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

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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.

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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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, 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 snowy family vacation. These 5 activities are perfect for all ages.

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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.

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8 Travel Workout Tips for Staying Active on Vacation

  • Posted January 4, 2021

Unlock 8 fitness secrets that'll help you tackle your travel workouts and stay active on vacation 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 our top travel stories of 2020 from Checking In, including RV adventures, national park trips, 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.

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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.

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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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