaten-path-kauai-8-secretish-activities/ and details of doing a Doors-off Helicopter Tour of Kauai https://2traveldads.com/doors-off-helicopter-tour-of-kauai/ all on the blog at 2TravelDads.com!

Feb 04
Kauai's North Shore and Na Pali Coast

Visiting Kauai means having an adventurous Hawaii trip. The Garden Island is lush and green, but also really intense when it comes to hiking. Hear what we loved and what YOU should make time for on the North Shore of Kauai (including our favorite poke place).   Check out our 5 Day Kauai Itinerary https://2traveldads.com/5-day-kauai-itinerary/ and Favorite Things to Do on Kauai https://2traveldads.com/off-the-beaten-path-kauai-8-secretish-activities/ at 2TravelDads.com

Feb 04
Best of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the most unusual places we've been. From lava tubs to glowing molten rock under the stars, we've explored everything Hawaii Volcanoes has to offer. Find out just what you'll see at Kilauea and the Halamaumau Crater, what you'll experience in the Mauna Loa Unit and even the unknown, often overlooked Kahuku Unit (so gorgeous!). We've got the details and you're going to want to plan a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii to experience it all! Check out our guide to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park https://2traveldads.com/hawaii-volcanoes-national-park-things-to-do/, our ebook about the park https://amzn.to/3CTTjsM, and our complete Big Island Itinerary https://2traveldads.com/one-week-big-island-itinerary-hawaii/!

Jan 22
Exploring Hilo and the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

There's more to the Big Island of Hawaii than the Kona Coast. Hilo and the Hamakua Coast are amazingly beautiful with great communities, bike paths, beaches and waterfalls. We talk about some of our favorite places in Hilo and chat, just a bit, about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (we have an episode dedicated to the NP). Give a listen and see what makes Hilo and Hawaii's eastern shore so wonderful to explore. Check out our complete Big Island Itinerary https://2traveldads.com/one-week-big-island-itinerary-hawaii/ and favorite unique natural sites to visit https://2traveldads.com/unique-things-to-do-big-island-hawaii/ over on our blog!

Jan 22
Coffee, Carvings and the Kona Coast of Hawaii

Sure you've heard of Kona Coffee or the Big Island of Hawaii, but have you been? What makes visiting the Kona Coast so special. We dig into all there is to do and see on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, from our favorite snorkeling spots to the best places to be immersed in Kona Coffee culture. Also, tips for pronouncing Hawaiian words and THE MOST INCREDIBLE wildlife experience we've had. (Hint: it happens at night in the water...) Check out our complete Big Island Itinerary https://2traveldads.com/one-week-big-island-itinerary-hawaii/ here, or for our favorite unique nature spots around the Big Island https://2traveldads.com/unique-things-to-do-big-island-hawaii/ visit the blog!

Jan 22
Lake Tahoe and Carson City Like a Local, When to Visit and Deals to Find

Visiting Lake Tahoe and Carson City is great any time of year when you have a local's insider information. Tips of when to visit and where to find great travel deals to the Reno Tahoe area.   SHOW NOTES HERE:  LAKE TAHOE AND CARSON CITY LIKE A LOCAL https://2traveldads.com/visiting-carson-city-lake-tahoe-like-a-local/

Dec 04, 2020
Ways to Boost Immune Support and Stay Healthy

There are many ways to boost immune support to stay healthy, both while traveling and at home. 10+ easy ways to support your immune system, from vitamins to home remedies and natural health options. FULL SHOW NOTES HERE:  Ways to Boost Immune Support and Stay Healthy While Traveling https://2traveldads.com/ways-to-boost-immune-support-and-stay-healthy-while-traveling From both our own daily lives to what health care professionals recommend we talk about the many ways to boost and support our bodies' immunity. During a time when public health is a major concern, what can you do to make sure you and your family are taking care of each other for the future?

Dec 02, 2020
Tasting Santa Maria Valley Wine Country: travel and chatting with winemakers

The Santa Maria Valley is one of our favorite destinations, both for outdoor recreation AND for experiencing wine country! We chat with two SMV wine makers, Norman Beko and Wes Hagen, about what makes the area so ideal for wine, as well as traveling to LA's wine country during COVID restrictions.  FULL SHOW NOTES HERE: Santa Maria Valley Wine Country https://2traveldads.com/santa-maria-valley-wine-country/ Norman Beko of Cottonwood Canyon Winery explains the foot up the Santa Maria Valley has over other wine regions when it comes to growing and producing wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Wes Hagen gives the rundown on managing wine tasting culture and creating remote wine experiences while much of California is still not fully open. But the Santa Maria Valley is OPEN and READY for wine country tourism with lots of safety precautions and creative problem solving!

