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Find the Best Food in the Big Easy

Learn how to eat (and drink) your way through New Orleans.

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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

Is it Better to Travel During the Week or Weekend?

  • Posted February 1, 2022

Find out the benefits of traveling both during the week and the weekend with topics like cost, transportation, activities, lodging and more.

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Travel Tips

Walt Disney World Packing List for Kids & Parents [Free, Printable PDF]

  • Posted December 14, 2021

Download and print this handy Walt Disney World packing list to make sure you have everything you need for your family’s best day ever.

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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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Destination Ideas

5 Best Budget-Friendly Spring Vacations for Families

  • Posted March 15, 2022

Check out these 5 budget-friendly spring vacations as Angelica shares her family’s favorites, from Florida to Delaware to Virginia and more.

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Destination Ideas

9 Impactful Places to Visit & Learn About Black History

  • Posted February 15, 2022

Find out the best places to learn about Black history in America and understand the accomplishments and innovations of Black figures in the face of adversity.

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Destination Ideas

Best Vacation Spots for Couples: Our 10 Favorite Trips Together

  • Posted January 4, 2022

Check out these 10 best vacation spots for couples from KJ and Sarah, who describe their favorite trips together, from Vermont to Texas to Utah and more.

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Things to Do

7 Ways to Relax, Unwind & Step Back in Time in Genoa, Nevada

  • Posted December 21, 2021

Plan your trip to Genoa, Nevada, with this guide on how to relax, unwind and step back in time with hot springs, nature and more.

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Destination Ideas

Our Fun Family Getaway Near Chicago

  • Posted October 12, 2021

Read all about one family’s getaway near Chicago and their favorite activities in and outside the city, including the SkyDeck, horseback riding and more.

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Destination Ideas

7 Halloween Vacations for SpoOoky Family Fun

  • Posted October 4, 2021

Check out 7 Halloween vacations that are frightfully fun for families! Discover what makes each place spooky, its top attractions and where to stay.

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Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Get a feel for what Branson is like to visit, along with things to do and where to stay, from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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Destination Ideas

Top 10 Fall Getaways to See the Leaves Change Colors

  • Posted September 8, 2021

Check out these top 10 fall getaways to see those magical color-changing leaves. You'll get trip ideas with peak leaf-viewing times and unique places to stay.

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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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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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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 July 21, 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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