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Find Your Winter Vacation Spot

See which snowy place is perfect for your winter travel personality.

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Two men walk a snow-covered trail in a pine tree forest wearing snowboarding gear and carrying snowboards.Two men walk a snow-covered trail in a pine tree forest wearing snowboarding gear and carrying snowboards.

Welcome to Checking In

Checking In is the place to find everything you’ll need to plan your next family getaway. All brought to you by real families and our family of Team Member travel experts. Make the most of your vacation time by Checking In with us. To see what’s coming up, visit our About page.

Featured Contributor, Jessica Averett (right), wears a winter jacket, sunglasses, and white bike helmet while riding a Fat Tire bike in the snow next to a man in front of the mountains.

Travel Tips

5 Best Winter Sports for Families (Besides Skiing)

  • Posted February 17, 2021

Check out the best winter sports for families (that aren’t skiing) for your next snowy family vacation. These 5 activities are perfect for all ages.

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Featured Co-author, Christine, stands on Venice Beach wearing black tanks and leggings in front of the boardwalk and various exercise areas.

Travel Tips

8 Travel Workout Tips for Staying Active on Vacation

  • Posted January 4, 2021

Unlock 8 fitness secrets that'll help you tackle your travel workouts and stay active on vacation from 3 CycleBar instructors.

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Check In With Us

Are you just as obsessed with travel as we are? Find out how to share your great vacation story on this page. And you can always find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

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Author, Danny Pitaluga (left), and son, Joey (right), wear their swimsuits near a fountain park area at our Orange Lake Resort located in Orlando, Florida.

Member Memories

What Vacation Ownership is Like: The Gift of Family Vacations

  • Posted December 17, 2020

Hear one family’s vacation ownership story, and find out how timeshares work, how and why they became owners, how they dealt with buyer’s remorse and more.

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Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World® Resort is illuminated with holiday projections at night.

Things to Do

Walt Disney World: 16 of the Most Magical Holiday Happenings

  • Posted December 15, 2020

Get the scoop on the best Walt Disney World Theme Parks activities, decorations, merch and happenings going on during this holiday season.

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Authors, Lauren Layne and Anthony LeDonne, stand in winter apparel with Bailey the Pomeranian at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Travel Tips

5 Tips for Surviving a Couple’s Road Trip with Your Spouse (and Dog)

  • Posted December 9, 2020

Lauren Layne and Anthony LeDonne are a real couple talking about real couple’s road trip probs, ways to resolve those snags and maybe … even … appreciate them.

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Exterior image of our New Orleans resort in the twilight hour.

Resort Visits

Our New Resort in New Orleans: 21 Things We’re Most Excited About

  • Posted December 7, 2020

Now that our New Orleans Resort is open, discover the 21 things we’re most excited about, from big villas and beignets to Bourbon Street and more.

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Author, Amanda Nall (left), pose on Santa's sleigh with her sons for a photograph surrounded by holiday decor.

Travel Tips

5 Ways to Decorate for the Holidays While on Vacation

  • Posted December 3, 2020

Get tips on ways to decorate for the holidays while on vacation, plus some holiday travel inspiration, from Amanda Nall, mom behind That Inspired Chick.

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Author, Kimberly Gelin's daughter (left), sits at her dining table in our Villa at Orange Lake Resort in Florida with her iPad for virtual learning.

Resort Visits

Work & Schoolcation Tips for Families: Orlando Edition

  • Posted December 1, 2020

Get travel advice on work and schoolcation routines from one mom’s recent trip to Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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A former 'Make-a-Wish' child, Kyle Bergen (right) and his Fiancee Kristen Duvic (left) pose in front of our HICV villa exterior.

Things to Do

Give Kids The World Village’s Night of a Million Lights: An Epic Orlando Holiday Event

  • Posted November 27, 2020

See how Give Kids The World Village, despite closing due to COVID-19, has continued to raise funds through its holiday event, Night of a Million Lights.

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A mother (left) lifts her expressive arms as a father (right) holds up their child in front of a wooded area.

Travel Tips

How to Take Great Vacation Pictures: 7 Tips for Families

  • Posted November 24, 2020

No matter what type of camera you have (yes—even an iPhone!), use these 7 easy photography tips to capture your family’s best vacation moments.

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Raff with her family by the pool at Orange Lake Resort

Travel Tips

How to Potty Train While Traveling

  • Posted November 20, 2020

Learn how to potty train while traveling with Raff of @raffoutloud. She's got 3 three-year-olds and a whole lot of vacation tips on this topic.

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Jessica and her son laughing together while he sits on her shoulders as they hike in the Arizona desert.

Resort Visits

Scottsdale Vacation Tips: How to Plan a Family Adventure

  • Posted November 18, 2020

Discover family-friendly Scottsdale vacation tips from Jessica of Bring the Kids as she and her family discover the outdoors and visit our Scottsdale Resort.

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Jessica Averett's husband (right) and son (right) stand looking out at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Destination Ideas

National Take a Hike Day: 9 Member-Favorite Hiking Trails

  • Posted November 16, 2020

In honor of National Take a Hike Day, check out these top 9 favorite places to hike near our resorts, recommended by our members.

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A woman in an orange sweater (front-right) helps serve a meal her husband and daughter (back-left) prepared in their Villa kitchen.

Travel Tips

Cooking on Vacation: Foodie Advice and 25 Tips from Club Members

  • Posted November 12, 2020

Take advantage of your villa’s full kitchen with tips for cooking on vacation from our Club members, editor-in-chief and foodie author Jamie Nelson.

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