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Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama (Photo credit: Flytographer Whitney in Portland)

The Travel Mama, Colleen Lanin, is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com and the author of the award-winning book, The Travel Mamas' Guide. She has given all sorts of travel tips on television and radio. Colleen has a master's degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She's also a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), from which TravelMamas.com was awarded a Silver Award for Best Travel Website.

Colleen was invited to the White House as one of the 100 most influential travel bloggers and media outlets for a summit on study abroad and global exchange. She returned for a tour of the West Wing and Oval Office as one of 10 invitees for her influence in spreading the word about the White House's #StudyAbroadBecause initiatives.

As a freelance writer, Colleen's stories have appeared in the “Today” show's travel section on NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune, Expedia, Working Mother Magazine, and many other publications.

Colleen co-hosts #KidsNTrips Twitter parties to help build buzz for brands. Check out KidsNTrips.com to learn more.

She has lived in California, Minnesota, and Southern France. Colleen now makes her home in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, two children and rescue pup, Pongo. Her greatest passions in life are travel, parenting, writing, teaching, and hotel pools (not necessarily in that order).

Colleen is the voice behind the Travel Mamas Facebook page and @TravelMamas on Twitter. If you like to pin stuff, check out the Travel Mamas Pinterest page. And, of course you should view her photos on Instagram.

To learn more about The Travel Mama, check out her latest escapades In the News or read her latest blog posts. Interested in having Colleen speak at your event, promote your brand, or writing for your publication? Read Hire The Travel Mama to find out more!

Photo credit: Flytographer Whitney in Portland