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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

Best Family Beach Vacation Packing List for Sunny, Sandy Fun [Free, Printable PDF]

  • Posted May 4, 2021

Check off everything on this family beach vacation packing list so you don’t forget a thing on your sunny getaway. It includes lists for the kids, beach and more.

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Featured Contributor, Sally Butan (back-right) and her family of five enjoy some beverages at a table near the lazy river at our Orange Lake resort located near Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

Where to Stay in Orlando: A Hidden Gem for Summer Family Vacations

  • Posted April 6, 2021

Check out one of the best places to stay in Orlando for your family vacation. Sally Butan shares why it’s a hidden gem and all about the villas, things to do and more.

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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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Featured Contributor, Amanda Nall (middle) poses with her two friends on the beach near our Galveston Beach Resort in Galveston, Tx.

Destination Ideas

Galveston Weekend Getaway: All About Our Girls’ Trip

  • Posted March 22, 2021

Find out how to have the ultimate Galveston weekend getaway as Amanda shares all about her girls’ trip, including things to do in the area, where to stay and more.

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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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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 January 6, 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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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, 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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Jessica Averett's husband (right) and son (right) stand looking out at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Destination Ideas

National Take a Hike Day: 9 Member-Favorite Hiking Trails

  • Posted November 16, 2020

In honor of National Take a Hike Day, check out these top 9 favorite places to hike near our resorts, recommended by our members.

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Two girls outside in the snow wearing blankets and beanies while laughing.

Destination Ideas

Top 7 Holiday Experiences in the Berkshires

  • Posted October 29, 2020

Wondering what to do in the Berkshires during the holiday season? Check out the top 7 best holiday experiences from a real Massachusetts native.

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Chris' husband (middle) and daughters sitting at a Bryce Canyon National Park overlook.

Destination Ideas

How to Do 5 Utah National Parks in an RV

  • Posted October 27, 2020

A kindergarten teacher, wife and mom of two shares how she and her family hit up all 5 Utah National Parks … in an RV … during COVID-19.

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Resort Visits

How to Plan a Nature-Filled Family Trip to Branson, MO

  • Posted October 22, 2020

Angelica from Toddlin’ Across America gives us an inside look at her family’s recent nature-filled travels to our Holiday Hills Resort in Branson, Missouri.

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