Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Enjoy the Natural Beauty of the Oregon Coast in Your Timeshare

The stunningly beautiful Oregon Coast is a favorite summer vacation destination for many families, who return year after year. Unlike the more tropical sea shores of such places as Southern California, the Texas Gulf coast, and Florida, Oregon's coast along the Pacific Ocean has a wild, wind-blown natural beauty to it.

Rent a timeshare in Depoe Bay, and explore the Oregon Coast yourself. You're likely to fly into Portland, and then drive to Astoria and south down the coast along scenic Hwy 101. The drive itself will be a special part of your vacation as you pass through small picturesque towns and along such world-renowned areas as spectacular Cannon Beach.

Start your exploration with Astoria, the first permanent settlement along the Pacific Coast, founded by John Jacob Astor in 1810, at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. Then, as you head down the coast toward Depoe Bay, take a quick detour to the town of Tillamook. Here you can tour the main facility of the Tillamook County Creamery Association where the famous Tillamook cheddar cheese is produced.

The town of Depoe Bay has been described as being a "fairy-tale" fishing village, and it maintains that feeling even while it has been transformed into an exciting area of up-scale shops, world-class restaurants, and fascinating art galleries. It is the home of "the world's smallest harbor," where "waves run beneath lava beds creating spouting geysers up to 60 feet into the air, and Sea Caves line the scenic rocky shoreline."

An area teaming with marine life, it's not uncommon to see large groups of seals and seal lions lazily sunning themselves, or swimming along in orderly rows. Depoe Bay is also known as a prime whale watching area, and is home to a resident pod of grey whales that lives here 10 months out of the year. These wondrous mammals can be seen feeding and cavorting, even from your timeshare balcony! The Depoe Bay Whale Center is Oregon’s newest State Park and the home of the highly acclaimed “Whale Watching Spoken Here” program.

Make your Depoe Bay timeshare rental your hub, and continue exploring Oregon's Coast. North just 20 miles is Lincoln City where you'll find the Chinook Winds Casino and outlet stores. Head to Newport, less than 20 miles south, for fresh seafood markets perfect for your timeshare kitchen. While there visit the Undersea Gardens with its fascinating underwater theater dive shows filled with action, special effects and surprises.

A timeshare rental vacation at lovely Depoe Bay and time along the remarkable Oregon Coast will give you and your family a seashore vacation unlike any you've ever experienced before.

(Photo shown is the WorldMark Depoe Bay)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ideas for Summer Fun from Your Hawaii Timeshare

What are some fun summer things to do in Hawaii? Well, rent a timeshare, pack up the kids, and see for yourself! And to help you find and choose activities that your entire family will enjoy, here's a partial list:

Sports and outdoor events are a huge draw to Hawaii, for obvious reasons. Rent an Oahu timeshare and watch, or even participate in, one of the most famous - the annual Tinman Triathlon. Held in 2010 on July 25th, this popular event includes an 800-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride, and a10-kilometer run. Things kick off early at 5:30 am at the Queen’s Beach Pier area in Waikiki, and the transition area is at Kapiolani Park.

Another popular sporting event, also held on July 25, 2010, is the 14th Annual Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race. This 32-mile race across the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu features competitors from around the world, and is considered the world championship of long-distance paddleboarding and stand-up paddleboarding.

Rent a Kauai timeshare and head to the Garden Island for the exciting Tahitian Dance Competition (see photo) known as "Heiva I Kauai Iaorana Tahiti." In its ninth year, the International Tahitian Dance Competition will be held July 31 and August 1 at Kapaa Beach Park. You'll see contestants vie for honors in group as well as solo performances that also include contemporary and traditional Tahitian drumming competitions. Workshops in Tahitian dance and drumming will be offered along with Polynesian arts & crafts and samplings of island food.

Over on the Big Island, your timeshare kitchen will really come in handy when you attend the 2010 Mango Festival. Celebrating the summer mango harvest, this festival includes tastings and cooking demonstrations. The all-day event, held on July 31st at the Keauhou Farmer's Market, is free, and also includes live entertainment and fun family activities.

Back on Oahu the entire family is sure to enjoy watching top athletes compete in a week-long series of events at the 9th Annual Duke’s OceanFest, Waikiki’s "premier oceansports festival." The 2010 event will be held August 22 - 28, and celebrates the legacy of Hawaiian icon Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is credited with spreading the sport of surfing. This year's OceanFest competition events include a surf classic, a paddle board race, an ocean mile swim race, and a surf polo tournament. It all ends with the ceremonial draping of leis of Duke's statue on Waikiki Beach.

There is always a multitude of fun, educational, and exciting activities for you and your family to enjoy on your Hawaii timeshare vacation.

(Photograph by Mike Teruya - tikiripolynesianinstruments.com)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Timeshares Available in the Best Cities for Summer Travel

Still looking for some help in deciding where to take the family on a summer timeshare rental vacation? Travel + Leisure Magazine has a list that might help you decide. Taking summer temperatures into account, as well as family-friendly places that have great parks and even farmer's markets, following are a few of the spots that made their "America's Best Cities for Summer Travel" list.

