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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.

What to Do When You Get Sick on a Cruise and How to Avoid Cruise Ship Illness

Cruises allow travelers to experience new cultures, see interesting sights, taste new foods, and have a whole lot of fun while unpacking just once. Cruising, however, also comes with lots of opportunities to become ill. Cruises have become notorious as carriers of the Norovirus (or stomach flu). Other viruses like the common cold and bacterial […]

Fun Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale with Kids and Teens

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale with kids and teens abound for vacationers seeking sunshine, water play, and all sorts of fun. Families will find outdoorsy attractions as well as indoorsy play. Plus, the beauty of this beachside Florida city is undeniable. Let’s dive into this list of 12 amazing Fort Lauderdale family activities! This […]

Disneyland Character Dining – Which Meal Is Best for Your Family?

Every Disneyland character dining experience has its own feel, special touches, and star characters. All four of these special meals at Disneyland provide a great way to meet many beloved Disney characters in one fell swoop. This frees up park time to enjoy rides, shows, and other attractions rather than waiting in long lines for […]

Best Travel Books for Children According to Travel Experts & Their Kids

The best travel books for kids encourage curiosity and increase global awareness. Children of all ages expand their horizons through literary travel with these stories. To create this list of incredible reads, I reached out to those in the know: travel writers whose kids love to explore the world as much as their parents do! […]

Best National Parks for Kids in the USA

Explore this list of the best national parks for kids to discover places of natural beauty that will entertain, educate, and fascinate your family. Recommended by travel experts, these 20 parks encompass the diverse beauty of the USA. Listed in chronological order, you’ll find erupting geysers, the world’s largest trees, an array of wild animals, […]

21 Things to Do at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys

With so many fun things to do at Hawks Cay Resort, where to begin? This incredible hotel on Duck Key makes a great option for multigenerational groups and vacationers of all ages, no matter how active or relaxed they want to be. Don’t waste precious vacation time in paradise deciding what to do. Instead, use […]

Palm Springs with Kids – Fun Activities for Families

When you think of Palm Springs, you probably picture pretty palm trees, vast golf courses, and sparkling swimming pools. You will find these treasures and oh so much more in this California desert city! Families seeking cool hotel prices flock to Palms Springs in summer months. The rest of the year, when California beaches may […]

10 Ways to Find Romance in New Orleans

Couples seeking romance are sure to find it in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jazz is the muse, begging couples to swing onto the dance floor or snuggle up in a nightclub booth for a kiss. The architecture is romantic, with flower vines winding around rusting wrought-iron balconies — somehow more beautiful for the wear. Even the […]

Enchanting Things to Do in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Kids

These things to do in Albuquerque with kids will enchant your family. New Mexico’s Official State Nickname is Land of Enchantment. After visiting Albuquerque, I can see why! Travelers often overlook this New Mexican city in favor of fancier, and significantly smaller, Santa Fe. That’s a shame because Albuquerque has so much heart and lots […]

10 Super Fun Things to Do in Portland with Kids

These things to do in Portland with kids are sure to please any family, including yours! Portland overflows with all sorts of wonderfully weird activities for families. This Pacific Northwest city prizes itself for being weird. In fact, the city’s official slogan is, “Keep Portland weird.” Public pianos implore passersby to play them. Dogs wear […]

Scottsdale with Kids – 24 Fun Things to Do in the West’s Most Western Town

Scottsdale may be best known for its abundance of swanky spas, golf courses, and shopping malls. Thankfully, families will find a wealth of kid-friendly attractions here, too. As a family travel expert who spent half my childhood living in Scottsdale and then moved back to this Southwestern city with my brood several years ago, I […]

San Diego Botanic Garden with Kids – An Enchanting Place for Families

San Diego Botanic Garden is an enchanting place for all ages. This botanical garden is one of San Diego County’s best hidden gems. For families, it offers not one but TWO children’s gardens full of hands-on activities. There are also plenty of walking paths surrounded by plants and flowers from around the world. In total, […]

Business Travel Tips for Stress-Free (and Fun!) Work Trips

These business travel tips take the stress out of work trips. Traveling for work can be draining, or it can be productive and a lot of fun, depending on how you do it. Business executives and frequent travelers share their best advice to make business trips easier, more comfortable, safer, and more enjoyable. Read these […]