Why Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes are Awesome

Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes

Who doesn’t love to get away from it all? Vacations and travel are essential to keeping your work-life balance in check. However, a recent survey reported more than half (56%) of American adults haven’t taken a vacation in the past 12 months. There are probably dozens of reasons for this… such as no time off, or the fact that traveling to vacation destinations isn’t always affordable for every budget. That’s where subscription boxes come to the rescue!

Beach Vacation Travel Subscription Box

According to the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, over 3,000,000 vacationers visited the Outer Banks last year. That’s a ton of people! Think how many of those visitors have not traveled away from home in the past 3 years, or even 10 years. The Outer Banks and other family vacation destinations offer all of us the opportunity to unwind and experience a period of stress-free happiness. Nothing is on your mind but what fun things to do with your time! Imagine if you could experience this feeling more often… say a few times a year. Well, reverting back to the cost of vacationing, this may be pretty impractical for most people. A subscription box service that’s travel or vacation related is the perfect cost-friendly remedy for somebody looking to relive memories of their time away from home and savor the excitement of experiencing new things!

OBX Ocean Water

There are many vacation destinations in the world, but nearly no other place has the emotionally connected following like that of the Outer Banks. Most visitors have been coming for decades, and plan to keep it as a family tradition for years to come. While away from the Outer Banks, it’s hard to keep your mind off the place! Working long shifts hundreds of miles away all year long sure does create a sense of longing to get away from it all, put your feet in the sand, and relax to the sounds of the seagulls and ocean waves. While we haven’t quite captured that entire package, we feel we’re pretty darn close!

You should check out the Outer Banks Box!

If you love the OBX or know someone who does, it really is the next best thing to an actual visit here. We work 365 days a year to find the coolest assortment of items for each of our boxes, and mail four times a year… one for each season! You’ll get a little bit of treats, novelty items, momentos, and an extra dose of that beachy salt air. Visit www.OuterBanksBox.com today to get your own subscription!

Thanks again for reading, please share with a friend who needs a vacation!

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Box Reveal

Outer Banks Box Spring 2017

Welcome to another Outer Banks Box reveal blog!

Over the past few weeks we’ve gone through another whirlwind of hurdles that new businesses encounter, so we’re beyond excited to finally get to share the contents of our second box! For this shipment, we nearly doubled our subscriber count… so thank you again to all who are continuing to spread the word about our service and help us network to reach more OBX fans and local businesses!

With spring inspiring feelings of freshness and renewal, it was our mission to craft a box that delivered these, and more, to your door! Take a look and see what was inside, and make sure to take advantage of our vendors’ special offers!

Lemon Lavender Cookies – Sweater Box Confections

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Lemon + Lavender? This was a sure bet for spring and one of our own favorite sweet OBX treats. This pick was a no-brainer and we were so happy to share one of the Outer Banks’ finest confectioners with our subscribers. Here’s an extra note from the owner, Chris:

“We hope you enjoyed your Lemon Lavender cookies in your Outer Banks Box!  Thanks to those who liked our Facebook page or started following us on Instagram.   We think Bob is tops and the Outer Banks Box is a fun way to enjoy a little beach when you can’t be here.  At Sweater Box Confections we enjoy slowing down and having conversations.  We want to invite you to our table by offering you a sweet deal (pun intended) on some treats.  Until 4/9/17, we are offering you 20% off your first purchase placed online.  It’s a great way to get more lavender cookies and try another item that tempts your tastebuds.  Use coupon code:  THEBOXROCKS.
FYI, the lavender for our cookies comes from the White Oak Lavender Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley south of Harrisonburg, VA.  It’s a wonderful place to visit, tell them Sweater Box sent you!”

Hand-Marbled Coasters – The Blue Moth Studio

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We were referred to The Blue Moth Studio by some good friends, and are so happy to have discovered them! The creator behind The Blue Moth studio is April Forbes, who has a background in graphic design and a love for hand-made craft. April offers customized orders on many products to make any occasion even more special. Items can also be customized with hand-lettering or by color!

When we first glanced at The Blue Moth Studio’s product display, we were instantly drawn to the marbled colors and whimsical lines in her designs. It really echoed the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and the Outer Banks so we knew we had to include something in our box!  Subscribers received a set of four coasters, each and every coaster created is completely unique!

Like what you see? Order your own sets right here and use coupon code: OBXBOX17 for 15% OFF at checkout now through 3/20/18!

Sea Salt Lemongrass Soap – Hollow Daze Surf Designs

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We first encountered Hollow Daze Surf Designs at an arts and craft show in Southern Shores, NC in the fall of 2016. We were blown away by the quality, selection, and overall presentation of their products. Owner, Christina, was extremely knowledgable and clearly passionate about her products and her brand. Needless to say, we purchased several gift sets that day for family and friends and knew within minutes that we had to share this discovery with our fans and keep all the positive momentum of this discovery moving!

Christina creates world-class artisan soap in her ocean-view studio on beautiful Hatteras Island. The Lemongrass bar features locally harvested sea salt to give you that magical Outer Banks glow just in time for spring. “The breathtaking natural beauty of the Outer Banks in general and Hatteras Island in particular inspires and informs our robust natural bath and body collection. We use pure essential oils and botanicals, and no synthetic fragrances or colorants, to help our customers look good and feel great about each and every ingredient.”

