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THE TRAVEL MAMA

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

Hi there! I'm Colleen Lanin, the founder/editor of TravelMamas.com and the “original” Travel Mama. I have lived in California, Minnesota, and Southern France. Now I live in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona with my husband, our two kids, and our rescue pup, Pongo. My greatest passions in life are parenting, travel, Pilates, gluten-free desserts, hiking in nature, and hotel pools (not necessarily in that order).

Before I became a blogger, I was a marketing manager for a non-profit hospice for a few years after earning an MBA. I've also worked in human resources, finance, retail management, and as a cocktail waitress. My career path makes no sense but I've finally landed where I'm meant to be.

I launched Travel Mamas in 2009. That was the year that Barack Obama was inaugurated, Silly Bandz were the hot trend for kids, and Pilot Sully Sullivan landed an airplane on the Hudson River. It was before Pinterest or Instagram. Yes, that makes Travel Mamas an old timer in the blogging world. It also means I've been living my dream job of helping parents travel with kids for a long time!

Over the years, I've given all sorts of travel tips on television and radio. My family even starred in three national commercials for Park City, Utah.

I wrote a book, too. It's called The Travel Mamas' Guide and it helps parents travel with babies and young children…and stay sane! It's recommended by Working Mother Magazine and lots of other awesome outlets. It even won an award. I have the proof sitting on my messy desk.

As a freelance writer, my 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. What I'm most proud of, though, are my blog posts written right here on Travel Mamas.

If you want to work with me, please take a look at our PR/Advertising page.

Enjoy the journey!

Photo credit: Flytographer Whitney in Portland