Thursday, March 31, 2011

Top 3 Timeshare Resort Pools

If you're like everyone else in the country, you're thinking "Summer!" After the challenging winter we've all been through, just the thought of splashing about in a swimming pool is enough to lighten the heart, and bring on all sorts of summer vacation planning.

And if you're a savvy vacation planner, you know that just any hotel swimming pool won't cut it. You'll be looking into what swimming pools great timeshare resorts have to offer. Did we say "swimming pools?" Of course we jest - some timeshare resorts have created over-the-top water play that you have to see to believe. With the help of our members we've identified the "Top 3 Timeshare Resort Pools."
  1. Disney's Beach Club Villas, Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Stormalong Bay is a three acre beachside waterpark available to guests at Disney's Beach Club Villas. Yes, that's right - a gigantic 750,000-gallon waterpark on a beach! And get this - its amazing waterslide is accessed only by climbing the mast of a shipwrecked boat! Happily, for those of you looking for a more peaceful way of getting wet there is a Lazy River. And the little ones will have fun at the Guppy Bay kiddie pool. Timeshare rentals here start at $176/night.

  2. Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort, Cocoa Beach, FL
    Basically situated on Cape Canaveral, this water complex will have you dreaming of space travel as you blast 248 feet down the incredible 4-story high waterslide (see photo). Thank goodness this resort also offers tranquil tubing on a lazy river for those of you who never were enamored with being an astronaut. Your youngsters can enjoy water fun just their size at the interactive "Just for Tots" pool. Timeshare rentals here start at just $159/night.

  3. Harborside Resort at Atlantis, Bahamas
    The "biggest, baddest water complex around" is found at this resort on Paradise Island in the beautiful Caribbean. You might have second thoughts about heading there yourself when you hear that it was featured as a challenge on the ABC reality show "The Amazing Race." But if you're up for it (and who isn't?) you'll find plenty of ways to test your fortitude in this waterpark that holds 20 Million gallons of water. From high-speed waterslides to a mile-long river complete with wave surges and rapids - it's like no other aquatic experience. For the kids there is a fun kids' water-play fort. Timeshare rentals here start at just $185/n.

(Photo credits: Disney Villas – examiner.com. Ron Jon - ronjonresort.com. Harborside – atlantis.com )

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Start Making Timeshare Plans for the London Summer Olympics

Mark your calendars and start making your timeshare plans - the tickets for the Summer Olympic Games in London in 2012 have gone on sale. The London Olympics will take place July 27 - August 12, 2012.

The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has provided this information on how to obtain tickets:
  • If you are a resident of the UK or a designated country, you can apply for Olympic Games tickets through our ticketing website. You will need to create a ticketing account. This is a quick and easy process which will only take a few minutes. Create an account now.

  • Alternatively, residents of designated European countries will be able to apply for Olympic Games tickets through their local National Olympic Committee or Authorized Ticket Reseller. Find out more.

  • Residents outside the UK and designated European countries will need to apply for Olympic Games tickets through their local National Olympic Committee or Authorized Ticket Reseller.




Each ticket for a Games event in London or at outside London venues will receive a one-day ‘Games travelcard’ for the day of that event along with the event ticket. The Games travelcard will entitle you to travel within zones 1–9 in London and by National Rail between London and the recommended stations for some venues outside London (Eton Dorney, the Lee Valley White Water Centre, and Hadleigh Farm).

There will also be a number of events that do not require a ticket, including Athletics-Marathon, Athletics - Race Walk, Cycling - Road (Road Race), Cycling - Road (Time Trial), and the Cycling element of Triathlon. Some viewing areas will be ticketed and these are indicated in the full competition schedule. Big screens at Live Sites across the UK will also screen the sporting action.

Some eight million tickets will go on sale, with tourists from around the world expected to descend on London for the duration of the event.

LOCOG chair, Sebastian Coe, explained: “Today the application process opens to be part of the greatest show on earth. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world’s greatest athletes going for gold in the UK. Our message today is simple – mark the date on your calendar and sign up to our ticketing site at www.tickets.london2012.com to receive all the information you need to help you with the process.”