Travel + Leisure Magazine reminds us that while cities such as Miami and New Orleans, as well as Washington, D.C., and even Orlando, are great family-friendly vacation destinations - maybe not so much in the summer. All of these cities suffer from sweltering heat and suffocating humidity from June through August. Save them for trips during the cooler months when you're actually seeking warmth. Instead, the list suggests the following cities for a more summer-friendly time:
  1. Denver, Colorado
    While this city won high marks for its great parks and family appeal, one of its best attributes is that it’s a gateway to even more fun high in the Rocky Mountains. Rent a timeshare at one of the many beautiful Colorado ski resorts for a fun summer family vacation. The average summer temperature at this mile-high city is a pleasant 75, and up in the mountains its a delicious 62. See all Colorado timeshares.

  2. San Francisco, California
    The City by the Bay offers numerous parks, including the famous Golden Gate Park where the kids can see a herd of Bison. This city is full of great farmer's markets - perfect for preparing luscious summer meals in your timeshare kitchen. Cool bay breezes help make this an ideal summer destination, with an average summer temperature of 61 degrees. See all San Francisco timeshares.

  3. Providence, Rhode Island
    A timeshare rental just about anywhere in Rhode Island will give you access to this unique city that boasts three rivers running through its downtown - the Woonasquatucket, the Moshassuck, and the Providence. Here in Waterplace Park the exciting Waterfire event takes place bi-weekly through August. Consisting of a series of up to 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers, this "environmental art" is accompanied by live performances and music. With an average summer temperature of 71 degrees, put this city on your list. See all Rhode Island timeshares.

  4. San Diego, California
    Chocked full of just about anything you'd be looking for in a family vacation, along with perfect weather (average temperature is 70 degrees all year), this beachside city is a sure-bet for your summer timeshare vacation. The 1200-acre Balboa Park offers enough to do to keep everyone busy, including the zoo, if you weren't also going to be enjoying Sea World, Mission Bay, and, of course, fun beaches. See all San Diego timeshares.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Marriott Vacation Club Launches Timeshare Points Program

Marriott Vacation Club just launched its new “Destinations” timeshare points program in North America and the Caribbean. Marriott states that the new program offers greater flexibility, further personalization and more experience opportunities for timeshare owners through the use of the Vacation Club Points system.

"After a quarter century of providing unforgettable vacations, we are excited to announce the most significant program innovation in our history: a new product offering that is easy to use and will provide our Owners unparalleled flexibility," said Lee Cunningham, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Marriott Vacation Club.

This program is available to new customers and current Marriott timeshare owners will also have the opportunity to enroll in the program, which does not affect any of their current rights and privileges of their existing ownership.

Those participating in the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations program can travel within any of the four Vacation Collections they offer, by redeeming travel points:
  1. Marriott Vacation Club Collection: Travel to more than 50 luxurious Marriott Vacation Club resorts in North America and the Caribbean and enjoy: check-in on any day you choose, variance to the length of your stay, a wide variety of room size options, and more choices for your travel season.

  2. Marriott Collection: Your vacation experience includes a list of over 3,000 hotels.

  3. Explorer Collection: This collection is focused on cruise offerings and travel packages.

  4. World Traveler Collection: You’ll have access to over 2,500 resorts in more than 75 countries worldwide through Interval International.
How the Program Works
Once a year the participants of the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations program will receive an allocation of Vacation Club Points. These can be used to customize their own getaway experience. Points can be banked if not needed for that year or, additional points can be purchased or borrowed to reach the vacation they choose. There is even a Vacation Ownership Advisor available to assist in travel arrangements within any one of the four Collections.

Discuss Marriott Vacation Club Points in Our Timeshare Forum

Thursday, June 24, 2010

California Dreamin’ in Your July 4th Timeshare Rental

Have you been "California Dreamin'"? Many people choose the Golden State as their summer family vacation destination, and for good reason. From deserts to mountains, from seashores to theme parks, California literally has it all. And true to that promise, there are a lot of choices for a 4th of July California timeshare vacation, and ways for you and your family to celebrate America's birthday.

San Francisco
Rent a San Francisco timeshare and this beautiful City by the Bay will keep your family entertained with cable car rides, succulent steamed crab, and even a tour through Alcatraz prison, while they're waiting for the Big Night. And San Francisco will not disappoint - it is setting off Twin 4th of July fireworks displays! One will be released from Aquatic Pier just below Ghirardelli Square, and the other from a barge near Pier 39 (see photo provided by pier39.com).

Hollywood and Disneyland
An Anaheim timeshare rental will make it easy for you to select either of these two 4th of July venues. Disneyland has fireworks every night of the summer season, but on the 4th of July it pulls out all the stops. With a special patriotic show, synchronized to stirring music, you're sure to get goosebumps. And this year Disneyland will showcase its special fireworks show for four nights, July 2 - July 5.

