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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.

Miraval Arizona. It’s Not About the Spa. It’s About You.

Those who come to Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, do so for a reason beyond vacation. This all-inclusive destination spa and wellness retreat in Tucson is more than somewhere to sleep, eat, and play. Miraval is where guests can push themselves to find connection with their true selves and nature. With a focus on emotional, […]

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 can 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 […]

Hyatt Regency Maui with Kids ~ A Fantastical Place to Stay

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is more than a hotel. It’s paradise for families in Hawaii. Expect lush grounds, a fun kids club, a spectacular luau and sandy beachfront location. But what clinched it for me was their pools. Oh, what pools you will find at this Kaanapali resort! Read my review to discover […]

Why to Stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

Looking for a kid friendly resort in Arizona? Families seeking pampering, delicious food, outdoor activities, and gorgeous desert scenery will love Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North. Discover what to expect during a stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with kids in this comprehensive review! 1. Desert Beauty Tucked away in North Scottsdale next to Pinnacle […]

10 Things You Must Do in Oregon’s Cannon Beach with Kids

If you’re looking for a beautiful, laid-back coastal family vacation spot, then Cannon Beach is for you. From the moment you see majestic Haystack Rock to that first taste of gooey, caramelized marshmallow roasted over a beach bonfire — you will fall in love with this coastal Oregon town. Here are 10 fun and relaxing […]

Disney Aulani Pools and Water Features Will Wow Your Family

“Let’s build the greatest pool in the Hawaiian islands.” That’s the goal Disney CEO Bob Iger set to reach when Oahu was chosen as the location for the first Disney hotel not adjacent to a theme park. Disney Aulani is home not only to one of Hawaii’s best hotel pools, but also the resort offers […]

10 Reasons to Choose Beaches Negril for Your Next Family Vacation

The array of relaxing and fun things to do at Beaches Negril Resort is almost overwhelming. Where do I even begin? The waterpark with lazy river and waterslides…the powdery beach and calm Caribbean waves…the Sesame Street character bedtime tuck-ins? Oh, I’ll just cover it all! Read this review of the Beaches Negril all-inclusive family resort […]

Shanghai Disneyland Tips – The Ultimate Guide for Disney Fans

Shanghai Disneyland’s sprawling 963 acres make it Disney’s largest singular park. What’s more, it features Disney’s fastest ride and biggest castle. Expect lots of traditional Disney attractions blended with touches of Chinese architecture and culture. Discover highlights of each of this theme park’s seven lands, as well as descriptions of Disneyland Shanghai hotels, and recommendations […]

Ain’t Nobody Happy if Mama Ain’t Happy – Tips for Happy Travel with Kids

You’ve heard the saying, “Ain’t nobody happy if mama ain’t happy.” This is especially true when traveling with kids. Moms are typically in charge of planning and organizing family vacations. But if mom is overtired and stressed out, then the trip will not be fun for anyone. To ensure happy travels for all, follow these […]

Grand America Hotel with Kids – Affordable Luxury for Families in Salt Lake City

With its impressive architecture, luxurious décor, and regal name — you might think the Grand America Hotel caters primarily to adult vacationers. You would be oh-so-very wrong! This upscale hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah goes out of its way to make sure families with children feel welcomed. Child amenities like bottle warmers, toys, and […]

Leaping Lamb Farm with Kids ~ An Oregon Farm Stay Your Family Will Love

Why should you book a vacation at Leaping Lamb Farm with kids? I could tell you it’s the sheep and their wooly babes. Or I could say it’s silly Gillie the dog who comes calling at your cottage door when he hears the clang of dishes being washed. I might say it’s the fainting goats, […]

Huntington Beach with Kids – The Ultimate Surfer Town

California’s Pacific Coast is lined with darling beach towns, each with its own flavor and stretch of beach. For the ultimate surfer town, take the family to Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City USA. Craving a laid back beach vacation? Check out these eight fun things to do in Huntington Beach with kids. 1. Soak up the surfer […]

Why Take Your Kids to Dreams Las Mareas in Costa Rica

When I first arrived at Dreams Las Mareas Resort in Costa Rica, it just seemed like a very nice resort. But after a couple days, I realized there is something special about this place. Located in Guanacaste in the northwest corner of the country, this hotel induced that blissed-out-living-in-the-moment feeling that can be hard to find, […]