A report by Jordi Lippe-McGraw for Forbes.
The holidays are quickly approaching, and you may still have some people to check off on your gift-giving list. But trying to find the perfect present can be hard. For the frequent traveler in your life, it can be a particular challenge. They tend to want something both cool and practical and already have the necessities. So, what do you get the globetrotter?
While you might get the bookworm a membership to a book-of-the-month club or the wine lover a wine-of-the-month membership, CheapCaribbean created the ultimate monthly club for travelers: the Beach of the Month Club.
The website just launched this over-the-top present where for a one-time membership fee you can check 12 islands off your bucket list in 12 months. Every second weekend of the month starting in February, members will visit a new tropical destination from St. Lucia and Barbados to Aruba. The actual location is a surprise, but all of the planning is done in advance. Round-trip airfare and accommodations at four and five-star resorts for three to four nights are all included.
Creating a gift for the traveler who has everything was not the only intention of the company, but also to help a region that suffered some setbacks this year. This unique offer comes at a time when the Caribbean is still recovering from the particularly devastating hurricane season.
Maria and Irma left stunning getaways such as Barbuda, St. Martin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands without water or power, and beachfront resorts severely damaged. But recovery efforts have been in overdrive since the fall, and many businesses are eager to welcome guests in 2018.
“As one of the most tourism-reliant regions in the world, now more than ever is the time to visit the Caribbean,” says CheapCaribbean’s Senior Product Manager, Dan Marmontello. “While many are under the impression that the entirety of the Caribbean is closed following the recent hurricanes, we’ve found that the majority of islands are not only open for business but have suffered no negative impact from the hurricanes this season. Most of the islands remain great options for 2018 travel.”
So, if you’re keen to help the tourism industry of these paradisiacal islands, have vacation plans set for the year, and go down in history as the greatest gift giver, consider the Beach of the Month club. But you’re probably wondering the price for the ultimate wanderlust gift. Well, it will cost you a cool $19,999 per person.