Deeply connected to Outer Banks art and craft events, Christina serves as president of the Hatteras Island Arts & Craft Guild and organizes the summer art series Brew & Arts. You can find Hollow Daze Surf Designs at local art shows, the Manteo and Avon farmers’ markets, and on Facebook

Rum Candied Pecans – Outer Banks Distilling

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If you haven’t heard about Outer Banks Distilling by now, we would be shocked!

The crew of entrepreneurial pirates who set up shop distilling rum in Manteo, NC are operating one of the most exciting newer businesses on the Outer Banks. Since the day they opened their doors, we have been patronizing them and sharing their varieties of rum with family and friends. In late 2016, they released candied pecans as a delicious by-product from the flavoring of their Honey Pecan Rum. Needless to say, the market demand was leagues more than the supply, so shortages and sell outs were very common.

Fortunately for our subscribers, we love their products and we were determined to share them with you! The team at Outer Banks Distilling was extremely accommodating and sourced custom sized bags just for us! You can still purchase larger bags of the pecans (when available) and all the Kill Devil Rum swag you desire on their website. Thirsty for some of the good stuff? Thanks to a supplier in Washington, DC, you can purchase bottles of their Silver Rum and Honey Pecan Rum right here online!

Do us a favor the next time you’re in town, make a stop to their distillery located at 510 Budleigh St. in Manteo and tell them the Outer Banks Box crew sent you!

North Atlantic Knobbed Whelk Shell

Last but not least, our spring box included a North Atlantic Knobbed Whelk Shell. Knobbed whelks are actually homes to very large sea snails while in the ocean, and are commonly found along the Outer Banks and other east coast beaches. You may have even spotted their egg cases on the beach (they look and sound like a rattle snake tails).

This special addition seemed to be thoroughly cherished by our subscribers who left feedback, so we look forward to including more beach treasures in boxes to come!

P.S. as of the day of publishing this post, there are a few partial spring boxes left for purchase in our extras store!

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Winter 2016 Box Reveal

Welcome to our very fist Outer Banks Box contents reveal!

It’s been quite an overwhelming few months to say the least, but we’re all excited at the reception to our idea and support from customers.

This was the first ever Outer Banks Box, and the assembly process came with quite a learning curve. Churning out over 100 gift boxes in our small home proved quite the challenge but we were able to knock it out with the help of some good friends!

Winter 2016 Box Contents

(2) Votive Candles from the Outer Banks Candle Company

They say the sense strongest associated with memory is smell. Given that, we had to include a way to captivate your sense of smell and trigger some of your best memories on the Outer Banks! “Beach Pine” and “Coconut Cove” were our choices, so a festive holiday scent could grace your home and then a beachy, all-seaon candle would follow. Owner Kimber Smith hand pours all of these candles in her workshop in Kitty Hawk, using only the finest materials available. Explore her passion for candle making and order more wonderful scents by visiting TheOuterBanksCandleCompany.com. You can use code “OBXCANDLES” for $10 off any $50+ purchase.

Custom “Outer Banks Box” Coffee Blend from the Front Porch Cafe

Is there anything better than sipping a freshly brewed, hot cup of coffee while you take in the breathtaking Outer Banks scenery? We think not! That’s why we were adamant about including locally roasted coffee in our inaugural Outer Banks Box. Their expert roasters were able to craft a blend of beans that fit our perspective of the Outer Banks: enjoyable by all, inescapably addicting, and with a touch of edge and mystery.  Our final creation proved to be exceptionally smooth and inviting, but with a touch of smokiness and complexity.  You can order additional bags of Outer Banks Box Blend soon in our store, and visit FrontPorchCafe.com for a wide variety of coffee and gifts!

Custom Outer Banks 2017 Desk Calendar

A treat you could only get with Outer Banks Box! We rounded up twelve of our favorite photos from the past year and put them into a custom desk calendar for your home or workplace. Each month shows a different perspective of the OBX, and takes you away to that special place at every glance!

Gourmet Drizzled Popcorn from the Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe

A popular snack producer on the OBX, the Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe uses only the largest kernels of corn available with the most surface area as possible for adding delectable coatings and flavors. As our first shipments were headed out during the holiday season, we decided an indulgent flavor was only fitting. The Drizzle features premium white and milk chocolate over caramel corn. It tastes even better than it sounds! Head over to GourmetPopcornAndGifts.com to learn more and order your own batch!

Hand-filled Christmas Ornament With Sand and Shells

Another custom gift, we drove all over the Outer Banks collecting sand and shells for this one-of-a-kind keepsake ornament. After it was all said and done, your ornament included sand/shells from the beach town set in your preferences!

Outer Banks Sea Glass Candy from Forbes Taffy & Gifts

A staple of the Outer Banks for decades, Forbes produces some of the tastiest candies  available, and brings back vacation memories every time you see the name! When perusing the stores this summer, we came across the sea glass candy and knew we had to include it in our boxes! The fun breaks of “glass” are available in multiple fruity flavors, including the beautiful mixed variety that was included in our winter box.

Outer Banks Magnet and OBX Box Sticker

Last but not least, we included a beautiful keepsake magnet with a stunning photograph of the Outer Banks in every box. Best placed in high traffic areas, it will bring a little peep of happy to your day! Also included was our twist on the iconic OBX sticker, our “BOX” oval stickers are a fun way to show off your love for the Outer Banks and share the story of your subscription!

Does this sound like fun or what? We think you need to get your very own Outer Banks Box, and would like to share this special offer with you. Use code “REVEALBLOG1” to save 10% OFF your very first Outer Banks Box on the quarterly billing plan!  What are you waiting for? Order yours today!