The actor and comedian Paul Scheer’s engaging, gaptoothed grin has popped up on shows from “30 Rock” and “Veep” to, currently, “The Amazing Gayl Pile,” for which he also serves as executive producer.
Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Scheer travels frequently for work. But as a parent to a three-year-old and a one-and-a-half-year-old, he thinks of his travel in terms of “with kids” or “without kids.” “I have the New Testament and the Old Testament,” he said. “The Old Testament is traveling without kids, which feels like a vacation in every sense of the word, and now, I now know what it’s like to travel with children. And it is a whole different side of travel that I was not aware of, and it’s heinous from the minute you leave in the morning till you get to that hotel.”
He said that traveling with kids brings out a parent’s worst instincts. “It is everything that every book would tell you not to do: it’s bargaining, it’s bribing, it’s lying — there are so many things. You’re just doing all the bad things. ‘You want to watch eight hours of “Thomas the Tank Engine?” Great, let’s go for it!’”
His top travel tip is to use Yelp to find the best airport food. “When I score a great airport meal I feel so happy, like I’ve made my airport time worthwhile. I’m not just eating another O.K. Starbucks muffin or, you know, some no-name bagel or whatever it is. I feel like if I can beat the airport by just eating a good meal; it excites me.”