Make Christmas Magical with the Gift of Travel

Harris Vacations Staff Writer">Harris Vacations Staff Writer | December 1, 2022

Do you remember that coveted gizmo gadget you received one Christmas morning when you were a kid? You know, the one you played with nonstop for two days and promptly lost under the bed.

Now, how about getting lost on a family road trip to the mountains, catching a big fish (and a wicked sunburn) that fishing weekend with Dad, or camping out with all the cousins beneath an endless, starry sky? 

Those memories are probably clearer to remember. Reminiscences like these are more vivid; they helped shape you and joined other special recollections to form your core. That’s because experiences, not material goods, typically bring greater and more long-lasting levels of happiness. 

With the holidays fast approaching and the race to find the “perfect present,” wouldn’t it be nice to give the people you care about a truly meaningful gift that lasts a lifetime—time away together to relax and reconnect in paradise? 

The Harris Vacation Rentals Management team would love to help you with such a personal and thoughtful gesture. Let’s conjure up a little Christmas magic this year by giving your family beach vacation to remember!


The Benefits of a Family Vacation

Family is one of the most important things, if not THE most important, in the life of a human being. Your relatives are your people—they are actually linked to the past and bridges to the future, as the saying goes.

Yet, it’s often difficult to carve out quality time for your family in a hectic world amidst the grind of daily living. There are chaotic schedules, work duties, school obligations, extracurricular activities, endless errands, children to shuttle back and forth, households to manage, and so on.


Getting Away From It All Is Good for You

Chronic stress can take a tremendous toll on our bodies, leaving us vulnerable to infection and more prone to accidents and injury. Our minds may also suffer—we develop shorter fuses, become more distracted, and find ourselves less responsive to the emotional needs of others.

However, taking a break from routine to enjoy a vacation is a great remedy for burnout. Studies show physical, mental, and emotional downtime is just as crucial to our health and well-being as handling day-to-day responsibilities.

Spending quality time with family away from the daily grind helps alleviate stress. It provides an opportunity to bond and cultivates communication, a chance to talk things out and receive feedback.

Overall, people who take a relaxing vacation, like a trip to the beach, return happier and more serene, leading them to be more productive going forward. It’s a reset button for the soul and the perfect opportunity to unwind and unplug. 


Why Travel Is the Perfect Gift

Your loved ones have probably done their fair share of mindless stress-buying online over the past two years, and the last thing they need is more stuff. Giving them a beach vacation is almost certainly guaranteed to be a bigger hit than socks, a scratch-off, or a scented candle.

After all, the fleeting happiness we feel when opening presents like toys or clothes fades much faster than the sustained joy we receive from gifted travel. Beforehand, there is the thrill of vacation anticipation. Then, there’s the fun trip to enjoy, followed by lovely memories to cherish forever. It’s no competition! 


Harris Vacation Rentals Can Help

Once you’ve decided to give your family a Christmas vacation, you’ll need expert advice to plan the perfect getaway. That’s where we come in!

When searching for the ideal beach, look no further than the turquoise waters and sugary-white sand of the Alabama Gulf Coast. To find a rental home in this breathtaking area, there is no company better equipped to assist than Harris Vacation Rentals.

Our company has grown to include more than 80 vacation homes and condos, and we take great pride in having helped clients create once-in-a-lifetime family vacations for more than 30 years. From beach house rentals in Gulf Shores and luxury homes in Perdido Key to Orange Beach condos and cottages in Fort Morgan, we have accommodations to fit your family’s needs. 


Large-Group Rentals

No matter how big your family is, you’re in for a beach getaway everyone will enjoy. Our spacious family vacation rentals have enough bedrooms and separate living spaces to fit a multi-generational group comfortably, so there’s no need to pay for multiple hotel rooms. 

All Harris Vacation Rentals beachfront properties are clean, well-maintained, and conveniently located to popular attractions. You can quickly reach shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations by foot, bike, or car. The Gulf Coast is a very family-friendly area, with plenty to see and do for all ages. 

Many of our properties are pet-friendly, so your furry friend can enjoy the surf and sand alongside you. More than 20 Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores beach houses allow pets, so there are plenty to choose from! Find out more about our pet-friendly rentals here and here. 

Our coastal rental homes will allow you to experience amazing Gulf views, stunning sunrises, and peaceful sunsets right outside your front door. You can expect lazy days, sun-kissed cheeks, and waves crashing outside your windows. If this sounds like heaven, check out some of our large-group rentals and find the perfect one for your family beach vacation here


Wow Them This Year

There is no present more significant than the gift of time, so show the ones you care about how committed you are to investing in their happiness and well-being this Christmas by giving them a once-in-a-lifetime family beach vacation with Harris Vacation Rentals. It will be far more rewarding for both the giver and the receiver.

Contact us today to start planning your unforgettable vacation! 



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