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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.

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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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Where to Stay for Your Orlando Wedding

  • Posted July 13, 2021

Get insider info on the best place to stay for your Orlando wedding by a newly married bride and soon-to-be mom from Michigan.

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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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A man (left) wears a light grey crewneck sweater next to a woman (right) on a beach in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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