Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year ~ Travel Mamas 9th Anniversary

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Travel Mamas is officially 9 years old. How did my baby grow up so fast? The saying is as true in building a blog as it is in raising children: the days are long but the years are short. To commemorate entering the tweens, I’m sharing the 9 most popular Travel Mamas blog posts written during the past year. Join the celebration by reading our best stories of the year!

Travel Mamas Most Popular Blog Posts ~ Year 9

Travel Mamas is 9 years old! (Photo credit: Tom Lanin)


Incredible Things to Do in Narita, Japan ~ Gateway to the Land of the Rising Sun

By Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan ~ Things to do in Narita, Japan

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)


Best Travel Games for Kids from Preschoolers to Teens

By Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Best Travel Games for Kids from Babies to Teens ~

Discover the best travel games for kids (Photo credit: ivonnewierink,


13 Lucky Things to Pack for a Disney Cruise

By Lyla Gleason, The Globe Trotting Travel Mama

Things to Pack for a Disney Cruise with Kids

Mickey and Minnie know just what to pack for a Disney Cruise…and now so will you! (Photo credit: Matt Stroshane, Disney)


Disneyland vs. Knott’s Berry Farm ~ Which Is Best for Your Family?

By Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

Disneyland vs Knott's Berry Farm

Disneyland vs. Knott’s Berry Farm ~ Which is best for your family?


Best San Diego Zoo with Kids Tips & Itinerary

By Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

san diego zoo with kids tips

Learn our tips for exploring the San Diego Zoo with kids (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)


17 Scariest Rides at Disneyland ~ Ranked for Families

By Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Gadget's Go Coaster

Would you dare go on the scariest rides at Disneyland? (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland)


Vail in Summer ~ 14 Things to Do Off-Season at America’s Biggest Ski Resort

By Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

vail summer chairlift

There’s much to explore in Vail off-season (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)


Fun Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids

By Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

meiji shrine child kimono

This little girl was showing off her kimono at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)


30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

By Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

things to do mall of america besides shop

There’s so much more to do at Mall of America than shop! (Photo credit: Mall of America)

Whether you’re a longtime Travel Mamas reader, or this is your first time to our site, thank you for joining the journey!

Which of these stories appeals to you most? Let us know in the comments below!

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of 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,, 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.

  1. http://Stacie says

    I actually read all of these this year, and they were all great. Congratulation on nine years of blogging! Here’s to many, many more!

  2. http://Theresa says

    Congratulations on 9 years! I missed a few of these posts, so I am going back through to read them now!

  3. http://Liz%20Mays says

    These posts get me really excited to visit some new places. I’d love to visit Japan! Congrats on the huge milestone!

    • http://Colleen%20Lanin,%20The%20Travel%20Mama says

      Thank you! I’m already thinking ahead to the 10th Travel Mamas anniversary…will have to do something REALLY special!

  4. http://Amy%20Desrosiers says

    Congrats! I can see how Disney would make it to the top posts. I still need to visit with my family.

    • http://Colleen%20Lanin,%20The%20Travel%20Mama says

      Thank you! Disney is always a favorite with family travelers. I hope you can visit soon!

  5. http://Claudia%20Krusch says

    Congratulations! I missed some of these posts, so I am going back through and check them out! They sound amazing!

  6. http://Sara%20Welch says

    Wow, nine whole years! That’s a long time to build anything! Live your dedication!

  7. http://brianne says

    Congratulations to 9 years that’s pretty incredible and look at all the places you’ve been to!

  8. http://Noel%20Soriano says

    Congratulations! 9 years is a such a huge achievement already. Keep it up! 🙂

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