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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, Tori Ferrante (right) and her husband embrace in front of the Orlando Icon Ferris Wheel at ICON park under a blue sky.

Things to Do

Top 9 Most Romantic Things to Do in Orlando

  • Posted February 3, 2021

Check out the 9 most romantic things to do in Orlando. With beautiful views, exciting experiences and more, you’ll get the perfect date ideas for your special someone.

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The Haby family walk down Fremont street near our Desert Club Resort located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Things to Do

9 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

  • Posted January 19, 2021

Wondering if Vegas is kid-friendly? Explore 9 things to do in Las Vegas with kids as one mom talks about her family vacation and her four kids’ favorite activities.

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Featured author, Andrea Beltran, poses near a creek wearing a blue hiking backpack and purple pull-up sweater.

Things to Do

Things to Do in Clarkesville, Georgia: A Weekend Getaway

  • Posted January 15, 2021

Check out the best things to do in Clarkesville, Georgia, especially if you’ve only got a weekend to explore this fun, outdoorsy area.

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Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World® Resort is illuminated with holiday projections at night.

Things to Do

Walt Disney World: 16 of the Most Magical Holiday Happenings

  • Posted December 15, 2020

Get the scoop on the best Walt Disney World Theme Parks activities, decorations, merch and happenings going on during this holiday season.

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Natural Bridge Caverns outdoor winter wonderland area. Photo courtesy of Natural Bridge Caverns

Things to Do

Texas Hill Country: Top 7 Things to Do During the Holidays

  • Posted December 11, 2020

Discover 7 family fun holiday activities in Texas Hill Country, including the lit-up River Walk, festive underground caverns and photos with Cowboy Kringle.

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A former 'Make-a-Wish' child, Kyle Bergen (right) and his Fiancee Kristen Duvic (left) pose in front of our HICV villa exterior.

Things to Do

Give Kids The World Village’s Night of a Million Lights: An Epic Orlando Holiday Event

  • Posted November 27, 2020

See how Give Kids The World Village, despite closing due to COVID-19, is continuing to raise funds through its spectacular holiday event, Night of a Million Lights.

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Universal Studio park entrance featuring the Universal Globe (left).

Things to Do

What It’s Like at Universal Orlando Right Now

  • Posted October 16, 2020

Get insider info on what it’s like at Universal Orlando Resort right now, including safety measures, rides, wait times and more.

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Dakota, Theresa's son, reaches from his stroller to embrace Elmo and Abby Cadabby outside Sesame Street Land.

Things to Do

What It’s Like at SeaWorld Orlando Right Now

  • Posted October 15, 2020

Check out what it’s like at SeaWorld Orlando right now as one theme-park-goer shares her experiences with safety, crowds, Sesame Street Land and more.

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Left: The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Right: Storm Troopers stand at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Star Wars: Rise fo the Resistance.

Things to Do

What It’s Like at Disney's Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios Right Now

  • Posted October 14, 2020

Get the inside scoop on what it’s like at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios right now. You’ll hear about rides, safety, mobile ordering and more.

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Left: Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom. Right: Spaceship Earth at EPCOT.

Things to Do

What It’s Like at Disney's Magic Kingdom & Epcot Right Now

  • Posted October 13, 2020

Hear all about what it’s like at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot Theme Parks right now, including updates on rides, crowds, safety measures and more.

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Jessica's kids sitting on the edge of a rock in front of gorgeous fall foliage and mountainous landscapes

Things to Do

Hiking with Kids: 10 Easy Tips

  • Posted September 23, 2020

Discover 10 great pieces of advice for hiking with kids from mother of five and the voice behind the Bring the Kids travel blog, Jessica Averett.

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Jeff taking a selfie at Tom's Thumb lookout trail.

Things to Do

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Scottsdale

  • Posted September 15, 2020

Check out our local expert’s take on the top 10 best things to do in Scottsdale (and nearby), including golf, off-roading, hiking and much more.

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