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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

30 Best Travel Memoirs to Inspire Wanderlust

Want to get away without leaving home? Read a good book about travel instead! Travel memoirs are the next best thing to actually traveling to new places if you ask me. Stories about real-life journeys transport readers to another place, and maybe even another time. To compile this list of the best travel memoirs, I […]

Best Time to Visit Scottsdale, AZ: Pros & Cons of Every Season

Trying to decide when to visit Scottsdale? Enjoyable all year, each season offers pluses and minuses. Keep in mind that winters are likely chillier than you think, and summers are even toastier than you might imagine. In addition to significant changes in temperatures, be aware that activities, prices, events, and traffic vary with the seasons. […]

30 Scottsdale Christmas Activities and Winter Holiday Events

The holiday season is brimming with merry activities in the Valley of the Sun, especially with this array of Scottsdale Christmas events. Celebrate the season with festive lights displays, kid-friendly amusements, special dining experiences, and other revelries. Enjoy a jolly season with more than 30 things to do during the winter holidays in Scottsdale, Arizona. […]

15 Best Places to Visit in California with Kids

Looking for the absolute best family trips in California? As a mom and longtime Californian who has explored much of the Golden State, I’ve got you covered! Explore this beautiful state’s shores, theme parks, national parks, and cities with this list of 15 amazing places to visit in California with kids. This story is brought […]

12 Quick but Essential Tips for Disney on Ice with Kids

Even if you don’t live near a Disney theme park, you can still experience the magic of Disney close to home with Disney on Ice. Expect an evening of unique entertainment for the whole family with beloved characters dancing and twirling on ice. It’s an easy and affordable way to enjoy world-class skating and the […]

21 Spectacular Things to Do with Kids in Seville, Spain

Seville will dance into your heart with its beautiful backdrops, cultural activities, and passion for life. It’s the capital of the Andalusia region, renowned as the birthplace of both flamenco and tapas. The fourth largest city in Spain offers plenty for parents to appreciate and ways for children to play. Discover 21 spectacular things to […]

Scottsdale with Kids: 27+ 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 […]

Halloween Hotel Packages and Spooktacular Fall Events Across the U.S.

Dying for something spooky to do this fall? Book one of these Halloween hotel packages or attend the following autumn festivals, costume parties, and other haunted events at resorts across the U.S. You’ll have so much fun, it’s scary! Whether you’re looking for kid-friendly entertainment or adults-only play, there’s something spooktacular for everyone on this list. 1. Howl-O-Ween […]

Where Was Apple Pie Invented?

Nothing tastes homier and more comforting than apple pie. Apple trees originated in Asia, and this fruit has spread across the world. In fact, apples are one of the most popular fruits on the planet. Often, apples are baked into tempting desserts. Apple pie is beloved in many countries and cultures around the globe. But […]

Halloween at Disneyland: What’s New for 2022

What’s new for Halloween at Disneyland 2022? So much, it’s scary! From Oogie Boogie Bash parties to festive rides, food, and decorations throughout both California theme parks, Disney’s Halloween Time is the most fun you’ll have this season. Get in the Halloween spirit with a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth during the spookiest […]

15 Things to Do in Jerome, AZ – America’s Biggest Ghost Town

Residents of quirky Jerome are proud to live in America’s biggest ghost town. A booming copper mining town at the turn of the 19th century, Jerome was once home to 15,000 inhabitants. Those numbers have plummeted, leaving a mostly deserted city behind. Today, tourists flock to this Central Arizona community in search of Wild West […]

La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club with Kids, The Best Kept Secret in San Diego County

The sun begins to tilt toward the sea, stretching shadows and hinting at cooler temperatures and evening’s approach. It’s time. Carts and coolers are loaded with ketchup, mustard, bratwurst, shish-kabobs, a tray of brownies, and triangles of watermelon. There’s an unspoken buzz of excitement about what’s to come. Read on to discover the best-kept secret in […]

Dos and Dont’s of Disneyland Cars Land

Whether your family merely enjoys the Pixar Films “Cars” movies, or you are all-out fanatics, these Disneyland Cars Land tips will help make the most of your Radiator Springs visit. To maximize fun and minimize wait times, follow these 20 dos and don’ts for visiting Disney Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park! Find Disneyland […]