Exploring a new place is always an adventure, but vacationing in the same place has many benefits. Year after year, we take great joy in seeing a lot of the same smiling families excitedly arrive for their annual vacation on the Outer Banks. We have watched generations of children grow over time and return years later with their own children. Some say a repeat vacation is the best vacation and we couldn’t agree more. The benefits of a repeat trip to a family are valuable beyond question, so we’re sharing our top 5 reasons to vacation in the same place. Gather the entire family in a low-pressure setting The December holiday season is widely known as the time of year for families to gather. However, the holidays can sometimes be hectic, and, as families grow, some famiy members may not be able to easily travel to get together for holidays. A yearly vacation gives families an opportunity to spend treasured time together in a laid-back setting. For children, vacationing in the same place with the same family members each year provides a sense of stability in an ever-changing world. Measure time with photos in the same place A yearly vacation in the same place is the perfect opportunity to capture family memories. Taking a family photo in the same spot each year is an amazing way to show how much each family member has grown and changed over the years. Freeze a moment in time to look back on and reminisce. Many families have OBX vacation photos that were captured on 35mm film displayed alongside more recent photos taken on a smartphone. Watch your vacation spot evolve each year Remember when the very first Duck Donuts opened up, just steps from the Duck soundfront? It’s hard to think back to a time on the Outer Banks when there wasn’t a Duck Donuts! Visiting the same place year after year allows the opportunity to watch the area evolve. Check out the new brewery in town or meet the vacationing neighbors in the newly constructed home next door. It’s always fun to find something new in a familiar place. Find your home away from home When you find a vacation home that’s perfect for your family, you may find great comfort in staying in the home again. You already know how to get to the home. You know which bedroom you’ll be sleeping in. You know how much pantry space you’ll have for groceries. You’re familiar with any quirks that the vacation home has, such as a squeaky floor board or which remote to use to turn the volume up on the TV. After a few visits, your vacation rental can truly become your family’s home away from home. Ensure a fun and memorable vacation If you had a wonderful vacation once, the odds are favorable that you’ll have a great stay again in the same place. You’re less likely to encounter surprises and make first-timer mistakes. Taking the unknown factors out of your vacation planning can contribute to a genuinely rewarding experience. A repeat vacation means you already know the lay of the land, including where the nearest grocery store and ice cream shop are located. You’re likely to pack more efficiently for subsequent vacations. Family members may pick up new skills on the next vacation as well. Vacation in the Same Place, Year After Year The Outer Banks is known for being a place that families return to every year. Many families find their home away from home and rebook it for the following year while they’re still on the OBX. If your family has found a vacation home that works perfectly for your group, we encourage you to take advantage of having the first right of refusal to book for the following year as soon as possible to secure it for your next vacation. If your family is looking to start a new tradition of vacationing in the same place, there’s never been a better time to plan a visit to the Outer Banks. Summer is the most popular time of year on the Outer Banks, but the off-season can be equally amazing. Our Vacation Specialists are available to help with any questions you have, from assisting you with finding a vacation home to letting you know which local restaurant has the best crabcakes. We recommend planning ahead to be sure that you can book the absolute best vacation home for your family. Once you’ve booked, it’s time to look forward to spending time on the Outer Banks with loved ones from near and far.