The Hollywood Bowl is the place to be for its 4th of July concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Leonard Slatkin. The unique acoustics of this natural amphitheater will allow you to hear this rousing music as you never have before. Stay tuned for the exciting firework display afterwards.

Newport Beach
Rent a Laguna Beach timeshare or Newport Coast timeshare and head to Newport Beach for the largest fireworks display in Southern California. Newport also celebrates the 4th of July with California's biggest patriotic boat parade, the Old Glory Boat Parade. It's sponsored by the American Legion who describes it this way: "Every year you are in for a patriotic surprise as all kinds of boats try to outshine each other waiting for the loudest ovations from onlookers, as they vie for awards in the categories of 'best decorated,' 'outstanding music,' 'finest costumes,' 'most creative animation' and 'greatest spirit.'"

Lake Tahoe
Rent a California Side Lake Tahoe timeshare by this stunningly beautiful alpine lake to see their special take on 4th of July fireworks, "Lights on the Lake." The American Pyrotechnics Association rates Lake Tahoe's spectacular Fourth of July fireworks celebration one of the Top 5 displays in the nation, and it's the largest synchronized display in the western U.S.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Timeshare Destinations to Celebrate July 4th

It's time to Celebrate America! And what better way to join in the festivities than to rent a timeshare at one of the following "Best Places to Celebrate the Fourth of July."

Boston Timeshares
The east coast rather has a monopoly on where to make merry on Independence Day, seeing as how it's the site of the birth of America, starting with Boston. Boston is considered one of the premier July 4th destinations, with more than 200 events filling up a week-long calendar. At this patriotic celebration, known as Boston Harborfest (see photo), most of the events are free and include fireworks, concerts, kids’ days, cruises, and tours. The main component of Boston's Independence Day festivities is the free Boston Pops Concert and Fireworks Display. Plan to arrive early with beach chairs or blankets to guarantee good seats. A timeshare rental in historic Boston will put you in the perfect spot to whoop it up for the U.S.A. See Boston timeshares.

Cape Cod Timeshares
Just over an hour from Boston is where you can rent a timeshare on Cape Cod. Using this as your hub, you can choose from several Independence Day celebrations on Cape Cod as well as its neighbors, Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard. On Cape Cod don't miss the Hyannis Boat Parade "a veritable fleet of patriotically decorated boats and yachts." For old-fashioned family fun, head to Nantucket for a picnic with three-legged races and even a tug-o-war.

San Diego Timeshares
On the west coast, rent a San Diego timeshare and join the revelry of barbecues, bonfires and fantastic fireworks. From carnivals to the San Diego County Fair to the Freedom Day Parade, you'll find plenty to keep the family entertained while waiting for the real action - the no-holds-barred, all-out fireworks display of the Big Bay Celebration, shot from barges off Harbor Island and Shelter Island.

Caribbean Timeshares
Rent a Caribbean timeshare and celebrate the Fourth of July in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John are the only U.S.-owned islands in the Caribbean, they pull out all the stops to celebrate American Independence Day. Here you can party by drinking rum instead of beer, and enjoy the Caribbean-flavored Fourth of July Parade on St. John under swaying palms.

Washington, D.C. Area Timeshares
Washington, D.C., is the Number One place to be to celebrate America's birthday. Rent a timeshare and head to Constitution Avenue for the massive National Independence Day Parade, which showcases lavish floats, bands, giant balloons, and military groups. As evening falls on the Fourth, the free "A Capitol Fourth" concert kicks off on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. The grand finale is one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays, visually impressive in the night sky above the Washington Monument.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Timeshare Travelers: Southwest Airlines Launches 72-Hour Fare Sale

Attention timeshare travelers, if you can plan a timeshare vacation between September 8 and November 17, 2010, you can save a bundle by purchasing airline tickets through Southwest during its 72-hour "short window" sale which begins TODAY Tuesday, June 22 and goes through Thursday, June 24, 2010.

To celebrate their 39th year in business, Southwest Airlines is offering one-way fares of just $39 for travel up to 450 miles. For travel between 451 and 1000 miles, fares are $79 each way. Fares are $119 each way for travel greater than that.

The fares are available through 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, June 24, 2010, for travel September 8 through November 17, 2010.

To book travel visit www.southwest.com. These special Southwest fares are not available on online travel sites like Expedia or Orbitz. Budget timeshare rentals can be found at RedWeek.com. If you act quickly, you can be congratulating yourself all the way to the hammock on your beautiful, affordable timeshare vacation this fall.

AARP Article Recommends RedWeek.com for Timeshare Resales

If you are a member of AARP, you may have already seen the June, 2010, issue of "AARP Bulletin," in which the article "Time-Share Trickery," by Sid Kirchheimer, focuses on the deplorable timeshare scam situation so prevalent in the world today. Check this article out, if you haven't already, and, along with our previous posts on timeshare scams to learn how you can protect yourself from becoming a timeshare scam victim.

