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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.

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

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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A Latinx groom wearing a black suit and (right) and a caucasian bride with a long train (left) dance with each other in front of a brick facade.

Destination Ideas

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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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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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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Travel Tips

Travel-Perfect Hairstyle Tutorial with Mindy McKnight

  • Posted October 19, 2020

Follow along with this Double Dutch Braid step-by-step tutorial, the perfect hairstyle for vacation travels, from Mindy McKnight of Cute Girls Hairstyles.

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Featured Contributor, Clarissa Laskey (middle), kayaks with her daughter (right) in a blue kayak while her son (left) kayaks in his own green kayak.

Travel Tips

Traveling Solo with Children: One Mom’s Take on One-Parent Vacations

  • Posted October 7, 2020

Hear one mom’s experiences with traveling solo with her children. She’ll share why she loves it and memories from her trip to Orange Lake Resort in Orlando.

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Member Memories

Tips for Traveling with Disabilities

  • Posted October 5, 2020

Learn the best tips for traveling with disabilities from Danny of Accessible Vacations. He’ll share his story, personal advice and favorite ways to vacation.

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Ashley's kids posing in the airport terminal.

Travel Tips

Flying During COVID-19: A Family’s Experience

  • Posted September 29, 2020

Get tips for flying during COVID-19 with your family, especially with little ones, based on one family of six’s recent travel experiences.

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Jessica's kids playing in the RV.

Travel Tips

RV Trips with Kids: 10 Tips for Success

  • Posted September 9, 2020

Learn how you can make RV trips with kids a smoother ride and find out if RV travel is a good option for your family vacation with these 10 tips and tricks.

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Travel Tips

National Park Trips: Best Family-Friendly Tips by Park

  • Posted September 7, 2020

Get tips and advice for your national park trips. You’ll discover top recommendations for 21 parks, so you can have the best outdoor family adventure.

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