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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.

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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A Latinx groom wearing a black suit and (right) and a caucasian bride with a long train (left) dance with each other in front of a brick facade.

Destination Ideas

Where to Stay for Your Orlando Wedding

  • Posted July 13, 2021

Get insider info on the best place to stay for your Orlando wedding by a newly married bride and soon-to-be mom from Michigan.

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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, Chris Johnston's two daughters, Kyler (right) and Kyndall (left), wear multi-colored snorkel gear while holding onto a rope in the ocean.

Travel Tips

8 Snorkeling Tips for Your Family’s First Ocean Outing

  • Posted February 26, 2021

Get 8 snorkeling tips for families based on one mom’s first ocean adventure with her two kids. Plus, see what it’s like to snorkel in Florida.

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Featured Contributor, Angie Orth (far-right), and her friends hold their putters outside on our mini-golf course.

Resort Visits

How to Plan a Friends Vacation: Our Group Getaway in Orlando

  • Posted February 24, 2021

Learn how to plan a super fun friends vacation with tips and recommendations from Angie (of AngieAway) as she relives her group getaway at Orange Lake Resort.

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Cape Canaveral Beach with Lifeguard hut at sunset.

Things to Do

6 Cape Canaveral Couples’ Getaway Ideas

  • Posted February 22, 2021

Discover 6 Cape Canaveral couples’ getaway ideas for your romantic beach vacation to Florida’s east coast. You’ll read about where to stay, what to do and more.

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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 cold-weather family vacation. These 5, easy winter activities are perfect for all ages and skill levels.

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Sally Butan (left) of @butanclan and her husband cross the street towards our New Orleans resort with signage that reads, 'Holiday Inn Club Vacations.'

Resort Visits

Virtual Mardi Gras Celebrations: Our New Orleans Resort’s First Fat Tuesday!

  • Posted February 15, 2021

Kick off virtual Mardi Gras celebrations at our New Orleans Resort with a toe-tapping video, stories from our very first guests and more!

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Things to Do

Is New Orleans Kid-Friendly?

  • Posted February 11, 2021

Wondering if New Orleans is kid-friendly or the right spot for your family vacation? Check out one family of six’s experiences and the best kid-friendly activities.

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Beignets placed on a table with some coffee on white plates.

Travel Tips

How to Make Beignets: THE Sweet Treat of New Orleans

  • Posted February 9, 2021

Learn the secret to making the perfect beignets, a New Orleans staple. These sweet, pillowy, sugary pastries make a great treat for breakfast and dessert.

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Featured contributor, Tori Ferrante (right) and her husband embrace in front of the Orlando Icon Ferris Wheel at ICON park under a blue sky.

Things to Do

Top 9 Most Romantic Things to Do in Orlando

  • Posted February 3, 2021

Check out the 9 most romantic things to do in Orlando. With beautiful views, exciting experiences and more, you’ll get the perfect date ideas for your special someone.

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A family walks towards the Susan Constant ship at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Resort Visits

The Best Place to Stay in Williamsburg, VA: Our Family’s Experience

  • Posted February 1, 2021

Wondering what the best place to stay in Williamsburg, VA, is? Read about one family of six’s resort stay, including room features, activities and things to do.

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A woman holds a man's hand while wearing winter apparel and ski goggles looking off at snowcapped mountains under a blue sky.

Destination Ideas

Find Your Winter Vacation Spot

  • Posted January 27, 2021

Find your winter vacation spot! See what your snow personality “style” is and get matched to one of 8 mountain resort, snowy city or winter wonderland getaways.

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Resort Visits

Our Orlando Vacation: How to Have a Safe & Fun Disney Trip

  • Posted January 25, 2021

Read about one family’s recent Disney and Orlando vacation, including all the safety measures they noticed at Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Orange Lake Resort.

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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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