And remember - instead of staying at a London timeshare, you should consider staying in a timeshare in Paris to attend the Olympic games in London. With the high-speed EuroStar train, the trip is just a little over 2 hours between the two cities.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Annual ARDA Timeshare Convention Underway

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Annual Convention and Exposition is currently underway in Orlando, FL. Being held March 27-31, 2011, this is the premier gathering for the vacation ownership industry.

The convention attracts over 3,000 participants from more than 20 countries, and offers educational, networking, and social opportunities. The ARDA Exhibit Hall provides a focal point and is the largest show specifically geared toward the resort development industry.

This year's Signature Sponsors of the convention include RCI, Interval International, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Hilton Grand Vacations, Starwood Vacation Ownership, and Diamond Resorts International.

Among the Contributing Sponsors are Bluegreen Corporation, Marriott Vacation Club International, ARDA-ROC, and the Hyatt Residential Group.

Terry Jones is scheduled as the keynote speaker. Jones has led both large corporations and small startup companies, is the founder and former CEO of Travelocity, and the Chairman of Kayak.com. As a CEO, a board member, and a consultant, his innovative leadership style has helped reshape the travel industry. He offers concise and actionable insights into how leadership is changing in this new technology-driven world.

For the tenth consecutive year Holiday Systems International (HSI) is the proud sponsor of the ARDA Convention Awards Ceremony and Entertainment Gala, a formal event which will take place on March 30.

"Sponsoring the ARDA Awards Gala is a wonderful opportunity for Holiday Systems International to recognize the accomplishments of the industry’s top performers. ARDA has a positive impact on the growth and development of the vacation ownership and resort development industries, and HSI is pleased to continue our support of ARDA's Awards Gala,” HSI’s Founder, President and CEO Craig Morganson said.

For final inspiration, the closing speaker will be at the Breakfast of Champions on the morning of the Convention's last day, March 31. Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson is a decorated Army Commander who lost both of his legs to a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Commander Gadson understands that hard work and determination are key factors in overcoming life-altering setbacks. He will share with the convention's attendees the crucial role teamwork and camaraderie play when facing life's obstacles.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Smugglers’ Notch Timeshare Resort Changes Coming June 2011

Beginning in June, 2011, Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont is planning to transform the way it handles its condominium timeshare business.

In an article posted in the Burlington Free Press, staff writer Dan D’Ambrosio interviewed Scott Tobin, Smugglers' Notch Resort director of vacation ownership, who explained that in the past, Smugglers’ Notch sold deeded property where a person would own a specific condo for a specific period of time during the year.

Under a new agreement finalized with Wyndham Vacation Ownership in January, people will now buy points for vacation ownership in the Wyndham network of resorts, including Smugglers’ Notch. That allows people to stay wherever they want, for whatever period of time their points are good.

Tobin said that of the 300 timeshare condos at Smugglers' Notch, the equivalent of 40 condos, are going into the Wyndham program.

“The inventory set aside for the program will be registered into a trust,” Tobin said. “You’ll be buying an interest in that trust and you’ll receive points to travel anywhere in the Wyndham exchange network, including obviously, coming back to Smugglers’ Notch.”

Tobin said the Wyndham connection marks a new era for Smugglers’ Notch. “It’s a more modernized product that allows the buyer more flexibility in how they use it,” he said. “I think the other benefit for Smugglers’ is that it allows us to have sort of a national distribution for our sales. In addition to selling this product at Smugglers’ Notch, it will be sold at other outlets.”

As D'Ambrosio goes on to report, Bill Stritzler was one of the old-school condominium owners at Smugglers’ Notch when he was asked to join the board of directors for the homeowners association at the resort more than 30 years ago. He and his wife still own their condominium - along with the rest of Smugglers’ Notch, which Stritzler bought in 1996.

Stritzler began investing in capital improvements, especially to sharpen the resort’s appeal to summer visitors, by amping up the water parks. “We wanted Smugglers’ to be the best place you could go on a vacation with a family, summer or winter,” he said.

The efforts paid off. Smugglers’ Notch has been named the No. 1 family resort by readers of Ski magazine for the past 12 years, something Stritzler calls a “big deal in our industry, to be at the top and stay at the top for that length of time.”
There are many timeshare rentals available at Smugglers' Notch Resort for summer and winter family fun.

To learn more, read "At Smugglers' Notch, Timeshares are a Changin'" by Dan D'Ambrosio in its entirety.

