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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.

Travel Tips

Best Family Beach Vacation Packing List for Sunny, Sandy Fun [Free, Printable PDF]

  • Posted May 4, 2021

Check off everything on this family beach vacation packing list so you don’t forget a thing on your sunny getaway. It includes lists for the kids, beach and more.

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Featured Contributor, Sally Butan (back-right) and her family of five enjoy some beverages at a table near the lazy river at our Orange Lake resort located near Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

Where to Stay in Orlando: A Hidden Gem for Summer Family Vacations

  • Posted April 6, 2021

Check out one of the best places to stay in Orlando for your family vacation. Sally Butan shares why it’s a hidden gem and all about the villas, things to do and more.

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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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Featured Contributor, Jessica Averett's family, adorn with ski gear, make their way down the snowy slopes.

Travel Tips

11 Spring Skiing Tips for Families: How to Spend Spring Break on the Slopes

  • Posted January 21, 2021

Check out these 11 spring skiing tips for your family’s spring break adventure on the slopes! Learn how to pick the right destination, what you’ll need and much more.

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The Haby family walk down Fremont street near our Desert Club Resort located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Things to Do

9 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

  • Posted January 19, 2021

Wondering if Vegas is kid-friendly? Explore 9 things to do in Las Vegas with kids as one mom talks about her family vacation and her four kids’ favorite activities.

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Featured author, Andrea Beltran, poses near a creek wearing a blue hiking backpack and purple pull-up sweater.

Things to Do

Things to Do in Clarkesville, Georgia: A Weekend Getaway

  • Posted January 15, 2021

Check out the best things to do in Clarkesville, Georgia, especially if you’ve only got a weekend to explore this fun, outdoorsy area.

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A mural with animated projection mapping in various colors of purple, orange, yellow and magenta featured in the lobby of our resort in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Resort Visits

All About the Oh-So-Stunning New Orleans Mural at Our Resort

  • Posted January 13, 2021

Learn all about a New Orleans mural that comes alive with bright colors and jazz music at New Orleans Resort. See the inspiration, artist and process behind it.

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Featured Author, Jennifer Probst (right) stands with her niece (left) in front of a hill that overlooks the coastline of Italy.

Destination Ideas

How to Plan an Italy Vacation: Travel Memories from a Multi-Generational Family Adventure

  • Posted January 6, 2021

Hear travel memories from best-selling author Jennifer Probst’s Italy vacation, including planning tips, favorite places, best family experiences and more.

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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 the fitness secrets you need to tackle travel workouts and stay active on vacation. You’ll learn 8 different ways you can work out from 3 CycleBar instructors.

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Jennifer's hat sits on a table with swimwear next to the poolside of a Holiday Inn Club Vacation Resort.

Travel Tips

Top Travel Stories & Tips of 2020: Our Year in Review

  • Posted December 31, 2020

Check out the top travel stories of 2020 from Checking In, including RV adventures, national park trips, work and schoolcations, our NOLA grand opening and more.

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Destination Ideas

National Parks: How to Start a New Family Travel Tradition

  • Posted December 29, 2020

Learn how to start new national parks travel traditions from the Johnston family, who has trekked through 11 parks in just four years.

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Author, Brenda Rivera Stearns' daughter, Victoria, floating along the lazy river in a blue innertube at our South Beach resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Resort Visits

Our Family’s First Trip to Myrtle Beach

  • Posted December 23, 2020

Learn how to plan an amazing trip to Myrtle Beach from this family of seven’s recent vacation. You’ll find out things to do, where to stay and eat, and more.

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Author, Jenn C. Harmon, stands in front of the Biltmore Estate wearing a buffalo plaid red and black face mask and festive scarf over a black jacket.

Destination Ideas

How to Visit the Biltmore Estate in Just One Day

  • Posted December 21, 2020

Find out the best way to see the Biltmore Estate using only one day of your Asheville vacation. You’ll get tips, must-see spots and a full-day itinerary.

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Author, Danny Pitaluga (right) sits in his black wheelchair wearing a charcoal hoodie as his wife, Val (middle), and his son, Joey (left), stands on Danny's lap to decorate a Christmas tree outdoors.

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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