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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 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

Ciao Bambino’s Nancy Solomon tells you why, where, and how to explore Paris with kids in this guest blog post.

Tips for Cancun with Babies and Toddlers from Family Travel Experts

Seeking a destination where the water is warm and clear, the tropical drinks are cold, and the kids clubs are plentiful? Family travel experts know that Cancun is the place to go. Before you jet off to this slice of tropical heaven, read these tips for visiting Cancun with babies and toddlers. Choose easy, child-friendly activities. […]

Disneyland Paris with Kids ~ A Disney Park with a French Accent

The only thing that could make a family vacation in Paris even more dreamy is adding a trip to Disneyland Paris with kids! Children may tire of too many museums and monuments. After a few days of exploring French history, culture, history, and art — there’s something so exciting yet comforting about Disneyland Paris. A Disneyland […]

Best Travel Memoirs to Inspire Wanderlust

Want to get away without leaving home? Read a travel memoir! Travel memoirs are the next best thing to actually traveling, if you ask me. Stories about real-life journeys transport readers to another place, and maybe even another time. To compile this list of the best travel memoirs, I asked other travel writers to share their […]

Rosetta Stone for Families Review ~ Learn a New Language with Your Kids

Why didn’t I try Rosetta Stone before? That’s what I’ve been asking myself ever since I finally took this renowned language learning system for a spin. I used Rosetta Stone to brush up on my French skills before a recent trip to France, and now I’m following Rosetta Stone Spanish to prepare for my family’s upcoming monthlong […]

Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year ~ Travel Mamas 9th Anniversary

Travel Mamas is officially 9 years old. How did my baby grow up so fast? The saying is as true in building a blog as it is in raising children: the days are long but the years are short. To commemorate entering the tweens, I’m sharing the 9 most popular Travel Mamas blog posts written […]

Best California with Kids Destinations

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. This story and giveaway are brought to you in […]

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 […]