With the coming close of summer, now is a good time to start making plans for the holidays as your family vacation gift!
Time Together Makes A Perfect Gift
With the first frosty days upon us, as we dream of cozy days with our families, now is the time to plan for the winter holidays before the holiday rush!
In fact, we have the perfect gift suggestion for your family – the gift of vacation time at Abalone Bay!
A family vacation gift of time and memories for the people you love is a sure winner for the holiday gift giving season. And by becoming a member of our Inner Circle you also save enough for added holiday treats even with inflation looming.
Read on to learn why you should include the gift of time together plus our five fabulous tips to make your family vacation gift giving easy.
Give the Gift of Making Memories
Who doesn’t love a holiday gift that’s new, bright, and shiny?
And what better than a gift that is not only new, bright, and shiny, but also gives you a lifetime of wonderful memories!
That is what the gift of a vacation at Sea Ranch Abalone Bay will provide you and your loved ones this year and for years to come.
What They’ll Find When They Unwrap Their Gift
Updates and additions include:
- New and refreshed decor in the living room…
- And bedrooms, all with new mattresses.
- Expanded viewing to the west, perfect for capturing that winter’s sunset in front of the new enlarged gas fireplace glowing across the living room’s new wood flooring.
- Game room with long bench seating, skylights, game table and chairs, sofa, ottomans and plenty of family entertainment options stored away in our library and credenza.
- A new garage with a dedicated space saved for you, our guests.
- Table tennis awaiting family tournaments in the garage.
- Covered breezeway from garage to the house that makes a perfect yoga deck or lounge space
- New expanded courtyard that includes new landscaping and access to the trails.
- Direct access to the courtyard’s hot tub and new oasis garden through the principal bedroom sliding door.
- Convenient washer and dryer located in the hallway as well as a large capacity set in the garage
Holiday Travel During Uncertain Times
We know choosing the right Christmas presents for family members can be challenging, especially during a the uncertain times of inflation and the apparent unending pandemic.
Nonetheless, planning for a family vacation remains a priority especially now.
Travel Remains on Americans Minds
Travel remains on Americans minds now in 2022. About one-third of Americans daydream about travel. Others talk to friends or family about future travel. Families remain eager to get out there and make up for lost time. Trips that were postponed over the last two years with both domestic and international destinations are now on the agenda for 2022.
Pandemic Redefines Family Time
A pre-pandemic study of 2,000 parents with school-aged children across the country found the extent to which hectic routines take their toll during the work week . Families polled managed less than 45 minutes all together on a typical weekday (“American families barely spend quality time together,” New York Post). Then came COVID-19 with many families spending 24/7 together between the same four walls without relief.
Yet, despite the last years of togetherness, research showed 88% of parents were likely or very likely to travel with their children. This means that travel demand from US families in 2021 was at the same level as it was in 2017 with travel intent even higher than in 2019. And this year’s travel statistics continue to show increases. For example, 48 million Americans traveled over the Fourth of July holiday weekend—an increase of 4% from 2021, just 2% below 2019 levels. So you are not alone in experiencing the strong the urge to get away.
In fact, Expedia’s recent research shows in 2022 U.S. travelers are embracing the GOAT (Greatest of All Trips) mindset by seeking out excitement/exhilaration (41%) and the feeling that they have made the most out of their trip (40%). The study also found that travelers are more willing than ever before to splurge on their future travels (40%).
Travel in the Time of Inflation
We know inflation is crushing almost all aspects of our’ budgets — including vacations. We get that rising transportation and gas costs concern you. As a result it’s impacting all our travel plans and spending especially within the next six months. That’s why we recommend rather than comparing your spending to averages from surveys, use your travel budget from past trips and adjust accordingly to today’s inflation rates.
The trick will be to adjust for rising costs and make sure your trip is budget-wise. But we caution you to remember that last year’s budget with travel was at a standstill due to the pandemic.
Naturally, travel was generally pretty cheap. So it goes without saying 2022 prices will rise. But with our Inner Circle discounts, you still manage to save.
Save by Avoiding Major Cities
Sure, planning a trip to a major city has a lot to offer in sightseeing. However, staying in vacation rentals on the mountain, lake, recreational areas , and the coast, such as in Sea Ranch, provide more space and time for family groups.
Why Travel to Remote Areas?
Typically prices for a vacation rental property is 15% to 50% lower than hotels or resorts. Yes, we know hotels are great.
Plus, the full kitchens provide additional savings by not having to eat each meal out. When you add the cost of having to go out for all three meals for everyone that can just about break the bank!
An unplugged holiday where the family can gather and experience nature together, not only rekindles bonds, it also reconnects children and adults to the live lightly and love the land.
Plus with dog friendly Abalone Bay you have the added savings added savings of kenneling your dog for the duration of your trip.
Book Your Vacation Rental Gift Early to Save
Further, by booking your holiday gift of time now you are able to avoid the rise in prices major peak seasons draw near. This definitely helps save money and avoid traffic and big crowds when booking a property such as Abalone Bay that uses dynamic pricing. Dynamic pricing is the real-time updating of lodging rates based on how many are left available and the demand for them.
Bottom line – when there are a few rentals left, and the demand is high, rates will increase. Conversely when demand is low, rates decrease.
Save By Being an Inner Circle Member
You can add further to your the savings by becoming Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Inner Circle Member! Members receive special discounts and gifts when they join. They also learn first when dates are released before the general public.
