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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 Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens

Any journey can be do-able, and even enjoyable, with the right stuff (and the right attitude)! Here’s a list of the best travel toys and diversions based on the advice of Tracyn Thayer of Kids Travel Happy, as well as my own experience and that of other Travel Mamas.

LEGOLAND California Tips for All Ages from Babies to Adults

From themed rides and LEGO brick building stations to musical fountains and roller coasters, LEGOLAND has something to please everyone. Read on to learn about the best this park has to offer for babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and grown-ups.

10 Ways to Find Romance in New Orleans

It’s easy to find romance in New Orleans. The jazz sets the tone…mellifluous and ever present. Toast your honey with one of the city’s famous or not-so-famous cocktails. Then dig into bowls of sensuous cuisine like shrimp n’ grits or crawfish etouffe. The music is the muse of New Orleans, begging couples to swing onto the dance […]

LEGOLAND Water Park Tips for a Joy-Filled Day

To be an “authentic” traveler, I guess I’m supposed to only like nature-y, educational, culturally enriching, good-for-you stuff. But here’s the thing about water parks…they’re FUN! They induce pure joy for my children, and let’s face it, for me! Joy is good, right?

10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids ~ Recommended by Family Travel Experts

I asked some of the best family travel bloggers to tell us about their all-time favorite family-friendly beach hotels. From where to take a dip with babies and toddlers to the best beach hotel for active families, there’s sure to be something on this list that will appeal to you.

12 Tips for SeaWorld San Diego with Kids

As a California resident, former SeaWorld annual pass holder, and parent of two – I have been to SeaWorld San Diego more times than I can count. I’ve gathered up a list of 10 tips to make the most of visiting this watery amusement/education park when visiting with kids.

10 Reasons Embassy Suites Huntsville Makes the Perfect Launching Pad in Rocket City

Huntsville, Alabama earned its Rocket City nickname in the 1950s, when it became the rocket research and building hub for NASA. Today astronaut wannabes come to the city to attend Space Camp or at least tour the impressive U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Of course, there’s much more to do in Huntsville than learn about rocket science. […]

Fort Lauderdale Vacation Giveaway from Friday Night Sound Waves

Sandy beaches, good food, great hotels and incredible live music concerts are waiting for you in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you like free music festivals, then you’ll love Friday Night Sound Waves. This 36-week live concert series in Fort Lauderdale is THE place to enjoy the South Florida tunes. Not one, but two lucky winners […]

How to Rent Your Baby Gear to Travelers to Earn Money with Babierge

When you have a baby, you buy a whole bunch of stuff: car seats, strollers, high chairs, bouncy seats, and activity centers. You name it, you probably bought it! But what to do when your children outgrow all of that gear? Rent your baby gear to travelers to make money, that’s what. Using products you already own, […]

17 Scariest Rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure ~ Ranked for Families

Disneyland is best known for sweet characters and rides that please kids and kids-at-heart. But there is a more intense side to Disneyland that even the most adventurous thrill seekers can appreciate. The fear factor isn’t just about speed, either. Plundering pirates, pretend poisonous snakes and ghostly ghouls can make rides seem scary to kids. Buckle […]

Vail in Summer ~ 14 Things to Do Off-Season at America’s Biggest Ski Resort

Vail in summer overflows with fantastic off-season activities. While serious ski and boarding bunnies can’t swoosh through snow down the mountains, there’s still plenty of activities get your heart-pumping. Plus, Vail’s Colorado mountain beauty is undeniable year-round. If you’re looking for a gorgeous setting, delicious food and lots of outdoor fun, you need to check out these 14 fantastic […]

Durable Luggage for Family Travel ~ Eagle Creek Expanse Review and Giveaway

Seeking durable luggage for family travel? Look no further than Eagle Creek. This company of travelers and innovators has been perfecting luggage and duffels to improve the travel experience since 1975. Their stuff is made to withstand a beating and even comes with a lifetime warranty. Whether flying overseas, embarking on a road trip with kids, […]

How to Charge Your Smart Phone Battery at Disneyland

You’ve planned your Disneyland trip for months. You’ve read the books, purchased 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 smart […]