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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.

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Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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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 the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Check In With Us

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A man wearing a white robe on a green couch (left) holds a glass of champagne in his right hand while pouring the green bottle in this left hand for a woman (right) also wearing a white robe on a purple couch.

Resort Visits

New Orleans Resort: Should You Book the Standard or Signature Collection Villa?

  • Posted June 28, 2021

Check out one couple’s candid — and highly entertaining — comparison of the standard and Signature Collection one-bedroom villas at New Orleans Resort.

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A young boy wearing a neon green life jacket on a kayak holds a paddle and looks towards two trees criss-crossed over the river.

Destination Ideas

5 Nature-Filled Day Trips from Orlando

  • Posted June 24, 2021

Check out these 5 day trips from Orlando where you’ll find nature all around you, from seeing manatees to swimming in springs to hiking on winding trails.

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A man (left) wears a light grey crewneck sweater next to a woman (right) on a beach in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

Travel Tips

Retirement Travel: 7 Secrets to Making the Most of Every Vacation

  • Posted June 22, 2021

Find out 7 secrets to retirement travel and maximizing all your vacations, including helpful, outside-the-box ways to plan, pack, budget and more.

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The Haby kids riding in the backseat of an open-top Jeep down the Vegas strip.

Travel Tips

Road Trip Tips: Our Best Advice for Families

  • Posted June 16, 2021

Read our best road trip tips for families and couples, including how to do RV travel, packing advice, tips for road tripping with kids and more.

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A woman wearing a purple tank top, jean shorts and glasses poses underneath a pair of wedged rocks in Gatlinburg, TN.

Destination Ideas

Your Guide to Hiking in Gatlinburg: Trails, Tips, Food & More

  • Posted June 14, 2021

Check out your full guide to hiking in Gatlinburg, including 6 of the best trails, tips, great recommendations for things to do and where to eat afterward.

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Destination Ideas

What is There to Do at Each Walt Disney World Park?

  • Posted June 10, 2021

Check out this full guide to what there is to do in each Walt Disney World Park in Orlando, including all the different “lands,” best rides, places to eat and more.

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Travel Tips

Tips for Overcoming Travel Anxiety

  • Posted June 8, 2021

Get 13 tips for managing your travel anxiety, from the planning stages to actual traveling, so that your next vacation can be as easy and amazing as possible.

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A young boy and his father sit on an orange inner tube in the lazy river in River Island at our Orange Lake resort located in Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

How to Pick the Perfect Summer Resort for Your Family Vacation

  • Posted June 3, 2021

Find out 5 of the top things to look for when choosing a summer resort to stay at for your next sunny family vacation.

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Resort Visits

6 Reasons to Take a Summer Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort

  • Posted May 31, 2021

Check out 6 reasons this family fell in love with one of the best resorts in Orlando for summer family vacations, from the lazy river to special activities and more.

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Sara Perezes youngest daughter (right) is held by her dad in his uniform outside of an air hangar.

Travel Tips

Military Family Vacations: 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Time Together

  • Posted May 28, 2021

Get 5 tips on taking military family vacations, including planning advice and handling the “unknowns,” from a military spouse and mom of four.

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Featured contributor, Brianna Steele (middle), and her two children pose near our pool at South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Things to Do

Top 12 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach in the Summer

  • Posted May 24, 2021

Check out the 12 best things to do in Myrtle Beach in the summer! Yes, the beach is included, along with many other activities like shows, adventure parks and more.

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Things to Do

What is There to Do in Orlando When it Rains?

  • Posted May 20, 2021

Find out what there is to do in Orlando when it rains. Read 11 fun ways to spend those Florida rainy days, from indoor attractions and activities to shopping and more.

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