Families not in the school-age range may have a ton of flexibility to go on vacation. For example, booking a family getaway three or four weeks before a major holiday can significantly decrease the cost of the vacation. But if you dream of celebrating the holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years Day, during their actual days now is the time to book.
Why Gift Holiday Travel to Your Family
We look for gift ideas that are meaningful, create joy, build lasting memories. We want gifts that build us to be better people and make us stronger as a family. The gift of a family vacation covers all these bases.
There are significant advantages to choosing a vacation as a Christmas gift. While this is not an exhaustive list, here are five reasons to give the gift of a family vacation
1. VACATIONS PROVIDE QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY
Will one of your 2023 New Year resolutions be to spend more quality time with family and friends?
Do you prefer to do that outside your own four walls?
If so we recommend giving the gift of making memories.
Plus it’s a great way to assure you can check that one important resolution off of your list.
Good news and indications remain that family vacations provide dedicated, quality time with the family that builds relationships and creates stronger family units. Furthermore, families also value and prefer vacation rentals as a family’s preferred vacation location.
2. VACATIONS CREATE LASTING MEMORIES THAT CHILDREN CHERISH THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES
“Reflection on our happiest memories of joyful time spent together as a family can be extremely powerful in bringing relief and respite when faced with the darker times that life can bring.” John McDonald, Director of the Family Holiday Association
Think about your own favorite childhood memories. Do they include vacations with your own family? It’s easy to see anecdotally why family vacations build memories children will take with them throughout their lives. In fact, research proves it. Multiple studies affirm the power that family vacations with their shared experiences have in creating lasting, positive memories.
“Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory,” psychologist and best-selling author Oliver James explained to The Telegraph.
It’s all about talking nonsense with your parents, sharing an ice cream and moments of time in which your interests are genuinely taken into account.”
What kind of memories with you are your family members taking into the future?
3. FAMILY VACATIONS IMPROVE CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
Traveling with children is also beneficial to brain development. “An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction,” says child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland.
“Think: family together in the pool, walking together through the forest, touching long tall grasses waving in the wind, toasting marshmallows on campfire, hanging out together under warm sun, feeling sand between the toes.”
4. CONNECTING ACROSS GENERATIONS AND MILES
The advantages of giving vacations as gifts are not just limited to parents. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins find a family vacation to be extremely valuable. They deepen connections with family members across generations and across geographical distances.
Sure, it’s difficult just to build in quality time with our nuclear families. That degree of difficulty increases when you plan for time with extended family members. Yet we know maintaining these connections is critical in building strong families. According to AARP:
With so many grandparents living hundreds of miles from their grandchildren, some are turning to a fun way to bridge the distance: vacationing together. About 40 percent of grandparents say they travel with their grandchildren, according to a new ‘Grandparents Today’ survey from AARP Research.”
The survey also found that 75 percent of grandparents had traveled with three or more generations in the past year. It also reports others chose “skip-gen” travel—vacationing with the grandkids alone, minus the middle generation. About one-third of grandparents have taken their grandchildren on skip-gen trips.
5. THE JOY IN ANTICIPATION
The upside of giving the gift of a family vacation is that the happiness it brings starts well before packing.
According to Healthy Set Go, “Research shows the biggest boost in happiness comes from planning the vacation. A person can feel the effects up to eight weeks before the trip.”
Having something to look forward to with the family provides weeks of fun before the trip actually starts.
Those who are waiting to go on a holiday are much happier with their life as a whole, experience less negative or unpleasant feelings, and thus enjoy an overall net positive effect or pleasant feelings.”
The holiday-taking group are also happier with their family, economic situation, and health.”
David Gilbert and Junaida Abdullah of the University of Surrey.
TIPS FOR PLANNING A FAMILY CHRISTMAS VACATION GIFT
When considering giving a family vacation as a Christmas gift, here are some tips for getting the most bang for your buck.
1. VISUALIZE WHERE YOUR FAMILY CAN CONNECT, AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY LIKE TO DO
Can you see your family splashing around the ocean? Do they enjoy evenings relaxing on a beachfront deck listening to the waves crash? Or skiing, snowboarding and sitting in front of the fire at night? Or boating, kayaking around the lake, and singing and telling stories around the fire pit at night? Visualizing where your family will be most relaxed can help you decide where to go.
3. SAVE BY CHOOSING DESTINATIONS WITHIN A DAY’S DRIVE OR LOOK FOR DIRECT FLIGHT SPECIALS
Flying can be expensive for large groups. Plus when adding in the cost of a rental car, the total bill starts to quickly rise.
By driving, you can save money and plan in some quirky side stops along the way.
4. BOOK DIRECTLY WITH THE VACATION HOME MANAGER OR OWNER
The big sites like Vrbo and Airbnb have additional traveler fees. You can often get a better deal when you book directly. Plus, you have a one-on-one contact that will make sure that everything goes smoothly. In addition, the managers/owners can help with any individual needs you have. Their insights offers you things you want to do, or gifts you want to add in the home. They can help to make your vacation gift even more special. Vrbo and Airbnb are great sites to explore to get ideas, but booking directly has a ton of advantages.
Skip the Gifts – Give Memories that Last a Lifetime
Many of us want to move away from gifts with little meaning. Giving more devices, video games, and more ways to disconnect from each other can feel a little shallow. Are you struggling to find the right gift still? Then a family vacation may be the perfect present for your family this year. It sounds cliché to say that you will “build memories that last a lifetime.” But then it is cliché for a reason.
Your future family will thank you.