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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.

5 Reasons to See Disney’s Bears Movie with Kids

My family laughed, cried and said, “Aww!” And so will yours. Disneynature’s Bears movie will do that to you, no matter your age. This film features incredible cinematography and imparts an appreciation for nature’s beauty. Is it scary or sad? Sometimes. Should your family watch it? Definitely! Here are five reasons you really should watch […]

What It’s Like to Use PlateJoy Custom Meal Plans

You know those nights when you stare hopelessly into the pantry and fridge trying to figure out what in the world to make for dinner? If you’re like me, then that struggle takes place pretty much every night. Thankfully, PlateJoy custom meals plans make meal planning easy for busy families. It’s not a meal delivery […]

The Escape Game for Families at Home and While Traveling

Have you ever participated in an escape room adventure? The Escape Game offers exciting escape room adventures at locations throughout the United States. Their escape rooms are a super fun group activity that focus on solving a “crime” or other mystery based on clues and puzzles that are hidden in a themed space. Bored at […]

Romantic Things to Do in Carmel, California

Mention Carmel to someone who’s been there and they’re likely to sigh dreamily and say, “Ohhh, I looove Carmel.”  I couldn’t really understand the appeal…until I went there myself. There’s not a whole bunch of stuff to do in this Central California coastal town. But that’s the point. Carmel is about connection with nature and […]

Best Travel Games for Kids from Toddlers to Teens

Whether your family is flying the friendly skies, taking a train, or road tripping it, you’re going to need to keep your offspring occupied. Thankfully, many board games come in travel sizes to entertain kids on the go. Card games and travel board games keep minds active during the journey, at restaurants, and back in […]

Why Couples Love Monterey, California

Looking for a place to get away from it all and connect with your honey? You won’t find a more romantic destination than Monterey and its sister city, Carmel. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and fell in love with Monterey (and with each other, all over again!). When comparing these two […]

What Not to Say to Other People, Even if You Mean Well

We’ve all done it…unintentionally offended someone with our seemingly innocent question or comment. Over the years, I have discovered many things NOT to say. As a very curious and fairly awkward person, I have learned many of these lessons the hard way. It’s not that I’m a jerk; I just didn’t know any better. Wouldn’t […]

Best Family Vacation Destinations for All Ages and Interests

Trying to decide where to travel with kids? The world is full of intriguing places to explore but it can be hard to narrow down options that will please both children as well as adults. This list of the best family vacation destinations features locations that are welcoming to families, interesting for all ages, and […]

Best California with Kids Destinations

California is so jam-packed with fun for kids, you may not know where to begin planning your family vacation. As a mom and former Californian who has explored much of the Golden State’s shores, theme parks, and cities — let me help you narrow down your choices with this list of the nine best places […]

How to Make Dad Happy on Family Vacation

A good dad reads bedtime stories, does his share of the household chores, works hard to pay the bills, and always puts his family first. All he really wants is for his kids and his wife (or partner) to be happy. But what about dear ol’ dad’s happiness? Here are five travel tips that are […]

Morocco with Kids – A Unique Journey for the Senses

Let’s explore Morocco with kids, from the bustling labyrinth of Marrakech’s medina, to the starkly stunning Sahara Desert! Along the way, we’ll view the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, taste an array of spices and exotic dishes, and hear a variety of languages and types of music. Here are 25 amazing things to do during […]

Scottsdale Vacation Tips for Summer Fun in Arizona

Summer in Scottsdale sizzles with fun! Beautiful year-round, this sprawling suburb of Phoenix offers families plenty of activities, delicious cuisine, and refreshing ways to cool off during June, July, and August. Plus, Scottsdale’s amazing resorts provide deep discounts for summer vacationers. Take a look at these exciting things to do during your Scottsdale, Arizona vacation […]

Travaasa Hana – Where to Go to Unplug and Reconnect

Travaasa Hana is not your typical luxury resort. It’s better. If your life seems overwhelming and you need time to think and stare at the ocean, then Travaasa is for you. This hotel in the laid-back town of Hana, Maui is where to go to unplug from technology and stress. Here you will connect instead […]