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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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Natural Bridge Caverns outdoor winter wonderland area. Photo courtesy of Natural Bridge Caverns

Things to Do

Texas Hill Country: Top 7 Things to Do During the Holidays

  • Posted December 11, 2020

Discover 7 family fun holiday activities in Texas Hill Country, including the lit-up River Walk, festive underground caverns and photos with Cowboy Kringle.

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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, is continuing to raise funds through its spectacular 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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Author, Jennifer Probst (left), and her sons (middle and right) stand on the edge of the Acadia National Park hiking trail while wearing their masks.

Travel Tips

How to Work While Traveling

  • Posted November 9, 2020

Learn how to work while traveling and add a little vacation fun between all those Zoom meetings from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst.

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