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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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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, Karishma Kittur (top-left), her husband, Rohan (top-right) and two daughters, Myrra (front-left) and Amarra (front-right).

Travel Tips

6 Top Benefits of Hiking with Kids

  • Posted April 26, 2021

Find out 6 of the best benefits of hiking with kids and all the fun things you and your family will learn by venturing out into the great outdoors together.

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Traveler pulling out their cell phone to look at their digital health pass/vaccine passport, with a mask in their hand and luggage in front of them.

Travel Tips

What Are Vaccine Passports? Everything We Know So Far About Future Travel, Safety & New Health Technology

  • Posted April 9, 2021

Learn what we know about “vaccine passports” so far, including research on what they are, how they’d work, safety, how they might impact future travel plans and more.

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A young boy wearing a white long sleeve shirt plays with a toy airplane in front of an airport window near the runway with a white airplane.

Travel Tips

6 Tips for Traveling with Children with Autism

  • Posted April 2, 2021

Learn 6 tips for traveling with children with autism from Eileen, Alicia and Ninka—all moms sharing travel advice based on their own experiences with their children who have autism.

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Featured Contributor, Danny Pitaluga, wears sunglasses and swim trunks while sitting in a yellow beach wheelchair on the sand as waves roll in.

Travel Tips

How to Plan a Wheelchair-Friendly Beach Trip

  • Posted March 30, 2021

Learn top tips for planning a wheelchair-friendly beach trip, including what to pack, getting onto the beach and more, from Danny of @accessiblevacations.

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Featured Contributor, Melody Forsyth (left), backpacks with her daughter, Ruby (right), as they touch some rock formations.

Travel Tips

3 Tips for Traveling with Kids with Down Syndrome: Melody & Ruby’s Story

  • Posted March 18, 2021

Get helpful family tips for traveling with kids with Down syndrome, as one mom shares her story and advice for vacationing with a child with special needs.

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Featured Contributor, Ashlyn George, stands with a horse in front of the Canadian mountain range.

Travel Tips

Solo Travel for Women: 8 Empowering Tips for Safe & Amazing Vacations

  • Posted March 8, 2021

Read 8 safety tips about solo travel for women from an expert traveler. Ashlyn shares must-read advice, personal stories and more for any woman planning a solo trip.

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Featured Contributor, Chris Johnston's two daughters, Kyler (right) and Kyndall (left), wear multi-colored snorkel gear while holding onto a rope in the ocean.

Travel Tips

8 Snorkeling Tips for Your Family’s First Ocean Outing

  • Posted February 26, 2021

Get 8 snorkeling tips for families based on one mom’s first ocean adventure with her two kids. Plus, see what it’s like to snorkel in Florida.

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Featured Contributor, Jessica Averett (right), wears a winter jacket, sunglasses, and white bike helmet while riding a Fat Tire bike in the snow next to a man in front of the mountains.

Travel Tips

5 Best Winter Sports for Families (Besides Skiing)

  • Posted February 17, 2021

Check out the best winter sports for families (that aren’t skiing) for your next cold-weather family vacation. These 5, easy winter activities are perfect for all ages and skill levels.

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Beignets placed on a table with some coffee on white plates.

Travel Tips

How to Make Beignets: THE Sweet Treat of New Orleans

  • Posted February 9, 2021

Learn the secret to making the perfect beignets, a New Orleans staple. These sweet, pillowy, sugary pastries make a great treat for breakfast and dessert.

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Featured Contributor, Jessica Averett's family, adorn with ski gear, make their way down the snowy slopes.

Travel Tips

11 Spring Skiing Tips for Families: How to Spend Spring Break on the Slopes

  • Posted January 21, 2021

Check out these 11 spring skiing tips for your family’s spring break adventure on the slopes! Learn how to pick the right destination, what you’ll need and much more.

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Featured Co-author, Christine, stands on Venice Beach wearing black tanks and leggings in front of the boardwalk and various exercise areas.

Travel Tips

8 Travel Workout Tips for Staying Active on Vacation

  • Posted January 4, 2021

Unlock the fitness secrets you need to tackle travel workouts and stay active on vacation. You’ll learn 8 different ways you can work out from 3 CycleBar instructors.

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