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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants and […]

Cornell Hotel de France ~ San Francisco with a French Accent

Savor a taste of la belle pays at Cornell Hotel de France in San Francisco and its on-site restaurant, Jeanne d’Arc. Located just a couple of blocks from Union Square, and easily within walking distance to San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, the hotel is ideally situated to stay in European style while exploring the Golden City. A hotel for […]

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Holiday Activities Year-Round

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California dazzles families with its indoor/outdoor waterpark, arcade, proximity to Disneyland, Magiquest electronic scavenger hunt, on-site bowling lanes, spa especially for kids and much more. Add holiday magic to the mix, and this hotel in Orange County becomes enchanting indeed. From Snowland during the winter holidays to Spring-A-Palooza in March and April, and Howl-O-Ween in […]

5 Winter Road Trip Tips You Need to Know Before You Go

You’ve got the bags packed and the route all planned out. But is your car ready for a winter road trip? Slick roads and limited visibility due to snow or sleet can make winter driving a challenge. Here are five tips from Autotrader to make sure your car is ready for a safe winter journey. This story […]

Best Travel Books for Children According to Travel Experts and Their Kids

Travel books for children inspire curiosity about the world. Kids of all ages can expand their horizons and increase their understanding of other types of people through literary travel. To create this list of incredible reads, I reached out to those in the know: travel bloggers whose children love to explore just as much as their parents do. […]

Connection ~ It’s What Vacation Is All About

What motivates you to take a vacation? Maybe you want to explore someplace exciting and new. Or perhaps relaxation is your primary vacation motivation. For me, a true vacation is all about connecting with the people I love through memorable experiences. This story is brought to you in partnership with Vail Resorts. Craving connection while […]

Rover.com for Traveling Pet Owners or Animal Lovers Seeking Income

As a pet mom who travels often, I know how important it is to find excellent, reliable care for my animal friends while I’m away from home. Rover.com offers in-home pet-sitting, plus dog-walking services and lodging options in the pet sitter’s residence. Animal enthusiasts seeking income will also appreciate Rover for the opportunity to make money doing […]

10 Holiday Road Trip Tips for a Festive and Safe Journey

Over the river and through the woods many of us will go this holiday season to visit family and friends. Why not make your time on the road as merry and stress-free as possible? Follow our 10 holiday road trip tips for a festive and safe journey! This story is brought to you in partnership with […]

It Luggage Carry Tow Review & Giveaway ~ An Easy Way to Pack It All in!

The It Luggage Carry Tow Nova Scotia three-piece set makes it easy to travel with more than one suitcase. Each bag is equipped with four wheels, for smooth steering through airports and beyond. What’s more, you can easily attach three suitcases together with their Ultimate Link System. Whether linked together, or used separately, you’re going to love this luggage […]

Thoughtfully Themed Gift Boxes Review and Giveaway

Why wrack your brain and waste your time trying to find the perfectly themed gift? Thoughtfully.com will do the work for you! Choose from gift boxes for men, women, and families. This new website offers gifts for Christmas, New Years, birthdays, or any time of year. Plus, now you can enter to win your choice from their Thoughtfully […]

World Vision Giveaway ~ Give Great Gifts & Make the World a Better Place

This holiday season, give beautiful handcrafted gifts from World Vision that your loved ones can unwrap and enjoy. At the same time, feel good knowing that your presents are helping to make the world a better place. How? Simply choose from World Vision’s Handcrafted Gifts Catalog, and a donation will be made to help alleviate poverty […]

“The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America” ~ Tips for Visiting the Largest Mall in the USA

If you love to shop and want to visit the largest mall in the USA, or if you’re planning a trip to Minnesota, you need to read The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America. This informative book is filled with handy tips for visitors to this mega entertainment complex of stores, restaurants, aquarium, and indoor amusement park. Once […]

How to do a Home Exchange – Part 2

Whenever I tell people I have done a few home exchange vacations, they exclaim interest in doing the same. Of course, many travelers have some trepidation about a home exchange vacation. And they have a slew of questions about attempting a house swap. Read my advice for starting a home exchange and then read my tips below on how to make the most of a home exchange […]

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