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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.

How to Say Fit on a Cruise: Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight at Sea

You probably won’t lose weight on a cruise vacation. But you need not gain several unwanted pounds, either. Major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean offer all sorts of options for health-conscious cruisers. Want to know how to stay fit on a cruise? Follow these 15 easy tips to avoid gaining weight at sea! 1. Limit […]

Best Things to Do in San Diego with Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. As a mom who lived in this Southern California beach city for many years and returns regularly with her brood, I’m excited to share my picks for the best things to do in San Diego with kids. From theme parks and animal adventures to nature play and […]

30 Things to Do in Flagstaff – Gateway to the Grand Canyon

Exciting things to do in Flagstaff abound all year long. This Northern Arizona mountain town is a gateway to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. With higher altitudes (nearly 7,000 feet!), expect cooler temperatures in Flagstaff than elsewhere in the state. Nature lovers flock here for outdoor play like […]

21 Best Beach Resorts for Families Recommended by Travel Experts

Whether splashing in ocean waves or sipping a tropical drink from a lounge chair, nothing says “vacation” more than a day at the beach. Of course, for the best beach holiday, you must choose a fabulous hotel. I asked top travel bloggers to share their picks for the best beach resorts for families. As a […]

Scariest Rides at Disneyland: 19 Roller Coasters and Thrilling Attractions

Disneyland is best known for sweet characters and rides that please kids and kids-at-heart. But there is a more intense side to the Happiest Place on Earth that thrill-seekers appreciate. Roller coasters in Disneyland feature huge drops, special effects, and loop-the-loops. The fear factor isn’t just about speed, though. Plundering pirates, pretend poisonous snakes, and […]

25 Myrtle Beach Family Activities and Attractions You’ll Love

For an affordable good time in the sunshine, set your sights on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. These Myrtle Beach family activities and attractions will keep kids entertained, happy, and ready to drop from exhaustion at the end of the day. It’s the perfect recipe for a successful family beach vacation! From gators to mini golf […]

Flying with a Baby or Toddler: 21 Tried and True Tips

Flying with a baby or toddler and afraid everyone on the plane will hate you? You are not alone. When I’ve given presentations about traveling with children to new parents, the most common worry I hear from audience members is being “that parent” on the airplane with the screaming baby. As someone who has been […]

Best Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens

Travel toys for kids can make the difference between a cherished family vacation and a long journey you’d rather forget. I have spent years searching for the best travel toys, activities, games, and crafts to keep kids entertained. These toys and activities will make road trips, flights, and train travel easier and more enjoyable. Below I highlight […]

Royal Caribbean Mocktails – 12 Best Zero Proof Drinks for All Ages at Sea

Move over alcohol, elevated mocktails are here! Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean are going out of their way to wow passengers with innovative non-alcoholic beverages. These drinks are full of flavor and festivity, minus the booze. Royal Caribbean recently unveiled an array of zero-proof cocktails for the “sober curious” and other thirsty cruisers. I sampled […]

Best Tips for a Road Trip with a Baby or Toddler

Road trips with babies or toddlers may seem daunting even to intrepid travelers. How will you keep your baby content while on the road? What if your little one cries throughout the journey? How can you make sure the whole family arrives safe and sane? Worry not, fellow parents! These 12 expert tips for a […]

18 Kid Friendly Things to Do in New Orleans

Are there kid friendly things to do in New Orleans? Mais, oui! The Big Easy may be best known for beads and Bourbon Street, but there is another side to this Louisiana city. Parents may be surprised to find a bounty of attractions and activities for families in NOLA. Let the good times roll with […]

Best Scottsdale Outdoor Activities – Making Lifelong Memories in the Sonoran Desert

Each year Scottsdale welcomes 9 million vacationers seeking sunshine and memorable fun. In fact, many visitors love Scottsdale so much, they return year after year. Whether you’re coming to Scottsdale for the first time, planning a return visit, considering a move to my gorgeous hometown in Arizona, or you already reside here — this extraordinary […]

10 Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Families

Even when the weather is frightful, indoor hotel pools provide a fabulous retreat from rain, wind, snow, and cold. It doesn’t have to be winter, however, to enjoy these wonderful watery havens. No matter the time of year, your family will fall swimming cap over flip flops for these amazing hotel swimming pools and waterparks. […]