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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.

Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

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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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

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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Check In With Us

Are you just as obsessed with travel as we are? Find out how to share your great vacation story on this page. And you can always find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

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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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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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Jennifer's hat sits on a table with swimwear next to the poolside of a Holiday Inn Club Vacation Resort.

Travel Tips

Top Travel Stories & Tips of 2020: Our Year in Review

  • Posted December 31, 2020

Check out the top travel stories of 2020 from Checking In, including RV adventures, national park trips, work and schoolcations, our NOLA grand opening and more.

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Destination Ideas

National Parks: How to Start a New Family Travel Tradition

  • Posted December 29, 2020

Learn how to start new national parks travel traditions from the Johnston family, who has trekked through 11 parks in just four years.

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Authors, Lauren Layne and Anthony LeDonne, stand in winter apparel with Bailey the Pomeranian at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Travel Tips

5 Tips for Surviving a Couple’s Road Trip with Your Spouse (and Dog)

  • Posted December 9, 2020

Lauren Layne and Anthony LeDonne are a real couple talking about real couple’s road trip probs, ways to resolve those snags and maybe … even … appreciate them.

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Author, Amanda Nall (left), pose on Santa's sleigh with her sons for a photograph surrounded by holiday decor.

Travel Tips

5 Ways to Decorate for the Holidays While on Vacation

  • Posted December 3, 2020

Get tips on ways to decorate for the holidays while on vacation, plus some holiday travel inspiration, from Amanda Nall, mom behind That Inspired Chick.

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