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Learn how to eat (and drink) your way through New Orleans.

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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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Featured Author, Jennifer Probst (right) stands with her niece (left) in front of a hill that overlooks the coastline of Italy.

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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

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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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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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. Plus, download it for free.

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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).

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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 work, safety and possible impact on future travel.

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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 their advice and experiences with their kids.

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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.

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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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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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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 and personal stories 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.

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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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