Oct 11, 2020
Disney World vs Universal During COVID 19: how each park is handling Coronavirus

We've been to both Disney World and Universal Orlando during the Coronavirus pandemic. These are our observations and opinions of how each park is handling safety precautions and enforcing rules while COVID-19 is still a concern.  Read our full review of each park... Complete show notes/comparison here:  https://2traveldads.com/disney-world-or-universal-orlando-during-covid/ DISNEY WORLD DURING COVID https://2traveldads.com/disney-world-during-covid-19-health-safety/  UNIVERSAL ORLANDO DURING CORONAVIRUS https://2traveldads.com/visiting-universal-orlando-during-coronavirus/   See what we observed between the two major theme parks and what we'd choose today. There were HUGE differences in how each of the park is handling the Coronavirus pandemic, including how guests and managing themselves. Get the full rundown after we've visited both parks several times.

Oct 10, 2020
Affording Travel: Tips for Saving and Making Travel a Part of Everyday Life

Affording Travel is more than working full time, but starts with saving and budgeting. Actionable tips to save and plan travel, making it a part of your everyday life. Show notes here: https://2traveldads.com/affording-travel-tips-for-saving-and-planning/   We interview Danielle of the  all about saving and being intentional with finances to set yourself up for the type of life, including travel, that you want.

Oct 07, 2020
Buying and Running a Successful Vacation Rental Property

Buying a vacation rental can be complicated. We bought, fixed up, and ran a profitable short term rental in less than a month. Here's how we did it and tips for running a successful vacation rental in Florida (or anywhere).  FULL SHOW NOTES HERE:  https://2traveldads.com/buying-a-vacation-rental-successful-investment-property/   If you've been thinking about jumping into an investment property or want to hear what it's like, both buying a vacation rental and then running it (while learning on the fly) this is the episode for you!

Oct 04, 2020
Cross Country Pandemic Road Trip

Not for fun-travel, but because we had to, we did a pandemic road trip across the USA. These are our experiences and observations across the country during COVID19.  SHOW NOTES HERE:  https://2traveldads.com/pandemic-road-trip-buying-a-camper-during-coronavirus Hear all about how we conquered the necessity of driving across the USA to relocate, including purchasing a camping trailer, prepping for our first RV trip with a cat, and finding the best route... ALL DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC!

Oct 03, 2020
Relocation: deciding to and moving across the country

Deciding to move across the country is a huge life change. This is how we reached the decision, how we executed the move, and what we learned from a cross-country relocation.  SHOW NOTES HERE:  https://2traveldads.com/moving-across-the-country-how-to/   The whole process of finding a new home town, selling our house and buying a new one, and figuring out all the logistics was a bit crazy, espicially during the peak of coronavirus. Listen to how we made the decision to move, including the benefits of such a huge life change, and learn from our mistakes...

Oct 03, 2020
Universal Orlando vs Disney World: which to choose?

Have you considered which is better for your trip to Florida? Universal Orlando or Walt Disney World? We break them down, from the fun to the ease of transportation.  SHOW NOTES HERE:  UNIVERSAL ORLANDO VS DISNEY WORLD https://2traveldads.com/choose-disney-world-or-universal-orlando/. We have our favorite attractions and lands, and we break it all down. Digging into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as Pandora in Disney's Animal Kingdom, we talk through it all to help you decide which is the better option for you (and which we'd pick to go back to).

Mar 12, 2020
Disney's California Adventure: guide to the best fun and what's actually worth waiting for

Disney's California Adventure is one of our favorite theme parks. Often we're asked if it's worth adding to a Disneyland trip. YES! This is our guide to the most fun and what's actually worth waiting for. SHOW NOTES HERE:  GUIDE TO DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-disneys-california-adventure/ From Pixar Pier to taking kids on we talk about the attractions and experiences that are worth waiting in long lines for. Also, what shows and experiences are not to miss. Tips for having the best visit to Disney's California Adventure any time of year.

Mar 08, 2020
Disneyland - Best Attractions, reviews and top tips for magical fun!

Digging into Disneyland and chatting about each lang and its attractions and shows. Our best tips for making the most of your time in the Happiest Place on Earth.  SHOW NOTES HERE:  BEST DISNEYLAND ATTRACTIONS AND SHOWS https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-disneyland-best-attractions-tips/ Starting in the new Star Wars land, Galaxy's Edge, we review the two main attractions and then work our way through the rest of Disneyland. We've been many times and following our most recent trip, we have done EVERY ride and attraction with the kids and have tips for having the most fun, including what you should actually wait in line for.

Mar 08, 2020
Best Flight Discounts Thru FlyLine (really smart booking tool!)

