Winter Holidays Past and Present with Travel Mamas

What’s your favorite holiday memory? From a dream-come-true childhood Christmas gift, to “Kindness Elves” in England, to New Year celebrations on the slopes, here’s a peek at winter holidays past and present with Travel Mamas. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama and TravelMamas.com Founder Favorite winter holidays memory? Racing downstairs as an 8-year-old kid with buck teeth and a turtleneck on […]

Embassy Suites Holiday Season Happenings

Traveling this holiday season? Rather than squeezing in with the grandparents, consider booking a spacious suite with Embassy Suites with plenty of room to spread out (and escape family holiday drama)! No matter where you’re headed, Embassy Suites will feel like your home away from home. These three Embassy Suites holiday season happenings will ensure a […]

Great Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers

A lot of gift lists for travelers focus on gear, but really, how many suitcases and noise-cancelling headphones does a person need? Inspired by favorite finds during my travels, this list of gift ideas for travel lovers features keepsakes and flavors from around the world, great for the holiday season or any time of year. French […]

10 Best New York City Holiday Activities for Families

New York City’s hustle and bustle is fun any time of year but a visit during the holiday season is something every family should experience at least once. From spectacular holiday window displays and iconic holiday shows to one of the world’s most glamorous Christmas trees, the Big Apple’s holiday attractions are sure to wow visitors […]

Seattle Christmas Season Fun

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 […]

White House Christmas Tour

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 DC 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

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 […]

5 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 […]

Give Kids the Gift of Travel at Christmas and All Year

As expats in Europe, trying to live by the mantra of “collect moments not things” isn’t always easy. You can imagine all of the fun and unique keepsakes that we stumble upon during our various European excursions. The biggest challenge is keeping our three young children on board with this mentality. For every birthday and […]

Northern European Christmas Market Recommendations from Mamas in the Know

Years ago my husband returned from a December work trip to Germany and brought with him wonderful stories about the country’s incredible Christmas markets filled with street vendors and warm, mulled wine served in little glass boots. He purchased several of these boots as well as German ornaments for our tanenbaum. Ever since then I have wondered […]

Toronto’s Casa Loma Castle at Christmas Time

People are generally surprised to learn that there is an honest-to-goodness castle right in the heart of Toronto. It may have been constructed quite a bit more recently than those medieval castles in Europe but it is still pretty impressive and you don’t need to fly across the pond to tour it. Toronto’s Casa Loma […]

Christmas Fun in Vancouver

While a white Christmas in Vancouver can be a rare thing, the city certainly knows how to celebrate this festive season. There are so many fabulous holiday events around town, in the local mountains, and even on the water, you can be hard pressed to choose which ones to enjoy. I’m happy to help narrow […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas at Disney’s California Adventure Park

Disneyland is known for its incredible holiday parade, fireworks, and “snow” on Main Street. Its sister Anaheim property, Disney’s California Adventure Park also becomes a Christmas wonderland during the winter holiday season. Here are five ways to celebrate the Christmas season at Disney’s California Adventure. 1) Visit Santa Sure, you can go see Santa at the mall, but what’s more magical than visiting […]

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