In the AARP article, under "Tips for Sellers," is this mention:
"When listing online, stick with established websites such as www.redweek.com and www.tug2.net."
Working with a reputable company is good advice, and one of the ways you can guarantee that you won't become victim to a scam. AARP is right to recommend RedWeek.com, which has almost 1.5 million members, and has an A+ BBB rating. Howard Nusbaum, president of the American Resort Development Association (mentioned in the article) is also a big fan of RedWeek.com. And RedWeek charges only $14.99 per year - a very nominal membership fee.

RedWeek's timeshare resources section is chocked full of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and articles explaining the timeshare industry. The site has video clips with easy instructions on how to list your timeshare for resale, as well as how to rent your timeshare out, and also how to rent a timeshare as a vacationer. Its newest resource is the Timeshare Crusader, where you can ask your questions directly to Lisa Ann Schreier.

So, check out the world of timeshares. Whether you're in the market to buy (RedWeek lists hundreds of timeshares for resale), to sell (easy and inexpensive to list on RedWeek), or rent (on RedWeek you can find many budget timeshare rentals in luxury resorts just about any where you'd want to go) - follow the advice of the AARP Bulletin, and check out RedWeek.com.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Experience a Beautiful Florida Timeshare Vacation

You may be wondering about Florida as a travel destination lately, with the threat of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Although it is threatening, Florida is a big state, with 825 miles of beautiful beaches, 1,260 miles of coastline, and 14 seaports, so it is still an idyllic Florida beach vacation destination and should be considered in your timeshare vacation plans.

Let's take a look at some Florida timeshare rentals that are available, and the great resorts to which they're attached. Starting with the incomparable Marriott Crystal Shores on Marco Island. With soft sand beaches, blazing sunsets, and clear turquoise waters, this is a timeshare vacation destination preferred by many. One reviewer had this to say: "Beautiful place, exceptional service, stunning ocean front view. Great beach and sunsets are spectacular. Our 3 children loved the water slide, shallow pools. The kid's club had many activities and provided a place to go on a rainy day. We would definitely return."

Located just minutes from Naples and Fort Myers, the Hyatt Coconut Plantation Resort in Bonita Springs offers "tropical gardens, warm breezes and sparkling waters." The reviews for timeshare stays here include, "The place is beautiful. Everyone enjoyed their stay. Hyatt does it right. Paradise. Can't wait to go back." "Gorgeous property, great units, very spacious and well kept. Lots to do, great golf course. Exceptional pools, really a great property for kids." And, "Hyatt Vacation Club with all the usually high quality Hyatt features. Lazy river, pools, club house, golf, tennis and the private island beach - you name it, its here."

Fort Meyers Beach is a town that is actually located across two barrier islands, Estero and San Carlos. Nearly half of the town's 6 square mile area is water, offering water activities galore for the vacationer. Have fun with everything from wading and swimming to parasailing and jet skiing. Check out the great Fort Meyers Beach timeshare rentals available on RedWeek.com.

For a different, but stunningly beautiful and incredibly relaxing, Florida vacation, rent a timeshare in the Florida Keys. Although there are no real soft-sand beaches, the tropical paradise feel of the Keys leaves little more to be desired. A timeshare rental at the Florida Bay Club (see photo) in Key Largo will get you started with your own hammock. If you really want to be more active, there is snorkeling and diving in the underwater coral gardens of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, just a mile from this resort.

Florida has always had a lot to offer, and now is the time to experience a beautiful Florida timeshare vacation yourself!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Take a Nearcation in Your Timeshare

First it was the "Staycation," and now it's the "Nearcation." Many families are still feeling the financial pinch of the recession, and at the same time definitely deserve, and even need, a summer family vacation. So let's explore how renting a timeshare and taking a Nearcation can give you the best of all worlds.

Gas prices are holding steady, so calculate how much your budget could handle in a round trip. You want to make it a reasonable one-way drive time so you won't need to stop at a motel overnight.

Then take out a map, find where you live, then draw a circle out the number of miles you can drive one way. Now, check out timeshare rentals at the resorts that fall within your designated radius. You'll find many that can fall nicely within your vacation budget.

If you happen to live in a large city, or near theme parks, or even near beaches or mountains that are great tourist draws for other vacationers, no fair staying at home and running out now and then to participate in an activity. Webster's Dictionary defines vacation as: a period spent away from home in travel and recreation for rest and relaxation. That's a Vacation! And that is why, even if you won't be traveling very far from home, renting a timeshare in a beautiful resort, is how to have a truly great Nearcation.

For example, if you live in the Orlando area, rent a timeshare at the Sheraton Vistana Resort (see photo). In drive time it's only a hop and a skip, but in vacation time it's a world away from home. With timeshare rentals starting at just $64/night this 135-acre play fest is also easy on the budget.

Do you live in Texas? It's a big state, for sure, and your Nearcation radius may not cover much of its area, but there are lots of great timeshares for rent. Try the Silverleaf's Hill Country Resort in Canyon Lake, or the Inverness By The Sea in Galveston.

