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Welcome to Checking In

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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Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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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 the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Travel Tips

5 Travel Tips for New Parents That'll Make Your Getaway Smooth Sailing

  • Posted October 19, 2021

Get 5 travel tips for new parents from Danny. From flying with car seats to planning road trips, he has expert tips from traveling with his newborn, toddler and wife.

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Travel Tips

12 of Our Most Popular Travel Blog Stories: Celebrating Our 1-Year Checking In Blogaversary!

  • Posted September 1, 2021

Check out 12 popular travel blog stories on Checking In, from things to do in Lake Tahoe to travel hairstyle tips by Mindy McKnight and much more in between.

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Travel Tips

11 Ways to Keep Your Toddler (& You) Happy on a Road Trip

  • Posted August 23, 2021

Get 11 road trip activities and tips to keep your toddler happy from this traveling mom of 3 who’s sharing what works and what doesn’t on her family’s long car rides.

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Travel Tips

Broadway Shows in NYC: Your Guide to Theater This Year

  • Posted July 22, 2021

Get insider info on Broadway shows in New York City, including 8 tips and tricks on where to get tickets, how to navigate the city and more.

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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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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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Travel Tips

Road Trip Tips: Our Best Advice for Families

  • Posted June 16, 2021

Read our best road trip tips for families and couples, including how to do RV travel, packing advice, tips for road tripping with kids and more.

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Travel Tips

Tips for Overcoming Travel Anxiety

  • Posted June 8, 2021

Get 13 tips for managing your travel anxiety, from the planning stages to actual traveling, so that your next vacation can be as easy and amazing as possible.

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Sara Perezes youngest daughter (right) is held by her dad in his uniform outside of an air hangar.

Travel Tips

Military Family Vacations: 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Time Together

  • Posted May 28, 2021

Get 5 tips on taking military family vacations, including planning advice and handling the “unknowns,” from a military spouse and mom of four.

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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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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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