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Find Your Winter Vacation Spot

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

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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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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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Virtual Vacations

3 Easy, Cheesy Recipes to Make This Fall [Free, Printable PDFs]

  • Posted September 21, 2021

Download these 3 super easy, extra cheesy recipes this fall — all “krafted” by Chef Duane from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

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Sue the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered stands in an exhibit hall.

Things to Do

7 Chicago Museums You NEED to Visit

  • Posted September 20, 2021

Put these 7 Chicago museums at the top of your must-see list while you’re in the Windy City. You’ll dive into sea life, astronomy, art, history and more.

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Things to Do

5 Best Things to Do at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg

  • Posted September 16, 2021

Dive into the 5 best things to do at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Niccole is sharing her family’s top favorite must-see underwater wonders.

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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

Resort Visits

Our First Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort [La Primera Vacación de Nuestra Familia en Orange Lake Resort]

  • Posted September 14, 2021

Follow this family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga eso familia en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in English & Spanish.)

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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.

Resort Visits

Falladays Fun Days: Meet the Kraft Chef Behind Our Cheesy, Fall Recipes

  • Posted September 13, 2021

Get an inside look at Falladays at our Texas resorts and Chef Duane’s cheesy, fall recipes brought to you by Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

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Clarissa Laskey's kids tubing on the lake at Orange Lake Resort

Resort Visits

7 Ways to “Fall” in Love with Orange Lake Resort This Fall

  • Posted September 10, 2021

Check out 7 ways you can extend your summer just a little bit longer and have the best Florida fall vacation with your family at Orange Lake Resort.

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Destination Ideas

Top 10 Fall Getaways to See the Leaves Change Colors

  • Posted September 8, 2021

Check out these top 10 fall getaways to see those magical color-changing leaves. You'll get trip ideas with peak leaf-viewing times and unique places to stay.

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Travel Tips

12 of Our Most Popular Travel Blog Stories: Celebrating Our 1-Year Checking In Blogaversary!

  • Posted September 1, 2021

Check out 12 popular travel blog stories on Checking In, from things to do in Lake Tahoe to travel hairstyle tips by Mindy McKnight and much more in between.

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A caucasian family of four stand near a horse stable.

Destination Ideas

Our Amazing Dallas Staycation at Villages Resort

  • Posted August 31, 2021

See everything this family loved about their Dallas staycation in Flint, Texas, from horseback riding to the indoor waterpark and more.

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A caucasian man (left), a caucasian woman (middle) and an African American woman stand in front of the Anna Ruby Falls waterfall surrounded by lush green woods.

Things to Do

The Perfect One-Day Itinerary for Helen, Georgia

  • Posted August 25, 2021

Plan out your time in Helen, Georgia, with this one-day itinerary! Ashley’s sharing the best things to do from her day trip, including tubing, hiking and more.

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Travel Tips

11 Ways to Keep Your Toddler (& You) Happy on a Road Trip

  • Posted August 23, 2021

Get 11 road trip activities and tips for keeping your kids happy on long car rides from Angelica, a mom who RVs across the country with her 3 toddlers.

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Things to Do

6+ Fun & Free Things to Do in Orlando

  • Posted August 19, 2021

Discover 6+ free things to do in Orlando that are heavy on the fun and easy on the wallet, from exploring new areas to soaking up the sun and plenty more.

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