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 […]

5 Things to Do in Copenhagen with Kids

denmark copenhagen tivoli gardens

Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is a charming and compact city that is fun for families to explore on foot. Although most people speak English, the city maintains a distinctly European feel. Here are five things to do in Copenhagen with kids. Visit the Little Mermaid There are many tributes in Copenhagen to Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish fairy tale writer […]

Aria How We Vegas Sweepstakes

Aria How We Vegas Sweepstakes - Giveaway includes two nights in an Aria Sky Suite, $500 Dining Credit, $300 Spa Credit, Cabana and $300 Pool Credit, Two Tickets to Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil and a Welcome Gift from Jean Philippe Patisserie. (Graphic by Colleen Lanin)

How do you do Vegas? If you want to do Las Vegas Aria-style, prepare yourself for luxury, delicious cuisine, pampering, and incredible nightlife. I recently got a chance to experience Aria during one of the most plush press trips I’ve ever experienced. Don’t get too jealous, though, you could win a getaway at Aria, too! The Aria How We Vegas […]

Avoid Nasty Germs at Airport Security with Cootie Booties

Why you should never go barefoot at airport security ever again !

Is there anyone who actually enjoys going through airport security? It’s such a pain to keep all of your gels and liquids separate and stored in tiny containers. You’ve got to empty your pockets, remove laptops from their cases and remember to down your bottled water. Then you get naked scanned while standing with legs […]