New Year’s Resolutions You Can Conquer at the Beach


It’s approaching that time of year again! The New Year brings the desire to live your best life and be your best self by setting one or more goals that help you to achieve those things. Yes, it’s resolution time, friends. Have you thought about yours yet? Looking back at last year’s most popular New Year’s resolutions, we couldn’t help but notice that they could all be more easily accomplished at the beach! Check this out.

(P.S. It’s just another compelling reason to plan your next Topsail, North Carolina beach vacation today.)


The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions


We’re going to break down these chart-topping resolutions that are most commonly made each year and show you how—and why—they are indeed easier to conquer when you’re at the beach. We think you’ll quickly see that you have to agree. Life really is better at the beach.


Save More Money on a Beach Vacation

You may not think of taking a vacation as a means of saving money, but when you choose a beach vacation you can actually save more money than you would on other typical vacation destinations. Why? Because many of the things you can enjoy at the beach are totally free! Walks on the beach, free. Fabulous coastal sunrises and sunsets, free. Nature trails and parks, free. Surf fishing from the shoreline (if you already have your own gear and license), free. Building a sandcastle, free. Collecting seashells, free. Kids being entertained on the beach, free. You get the idea.


Eating Well is Easy at the Beach

With the abundance of fresh, locally caught seafood every month of the year, opportunities for eating well and eating healthfully present themselves on a daily basis. Coastal living offers the beautiful bounty of the sea in all its seasons; many of which are good for your mind, body and overall well-being. Then there’s the access to locally grown produce at our beach shops and farmers markets that give you a taste of the fresh seasonal flavors and a variety of healthy options for your meals. Let’s also not forget about the many area restaurants serving up the best of what the beach has to offer.



Being Active is a Lifestyle at the Beach

There are so many opportunities to get out there and move: walks on the beach, bike rides, water sports, and other coastal adventures—all paired with a mild and temperate climate all year long. It’s incredibly easy (and fun) to maintain an active lifestyle at the beach without even trying. It just comes naturally!


The Beach Encourages R&R

Self-care is 4th on that list of top resolutions, so that translates into things like getting more rest, improving sleep quality,  minimizing stress and taking care of you. The beach  offers a more laid-back atmosphere and chilled out vibe, so that’s already a given. Then there’s that fresh salty ocean air which you’ll find is a wonderful inducer of deep, restful sleep. Finally, since you’re likely to be more physically active at the beach, it’s going to lead you on the path to better quality sleep, too.



Read More Books at the Beach

Whether on vacation in your Topsail Island rental or finding your spot on the sand any day of the week, the beach provides the perfect place to catch up on some good reads and encourages you to slow down, unplug and get back to the simpler life. Don’t we all need a little more of that? Yes, yes we do.


Friendships Blossom at the Beach

Maybe it’s because we’re more laid back here, maybe people are just happier at the beach, or maybe it’s the southern hospitality—but making new friends happens quickly and easily here at the beach. You know what they say: birds of a feather flock together. You’re sure to find some friends who share your interests, hobbies, passions and endeavors. The more the merrier!



Inviting You to Try Something New

Opportunities to break out of your comfort zone to try something new and different abound at the beach: go diving, try parasailing, take surf lessons, practice your paddleboarding skills, go deep sea fishing, or do whatever sparks your interest . The coastal adventures are endless, and your skill sets will broaden as you have the best times of your life.


Take Up a New Hobby by Land or by Sea

Along the same lines as learning a new skill, you can take up a new hobby during your time on the beach. Shell collecting? Shark tooth hunting? Sea turtle monitoring and rescue? Wreck diving? Sailing? Fishing? Whatever floats your boat (literally and figuratively), you’re sure to find something that suits you here at the beach.


So What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

We want to know! If you don’t already have one, maybe you should just make your resolution to spend more time at the beach. Look at all you will accomplish by just being here! We hope to see you on the sand soon.


Your next Topsail, NC beach vacation awaits. Find the Topsail Island vacation rental that is perfect for you and your family—and book it today! Happy New Year!


4 Really Good Reasons to Plan Your 2019 Vacation Now

4 Really Good Reasons to Plan Your 2019 Vacation Now


Planning your next year’s vacation may not be on your mind right now—but it should be! Here are some compelling reasons to start planning your next Topsail Island, North Carolina beach vacation today. ‘Tis the season to book your 2019 vacay!

1.  Vacations and vacation planning are good for you.

“We know that taking a break is extremely good for one’s mental health,” says Susan Krauss Whitbourne, an adjunct professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, who frequently writes about the benefits of vacation. “It puts you in a different frame of mind, gets you out of your standard patterns and can give you time with family.”

The type of vacation (and how you plan it) matters, too. If planned poorly, a vacation can actually lead to more stress. Taking the time to plan the trip can help ensure things run smoothly. According to a 2010 report, 28% of people who said they had a bad vacation also said they left planning to the last minute.

Don’t be that person! Take your well-earned vacation time and plan ahead for it to reap the most benefits from it. You deserve it!



2. Get the best selection of Topsail vacation rentals.

It makes sense that the earlier you book your accommodations, the better selection of vacation rentals you will have. If you wait too long, you’re definitely going to have less options and a more narrow selection of properties left from which to choose.

Have you heard about Access Realty’s Early Bird Booking? Many of our Topsail rental homeowners are participating in this new Early Bird Booking policy in which they are offering this year’s rate for next year! Follow the link above to read all about it and how you can grab this awesome vacation rental pricing on your favorite Topsail rental.

It’s just another reason to start planning your 2019 Topsail beach vacation today!

3. Planning your vacation early saves you money.

Speaking of saving money, planning your Topsail Island vacation early saves you in the long run by giving you the time you need to research the best deals, discounts, savings and specials. This holds true not only for your accommodations, but also the other big ticket vacation items you’re saving money for including transportation, vacation adventures, local attractions, and meals.

Draw up a vacation itinerary in advance of your trip and start penciling in the places you want to go, the things you want to do, and the experiences you plan to have. Check online for discounts and specials, follow social media accounts, and sign up for newsletters and emails from the places that are on your vacation to-do list. That way you’ll be informed of what’s happening, where to find savings and what you’ll need to know before you arrive.

If you missed it, you definitely want to read our previous post on the 20 Best Budget-Friendly Vacation Tips guaranteed to save you money.



4. You will have something to look forward to.

Last but not least, you are giving yourself and your family the gift of anticipation, knowing that you have an awesome family vacation planned for the coming year.

The satisfaction and excitement that you get every time you mark off the days on your 2019 calendar are priceless—especially when each day brings you closer to the moment when your toes are in the sand, there could be a cold drink in your hand,  and your watch can be set to island time. Cheers to that!


Start planning your 2019 Topsail, North Carolina beach vacation today! You’ll be oh so glad that you did. Let us know if we can help you get started.