We're always looking to ways to save on travel. FlyLine has an awesome technology to pair flights from different carriers to create cheaper, big flight discounts, especially for longer flights.  Show notes here:  Best Flight Discounts Thru FlyLine Find out what interlining is, get tips for both search for and booking cheap flights, and hear from the people who actually manage FlyLine to get the best ideas for getting deep discounts on travel.

Feb 20, 2020
Springtime in Washington Dc: Cherry Blossom Festival and Best Activities in Spring

Washington DC is beautiful in the spring with more than 3000 cherry trees in bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and more happening.  SHOW NOTES HERE: DC Cherry Blossom Festival and Activities https://2traveldads.com/washington-dc-cherry-blossoms-spring-events/ Have you been to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival or any of the other spring events? We dig into the famous blossoms of the Tidal Basin, other places to see cherry blossoms around Washington DC, and some surprising events open to the public.

Feb 11, 2020
Disney Expert Picks Each Park's Top Attractions & Dining

The three best attractions in each Walt Disney World Park and #1 dining pick for each park too. SHOW NOTES HERE:  Disney Expert picks each park's top attractions & dining We talk about the four parks and which attractions are the most worthwhile or that you just can't miss. We also talk about a lot of dining options, including picking our #1 restaurant for sit-down dining  in each park. Hint: we couldn't pick just one in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Jan 22, 2020
Montana Road Trip through Yellowstone Country

Montana is a gorgeous state with some of the coolest towns, both modern and old west. From Billings to Big Sky, we dig into the best sights and activities in Yellowstone Country. SHOW NOTES HERE:  Montana Road Trip from Billings to Big Sky https://2traveldads.com/road-trip-through-montana-southwest/. Special guest host Meagan Wristen of Mommy Travels shares her road trip itinerary... that goes our same route but with COMPLETELY DIFFERENT points of interest, things to do, and hotels. So much to see and do in Yellowstone Country!

Jan 20, 2020
Yellowstone National Park Plan - perfect itinerary, part 2

Two days' worth of itineraries for exploring the best sights of Yellowstone National Park: part 2.  SHOW NOTES HERE:  Yellowstone Itinerary Part 2 https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-yellowstone-travel-plans-2/ In this episode we cover two days  of traveling through Yellowstone. These two road trip routes go through the northwest corner of the park, stopping at Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, the Lamar Valley, and our best wildlife viewing tips.

Jan 20, 2020
Yellowstone National Park Plan - perfect itinerary, part 1

We talk through our complete Yellowstone National Park itinerary:  four days to conquer the park, part 1!  SHOW NOTES HERE:  Yellowstone Itinerary Part 1 https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-yellowstone-itinerary-1/ In this episode we cover the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Norris Geysers, Old Faithful and Yellowstone Lake. Each itinerary route is its own day in the park and covers the best sights and tips for enjoying driving through Yellowstone National Park.

Jan 20, 2020
Yellowstone National Park Geysers, part 2 - best overlooked and underappreciated geysers

Part 2 of our Yellowstone National Park Geysers series highlights the geyser areas that are the easiest to miss. SHOW NOTES HERE:  Yellowstone National Park Geysers Part 2 https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-most-overlooked-geysers-in-yellowstone/ In this episode we cover the hidden pockets of geysers that are really easy to get to but that most people just drive by. Some of the best sights in Yellowstone National Park are right under everyone's noses, but we'll help YOU experience them!

Jan 16, 2020
Yellowstone National Park Geysers, part 1 - easy to miss but awesome sights!

Best geyser recommendations in Yellowstone National Park. Must-see hot springs and geysers that most people miss when they visit Yellowstone. SHOW NOTES HERE:  Yellowstone NP Geysers Part 1 https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-yellowstone-national-park-geysers-1/ We share our favorite geysers and hot springs that most people skip when they visit Yellowstone. Check out our top picks for natural wonders that are too easy to drive by but YOU'VE GOT TO SEE!

Jan 15, 2020
Yellowstone National Park: basics to having an awesome visit

Podcast episode covering the best need-to-know Yellowstone National Park tips.  Show notes here:  NEED-TO-KNOW YELLOWSTONE TIPS https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-need-to-know-yellowstone-tips/ From where to camp to where to stay outside of the park, favorite sights and things to watch for, the basics of having an awesome trip, and some of our favorite stories through the years.

Jan 14, 2020
OMG. Our Complete Korean Spa Experience.

We did a thing. We went all in and did the full Korean Spa experience. Show notes here:  OMG. Our Korean Spa Experience. https://2traveldads.com/podcast-episode-korean-spa-experience We talk about our favorite spa experiences we've had in our travels and what we expect... and then what the Korean Spa was really like. Hint: it was shocking and there were some amazing aspects.

Jan 12, 2020