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The Travel Mamas’ Guide Book Launch & Residence Inn Giveaway

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My book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide, is now available for purchase! Recommended by Working Mother Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel and “The Ricki Lake Show”—this new book takes the worry out of family vacations so traveling parents and children can focus on fun. To celebrate the book launch, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Travel Mamas’ Guide PLUS a $250 Residence Inn by Marriott gift card.

The Travel Mama Colleen Lanin holding The Travel Mamas' Guide

Yipee! I finally did it! Here’s my book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide!

It feels like I have been working on this book for years and years…but that’s only because I have been! I first started writing the guide shortly after I became a mom because I wanted to make traveling with babies and children as stress-free and fun-filled as possible for other parents. This book is the result of nearly eight years of research. I have learned so much about traveling with kids from my own experiences as well as from interviews with moms and dads, travel aficionados, and childcare experts.

Learn travel tips on:

  • Which toys to pack to stay sane during the journey
  • Road trip activities, music and games to keep young ones happy on the road
  • How to actually enjoy, or at least not dread, airplane travel with children
  • Where to stay for optimal sleep and play during family vacations
  • What to feed picky eaters while away from home
  • How to keep ALL members of the family happy while traveling
    …and much more!

Kelli Daley of Working Mother Magazine,, says, “With an engaging voice and mom-tested travel tips, The Travel Mamas’ Guide will help you anticipate and cope with child-travel disasters while offering fun trip ideas you may not even have thought of.”

According to Richard Tribou of the Orlando Sentinel, “Lanin has ably laid waste to all your excuses for not traveling just because you’ve got kids. You’ll enjoy her stories and mostly the wealth of advice so you’ll be prepared to do what you love, get out there.”

“The Ricki Lake Show” Executive Editor Jackie MacDougall says, “Packed with practical tips and humor, The Travel Mamas’ Guide does all the work so parents can lose the stress and enjoy traveling with the kiddos.”

As mom to a well-traveled daughter and son, I share my own travel tips and those from other experts in the book’s 22 chapters. Davis Ehrler, PPD, author of The Three Day Sleep Solution workbook and DVDs, Kara Williams and Jennifer Miner of the well-known travel blog,, and Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of are just a few examples of experts quoted in the book.

The Travel Mamas' Guide book: How to Vacation with Babies and Children...And Stay Sane!

Purchase The Travel Mamas’ Guide today!

Save 15% off  The Travel Mamas’ Guide when you order here through May 31, 2013 using this coupon code: DDTFQCU2.

You can also purchase The Travel Mamas’ Guide through but coupon codes do not apply to Amazon purchases.

The guide is currently available in paperback. A Kindle version is coming soon. 

Residence Inn by Marriott giveaway

Enter to win!

To enter to win a copy of The Travel Mamas’ Guide plus a $250 gift card for Residence Inn by Marriott, use the Rafflecopter below.  Rafflecopter makes entering giveaways easier and more secure!
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Giveaway open to everyone 18+ besides members of the Travel Mamas Team and our direct family members.

A Note from The Travel Mama: This giveaway brought to you in partnership with Residence Inn by Marriott. The copy of The Travel Mamas’ Guide will be provided by Travel Mamas. The $250 Residence Inn gift card will be provided by Marriott.

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. I can use all the tips given!

  2. My family travels a lot so this would be great. Thank you

  3. This would save a ton on our upcoming vacation. Thank you

  4. Would love to win because by the time we get home from vacation, I am ready for another vacation!!! Need some tips on staying sane with kids.

  5. Residence Inn is a wonderful way to travel with 3 kids. I love the rooms and this would be great for having a little getaway this summer.

  6. Megan hartman says

    Loved mtg with you yesterday! The book would be perfect!

  7. susan smoaks says

    i would love to win the travel mamas guide because we would really put it to use

  8. We have 6 children and I would love to win the book to learn where to stay for optimal sleep and play during family vacations

  9. amy deeter says

    i love travel tips

  10. amy deeter says

    we would to stay the night at a kids love going to them 🙂

  11. I don’t have young children, but would love to give this to a friend who travels with hers a lot. (But I’d love to have the Residence Inn card for my own family travels!)

  12. Residence Inn Hotels are one of our favorite places to stay, so we would definitely enjoying having this card to help with our next travel adventure.

  13. Sandra Travis says

    Love the Marriott, going on vacation this summer and this could save us some $$.

  14. Rachel Ellis says

    I would love to win the book because we are planning to travel a few times this year and I don’t even know where to begin. We have never traveled much before.

  15. Rachel Ellis says

    I would love to win the gift card because my 10 year old absolutely loves staying in hotels but he doesn’t get to do it often. It would be a rare treat.

  16. Wanda McHenry says

    We don’t have young children, but a good friend of mine goes on road trips and I’m sure she could use the book!

  17. I want to win because travel trips are always appreciated.

  18. can never have to many travel tips!!

  19. I’d love this GC because I love residence inn! It’s so fun!!

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