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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.

8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

Even if you don’t live near a Disney theme park, you can still experience the magic of Disney close to home with Disney On Ice. Expect an evening of entertainment for the whole family, beloved characters swirling and spinning on ice, and the wide-eyed wonder for which Disney is renowned. To maximize the fun factor, check […]

Family Road Trip Tips for a Fun and Stress-Free Journey

Depending on how you prepare, a road trip with kids can feel either like a terrible chore or a fun-filled adventure. Before you hit the road, be sure to read our family road trip tips. These suggestions will help keep parents sane and kids content during your journey. This story is brought to you in partnership […]

10 Intriguing Things to Do Near Tokyo

Before I visited Japan, the images in my mind’s eye were mostly of bustling Tokyo. Busy intersections, hurrying business men in suits, neon signs, karaoke bars and Harajuku fashions are certainly an interesting part of modern Japan. But there’s so much more to experience just outside the world’s most populous metropolitan area. Check out these 10 intriguing […]

Why & How to Use Essential Oils for Travel & at Home

Like most moms, I am always looking for ways to keep my family healthy and happy, whether at home or on the go. A friend and fellow travel blogger told me how much essential oils have benefited her household and asked me if I’d like to try some out. Of course, I said yes. I was so […]

Huntington Beach with Kids – The Ultimate Surfer Town

California’s Pacific Coast is lined with darling beach towns, each with its own local flavor and stretch of beach. For the ultimate surfer town, take the kids to Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA.

How to Save Big on USA Summer Travel + Win American Express Gift Cards!

The United States of America is one of the biggest and most diverse countries on the planet. From exciting city sites and nightlife, to gorgeous National Parks, beautiful sandy beaches, and thrilling amusement parks, America has a lot to offer. Make the most of a vacation in the States with exclusive travel discounts. Read on to learn how […]

30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

You’ve heard of the Mall of America. It’s that giant shopping mall in Minnesota. This mall’s 520 retail stores can keep any shopper happy for days. But do you know how much there is to do at Mall of America besides shop? I have spent a ton of time at this mega entertainment complex over the years. […]

Top 10 Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Many parents worry there are not enough rides for babies and toddlers, but amusements for all ages abound at Disneyland! Here are my picks for best Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers.

Best Blog Posts of the Year ~ Travel Mamas 8th Anniversary

Each year we celebrate the anniversary of TravelMamas.com by tallying up the most read stories written during that year. Sure, it’s a popularity contest, but these stories are popular for a reason. Whether this is your first time visiting TravelMamas.com or you’ve been a loyal fan for all eight years, we hope you enjoy our 10 best […]

How to Breathe Easier at Home

Want to noticeably improve your home life? Get a Venta 2-in-1 Humidifier + Purifier. Seriously. This has made such a big difference for my family in terms of our health, comfort and enjoyment. Here’s why you’ll breathe easier at home with Venta. This story includes affiliate links for which Travel Mamas will receive a small commission […]

Which Disneyland Character Meal Is Best for Your Family?

Each of the five Disneyland character meals has its own feel, special touches, and star character. But how do you know which character meal is best for your family? Let me break it down for you…

15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants and […]

History Is Fun for Kids at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

History is fun when it is brought to life for kids. Reading about history can seem too far away and not relatable for children. But a visit to Jamestown Settlement and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown makes learning interactive and entertaining. These two museums in Virginia encourage all ages to discover America’s history through exploration and […]