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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.

Travel Mamas 11th Anniversary – My Blogging Journey & Most Popular Stories

Eleven years ago I didn’t know what a blog was. Today Travel Mamas is one of the world’ top travel blogs. To celebrate the 11th anniversary of this family travel blog, I’m counting down our 11 most popular stories of all-time and sharing my blogging journey! The traditional 11th anniversary gift is steel, the symbol […]

Family Beach Vacation Tips for a Fun-Filled & Mishap-Free Getaway

What’s not to love about a family beach vacation? There’s the sand, the sun, and the sea! But there are also sunburns, unexpected rainy weather, and scary ocean waves. Here are six great family beach vacation tips to make sure your holiday is as fun-filled and mishap-free as possible. 1. Be wary of big waves. […]

Rosetta Stone for Families Review ~ Learn a New Language with Your Kids

Are you considering buying Rosetta Stone to learn a new language with your kids? My family has had great success in learning to speak and read foreign languages with this online service. Rosetta Stone can help brush up language skills, augment school-taught language classes, or add foreign language to your homeschooling curriculum. This review covers […]

Do Pilates at Home ~ MOTR Review

I’ve been hooked on Pilates for over 14 years. I was introduced to this form of exercise as a therapy to strengthen my core when I developed back problems following the birth of my first child. While I love to do Pilates at a studio, live classes can be very expensive and sometimes it’s easier […]

15 Best Travel Movies for Kids that Parents Will Love Too

Your family can escape to an exciting destination from the comfort of your couch with these fantastic travel movies for kids. Inspire wanderlust, learn about other cultures, and have a whole lot of fun with this list of kid-friendly movies about travel that appeal to all ages. 1. Finding Nemo This is the ultimate “road […]

Paris with Kids ~ Tips for Exploring the City of Lights as a Family

I fell in love with France the first time I visited Paris as a young teen. This inspired me to spend a month with a French family in Cherbourg, Normandy as a foreign exchange student the summer after high school graduation. Then I studied for a year during college in Montpellier in Southern France. Now, […]

Tips for Visiting Disneyland with Teens and Tweens

Is it good idea to visit Disneyland with teens and tweens? YES! Kids of all ages love the magic of Disneyland. Of course, Disneyland with big kids differs from visiting with young children. In many ways, it’s better. There’s no need to squeeze in naps, plus your family can enjoy later nights at the parks […]

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling with Kids

Worried about getting sick while traveling? Coming down with a cold, the flu or other malady can ruin even the most amazing vacation. You’ve invested a lot of money and time into planning your family trip, so don’t let illness spoil your time away. These 12 tried-and-true tips from family travel experts will teach you […]

Grand Canyon with Kids ~ What You Need to Know Before You Go

Visiting the Grand Canyon with kids is more than staring at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. A Grand Canyon family vacation is all about adventure. It’s about the journey, whether by car or train (or both!). It’s about stopping along the way to enjoy the desert’s beauty and mystery. Here are 17 […]

Who was the original singer of the song, New York, New York?

Do you think you know who was the original singer of the song New York, New York? This iconic anthem is one of the most popular songs ever written about the Big Apple. Take a look at the possible options below and take a guess. The answer might surprise you! a) Frank Sinatra b) Liza […]

Top 12 Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Many parents worry there are not enough Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers, but amusements for all ages abound at this California theme park. The best part? The entire family can enjoy most of these activities together. As a Disneyland enthusiast and former multi-year Annual Passholder, I have visited the Happiest Place on […]

Tips for a Romantic Getaway WITH the Kids!

Becoming a parent should not mean the end of romance! Traveling with your partner provides an opportunity to escape the stresses of every day life and reconnect with each other. If you can’t find a sitter, or you simply don’t want to leave the kids at home, follow these nine tips to make room for […]

Fun Things to Do in Burbank, California – The Media Capital of the World

Looking for fun things to do in Burbank, CA? Grab your sunglasses and thank your adoring fans, because we’ve got a Burbank travel guide worth celebrating! Whether you’re supplementing your Los Angeles or Disneyland vacation, or you’re coming to California specifically to explore the Media Capital of the World, follow this list of activities for […]