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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.

Why and How to Host a Vision Board Party

If you are asking, “What’s a vision board?” – obviously you are not nearly as obsessed with Oprah as I am. So, I’ll give you the scoop. A vision board is collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. Here’s how and why to throw a vision board party to get the magic started.

Santa for a Day Lands’ End Discounts and Giveaways

Ho! Ho! Ho! Travel Mamas is partnering with Lands’ End to spread some cheer this holiday season. In addition to special Lands’ End discounts, sales and gift offerings, they’re is giving away an abundance of gift cards and the chance to win $10,000! Lands’ End Gifts for All From gifts for kids, women, men and […]

San Miguel de Allende with Kids ~ A Different Kind of Mexican Vacation

When you picture a Mexican vacation, you probably envision sandy beaches, turquoise blue ocean waves, and maybe ancient Mayan or Aztec ruins. San Miguel de Allende has none of these things. It’s not a major city full of museums and attractions like Mexico City, either. So, why visit San Miguel de Allende with kids? A vacation […]

Holiday Gift Guide for Travel Families

Need some gift inspiration? Our holiday gift guide for travel families is sure to impress parents and kids. From practical to resplendent, we’ve got you covered. Rosetta Stone This holiday season, share the gift of learning a new language together. My family is hoping to move to Mexico next summer for one year. But we don’t […]

25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit ~ Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

Considering a vacation in Canada? 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit will inspire and guide any parent planning a trip in the world’s second largest country. This book is filled with funny, relatable anecdotes about exploring Canada with kids. It’s also packed with destination-specific recommendations and photos. There’s even a handy section on […]

Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers ~ Keepsakes & Tastes from Around the World

A lot of gift lists for travelers focus on gear, but really, how many suitcases and noise-cancelling headphones does a person need? This list of gift ideas for travel lovers from Amazon.com features keepsakes and flavors from around the world, great for the holiday season or any time of year. World Map to Track Travels Scratch-off maps […]

Dog-Sledding in Quebec’s Outaouais Is Not for Wimps

“I would love to try driving the sled,” I said before my trip to Quebec’s Outaouais region. But now the dogs are barking, barking, barking in this frenetic symphony and it makes the back of my neck feel all tingly and I look at the sled and wonder what in the world I have gotten […]

The Best Way to Refresh Your Skin After Traveling: Onyx Youth Magnetic Mask

It’s fun to bring home souvenirs from traveling. It’s not so fun, however, to bring home dry skin and clogged pores! Travel can wreak havoc on your skin. Sitting on an airplane for hours can lead to dryness, congested pores and dull skin. As a frequent traveler and beauty product junkie, I was thrilled to […]

13 Tips for a Successful Home Exchange Vacation

If you would like the comforts of home while traveling at almost no cost, doing a home exchange may be for you. Whenever I tell people my family has done a few home exchange vacations, they exclaim interest in doing the same. Of course, many would-be exchangers have some trepidation about swapping residences with other travelers. We’ve experienced […]

Prescott with Kids ~ Fun Things to Do in Arizona’s Territorial Capital

Prescott with kids is an adventure into Arizona’s past. Designated the capital by President Abraham Lincoln back when Arizona was still just a territory, the city embraces its Wild West history. If you’re picturing desert landscape with lots of prickly saguaro cactus, dusty tumbleweeds, and record-breaking heat, however, think again. Families from Phoenix (the state’s […]

How to Save Money at Disneyland During the Holidays

Disneyland during the holidays is merry indeed. Make your Christmastime visit even merrier by saving some dough during your Disney getaway. Before you pack up the sleigh and head to the Happiest Place on Earth, check out these eight Disneyland holiday season money saving tips. 1. Plan ahead. Enjoy Disneyland during the holidays from November […]

7 Helpful Tips for a Road Trip with a Baby or Toddler

Planning a road trip with a baby or toddler can seem like a daunting task. How will you keep your little one content while on the road? What if junior cries throughout the whole journey? How can your make sure the whole family arrives safe and sane? Worry not, fellow parents! These seven helpful tips […]

The Best and Worst of Barcelona with Kids

Barcelona, the departure city for our 10-night Disney Mediterranean Cruise, just may be the friendliest ciy I have ever visited. Would I recommend a visit? Definitely! Would I go again? Probably not.