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My Television Debut

I shared five tips for traveling with children on CBS San Diego KFMB Channel 8 news today. I have done video blogging and radio interviews, but this was ever-so-much-more intimidating. Click the image below to watch the segment and read on to learn the good news and the bad news about my television debut.

Travel Tips with Travel Mamas on Channel 8 KFMB San Diego

Click on the image above to watch the segment of travel tips from The Travel Mama


1. I didn’t mess anything up too horribly. I made a concerted effort to stay, as Oprah would say, “present” for the segment. Although being on TV was way outside my comfort zone, I did not want to just swallow the experience whole like some bad-tasting medicine. I focused on simply talking about my favorite topic in the whole world: traveling with children. I didn’t fumble over my words and I got all my points in.

2. The KFMB News 8 people were so downright kind. I was greeted at the studio by Associate Producer Gentre Macomber, a sweet 20-something gal, who told me at least three times how good I looked. Surely she says this to every guest (or at least every female guest) but it boosted my confidence. Then I met my interviewer, Weather Anchor Kimberly King, whose bubbly personality made me feel at ease, or at least less terrified. At commercial break, the woman anchor, Adrienne Moore, called over to me, “I love your shirt. I have the same one. It pops with the blue background” as she threw me a thumbs-up. Even the man who set up my mic (I don’t remember his name; forgive me, I was a tad preoccupied) was upbeat and kind. After my bit he said everyone thought I had been on TV before and they were all surprised it was my first time. Again, this could be pure smoke-blowing but I’ll take it! I’d love it if every day I could hang out with people who lavish me with compliments and smile at me encouragingly, willing me to succeed.

3. Travel Mamas got a big shout-out. My logo was prominently displayed, Kimberly introduced me as a the founder of TravelMamas.com, and there were a couple more mentions of my website in the graphics and during our short conversation. I have heard complaints from other bloggers who have gone on the local news (on different channels/in different markets) who were disappointed when their blog’s name was not mentioned or the incorrect web address was given, so I am grateful I got such spectacular exposure.

4. My family was mega proud of me. My husband called my cell phone the second my segment was over. He poured on the, “You did so great! You killed it!” Even my 6-year-old thought it was pretty dang cool that mama was on real-live TV.


1. Watching myself on TV was excrutiating. I thought it would be so fun to see the segment once I got home, but it made me want to crawl out of my skin. This was especially true when I started blathering on about the packing list. What is WRONG with me? It’s a freakin’ packing list. People can figure it out. Why did I go on and on explaining it like it’s the Davinci Code?!

2. I looked fat. True, I have gained five pounds since I went to Disney’s Aulani Resort in September and I have been living in sweatpants because my jeans must be unbuttoned when I sit. But, television really does make you gain 20 pounds. It doesn’t help that I was seated next to teensy tiny Kimberly, or that I was sitting at an angle that gives you the broadest view of my body, or that I was wearing a shirt whose ruffles added to my girth. Still, I am starting a diet tomorrow. I swear.

3. Getting up at 3:15 am was tough. I don’t sleep well as it is, so as you might imagine, the night before my appearance was not the most restful. I couldn’t just roll out of bed to get there for the 6:20 airtime either. Oh no, I had to have time to slather on gobs of makeup and put forth some serious hair effort.

Overall, this was a terrifying, exhilarating, awesome, embarrassing, fun experience. I am relieved I got my television debut over with. Now that it is done, I know what to expect and I will be less nervous next time. There will be a next time, right?!

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.


  1. OMG, this is SO exciting! You were awesome! And your critique of yourself is downright hilarious. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. You did great! It was a very informative segment and such wonderful exposure for travel mamas. It did seem as if you’d done a tv interview before, congrats!

  3. AWESOME! You did and looked SO GREAT!

  4. Troy Morrison says:

    GREAT Job, Colleen…you looked and sounded like a professional…and, great marketing for the website…you should see some increased traffic from that…congrats!

  5. You absolutely knocked it out of the park! And, you did not spend too much time on the packing list. I thought you explained it without overdoing it. All in all, great tips for travel mamas!

  6. it was a great segment and you looked great too!

  7. Thank you so much for your kind comments, everyone!

  8. What a great shout out.

    They did a wonderful job of promoting you and your brand….not a lot of stations do that in my experience. One reason I stopped doing my local spots.

    It’s hard for anyone to watch themselves…I always did through my fingers. Agggh! But, really you did great!

  9. Great job Colleen- Bailey and I enjoyed it very much! You were very articulate and the pink shirt DID pop!

  10. Debra – I can just picture you watching through your fingers! Maybe I should try that next time?!

  11. Sara – I (and my pink shirt) thank you!

  12. Get out! You were fabulous! They did a great job of highlighting your site/logo (tribute to you, because they obviously think you’re great)and what is this garbage about you looking fat. You looked great and I would not have known you woke up so early. Well done.

  13. La Jolla Mom – You are too kind. Thank you!

  14. You did sooo good. I really loved the packing list. I remember the first time I traveled with my kids, how difficult the process was, you are helping so many people by providing it. And I LOVE The breakfast tips, I actually have never done that, and will start doing that 🙂

  15. Deb Grossfield says:

    It was obvious that Kimberly King was impressed with your ideas and your work. I know she’s a professional but a true interest showed through. You looked great, I loved your skirt. I loved seeing you. And your ideas are right on. I wish someone had told me a few of them when I was traveling with little Mimi & Ezra. I bet women who are new to parenting, not having children of their own but stepping in as step-moms would find your tips essential.

  16. Stacey – I’m so glad you found the tips helpful! 🙂

  17. Deb- You are such a sweet sister-in-law to me & step-mom to your kids! Thank you for your comment!

  18. You did a great job Colleen… those were some great tips you shared! Love the seems like new toys tip. 🙂

  19. Thank you, Kim!

  20. Erin Cole says:

    Colleen, you did great!!! Your hair looks adorable, your outfit is perfect, you were concise but also engaging. I think you may have a new career ahead of you…GREAT JOB!!!!

  21. Erin – Thank you so very much! That means a lot coming from a TV Mom Squad gal like yourself!

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