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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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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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A young girl (left) embraces a young boy (right) in front of a sign that reads, 'Chicago.'

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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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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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

Get an inside look at this family’s Dallas staycation, including everything they did, from horseback riding to a waterpark, and gorgeous photos, so you can see it all.

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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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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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A woman (left) black pullover while hugging a man (right) wearing a red pullover and grey hat in front of a mountain range at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Destination Ideas

3 Stunning Mountain Getaways to Explore This Year

  • Posted June 30, 2021

Check out 3 unique mountain getaway destinations that’ll be the peak of your travels this year, plus tips for choosing between them by someone who’s been to all 3.

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A young boy wearing a neon green life jacket on a kayak holds a paddle and looks towards two trees criss-crossed over the river.

Destination Ideas

5 Nature-Filled Day Trips from Orlando

  • Posted June 24, 2021

Check out these 5 day trips from Orlando where you’ll find nature all around you, from seeing manatees to swimming in springs to hiking on winding trails.

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Destination Ideas

Your Guide to Hiking in Gatlinburg: Trails, Tips, Food & More

  • Posted June 14, 2021

Check out your full guide to hiking in Gatlinburg, including 6 of the best trails, tips, great recommendations for things to do and where to eat afterward.

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