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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.

How to Charge Your Smart Phone Battery at Disneyland

You’ve planned your Disneyland trip for months. You’ve read the books, purchased the Park Hoppers, booked a hotel near Disneyland, and scheduled a Disney character meal. But then your smart phone dies in the middle of the day, long before the “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color” nighttime spectacular. Here’s how to charge your […]

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

When you think of a Mexican vacation, you probably envision sandy beaches, turquoise blue ocean waves, and all-inclusive resorts. 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 here is […]

13 Best Hotels with Lazy Rivers ~ Recommended by Travel Experts

Know what’s better than drifting along a lazy river in an idyllic vacation destination? Nothing, that’s what! As a hotel pool fanatic, I’m always seeking new pools to add to my family’s must-swim list. I asked some discerning, globetrotting travel bloggers to share their picks for the best hotels with lazy rivers. Of course, I […]

12 Tips for Universal Studios Hollywood With Kids of All Ages

If you’ve never been to Universal Studios Hollywood with kids, you’re missing out. The theme park still functions as a real-life movie-producing studio, making it a must-see for film and TV junkies. Back in the day, Universal Studios was little more than a one-ride pony, with its impressive Studio Tour taking center stage. Universal, however, […]

Do Pilates at Home ~ MOTR Review

I’ve been hooked on Pilates for over 13 years. I was introduced to this form of exercise as a therapy to strengthen my core when I developed back problems following the birth of my first child. While I love to attend Pilates classes, they can be very expensive and sometimes I just don’t have time […]

Travel Sleep Tips for Babies & Kids from a Child Sleep Expert

Getting good sleep while on vacation is one of the biggest challenges of traveling with kids. Read these eight travel sleep tips for babies, toddlers and children from a child sleep expert to ensure restful nights during your family getaway. I learned how to pack in restful vacations for the whole family during an interview with Davis Ehrler, […]

Unusual Things You Should Add to Your Family Vacation Packing List

When packing for a family vacation, you’ve got the standard stuff down. Clothes, shoes, toiletries…check, check, check! But what about those odd little things that will make your trip oh-so-much easier and more enjoyable? Your family vacation packing list is about to get a whole lot handier, thanks to these suggestions for unusual things to […]

Best Travel Books for Children According to Family Travel Experts and Their Kids

Travel books for children inspire curiosity and increase global awareness. Kids of all ages can expand their horizons through literary travel. To create this list of incredible reads, I reached out to those in the know: travel bloggers whose kids love to explore the world just as much as their parents. Of course, I included a few […]

12 Fabulous Things to Do with Kids in Montpellier ~ France’s Most Youthful City

Montpellier is the best city in France that most North Americans have never heard of. This vibrant capital of the Languedoc-Rousillon region in Southern France bustles with fashionable college students and is home to the youngest population in all of France. I was once one of those students. It’s been over 20 years since I lived […]

Grand Canyon with Kids ~ What You Need to Know Before You Go

Visiting the Grand Canyon with kids is more than staring at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. A Grand Canyon family vacation is all about adventure. It’s about the journey, whether by car or train (or both!). It’s about stopping along the way to enjoy the desert’s beauty and mystery. Here’s what you need to know […]

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 […]

8 Compelling Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language and zero reasons not to acquire this useful skill. Discover eight reasons experts say learning a new language is beneficial. This giveaway is brought to you in partnership with Rosetta Stone. 1. Gain a better understanding of other cultures. Language is the key to truly […]

Paris with Kids ~ Tips for Exploring the City of Lights from a Francophile

The first time I went to Paris when I was a teenager, I fell in love — not with another person — but with the City of Lights herself. Finally, the time has come for me to share my love of France with my children in the place where it all began: la belle Paris. Here are my tips for visiting Paris with kids.