The Travel Mamas Team is made up of seven contributors in addition to the original Travel Mama, Colleen Lanin. Hailing from various areas of the U.S., Canada and Europe—with kids ranging in ages from baby to teen—each writer brings a different perspective and voice to this site.
Colleen Lanin is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of TravelMamas.com and author of The Travel Mamas’ Guide, a book for anyone who wants to travel with babies and children…and stay sane! Learn more about The Travel Mama or read about her latest escapades In the News. For partnership opportunity information, check out the Hire The Travel Mama page or view our Advertising/PR page. Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.
Pilar Clark and geekdom have been besties since slap bracelets and tight-rolled jeans were a thing. Planning adventures around film and fiction has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and the Caribbean. Her professional background – award-winning writer, surgical technologist-in-training and certified fitness instructor – is just as eclectic. Pilar lives in Chicago with her husband, two children and rescue pup, Haggis. She is also the storyteller behind The Mad Travelist where she encourages the world curious to #explorewanderland. Say hello Pilar on Instagram @pilarclark.
Shobha George lives in London, England with her husband, two children (boy/girl twins) and dog. Although she grew up in New York, she has spent most of her adult life as an expat in Asia and Europe, which has been a great help in feeding her travel addiction. She and her family enjoy nice hotels, good food and other creature comforts. She is the author of Just Go Places blog. You can follow her adventures on Instagram or on Facebook.
Long before the glamorous world of marriage, motherhood and travel blogging, Lyla Gleason had an exciting career as a travel publicist representing hotels and destinations across the globe. She spent her childhood on Long Island and then attended college and grad school in Boston and lived abroad in Rome. Some of her most favorite vacation spots include the Caribbean, India and Turkey. She is currently a downtown NYC mom who can be found chasing after her daughter, cooking dinner, mingling at blogger events and exploring near and far with a camera in hand. She is the author of Globetrotting Mommy, a lifestyle blog dedicated to travel, family fun and fabulous finds. Come follow along with Lyla on Instagram or on Facebook.
Bryan Richards began his blog, The Wandering Gourmand, to document his culinary adventures with his wife around the world (and around the kitchen). During the first eight years of their marriage, they followed their taste buds across five continents, 20 countries, and 71 cities and drank plenty of beer along the way. Then Deacon was born, and they’re learning how to incorporate their son into their culinary adventures. Currently, Bryan balances his role as stay-at-home dad to a toddler with his novel writing and freelance gigs covering craft beer, food, and travel. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Follow Bryan’s adventures on Twitter and SnapChat.
Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two teenage sons. She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 18 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the travelling mom blog, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom or on Facebook.
After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody Robbins now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections, and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage. When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins or follow her adventures on Facebook.
Paige Conner Totaro likes to help make dreams come true, whether helping people start businesses or helping people plan the trip of a lifetime. She made her own dream come true by taking a trip around the world with her husband and twin daughters in 2012 and is always planning the next adventure in travel or business (or both). Paige was a founder of Misra Records and Unquote Travel, a founding board member of the arts organization, Transformer, in Washington, DC; and a longtime board member and director of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Paige is a fan of Scandinavian design, Ethiopian food, Arab hospitality, Japanese vintage stores, Brazilian music and Thai beaches, but also American craft beer, garage rock and roller derby. Can you see why her travel company is called All Over the Map? Paige lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Connect with her on Instagram and Pinterest.