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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.

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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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Destination Ideas

Top 10 Fall Getaways to See the Leaves Change Colors

  • Posted July 27, 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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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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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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Destination Ideas

What is There to Do at Each Walt Disney World Park?

  • Posted June 10, 2021

Check out this full guide to what there is to do in each Walt Disney World Park in Orlando, including all the different “lands,” best rides, places to eat and more.

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A young boy and his father sit on an orange inner tube in the lazy river in River Island at our Orange Lake resort located in Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

How to Pick the Perfect Summer Resort for Your Family Vacation

  • Posted June 3, 2021

Find out 5 of the top things to look for when choosing a summer resort to stay at for your next sunny family vacation.

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Things to Do

How to Do New Orleans Like a Local: Things to Do & Places to Eat

  • Posted May 18, 2021

Check out 20 of the best things to do in New Orleans and local places to eat — all family-friendly, all amazing and all written by local NOLA mom, Catherine.

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Featured Contributor, Ashley Fraboni (right) and Fiancé, Nicholas (left) sit atop a rock a Shenandoah National Park.

Destination Ideas

COVID Vacation Ideas: 13 Fresh & Safety-Friendly Travel Spots

  • Posted April 22, 2021

Explore 13 COVID vacation ideas for fun, fresh-air and outdoor adventures. Get info on each destination, including tips, safety measures and best things to do.

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Featured Contributor, Ashley Fraboni (left) and her fiancé, Nicholas (right), pose in front of the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' marquee while wearing face masks.

Destination Ideas

What is Vegas Like Right Now?

  • Posted April 14, 2021

Find out what Vegas is like right now, including safety measures in the city, fun things to do on the Strip, where to dine, shop and stay and more.

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Destination Ideas

7 Best National Parks for a Summer Family Vacation

  • Posted March 24, 2021

Plan your summer family vacation with this list of the best national parks to visit in the summertime. From the northwest to the Atlantic coast, you’ll discover outdoor fun for the whole family.

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