Home Instagram Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ RSS Contact
Home Instagram Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ RSS Contact


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.

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 […]

10 Fun Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids

Tokyo blends ages old Japanese traditions with modern skyscrapers and anime to make a fun and surprisingly non-intimidating vacation destination. With drinkable tap water, a low crime rate, and polite population, Tokyo makes a fabulous choice for first-timers to East Asia. Maximize the fun factor during your family’s Japanese holiday with these 10 things to do in Tokyo with […]

What It’s Like to Use PlateJoy Custom Meal Plans

You know those nights when you stare hopelessly into the pantry and fridge trying to figure out what in the world to make for dinner? If you’re like me, that struggle takes place pretty much every night. PlateJoy custom meals plans make life so much easier for busy families. It’s not a meal delivery service, rather PlateJoy is […]

What It’s Like to Tour Paisley Park Where Prince Lived, Worked and Recorded

I was shocked and saddened when Prince died on April 26, 2016. I bet you were, too. An incredible talent like his is rare indeed and the world cried purple tears that day. As a former Minnesotan and huge Prince fan, I am sorry to say I never got a chance to see him in concert. […]

In which country do women give men chocolate (not vice versa) on Valentines Day?

a) Finland
b) Estonia
c) India
d) Iran
e) Japan

Winter Driving Twitter Party ~ Win Visa Gift Cards from Liberty Mutual!

Winter driving can be scary. Slick roads and decreased visibility can cause even the most experienced driver to grip the steering wheel with white knuckles. Whether you’re planning a winter road trip or you live somewhere snowy, worry less this winter with winter driving tips from Liberty Mutual. Join the #FewerWorries Winter Driving Twitter Party […]

Cornell Hotel de France ~ San Francisco with a French Accent

Savor a taste of la belle pays at Cornell Hotel de France in San Francisco and its on-site restaurant, Jeanne d’Arc. Located just a couple of blocks from Union Square, and easily within walking distance to San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, the hotel is ideally situated to stay in European style while exploring the Golden City. A hotel for […]

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Holiday Activities Year-Round

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California dazzles families with its indoor/outdoor waterpark, arcade, proximity to Disneyland, Magiquest electronic scavenger hunt, on-site bowling lanes, spa especially for kids and much more. Add holiday magic to the mix, and this hotel in Orange County becomes enchanting indeed. From Snowland during the winter holidays to Spring-A-Palooza in March and April, and Howl-O-Ween in […]

5 Winter Road Trip Tips You Need to Know Before You Go

You’ve got the bags packed and the route all planned out. But is your car ready for a winter road trip? Slick roads and limited visibility due to snow or sleet can make winter driving a challenge. Here are five tips from Autotrader to make sure your car is ready for a safe winter journey. This story […]