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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.

Best California with Kids Destinations + Legoland Vacation Giveaway

California is so jam-packed with family-friendly fun, the state could be renamed Kidifornia. In fact, there are so many destinations for families in the Golden State, you may not know where to begin planning your vacation. Read my picks for the best California with kids vacation destinations below. Then be sure to join the Kidifornia #KidsNTrips Twitter […]

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 today’s capital Phoenix […]

Children’s Motion Sickness No More ~ Essential Tips for Your Family’s Travels

If you or your child suffers from motion sickness, there are plenty of options that can help ease the nausea caused by movement. Here are nine remedies that could help.

Aravaipa Farms Inn ~ A Nature-Filled Romantic Getaway in Arizona

Tucked away beside a creek in the Arizona desert, Aravaipa Farms Inn gives couples a place to connect with nature and each other. This sweet bed & breakfast/farm stay is located on 46 acres of cultivated land. Depending on the season, guests may be invited to pick pears, apples, citrus, stone fruits or figs. This […]

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

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

Educational Things to Do at Disneyland with Kids

Sure, Disneyland is all about fun, fun, fun. But a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth can be educational, too. Whether you want to justify taking the kids out of traditional school for a few days, or you’re a homeschooling family, or you just want to add some learning to your Disney vacation — […]

Tips for Kaanapali with Kids on Maui

People often ask me to name my favorite travel destinations and Hawaii always makes my short list. With six visitable islands, each with its own character and offerings, it can be hard to choose which is best for your family. I have been to all but one of Hawaii’s islands and love Maui’s wonderful blend of laid-back lifestyle […]

6 Tips to Prepare Your Car for a Winter Road Trip

A little chilly weather need not keep you from a fabulous family vacation! Whether you’re escaping the snow, or driving into it, follow these six tips to make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter car trip. This story is brought to you in partnership with TECHNET Nation. 1. Pack a winter car kit. Preparation […]

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. Plan some pitstops Before leaving home, be sure […]

10 Best Destinations in France for Families

The focus in France is on living life to the fullest and enjoying things of beauty…architecture, fashion, art and some of the world’s best cuisine. From sophisticated Paris and the swanky Côte d’Azur, to the breathtaking French Alps and beyond, there is much to explore in this proud and diverse country. I asked some family travel bloggers to weigh […]

9 Cool Things to Do at Northstar Ski Resort with Kids at Lake Tahoe

Skiing may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you picture a California vacation, but maybe it should be. Northstar California at Lake Tahoe offers a wintry wonderland of fun for the whole family. Check out all there is to see, do and eat at Northstar Ski Resort with kids in winter. […]

10 Las Vegas Girlfriend Getaway Tips

I love visiting Las Vegas…without kids. With kids? Not so much. I mean, it is called Sin City for a reason. With plenty of action, shows and free-flowing drinkies, Las Vegas is a great spot for a quick grown-up getaway. Once you arrive, you’re ready to play without needing to drive much (or at all) for […]

Get Compensation for a Delayed or Canceled Flight with Service App

We’ve all been there…packed up, through security, carry-on stowed and all set for take-off. That’s when an announcement comes over the speaker. There’s a mechanical problem with the plane. They’re investigating. After a wait on the runway, the plane turns around and you’re back in the terminal. Eventually, your flight may even get canceled. Of […]