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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.

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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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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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Left: Mindy and Kamri pose near their SUV with a pink suitcase in tow. Top-Right: Kamri sporting the dutch-braid hairstyle. Bottom-right: Kamri sporting the dutch-braid hairstyle from a profile.

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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Danny at the airport next to all his luggage

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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