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 […]

5 Winter Holiday Travel Tips

Winter Holiday Travel Tips

Although we seek connection and fun with loved ones this time of year, the winter holidays can often be a blur of decorate, cook, shop, wrap, repeat. The last thing you have time to worry about is your travel plans. Winter travels, whether to a ski resort, tropical island, or back home to visit family, should be […]

All-Inclusive Beach Luxury at the Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Rainbow over the beautiful beach at Westin Playa Conchal (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Choosing Costa Rica as a tropical holiday destination is good way to guarantee a happy family or couples vacation. In fact, Costa Rica ranks among the happiest countries in the world, per the Happy Planet Index. Unlike many of its neighbors, this small Central American country has managed to exist and prosper as a base for wellness, adventuring and […]

Winter Family Getaways Twitter Party with Prizes!

Winter Family Getaways #KidsNTrips Twitter Party this Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 9:30 am Pacific (10:30 am Central; 12:30 pm Eastern) - Win fabulous Wyndham Vacation Rentals prizes! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Want to get away this winter? Whether you’re seeking a snowy mountain retreat filled with skiing and s’mores by the fire or you want to warm up with a beach vacation, Wyndham Vacation Rentals has got you covered. Join me this Thursday to chat all about winter family getaways. You just might win a fabulous […]

Fun and Educational Things to Do in Winnipeg with Kids

Journey to Churchill Polar Bear

Located smack in the middle of Canada, Winnipeg was once a contender to be Canada’s national capital. Winnipeg may have lost out on that distinction, but the city is one of the most family-friendly in Canada. Summers are a dream here, but the abundance of cultural and family attractions make it an attractive city break destination […]

5 Reasons NOT to Stay with Relatives this Holiday Season

Elf tuck-in at JW Marriott San Antonio Resort & Spa

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marriott.com. All opinions are 100% mine. Of course you love your relatives, quirks and all. There’s your great-aunt with her affinity for squeezing your cheeks, your boisterous uncle sipping his bourbon-laced coffee all day, your weepy sister who cries at every sappy movie and any mention […]