New England is jam-packed with great resorts with budget timeshare rentals, including Smuggler's Notch Resort in Vermont, Southcape Resort and Club on Cape Cod, and Wyndham Inn on the Harbor in Newport, Rhode Island.

For those of you in the mid-west and western states, there's plenty of budget timeshares for you to rent, too. Check out the many resorts throughout Colorado and Nevada; you'll find that Tennessee has them in Nashville and Gatlinburg; and in Wisconsin the Christmas Mountain Village resort in Wisconsin Dells starts timeshare rentals at just $50/night.

A creative way to have your vacation and your budget, too - your Nearcation this summer is as unlimited as your imagination. Happy Vacationing!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

How Do I Know Which Timeshare Rental is Right for Me?

You’ve heard about timeshare rental and you are ready to give it a try for your next vacation, but, how do you know which timeshare resort is right for you? When you browse for timeshares on RedWeek.com you’ll find member reviews, photos and detailed descriptions of the properties, so there are no surprises at check-in. You only need to have a free guest membership to have access to everything listed below on the RedWeek.com web site:
  • Timeshare Resort Reviews
    With our member based community, you’ll get information first hand from those who own the resorts and those who have rented there so you can read their reviews, good or bad, and know up front about about the pluses and minuses of each resort.

  • Timeshare Resort Photos
    RedWeek.com is a great resource for resort photos as our members can upload their own photos to web site when they post their timeshares for rent or resale. This gives you a chance to see not only the professional photos provided by the resort, but also personal photos of the timeshare owners from their specific unit and vacations they have personally taken at the property.

  • Timeshare Forums
    You can post questions and get replies directly from timeshare owners and travelers in the RedWeek.com timeshare forums. Our members are available to answer questions you may have about the resort you are considering as well as provide travel tips and suggestions for things to do or restaurants in the area.
With all this information available to you 24/7 at the largest online timeshare marketplace, you’re sure to plan a great vacation using RedWeek.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Oil Spill and Your Florida Timeshare

Many Florida timeshare owners, and those of you who are planning to vacation on a beautiful Florida beach by renting a timeshare, are wondering how the oil spill will affect this summer's vacation plans. The oil spill was caused by a catastrophic explosion on April 30, 2010, that shot oil from an offshore drilling rig off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. As of June 10th, it is estimated that over 100 million gallons of oil have spilled into the surrounding waters.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are both monitoring the movement of the oil toward Florida's coastline.

Tar balls have started showing up on Florida's beaches by Pensacola and Panama City, and some state fishing waters have been closed after new oil sightings. Emergency Operations managers in Escambia county report, "The closure includes state waters from the beaches out nine nautical miles into the Gulf from the Alabama line east to the Pensacola Beach water tower. Interior bays and estuaries remain open to fishing. This area covers approximately 23 miles of Florida's coastline in Escambia County."

Booms and other equipment are being used to help contain the oil and remove it from the water as it seeps its way toward the coastline. Some 50,000 feet of boom were deployed in sensitive areas of Escambia County. Those booms are placed in strategic locations around wetlands, marshlands and beaches.

Meanwhile, the rest of Florida braces for impact as the oil continues to pump into the Gulf of Mexico from the damaged rig. Although Florida's 825 miles of beaches, 1,260 miles of coastline and 14 seaports, including cruise ships, remain open for business, contingency plans are being devised by Florida's state government.

On his fourth visit to the region since the crisis started, President Obama is encouraging vacationers to continue plans for Florida, saying, “There’s still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. There are a lot of beaches that have not been affected and will not be affected.”

“And we just want to make sure that people who have travel plans down to the Gulf area remain mindful of that,” added the President. “Because if people want to know what can they do to help folks down here, one of the best ways to help is to come down here and enjoy the outstanding hospitality.”

So, keep your plans for a timeshare vacation on Florida's beaches this summer. To monitor the situation, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection web site and this Oil Spill Update blog with daily updates on the beaches.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Timeshare Travel Health Tips Before You Fly

Everyone wants to stay healthy and when you are on vacation this is especially important. If your timeshare vacation requires airplane travel, read on for some health tips that will help you arrive at your destination in fine shape and ready for the fun ahead.

Don’t Forget the Protein
Your last meal before getting on the airplane should contain a good balance of protein and starch. It is the protein that will help you feel satisfied on the long trip.

No Salty Snacks
At the airport and on the plane be sure to avoid salty and caloric snacks. The extra salt can actually make your legs swell even more than they're already going to. Sitting for hours at a time on an airplane with little exercise or movement adds to this. Instead, take some fresh fruit on board the plane to increase your fiber intake.

On the Airplane
Keep hydrated during the flight with lots of water. Unsweetened juices like apple juice and orange juice, and other decaffeinated beverages are also acceptable. Alcoholic drinks can be dehydrating, so drink sparingly or avoid entirely.

