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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.

Portrait Studio Review & Fabulous Family Portrait Package Giveaway

My husband and I rarely make appearances in family photos. That’s because I’m the photographer and, well, I’m too busy snapping pics of the kids to think about including us adults. I’ve thought about booking a professional photographer, but that seemed daunting. Professional photos can be very expensive and I didn’t even know where to find […]

Best San Diego Zoo with Kids Tips & Itinerary

As a fifth-year San Diego Zoo member and a mama of two young children, I have spent a lot of time at this world-renowned zoo. Here is a list of 11 of the best exhibits, restaurants, and rides the zoo has to offer.

10 Reasons to Rent Baby and Toddler Travel Gear for Your Family Vacation

Here are ten reasons to consider renting gear when traveling with your baby or toddler…

The Travel Mama’s Bucket List – Updated!

This bucket list is made up of unaccomplished dreams, awaiting fulfillment.

Valleyfair ~ Tips for Visiting Minnesota’s Largest Amusement Park

Many travelers come to the Twin Cities to shop at the biggest mall in the U.S., enjoy the state’s plentiful lakes, and soak up the music scene of Prince’s hometown. But did you know that Minnesota is home to one of Cedar Fair’s 13 amusement parks? Famous sister parks include Knott’s Berry Farm near Disneyland […]

Unique Things to Do in Ventura County, California with Kids

Want a few days away from the glitz of city life and the hubbub of theme parks during your California vacation? Ventura County will soothe your soul with its mellow pace and beautiful scenery. Located along the Pacific Coast, vacationers come to Ventura County to escape the crowds and higher prices of its neighboring counties, […]

10 Reasons to Choose Beaches Negril for Your Next Family Vacation

The array of relaxing and fun things to do at Beaches Negril Resort is almost overwhelming. Where do I even begin…the waterpark with lazy river and waterslides…the powdery beach and calm Caribbean waves…the Sesame Street character bedtime tuck-ins…the parades? Oh, I’ll just cover it all! Here are 10 reasons to choose Beaches Negril for your next […]

9 Amazing Adventures in Canon City and Colorado Springs for Families

If you’re looking for adventurous family travel, look no further than Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region. A vacation here will help your family members connect with nature and with each other in unexpected ways. You won’t want to miss these nine amazing adventures in Canon City and Colorado Springs for families. 1. White Water Rafting Challenge […]

Branson Family Vacation ~ What to Do in the World’s Live Entertainment Capital with Kids

You could win a Branson family vacation! Branson, Missouri is proud to call itself the live entertainment capital of the world. With shows morning, noon and night for all age groups and interests, this city is also often known as the Las Vegas of the Midwest. The fun doesn’t stop on stage, either. Museums, nature […]

8 Reasons You Should Visit Disneyland in Fall

Running from the Fall Equinox in mid-September through the Winter Solstice in December, fall makes a fabulous season to visit Disneyland. As summer crowds head back to school and Southern California temperatures begin to cool, holiday festivities of all sorts take center stage. Check out these eight reasons to visit Disneyland in fall. Find Disneyland Resort deals […]

11 Brilliant Tips to Save Money on Family Vacation this Summer

This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Howard Johnson Hotels. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are mine. Summer is vacation time! The kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the summer sun beckons you to get away […]

Join the Teen Road Rules #KidsNTrips Twitter Party ~ Win $100 Prizes!

Did you know motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States? That’s a scary statistic. But there are things parents can do to help keep their kids safe behind the wheel. Along with Liberty Mutual and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), we’ll discuss the dangers of […]

9 Reasons to Stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

I had always dreamed of staying at a Four Seasons. I have known forever about their incredible amenities for children, like goodie bags at check-in and kid-sized bathrobes. I’d read that this luxury brand provides the ultimate in customer service and attention to detail. But, I’d never gotten the chance to experience one of their […]