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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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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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A mother (left) lifts her expressive arms as a father (right) holds up their child in front of a wooded area.

Travel Tips

How to Take Great Vacation Pictures: 7 Tips for Families

  • Posted November 24, 2020

No matter what type of camera you have (yes—even an iPhone!), use these 7 easy photography tips to capture your family’s best vacation moments.

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Raff with her family by the pool at Orange Lake Resort

Travel Tips

How to Potty Train While Traveling

  • Posted November 20, 2020

Learn how to potty train while traveling with Raff of @raffoutloud. She's got 3 three-year-olds and a whole lot of vacation tips on this topic.

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A woman in an orange sweater (front-right) helps serve a meal her husband and daughter (back-left) prepared in their Villa kitchen.

Travel Tips

Cooking on Vacation: Foodie Advice and 25 Tips from Club Members

  • Posted November 12, 2020

Take advantage of your villa’s full kitchen with tips for cooking on vacation from our Club members, editor-in-chief and foodie author Jamie Nelson.

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Author, Jennifer Probst (left), and her sons (middle and right) stand on the edge of the Acadia National Park hiking trail while wearing their masks.

Travel Tips

How to Work While Traveling

  • Posted November 9, 2020

Learn how to work while traveling and add a little vacation fun between all those Zoom meetings from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst.

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Author, Jessica Averett, and her family sit on the ski lift in winter apparel and ski gear.

Travel Tips

Planning a Family Ski Trip: 8 Easy Tips for Your First One

  • Posted November 4, 2020

Planning your first family ski trip? Jessica and her family are pros at this winter sport, and she’s sharing her top 8 tips on how to plan your snowy ski adventures.

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Author, Sarah Conroy, and son, Logan, sit on a lake pier mimicking an airplane with their arms.

Travel Tips

Tips for Flying with Kids This Holiday Season

  • Posted November 2, 2020

Check out one mom’s best tips for flying with kids this holiday season, including advice for flying with babies and toddlers and traveling during COVID-19.

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Brenda's family sits in their villa with work and play.

Travel Tips

How to Take a Schoolcation: Myrtle Beach Edition

  • Posted October 26, 2020

Brenda, the mom of five behind @she_plusfive, shares tips on how to mix virtual school with fun from her recent schoolcation at South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach.

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Angelica's children sitting on the steps of their RV.

Travel Tips

Helpful RV Travel Tips: Branson Road Trip Edition

  • Posted October 21, 2020

Angelica from Toddlin’ Across America offers some great RV travel tips and advice from her family’s recent road trip adventure to Branson, Missouri.

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