Make an effort to walk up and down the length of the plane every now and then to increase circulation in your legs and avoid the possibility of blood clots. You can also stretch your calf muscles frequently in your seat.

At Your Destination
It’s not a topic people like to discuss, but, everyone who has traveled knows that constipation can be a real problem. Unfamiliar environments, unfamiliar foods, and especially an unfamiliar routine can really throw the body off schedule. Fiber and water is the answer. And, it’s great that you can make your own meals in your timeshare kitchen to allow your body to eat the foods you are familiar with and avoid this problem altogether.

These health tips are a summary from an article written by Dr. Oz. We wish you happy, healthy timeshare traveling.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Save Money on Vacation by Renting a Timeshare!

Article written by guest blogger: Chrissy Pate co-founder of becentsable.net. Chrissy helps people save money and time.

My family loves to travel! When we travel we usually rent timeshares because it gives us more space to spread out so it makes it easy to travel with children. Another big benefit of renting timeshare is all the money we save! Renting timeshares has helped us save hundreds of dollars on vacation.

Here are three ways we save money by renting a timeshare:
  1. Cook Meals
    Most timeshares have fully stocked kitchens so you can cook instead of eating out. One of the biggest expenses on vacation is eating out. You can save a ton of money by cooking a few meals. Make sure to plan easy meals that don’t require a lot of time like spaghetti or tacos.

  2. Cut out the Middle Man
    We always rent directly from the owner and cut out the agency or management firm to save big. Management firms can charge up to 50% or more for owners to list their properties. Owners can save a ton of money buy listing the unit themselves and pass that savings on to you! Sites like RedWeek.com make it easy to find owners to rent from.

  3. Travel with Family
    To save even more money you can stay with family or friends and split the cost. We stayed in a million dollar vacation home in the mountains (7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, game room, and hot tub) for just $70 per night per family. The cheapest hotel room was $100 per night!
So, if you want to be “Centsable”, like me, and stretch your vacation dollar further, try a timeshare rental for your next vacation!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Packing Cubes are Great for Timeshare Travelers

A Travel Product Review by J.W. – RedWeek.com Marketing Manager

Are you getting ready to pack for your timeshare vacation? Well, if your trip is still a few weeks away, we’d like to recommend these great Packing Cubes from Ebags to help streamline your packing process and get you a little more organized.

I first learned about Packing Cubes from J.R. in RedWeek’s customer service department. Here’s what she had to say, “I have these things and for those items that I always travel with (pj's, swim wear, lounging clothes, underwear) I just keep them packed. When I get home, they go easily into the wash and then back into their packing cube for next time. It cuts my packing time in half, and they manage to make much more stuff be able to fit in your suitcase as well. Magic! Get some if you don't already have them.” J.R. – RedWeek.com Customer Service

I ordered a set to review for RedWeek, in the color red, of course. And, by the way, these will be next month’s prize for Seymour, our Timeshare Ambassador), so if they look like something you’d like to try, be sure to participate in his “Where’s Seymour?” contest for your chance to win.

When I ordered them I was thinking, “wouldn’t these take up more space and not really be necessary”? But, after receiving them I was quite impressed. They actually help save space in the suitcase. They are a lightweight fabric and well constructed. I like that you can see what’s inside with the mesh lid and the handle on top of each bag makes it easy to drop them where you need them. I can see how great these would be as your go through airport security. It’s very easy to see what is inside and check between them without items being shuffled out of place.

I just recently returned from an overnight trip with my husband and 2 young children and these bags would have been perfect for keeping everyone’s clothes organized separately in the one bag we packed. Everyone could have their own cube containing their clothes and the smallest bag would have held all our cell phone and camera recharging cords, (which often get lots in the suitcase). Plus, they come in 5 colors.

I can’t wait to order a set of these for myself and use them for my personal timeshare vacation this summer at the Hilton Hawaiian Village! I think they are going to be great at keeping everything organized and with 2 small children on a vacation, who doesn’t need more organization!?! Happy traveling!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Disney Vacation Club Issues Warning to Timeshare Owners

Disney Vacation Club recently issued a warning to timeshare owners regarding a fraudulent letter that has been going around. If you are a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) timeshare owner who received a letter stating that you had won a "Travel Passport Cash Giveaway," you need to know that this letter was not sent by the Disney company.

In addition to the letter, some timeshare owners have also received unsolicited phone calls from someone who claims to be a Disney Vacation Club employee (aka: “Cast Member”). Again, these calls are not coming from Disney Vacation Club and if you have either received a letter or phone call, you should contact Attorney General for your State and the Federal Trade Commission.

DVC welcomes calls from their timeshare owners and invites you to verify the validity of a contest or offer at any time 888-727-4880. If someone on the phone claims to be a cast member, you can call the number and ask for them by name specifically to confirm that they actually work there.

