Beat the Winter Blues with Best Western and AAA

Dive into this heated outdoor pool at the Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel Napa after a day of wine tasting in California Wine Country

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Best Western. All opinions are 100% mine. Got the winter blues? I sure do! After all the hubbub of the holidays, January can feel so humdrum. Scrape the frost off your suitcase and warm up with a little winter vacation! Whether it’s a toasty tropical […]

Life Coming Full Circle at the White House Travel Blogger Summit

Global-themed centerpiece at the White House Travel Bloggers Summit luncheon at the National Press Club (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The first time I visited Washington DC, I flew there in an airplane with about 100 or so other noisy, obnoxious eighth-graders…without our parents! We visited numerous museums, memorials and the US Mint. The one disappointment was not getting to visit the White House. The freedom, excitement and living history experienced on that trip as a 13-year-old sparked a passion […]

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tips for Super Fans and Non-Fans

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tips for Super Fans and Non-Fans (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

You don’t need to be a Harry Potter super fan (like me!) to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My non-fan husband would be the first to admit this. He didn’t read the books and he’s not a big fan of the movies, but he enjoyed himself immensely at during our quest to experience all things Harry […]

Obedo Travel Pillow Review & Giveaway

Obedo travel pillow giveaway - enter to win one of two Obedo travel pillows!

Want a compact, washable travel pillow that makes airplane travel and road trips more comfortable? The Obedo Neck & Back Cradle folds flat for easy transport and makes traveling oh-so-much more pleasant. Read my review and enter to win one of two Obedo travel pillows! Obedo in the air Flying can just be so dang uncomfortable. […]

Wild Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

Wild is about finding yourself in the journey (Photo credit: Fox Pictures)

Wild is one of those movies that stays with you for days and weeks after the credits have rolled, begging you to be present and appreciate what you have in your life today, because it might not be there tomorrow. It’s a story about travel and finding yourself during the journey. It’s about adventure, family, love, […]

Hot and Cold in Arizona – Adjusting to Life in the Desert

Finding beauty in the Arizona desert (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

“I am moving away from Arizona the minute I graduate and I am never, ever coming back,” I said, all red-faced and out of breath from my blazing hot 3-mile bike ride from Arizona State University. My former roommate and current best friend recently reminded me that I told her this almost daily during my senior year of college. But […]

San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort with Kids – Paradise Indeed!

San Diego sunset at Paradise Point Resort's Barefoot Bar & Grill (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort isn’t merely a place to rest your head during a stay in America’s Finest City. This hotel is a destination unto itself. Indeed, you may not need to ever leave the resort during your vacation. (But with all that San Diego has to offer families, you should drag yourself away […]

5 Tips for Surviving New Year’s Eve on Vacation or at Home

5 Tips for Surviving New Year's Eve on Vacation or at Home (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Whether you plan to ring in the New Year during a hotel stay, with a night out on the town, or with family and friends at your house, here are five tips for surviving New Year’s Eve on vacation or at home. Be responsible, well, reasonably responsible. Of course, you could choose alcohol-free drinks like sparkling cider, […]

Passports with Purpose Raised $25,000 for Sustainable Harvest International!

Sustainable Harvest International teaches farmers sustainable farming methods, like saving seeds to use for future crops (Photo credit: Sustainable Harvest International)

I get it. We’re all stretched thin financially during the holiday season. That is why I am so very thankful to those of you who dug into your wallets and PayPal accounts to donate to Passports with Purpose fundraiser supporting Sustainable Harvest International. You are helping to alleviate poverty and save tropical rain forests. Sustainable Harvest […]

Seattle Christmas Season Fun

Seattle Christmas Season Fun - Seattle Christmas fun gingerbread display at the Sheraton Seattle (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

During the winter holidays hard-working parents are running off our feet with shopping, school concerts, baking, gift-wrapping…the list of things to do seems endless. We often forget to take care of ourselves at a time when we need it the most. My solution? A Seattle Christmas getaway! Washington’s Emerald City is full of holiday happenings sure to please […]