White House Christmas Tour

White House gingerbread house made of sugar (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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 D.C. 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

Love music and outdoor adventures? The Turcom Seashell Speaker was made for you.

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

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

One of our Europe maps

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 […]

The Broadmoor: Christmas Paradise in the Colorado Rockies

The Broadmoor’s tagline “If you’ve been here, you know” tells the story. This Colorado Springs resort boasts the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA’s Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star awards. With such accolades, you might expect a stuffy atmosphere where your children’s every erratic move makes you bristle, but it is quite the […]

Travel to Barcelona During the Winter Holidays

At Christmastime cities and towns decked out for the holidays are at their most beautiful, everyone is in good spirits, and it’s a perfect opportunity to discover how holidays are celebrated elsewhere. Visitors to Barcelona, Spain will discover an interesting mix of Christian celebrations and Catalan traditions during the winter holiday season. Mild Mediterranean weather, fewer tourists than […]