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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 […]

35+ Best Travel Games for Kids (from Toddlers to Teens!)

Whether your family is flying in an airplane, taking a train, or embarking on a road trip, you need to keep your offspring occupied during your travels! Thankfully, many games and activities come in travel sizes to entertain kids on the go. Card games and travel board games keep minds active not only during the […]

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 […]

12 Safety Tips to Prevent Losing Your Child in a Public Place

For children, there’s almost nothing scarier than being unable to spot a parent or other caregiver in a crowded place. The terror might even be worse for parents when a child goes missing. One minute you’re clasping a chubby little hand, and the next your heart is racing as you frantically scan the crowd trying […]

15 Backyard Barbecue Party Ideas to Impress Your Guests Without Stress

As a self-proclaimed grill master, summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It means I get to roll out my grill and use it pretty much every night of the week. But, as much as I enjoy grilling up a few juicy ribeyes for my family, it’s even more fun to invite friends […]

30+ 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 […]

Cinco de Mayo Party with Kids ~ 9 Tips for a Fun Family Fiesta!

In the United States and some parts of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has become a fun way to celebrate Mexican culture and cuisine with a brightly colored fiesta. No matter your heritage, your family can get in on the celebration. Whether you’re planning a themed family dinner or a big party for the whole block, […]

Travel Mamas 13th Anniversary – Celebrating Our Most Popular Stories

When I launched Travel Mamas in 2009, I had no idea I’d still be sharing travel stories on this family travel blog 13 years later. During this time, my kids have grown from babies into teens and TravelMamas.com has grown into one of the world’s most popular travel blogs. I’m honored to continue to share […]

Living in Arizona – Hot and Cold in the Desert

Living in Arizona has its pros and cons, as does any place. When I moved away from Arizona after college, I swore I’d never move back. Thirteen years of life in the desert was enough for me. I wanted cooler weather and a new adventure. But nearly two decades after I departed, I moved back. […]

Why and How to Host a Vision Board Party

Making a vision board sounds like a good idea. But it sounds like a lot of work, too. Am I right? Don’t put it off any longer! 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 […]

Best Travel Books for Children According to Travel Experts & Their Kids

The best travel books for kids encourage curiosity and increase global awareness. Children of all ages expand their horizons through literary travel with these stories. To create this list of incredible reads, I reached out to those in the know: travel writers whose kids love to explore the world as much as their parents do! […]

How to Use Essential Oils for Travel and at Home

Essential oils for travel can help improve sleep, relieve stress, and avoid motion sickness. Which essential oils are best for travel? Read my interview with essential oils aficionado and family travel expert, Hilarye Fuller, to learn which essential oils to pack for your family vacation. What are essential oils? Essential oils are gifts from the […]

Should Your Teen Do a Gap Year After High School?

Don’t you wish sometimes that you could have time off to clear your head and explore the world? Luckily for today’s teens, they can take a gap year after high school before entering college or pursuing a career. The popularity of gap years has spread across the Atlantic and is increasingly becoming an option for […]