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About Colleen Lanin

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.

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 super scary to […]

Taste Albuquerque’s Growing Farm to Table Food Scene

Albuquerque’s farm to table food scene might surprise you. From trendy restaurants to craft breweries and organic chocolatiers — you’ll find it all in this New Mexican city. Here’s a delicious sampling of local-focused, sustainable and organic restaurants and food makers in Albuquerque. CAMPO Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm grows their own lavender, […]

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling with Kids + Bioscarf Giveaway

Getting sick can ruin even the most amazing vacation. You’ve invested a lot of money and time into planning your family holiday, so don’t let illness spoil your time away. These 12 tried-and-true tips from family travel experts will teach you how to stay healthy when traveling with kids. We’re also giving away your choice […]

Atlantis Bahamas with Kids of All Ages from Babies to Teens

Atlantis Bahamas on Paradise Island is paradise indeed for families. Kids of all ages, from babies to teens, love this resort. Home to the largest open air marine habitat in the world and a 141-acre water park, it’s easy to see why. What’s more, Atlantis is offering an amazing Summer Savings Event that is sure […]

Travel Mamas 10th Anniversary – My Blogging Journey & Most Popular Stories

Ten years ago I didn’t know what a blog was. Today Travel Mamas is one of the top travel blogs in the world. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of TravelMamas.com, I share my blogging journey below. Plus, I count down our 10 most popular blog posts of the past decade! My Blogging Journey After years […]

11 Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Families

Especially when the weather is frightful, an indoor hotel pool provides a fabulous retreat from rain, wind, snow and cold. It doesn’t have to be winter, however, to enjoy these spectacular indoor watery havens. Grab your bathing suit and dive in to this list of the best indoor hotel pools for kids. CoCo Key Water […]

Enchanting Things to Do in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Kids

Abuquerque is often overlooked by travelers who bypass this New Mexican city in favor of fancier, and significantly smaller, Santa Fe. That’s a shame because Albuquerque has so much heart, and so many interesting things to do, too. New Mexico’s Official State Nickname is Land of Enchantment. After visiting Albuquerque, I can see why! If […]

Smart Tips for Saving Money While Traveling with Kids

Kids are expensive. There are groceries to buy, bodies to clothe, birthday parties to host, and college funds to save for. It’s enough to make you consider skipping this year’s family vacation. But traveling together helps parents and children connect with each other and create lifelong memories. Besides, what’s the point of working so hard if you can’t […]

30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

You’ve heard of the Mall of America. It’s that giant shopping mall in Minnesota. Its 520 retail stores can keep any shopper happy for days. But do you know how much there is to do at Mall of America besides shop? I have spent a ton of time at this mega entertainment complex over the years. In […]

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

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

Dos & Don’ts of Disney’s Castaway Cay

While Disney’s Castaway Cay in The Bahamas is a tiny island, it’s packed with so much to do that you might have a hard time deciding how to spend your time. This wee isle measures just 3.1 miles long and 2.2 miles wide, but it offers tons of activities like waterslides, bike trails, open-air massages, two water play areas, parasailing, […]

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.

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 unique entertainment for the whole family, beloved characters skating and spinning on ice, and the wide-eyed wonder for which Disney is renowned. To maximize the fun factor, […]