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14 Dec 2023
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Can you believe that the new year is just a few weeks away? Neither can we! But as we get ready to head into the new year, this is often a time when people start thinking about what they want to change in the new year. Maybe you’re thinking about hitting the gym more often or eating healthier or cutting back on alcohol. 

But New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be about removing things from your life! Why not make travel a part of your resolutions? In fact, studies show that taking a vacation can help improve your physical and mental health, increase your motivation, and generally make you happier. And those all sound like amazing reasons to make your New Year’s Resolution to travel more! 

And personally, we think a vacation to the Outer Banks can fill all those boxes while being fun and making memories for your entire family in one of the most beautiful places in the world! So keep reading for our Top 10 Ways booking an Outer Banks Vacation (or two!) with Seaside Vacations should be a part of your New Year’s Resolutions!

Stay Fit

There are so many amazing ways that visiting the Outer Banks can help you keep your commitment to getting more fit in the new year. Did you know that 80% of new year's resolutions fail by February? But when you take an Outer Banks vacation, it definitely doesn't have to be that way! Get your exercise by climbing up and down the giant, living sand dune at Jockey's Ridge State Park or go hiking through one of our many, beautiful maritime forests. There are also lots of walking and biking trails up and down most of the Outer Banks, so why not rent a bicycle while you're here and go exploring? Or even stay at a vacation rental that's within easy walking distance to restaurants and attractions so that you can get a little bit of extra exercise in every day! There are countless ways to stay active when vacationing on the Outer Banks and keep up that new year's commitment to fitness!

Let Go of the Stress

According to the American Psychological Association, taking a vacation and removing yourself from the locations and activities you traditionally associate with stress, can help improve your mood and reduce your stress overall. And there's no better place to get away to than the Outer Banks where every day is filled with surf, sand, and sun. Enjoy distancing yourself from your daily life and enjoy the chance to step into a new place filled with fun activities, delicious restaurants, and endless adventures. While you're here, be sure to treat yourself to a spa day or take a yoga class to help you really get into that Outer Banks Zen. You'll leave your vacation feeling rejuvenated and ready to face whatever life throws at you.

Start the New Year Hassle-Free

Stay true to your new year's commitment to let go of the things that no longer serve you and that includes making sure that planning your next vacation is easy and hassle-free! When you book your Outer Banks vacation with Seaside Vacations, we strive to make your Outer Banks vacation as hassle-free as possible. We offer easy online booking with our Hassle-Free Dynamic website, keyless entry, free linens and bath towels, a free Beach Gear Credit, and Free Wifi during your stay. We also offer our Club Seaside program, with exclusive services and discounts for Seaside guests, dog-friendly vacation rentals, comprehensive travel insurance to give you peace of mind in the event of a family emergency, hurricane evacuation, and more. We want to make your vacation stress-free and easy, from booking, to check-in, to check-out. We're here to help you with all of your needs and ensure that booking your Outer Banks vacation for the new year is a positive and uplifting experience every time.

Try Something New

If one of your new year's resolutions is to get outside of your comfort zone and try something new, there's honestly no better place to do that than the Outer Banks. Try hang gliding off the peaks of Jockey's Ridge or go kiteboarding on the sound. If you're looking to overcome your fear of heights, try an aviation tour of the banks or climb a lighthouse and get a 360, bird's-eye view of the beautiful sandy beaches of these brilliant barrier islands. 

Prioritize the Family

For many, the new year is a chance to refocus on the family, making a commitment to spend time together and prioritize your loved ones over work or business. Escaping to the Outer Banks is a great way to do just that. Get away from the distractions or daily life and take the time reconnect with each other a beautiful place that offers a little bit of something for everyone. The Outer Banks is regularly ranked #1 U.S. News' Best Family Beach Vacations in the U.S. With its beautiful landscapes, mild temperatures, and plenty of things to do for the whole family, the Outer Banks is the perfect place to get together and remember that memories are more often about who we're with than what we do or how much money we spend. Check out our Ultimate OBX Family Vacation Guide for a sample itinerary and fun things to do together during your stay!

