While restrictions were certainly more relaxed this summer than they were in 2020, many families still opted to cancel or change their regular vacation plans in 2021.

Whether you had a chance to get out and explore or not this year, you’re likely looking forward to a time when things will (hopefully) look a little more normal. If you have your sights set on an exciting, adventurous, or relaxing vacation in 2022, why not start planning today?

Keep reading to learn why now is the perfect time to start planning your 2022 vacation!

Get Your First Choice of Dates

We are far from the only destination around the world that saw many visitors canceling their visits this year and last. 

While Zion National Park and other local attractions are seeing record visitor numbers this year, we expect even more people to opt to explore beautiful Southern Utah in 2022. Spurred by a desire to find a destination with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, we expect reservations to book up fast for the summer 2022 season, as well as for popular holiday weekends throughout the year.

To get your top pick of dates for summer 2022, book early. If you have your heart set on a specific unit or need a certain unit to accommodate a larger group or to bring your pet along, this will help ensure that you get your first choice of dates.

Invite the Family or Reconnect with Friends

In a world full of responsibilities, it’s easy to fall out of touch with family and friends that live out of state or elsewhere in the world. But thanks to COVID-19, many of us finally had time to reach out and connect, even if it was virtually.

Now is a great time to strengthen that connection. While you still might not have been able to visit with them this year because of travel restrictions, planning a trip for summer 2022 gives everyone plenty of time to make travel arrangements, especially if anyone will be traveling internationally.

With a little more planning time, you might just get the chance to enjoy the trip of a lifetime with friends and family you don’t get to spend nearly enough time with. After months of isolation, you’ll enjoy your time together more than you ever would have before the coronavirus.

Renting multiple units is a great way to accommodate a large group for the ultimate friend-getaway or even a family reunion. But you’ll want to start planning early if you need to rent multiple units side-by-side.

Give Yourself Time to Save for the Trip of a Lifetime

Skipping a summer vacation this year and having more than 12 months to plan your next one is a bummer. But it’s also a great opportunity. 

If you’ve been dreaming of one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips but are worried about the cost, you can give yourself more time to save and work towards your goal. Your visit to The Dwellings could be accompanied by an epic cross-country road trip, or maybe bookended by exploring some of Utah’s other incredible destinations, like the rest of The Mighty 5 national parks.

Have Something Incredible to Look Forward to

We’ve all been through a lot in the past year and a half, and the end isn’t in sight just yet. But with so much stress and worry, having something to look forward to is always a good idea.

Having a trip planned and booked will give your family something to talk about, plan together, and bond over. If you’re bringing the kids along for the adventure, you can turn your trip planning into a fun educational opportunity. Challenge them to learn about the wildlife they might see or about the history of the region. Then, schedule visits to museums, visitor centers, and other locations during your trip where they can continue their learning. You can also involve everyone in choosing what you’ll do each day of your trip or what day trips you might take.

Give Yourself Time to Learn Something New

A visit to Southern Utah can be a relaxing, rejuvenating experience. There are plenty of local spas you can visit for a bit of pampering, while your patio space is the perfect spot to unwind after some sightseeing.

But the great thing about visiting the area is that it offers something for every interest. If you prefer getting active or perhaps learning new skills during your vacation, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in the area. 

Want to capture some awesome wildlife shots during your trip? Have your heart set on climbing to the top of Angel’s Landing or trekking the length of The Narrows? Or perhaps you want to go off-roading, rock climbing, or try another exciting adventure sport?

Planning your trip early means having more time to start learning new skills or enhancing your current ones. You’ll have months to start honing your photography skills or taking practice hikes to build up your muscles and endurance.

Make it a Holiday Gift You’ll Never Forget

Looking for a holiday gift for your family or a loved one that they’ll never forget? Why not give them the gift of fun, adventure, and the great outdoors, all rolled into one.

You can book your trip now and give the visit to your loved one as a holiday or birthday gift. It’s certain to be a gift that they’ll never forget—and that you’ll never forget, either, if you book the trip for both of you to share!

This is a great option for families, as you can use the time between the holiday and your 2022 vacation to plan the destinations and activities you might like to enjoy together. 

If your family has already planned a trip, you can still use the holidays as a chance to gift other unique experiences to enjoy during your vacation. Maybe someone in your family has always wanted to try off-roading, and another loves to try unique restaurants. Gift cards for those and other activities make great holiday gifts and help them create memories that they’ll treasure far longer than another holiday sweater.

Start Planning Your Summer 2022 Visit The Dwellings

Whether you had the chance to enjoy a semi-normal vacation this summer or not, it’s not too early to set your sights on a visit to The Dwellings in 2022. Planning your visit today is a great way to secure your top choice of dates, as well as an opportunity to make your trip a part of your holiday gifts or for your family to have more time to plan your visit together.

Book your fall 2021 or 2022 vacation today!