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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, 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.

Enchantment Resort Sedona Review (for Families)

Located on one of the most spectacular spots of real estate in the world, the scenic landscape Enchantment Resort in Sedona takes center stage. Whether your family is staying at this luxury hotel on the way to the Grand Canyon, or you’re visiting Sedona as a standalone vacation, here’s what you need to know before booking a stay […]

13 Toddler Travel Sleep Tips from a Child Sleep Expert

Sleeping well is one of the biggest challenges of traveling with babies and young children. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than lack of sleep, regardless of age. Help your whole family get a good night’s rest during your travels with these toddler travel sleep tips from Davis Ehrler, a postpartum doula and child sleep counselor. […]

15 Best Places to Visit in California with Kids (2024)

Looking for the best family trips in California? As a mom and longtime Californian who has explored much of the Golden State, I’ve got you covered! Discover this beautiful state’s shores, theme parks, national parks, and cities with this list of 15 amazing places to visit in California with kids in 2024. This story is […]

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 featuring beloved characters dancing and twirling on ice. It’s an easy and affordable way to enjoy world-class skating and the […]

Where do women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day? (Not vice versa!)

In many Western countries like the United States, we associate Valentine’s Day with flowers and chocolates purchased by men and given to their wives and girlfriends on this holiday. But there is a country that expects the opposite. Where do women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Japan! Women typically gift chocolate candies to men […]

15 Best Toddler Travel Toys (for Babies to Preschoolers)

The best toys for traveling with toddlers are simple, lightweight playthings that bring joy to the journey without hassle. Whether you’re embarking on a plane ride or a family road trip, ensure a happy vacation with these toddler travel toys for young children, from babies to preschoolers. Of course, you’ll want to bring your child’s […]

10 Best Destinations in France to Visit with Kids

There is so much to explore in France with kids, from sophisticated Paris and the outdoorsy French Alps to historic Normandy and beyond. Where to begin? Family travel experts share their favorite places to visit in this beautiful country in this list of the 10 best destinations in France for families! This article about the […]

21 Best Travel Books for Kids (That All Ages Love!)

To create this list of incredible travel books for kids, I asked travel writers to share their children’s favorite stories about exploring the world. I included some of my family’s favorites, too. This list includes picture books for young children as well as chapter books for big kids. Build your home library and encourage wanderlust […]

25 Best KID-FRIENDLY Things to Do in New Orleans (2024)

Are there fun things to do in New Orleans with kids? Mais, oui! The Big Easy is often 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 […]

Vision Board Party Planning Tips for Fun & Inspiration

To draw more of what you want into your life and ensure your vision board gets made, host a vision board party! As someone who has attended and hosted many vision board events, I am a big believer in gathering with others to create vision boards. These parties are a great way to define your […]

18 Grand Canyon with Kids Activities & Travel Tips

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!). And it’s about stopping along the way to enjoy the desert’s beauty and mystery. Here are […]

20 Best Unique Gifts Ideas for Travel Lovers (2023)

A lot of gift guides for travelers focus on traditional travel gear, but really, how many suitcases, packing cubes, and noise-canceling headphones does one person need? These gift ideas for travel lovers include keepsakes and flavors from around the world plus handy items to make traveling easier and more fun. There’s something for every budget […]

33+ Best Travel Memoirs (Selected by Traveler Writers)

Explore the world via the pages of a good book about travel! Memoirs about real-life journeys transport readers to another place and maybe even another time. To compile this reading list of the best travel memoirs, I asked other travel experts to write up their recommendations. Of course, I’m sharing my favorite travel memoirs, too. […]