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As we approach the end of 2021, the promise of a new year and more freedom to travel and spend time with friends and family beckons. For many homeowners, the opportunity to spend Christmas with family who have been subjected to lengthy lockdowns due to COVID is now here.

Carolyn Rose and Chris Bell, homeowners and good friends from Halcyon Greens, Pimpama (QLD),  said their plans for summer and 2022 were probably very similar to many other Australians.

"We are going to have a year of celebration, a year of reconnection with our family, lots of hugs,” Carolyn, who originally comes from New Zealand, said.

"We're really looking forward to the joy of being able to travel again and to have normal interstate holidays to see family.”

Carolyn and husband Geoff will be spending Christmas with one daughter and a grandson in Melbourne, before coming back to bring in the New Year at Halcyon Greens.

"We are very excited to be getting on a plane to Melbourne to see them as we’re double-vaxxed and by then we’ll be triple-vaxxed.”

The couple have booked three cruises, one to New Zealand and one from Singapore to Perth in 2022, and one to the US in 2023.

"We have been getting lots of information from the cruise companies about how they’re planning to keep everyone safe and we’re very impressed,” she said.

"Our eldest daughter and her two children live in New Zealand, as does my sister so we’re hot to trot to get to Kiwi Land.”

For Chris and her husband Rex, she said they had “won the jackpot” as both of their daughters, their husbands and all five grandchildren would be with them for Christmas.

"It's just magic as we will have all of them together and I can’t remember the last time that has happened,” she said.

"And then they'll be back for Rex's 70th birthday in February, so I really do feel like we’ve won the jackpot.”

The couple will then take off in March to sail around the Whitsundays with some friends from Halcyon Communities.

"We're really excited, it's going to be a great year," she said.