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Celebrating 40 Years of Amazing Vacations

Read all about our past, present and future from our CEO John Staten.

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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.

Author, Danny Pitaluga (left), and son, Joey (right), wear their swimsuits near a fountain park area at our Orange Lake Resort located in Orlando, Florida.

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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Member Memories

9 Ways to Make the Most of Your Vacation Ownership

  • Posted May 10, 2022

Read 9 tips for how to maximize your vacation ownership, all based on one family’s decades of experience with timeshares.

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Check In With Us

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, YouTube and Pinterest, too.

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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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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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Two young caucasian tween boys (left and right) wearing swim shirts and shorts sit with their feet in a pool with a young caucasian girl (middle) wearing a swimsuit, swimming shorts and goggles as she splashes her feet.

Things to Do

6 Ways to Find Fun in The Berkshires with Your Kids

  • Posted August 17, 2021

Find out 6 ways to have family fun in The Berkshires with kids, as one mom describes her family vacation in South Lee and local activities for all abilities.

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Things to Do

A Taste of Our Top Favorites from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  • Posted August 9, 2021

Discover everything we loved about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, including our favorite foods, drinks, entertainment, merch and more.

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Things to Do

Your Guide to Outdoor Family Fun at Villages Resort in Flint, Texas

  • Posted August 5, 2021

Check out Felicia’s guide to family fun at Villages Resort in Flint, Texas. You’ll get the best outdoorsy things to do, where to eat, tips and more.

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Things to Do

6 Best Things to Do in Branson, Missouri, Recommended by a Local

  • Posted August 3, 2021

Check out the 6 best things to do in Branson, Missouri — all recommended by a local of 32 years. You’ll find foodie spots, outdoor adventures and family fun.

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Things to Do

2021 Orlando Theme Park Guide

  • Posted August 2, 2021

Check out this Orlando theme park guide to learn about the new safety measures you should expect next time you hit up some rides.

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Things to Do

Disney Springs: Best Things to Do for Families & Couples

  • Posted July 28, 2021

Find out what the best things to do at Disney Springs are for families during the day and for adults and couples on date night.

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Travel Tips

Broadway Shows in NYC: Your Guide to Theater This Year

  • Posted July 22, 2021

Get insider info on Broadway shows in New York City, including 8 tips and tricks on where to get tickets, how to navigate the city and more.

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Things to Do

SeaWorld Orlando: Your Guide to Exhibits, Shows, Rides & More

  • Posted July 21, 2021

Dive into what SeaWorld Orlando is like and find out the best exhibits, attractions and rides to hit up on your next visit.

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