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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.

Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

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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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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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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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 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

Take a trip to Myrtle Beach with this family of seven! You’ll find out where to stay, 5 family-friendly things to do, planning tips 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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