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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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Buildings on Bourbon Street near New Orleans Resort.Buildings on Bourbon Street near New Orleans Resort.

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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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A woman in a floral dress, two young girls wearing white dresses, and a man in a red shirt and khaki shorts wear hats and sunglasses in a desert surrounded by cacti under a blue, cloudy sky.

Resort Visits

Arizona National Parks: Your Guide to Planning Amazing Desert Adventures

  • Posted April 12, 2022

Plan your Arizona national parks trip with insights and personal experiences from Nikol, as she shares adventures, pro tips, where to stay and more.

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Resort Visits

The Cutest Orlando Weekend Itinerary for Your Couples’ Getaway

  • Posted January 18, 2022

Check out this Orlando weekend itinerary to plan a romantic and active couples’ getaway with ideas like hiking, a winery, mini golf 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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Resort Visits

VIP Experiences: The All-New, Super-Special Way to Do Event Travel

  • Posted November 15, 2021

Read the inside scoop on VIP Experiences, our all-new, fully guided events for Club members, brought to you by Holiday Inn Club Vacations.

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Resort Visits

Our Thanksgiving Vacation at Orange Lake Resort

  • Posted November 2, 2021

Check out Niccole’s Thanksgiving vacation in Orlando, including how she prepped her feast and spent quality family time at Orange Lake Resort.

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Things to Do

Your Ultimate Lake Tahoe Hiking Guide: Best Trails, Tips, Things to Do & More

  • Posted October 26, 2021

Check out the 5 best Lake Tahoe hiking trails, tips, where to stay, things to do and much more based on one expert traveler’s experiences in this gorgeous area.

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Resort Visits

Our Fun Fall Vacation at Falladays

  • Posted October 6, 2021

See how this family spent their fall vacation enjoying fun activities like Ghostly Mini Golf, trick-or-treating, cheesy eats, boat days and more.

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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 this family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga eso familia en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in English & Spanish.)

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A woman in an orange sweater (front-right) helps serve a meal her husband and daughter (back-left) prepared in their Villa kitchen.

Resort Visits

Falladays Fun Days: Meet the Kraft Chef Behind Our Cheesy, Fall Recipes

  • Posted September 13, 2021

Get an inside look at Falladays at our Texas resorts and Chef Duane’s cheesy, fall recipes brought to you by Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

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Clarissa Laskey's kids tubing on the lake at Orange Lake Resort

Resort Visits

7 Ways to “Fall” in Love with Orange Lake Resort This Fall

  • Posted September 10, 2021

Check out 7 ways you can extend your summer just a little bit longer and have the best Florida fall vacation with your family at Orange Lake Resort.

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A man wearing a white robe on a green couch (left) holds a glass of champagne in his right hand while pouring the green bottle in this left hand for a woman (right) also wearing a white robe on a purple couch.

Resort Visits

New Orleans Resort: Should You Book the Standard or Signature Collection Villa?

  • Posted June 28, 2021

Check out one couple’s candid — and highly entertaining — comparison of the standard and Signature Collection one-bedroom villas at New Orleans Resort.

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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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