Learn Something New

If you're looking to work on expanding your education in the new year, the Outer Banks is a fantastic place to do that! This area is steeped in history, from Blackbeard's wild romping to the Graveyard of the Atlantic, it's impossible to get far without finding an important piece of history to reflect on. Spend some time at the Wright Brothers National Memorial to get an idea of the importance of the first flight or spend a few hours at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island for the chance to get up close and personal with the sea-life that calls the Outer Banks home. Drive down to the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station for a chance to learn about the U.S. Life-Saving Service and stop by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum for the chance to explore shipwrecks and the nautical history of the North Carolina coast.


If you're looking to spend less time with technology this year, the beach is an amazing place to do it! Get yourself on Outer Banks "island time" and you'll be kicked-back and relaxing before you know it. Leave the phone in the car and head to beach. Go surfing, read something beach-themed, or simply work on that tan by the water. Explore the many different ways to have fun up and down the beach. Go for a Corolla Wild Horse Tour and be sure to get tickets to see the Tony Award Winning outdoor drama The Lost Colony during your stay. It's easy to have fun without technology during your vacation and even easier to immerse yourself completely in the rest and relaxation of the Outer Banks!

Don’t Break the Bank

So maybe you're looking to be smarter financially in the new year? We can help with that too! Booking your next Outer Banks vacation with Seaside Vacations doesn't have to break the bank! Take advantage of our ongoing deals and out Hassle-Free Layaway Program that lets you extend the cost of your vacation over multiple months, completely interest-free! Call our live, in-house Outer Banks Vacation Rental Specialists at (866) 884-0267 and they'll help you come up with a program where you can get up to 14 months to pay for your next Outer Banks vacation! No interest. No hidden fees. Just finding the perfect beach house that fits within your budget and living the best of both worlds. You can be financially responsible in the new year while still getting the chance to escape to the Outer Banks.

Pick Up a New Hobby

Maybe you're looking to pick up a new hobby in the new year? There's no better place to try something new than at the Outer Banks! Give fishing a try at one of the convenient piers located up and down the beach or look into birdwatching in one of the best birding areas in the world. You can also try surfing, kayaking, or stand-up paddle-boarding for some fun adventures on the water that are sure to become a new passion. Check out one of the local kite festivals and maybe you'll even find your passion in the world of kites, for recreation or competition. This is also a great place to try out photography, painting, writing, or even pottery. The possibilities are endless when you come to the Outer Banks!

Enjoy Something Different Year-Round

No trip to the Outer Banks will ever be the same twice. If you're looking to expand your horizons in the new year and experience something wonderful and new throughout the year, consider coming back to the Outer Banks at different times of year! Come in the spring to experience the blossoming at the Elizabethan Gardens and the summer for those trips to the beach. The cooler temperatures of the fall offer a spectacular experience with less-crowded beaches and fun seasonal activities while spending the holidays on the Outer Banks is sure to see endless fun and opportunities. Don't settle for one vacation to keep your spirits up throughout the year! Plan to come back at different times throughout the year to experience all the best of what the Outer Banks has to offer.


So let us at Seaside Vacations help you keep one of those resolutions! Get started early by calling one of our live, in-house Outer Banks Vacation Rental Specialists at (866) 884-0267 or check out our available rentals to book your next Outer Banks vacation today! Let us help you start off the new year by looking forward to an epic, unforgettable vacation that’s sure to help you stress less, move more, and enjoy the best of what the Outer Banks has to offer. 

Don’t let the chance to stay in your dream vacation home get away. 

Book today. 

We’ll see you at the beach!

About the Author: Lauren is an Outer Banks local, mom, trained historian, and travel enthusiast. When she isn’t writing for the Seaside Vacations Travel Blog, Lauren can usually be found with her nose in a book or cuddling with her cats.