A good rule of thumb is to be suspicious if anyone via phone, email or regular mail asks you to provide them with your personal or financial information. You do not have to provide any information to anyone. Be cautious, ask questions and protect yourself from timeshare scams.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Timeshare Scams Still in the News

Timeshare scams are still in the news. They include involvement in both high-pressure timeshare sales presentations, and "assisting" owners in selling their timeshares. On June 3, 2010, Pennsylvania's Attorney General's office announced a settlement reached with a Florida-based timeshare company. This time it's Blue Green Corporation, which had complaints against it regarding the company’s alleged use of deceptive “contests,” misleading sales presentations, and improper contracts in the marketing and sale of timeshare vacation packages in Pennsylvania.

In May, 2010, Vermont's Attorney General's office litigated a case against a Nevada-based timeshare company, Apex Professionals, Inc., whose victims complained of exorbitant up-front fees for selling their timeshares. The timeshares were never sold, and the company allegedly absconded with the money.

The state with the highest number of consumer complaints and victims of timeshare scams is Florida. The Attorney General's office in this state continues to prosecute numerous timeshare companies that have attempted to operate illegally. In Orlando, Attorney Susan Budowski, a Child Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children, recently added Timeshare Advocacy to her law practice, after “…listening to the heartbreak and sadness of couples and individuals who agreed to a “sales presentation” and ended up timeshare owners, although they had no intention, plans and or even the financial-where-with-all to complete the transaction."

A stronger regulatory environment is being evaluated for the $77 billion timeshare industry in the Bahamas. David Gilbert, executive VP of leading timeshare company Interval International, explains, "We'd like to see laws in place that protect consumers… its very good for Caribbean countries to implement constructive legislation that is structured so that it protects the consumer.” Gilbert cited Jamaica as an example of a Caribbean country already implementing new timeshare laws.

Vermont's Attorney General Tom Corbett has these suggestions to help prevent consumers from becoming victims of a scam when looking at purchasing a timeshare: take your time; do your research; know the cancellation period; recognize that timeshares are not a real estate investment; consider the extra costs such as maintenance fees and taxes; beware of obvious scams - for example, if you are offered a prize as an incentive to attend a timeshare presentation, ask for details and watch out for hidden conditions and fine print; and finally, read - and understand - everything before you sign.

If you are thinking of selling your timeshare, the best advice is to go through a reputable company and pay no upfront fees. RedWeek.com has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, a comprehensive timeshare resource section to answer many of your questions, and easy video instructions on how to sell your timeshare.

Monday, June 07, 2010

RedWeek.com and The Timeshare Crusader

RedWeek.com is a member-supported marketplace for timeshare rentals, resales, and exchanges, and is the largest online timeshare marketplace. As such, it is a leader in the timeshare secondary market, and takes very seriously its role in helping people understand the timeshare industry. The site offers a comprehensive timeshare resource section with valuable information for owners, buyers and vacationers. “The timeshare industry is complex,” says Maurice Aubrey, RedWeek president and CTO. “As a leader in the secondary market, our goal is to ensure that consumers make informed decisions."

To that end RedWeek has partnered with Lisa Ann Schreier, the "Timeshare Crusader," to further awareness of and education about timesharing. Schreier is the founder and director of Timeshare Insights, a consumer consulting and education organization. In addition, Schreier has authored several books about timeshare, including Surviving a Timeshare Presentation, and Timeshare Vacations for Dummies.

RedWeek has established a dedicated "Ask the Timeshare Crusader" page on its web site, and will run a standing Timeshare Crusader column in its monthly newsletter, which reaches more than 500,000 timeshare owners and travelers worldwide. In addition, RedWeek has created an Ask the Timeshare Crusader topic on their forums pages where users can interact directly with Lisa.

“I'm delighted to work with RedWeek.com on this important initiative," stated Schreier. "Today, more than ever, consumers need to become more educated about timeshare so that they can make wise vacation and financial choices.”

Becoming more educated, and having your questions answered, is exactly the purpose of Ask the Timeshare Crusader. Each month, Lisa will answer your questions about timesharing and the timeshare industry. If you have questions for the Timeshare Crusader, you can post them on RedWeek's timeshare Forums page, or e-mail them to support@redweek.com.

Schreier is dedicated to helping consumers, and acts as a catalyst for positive change within the timeshare industry. "Having Lisa share her experience and knowledge with our RedWeek members is a welcome addition," stated Aubrey. We hope you will enjoy interacting with her on our forums and reading her articles on our site and in the newsletter.

Friday, June 04, 2010

How ARDA Helps Timeshare Owners

If you are a timeshare owner, or are considering becoming one, you'll want to learn about the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). ARDA is the main trade association for the timeshare industry. It has almost 1000 members, ranging from privately held companies to major corporations, in over 20 countries. This Washington, D.C. - based association promotes the growth and development of the timeshare industry in a variety of ways.

Of particular interest to consumers is ARDA's Advocacy program. ARDA is actively involved in local, state and national governmental affairs, monitoring regulatory issues that affect timeshare. The ARDA "…actively engages in lobbying efforts focused on the establishment of a legislative environment that fosters an industry growth that further enhances consumer confidence and protection.

