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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.

Best Road Trip from Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and Las Vegas

Looking for the best road trip from Phoenix? We’ve got you covered! This amazing itinerary includes the natural beauty of Southwest National Parks, the splashy fun of Lake Powell, and the glitz of Las Vegas. You’ll find options to modify this Arizona, Southern Utah and Nevada road trip to meet your desired vacation length and […]

San Diego’s Birch Aquarium: A Worthwhile Alternative to SeaWorld

Many vacationers forego Birch Aquarium in favor of glitzier SeaWorld San Diego. But there are many reasons to visit this smaller, educational sea life attraction. Read this review to learn why to visit Birch Aquarium in La Jolla during your family holiday. 1. “The Legacy” Whale Sculpture Fountains & Memorial The impressive “Legacy” Whale Sculpture […]

Hana-Maui Resort – Where to Go to Unplug and Reconnect

Hana-Maui Resort is not your typical luxury hotel. It’s better. If your life seems overwhelming and you need time to think and stare at the ocean, then Hyatt’s Hana-Maui Resort is for you. Formerly known as Travaasa Hana, this resort in the laid-back town of Hana on the island of Maui is where to go […]

How many years did it take to build San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge?

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the world’s most famous bridges. This iconic bridge spans 1.7 miles and connects San Francisco to Marin County. When it was completed in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and considered an engineering marvel. It was a massive and expensive project, […]

7 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Strasbourg, France

Why visit Strasbourg? I have dreamed of moving back to France ever since I spent my junior year of college studying abroad in this alluring country. But for years I’ve wondered where in France I would make my nest. Now that I’ve visited Strasbourg, though, I know. I wish I could pack my bags to […]

What is the only continental U.S. city from which you can drive due south into Canada?

Everyone knows that Canada is located north of the continental United States. There is, however, one city in the contiguous U.S. from which you can drive due south into Canada. Weird, right? Do you think you know which city we’re talking about? Take a look at the cities below and then scroll down to find […]

Why Visit Borrego Springs with Kids

Get off the beaten path with a family vacation in Borrego Springs, California. It’s a quirky area inhabited by about 3,500 residents in the middle of the desert. Although it’s located within San Diego County, you’ll feel worlds away from the beachy vibe of SoCal in this desert village. Here’s what to do in Borrego […]

Ski Tips for Beginners, Nervous Skiers and Families

These family skiing tips for beginners and will make you long for crisp winter air and snowy mountain slopes. Nervous to hit the slopes? Thankfully, experts from Ski Idaho will put you at ease with their best ski tips for beginners. You’ll be all set to hit the slopes after reading these ski tips for […]

CARES Restraint Review: How to Keep Your Toddler or Young Child Safe While Flying

Do you care about keeping your child safe when flying? Car seats protect toddlers and young children on airplanes, but they are bulky and difficult to secure in airplane seats. Thankfully, one grandmother was so passionate about children’s flight safety that she invented the only compact child airplane travel harness approved by the Federal Aviation […]

What country outside North America is closest to the United States?

When thinking of the closest countries to the U.S., of course our minds go straight north to Canada or south to Mexico. This travel trivia question, however, goes further than that. I’m asking what country OUTSIDE North America is closest to the United States. Think you know the answer? Take a look at the options […]

9 Amazing Adventures in Canon City and Colorado Springs for Families

Head to Colorado Springs and Cañon City for an exciting, outdoorsy family vacation. Located in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado in the Rocky Mountains, a trip here will help parents and children connect with each other and with nature in unexpected ways. Here are nine amazing things to do in Cañon City and Colorado […]

Pancake Houses of the Netherlands

Dutch pancakes aren’t just for breakfast in the Netherlands. These tasty pan-fried cakes can be served as a savory meal, a snack, or a sweet dessert. Typically, these Dutch treats are thinner and larger than American flapjacks, but thicker than French crêpes. (Dutch pancakes, however, should not be confused with Dutch babies, puffy cakes similar […]

Denver with Kids ~ Crazy Fun for Families in the Mile High City

Denver with kids is a crazy good time! There’s plenty for families to love about a visit to the Mile High City including museums, a theme park, and an abundance of natural beauty. Family travel experts share their favorite attractions in Colorado’s capital city with this list of 16 fun things to do in Denver […]