White House Christmas Tour

White House gingerbread house made of sugar (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Everyone wants to see the White House holiday decorations, right?! As part of the White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Global Citizenship and Study Abroad that I attended in Washington D.C. last week, I got the chance to tour the White House all dolled up for the holidays. Cameras are only allowed in the White House during […]

Turcom Wireless Speaker for Outdoor Adventure Lovers

Love music and outdoor adventures? The Turcom Seashell Speaker was made for you.

When the Turcom SeaShell first arrived in the mail, I was like, What in the world is this? I thought I was reviewing an outdoor speaker, not a water bottle, man! Upon closer inspection, it became clear the Turcom SeaShell TS-471 Wireless Outdoor Speaker was indeed what I needed. The Turcom Wireless Speaker is your hipster speaker for the active […]

Study Abroad Because…My Thoughts After the White House Travel Blogger Summit

Standing in front the White House during the White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Global Citizenship and Study Abroad

Study abroad because it kills prejudice, encourages peace and expands opportunities. That was the essence of the messages shared by such leaders as Chief of Staff Denis McDonough at the White House Summit on Global Citizenship and Study Abroad. I was lucky enough to be invited to this event in Washington D.C. as one of […]

The Travel Mamas’ Guide and TravelKiddy Discount and Holiday Giveaway

Travel Mamas and TravelKiddy Holiday Giveaway

Ho! Ho! Ho! Travel Mamas has teamed up with TravelKiddy to offer a holiday giveaway traveling families will love. Enter to win a signed copy of my book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide, plus a prize pack of travel toys from TravelKiddy. A Book for Traveling Parents My book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide, helps parents vacation with […]

Passports with Purpose 2014 Twitter Party & HomeExchange.com Membership Prize

Donate to Passports with Purpose 2014 to help end poverty and save tropical forests in Honduras (Photo credit: Sustainable Harvest International)

Passports with Purpose is at it again! Travel blogs like Travel Mamas have procured prizes to help a good cause with this annual fundraiser. Each year there is a different beneficiary and the Passports with Purpose 2014 charity is Sustainable Harvest International. This charity not only helps overcome poverty, but also preserves tropical forests in Central America. […]

5 Fun Things to Do in Quito, Equador

The "old equator" at Mitad del Mundo in Quito, Equador (Photo credit Jody Robbins)

In Equador’s capital city, Quito, modern jostles with the ancient, the spiritual confronts the secular, and the quiet and peaceful tempers the lively. Many people use Quito as a stopping point on their way to the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon Rainforest, but Quito is worth a visit in its own right. Here are five fun things […]

Why Visit Borrego Springs with Kids

Borrego Springs with Kids

Have you heard of Borrego Springs, California? It’s this funky area inhabited by about 3,500 residents in the middle of the desert. Although located within San Diego County, you’ll feel worlds away from the beachy vibe of SoCal in this desert village. Here are four reasons to visit Borrego Springs with kids. Anza-Borrego State Desert […]

Adventures Around You – A Mini Guide for Parents

Adventures Around You Review - A small guide for parents who want to make the most of the adventure of childhood with their kids

Want to create lifelong memories and have a whole lot of fun with your kids? Adventures Around You: A Plan to Create Unforgettable Family Memories While Exploring Locally is a short guide that provides tips for making the most of your free-time with your kiddos. Written by two friends who love exploring the world together with […]

Best Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens

Best travel toys for kids from babies to teens

Any journey can be do-able, and even enjoyable, with the right stuff (and the right attitude)! Here’s a list of the best travel toys and diversions based on the advice of Tracyn Thayer of Kids Travel Happy, as well as my own experience and that of other Travel Mamas.

Phoenix Metro Area Virtual Tour and Twitter Party

Take a virtual tour of Arizona's Phoenix Metro Area - Photo of the Chihuly glass sculptures amid cactus at the Desert Botanical Garden (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

What comes to mind when you think of Phoenix? Sun and desert, yes, but there’s oh so much more to this vibrant Southwestern city! The area’s incredible spas, resorts, and plentiful retail shopping options lure travelers to the Valley of the Sun. Sports lovers can take in a professional game…whether basketball, baseball, football or hockey (yes, hockey!). Golfers delight […]