In this same vein, the ARDA's Educational Institute offers its membership professional and educational development covering the industry's ethical, legal and regulatory areas.

Through the ARDA-Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC), owners can be part of an effective grassroots lobbying coalition of timeshare unit owners dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing vacation ownership. ARDA sees this as the first line of defense against legislation that may negatively impact timeshare owners and their
well-being.

ARDA's Outreach program provides news of the bright future and positive economic impact of the timeshare industry. To assist in this, an on-line newsletter, "ARDA NewsFLASH," provides up-to-date news on legislation, events, and other important industry and membership information.

The news posted on ARDA NewsFLASH this week is the just-released report "State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry: United States Study, 2010 Edition." The study states that timeshare occupancy is on the rise, indicating recovery with a healthy trend. The timeshare industry reported an average of 79.7% occupancy rate in 2009, compared with the 54.7% occupancy rate at the hotel industry. (Source: "STR Trend Report," Smith Travel Research, April 2010.) Around 54% of resorts are at least 80-percent occupied, and 34% have occupancy of at least 90%. Only 12% of resorts are less than 60-percent occupied. This is good news for the timeshare industry, of which every timeshare owner and timeshare renter is a part.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Explore the Golden State in a California Timeshare


The impression that many people have of California is that it has a mystique all its own. And they're right. It's exciting, beautiful, fun, and so different from almost any place else on earth. That's why it ranks as one of the most "dreamed of" vacation destinations in the world. Take a family timeshare vacation to the Golden State, where you and the kids can discover California!

Most of you know that California is home to Disneyland, and what better place is there (for kids of All ages, of course)? Rent an Anaheim timeshare and spend a week playing - with Mickey and Donald and the whole gang. The best sightings of your kids' favorite Disney characters will be in Toon Town. From that same timeshare you can also play at Knott's Berry Farm - your teens will especially enjoy this park's famous Log Ride.

San Francisco (see photo above) has it all. A downtown San Francisco timeshare will put you in the perfect location for a central hub, from which you can explore the exciting City by the Bay. And speaking of exploring, a great spot for pre-schoolers is the Exploratorium with its many interactive exhibits. San Francisco's famous cable cars are great fun for the entire family. If you have small tykes, take the California Street cable car route - it’s the most gentle. A walk along Fisherman's Wharf will give everyone a chance to see fishing boats of all kinds and shapes and colors.

A San Diego timeshare rental in will give the kids a great beach vacation. There are a number of beaches open to the public, including Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla Shores. Ocean Beach has the longest concrete pier on the West Coast, measuring 1,971 feet, and the public is invited to stroll the entire length. From here your can get a great view of the giant waves as they roll toward Ocean Beach's sandy shore. This is also a good viewing point for watching the local surfers. And while in San Diego don't forget the world famous San Diego Zoo, and Sea World.

Another beautiful California destination, with its share of biking, hiking and walking trails, is Lake Tahoe. Known for its world-class winter skiing, it has also been called "the ultimate summer outdoor playground." There are numerous beaches along the shore perfect for your little ones, where the "waves" are gentle ripples. Take the kids on a paddle-wheeler boat ride across the lake for the time of their lives. A Lake Tahoe timeshare rental here will be relaxing for the parents and offer lots of outdoor fun for the kids.

(Photo from visitcalifornia.com)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Don’t Be a Victim of Timeshare Scams

If you are a timeshare owner, you know that timeshares offer you and your family a wonderful vacation with spacious accommodations at exciting resorts. You have the opportunity to visit your favorite location every year, and you also have the flexibility to choose different destinations and times of the year through timeshare exchange.

Most timeshare offers from retail developers are legitimate, but high-pressure, incentive-induced sales pitches can give a bad reputation to timeshare sales. They best way to avoid timeshare scams is to be informed and do your own research.

Timeshare Incentive Scams
If you are offered a prize as an incentive, either through the mail or at a resort, be skeptical. It’s up to you to read the fine print. Don't outlay any cash for anything. A 1-900 number should also raise suspicion if you’ve been offered a free trip.

Timeshare Presentations
Never buy on the spot at a timeshare presentation. Do your research at home and take the time to properly evaluate their offer. Buying a timeshare on the retail market may have some benefits, but you will almost always pay more for those perks. Consider the timeshare resale market where timeshare owners are looking to sell their resort weeks. You can save money and often negotiate the sale price.

If the sales presentation is making you uncomfortable due to high-pressured sales tactics, just leave. You have the right to go, and with no arguments. Or, if you feel the need to diffuse the situation, simply ask for references of happy customers. If the presenter has trouble providing that, it’s a good time to leave.

RedWeek.com, the largest on-line marketplace for timeshare rentals, resales and exchanges, holds the coveted A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and is an excellent resource for timeshare resale listings. You can also browse the resource section to answer any questions you may have about timeshares.

There are over 4 million happily timeshare owners enjoying timeshare family vacations all around the globe. Are you ready to be one of them?