View Smugglers' Notch Resort Timeshares

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hilton Grand Vacations Supports Earth Hour

Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of 10 distinct hotel brands announced today its participation to celebrate Earth Hour 2011 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

As more than a billion people and organizations around the world turn off their lights in support of energy conservation, Earth Hour will be recognized at thousands of hotels in Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands including Hilton Grand Vacations.

“As a global company with more than 3,600 hotels in 82 countries, Hilton Worldwide is always looking for ways to reduce energy consumption,” said Paul Brown, President of Global Brands & Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide. “We intend to make a big difference through our sustainable actions, and Earth Hour is a unique opportunity for the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands to show its continued commitment to this important effort.”

Earth Hour will be celebrated across the company’s brands and regions through a variety of activities including:
  • Switching off main building exterior lighting and rooftop neon signage

  • Shutting down business center equipment

  • Dimming interior lights in lobby and reception area

  • Encouraging guests to switch off their room lights

  • Staging special candle-lit dinners and events to raise awareness
Hilton Worldwide has also encouraged properties within its portfolio to get creative with their Earth Hour celebrations. The Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu will encourage guests to turn off their lights and televisions and join in its second annual hour of storytelling titled “Ghost Stories, Myths & Legends of Hawaii” with one of Hawaii’s master storytellers.

Participation in Earth Hour is another step in Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to sustainability. In 2010, Hilton Worldwide became the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to make sustainability measurement a brand standard with the implementation of LightStay, a sustainability tracking system developed to improve hotel performance and drive economic returns while decreasing the company’s overall impact on the environment.

LightStay analyzes performance across 200 operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper-product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. The system also measures energy, water use, waste and carbon output at hotels globally. In addition to its function as a measurement system, LightStay provides a “meeting impact calculator” feature that calculates the environmental impact of any meeting or conference held at a property.

By December 31, 2011, all 3,600 properties within Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio of brands will use LightStay, making the company the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to require property-level measurement of sustainability.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Timeshare Travel to the Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring has sprung! The vernal equinox says so, and the blooming cherry trees in Washington, D.C., prove it. So let's celebrate! Join the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in our nation's capital by renting a timeshare at the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria, or Wyndham Vacation Resorts at National Harbor.

Each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, in 1912. This year the 16-day Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 26 - April 10, 2011.

How do they know when to hold the event? The Peak Bloom Date is defined as the day on which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open. Exactly when that will occur is not easy to predict, but National Park Service horticulturists monitor five stages of bud development to provide a timely forecast.

Festival activities range from a Pink Tie Party, to a Cherry Blossom Art exhibit, to Music of Spring concerts. On the Cherry Blossom River Teas tour you can enjoy a full-service English High Tea aboard a classic yacht while cruising along beside the blossoms. Or take a Lantern Walk where you're guided by the light of festive lanterns with Park Rangers who take you on an evening walk around the Tidal Basin. And, of course, there's the big Festival parade, held this year on April 9th, which features lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and lots of family entertainment.

This year's festival will have a particularly special note in the wake of the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan, and further extends friendship and helping hands to that country with "Stand With Japan." Starting at 6:30pm on March 24th, join others as they walk the Tidal Basin in support of Japan. Donations collected will go directly to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Red Cross Online Donation Site, benefiting the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

"Stand With Japan" event coordinators explain it this way: "Our relationship with Japan is at the heart of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and so the Festival is uniquely positioned as a natural conduit to unite the millions of people who want to assist the Japanese people, and express their support in a show of unity."

(Photo credit - ajitjagan.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Marriott and Hilton Timeshare Owners Can Help Japan

Are you looking for a way to help Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims? Both Marriott and Hilton are offering a means by which their guests and vacation club members can donate to victims of this unrelenting tragedy.



  1. Marriott
    Redeem Marriott Rewards points for donations to the Red Cross. From now through May 15, 2011, Marriott Rewards members can redeem their points for donations to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and all donations will be directed to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief efforts to help survivors of the earthquake and tsunami.

    For more information about donating Marriott Rewards points to the Red Cross, members can go to www.marriott.com/rewards/usepoints/donatePoints.mi and select the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies options.

  2. Hilton
    To aid in the relief effort, Hilton HHonors™ has partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help victims in Japan. If you would like to support the effort, Hilton has arranged for HHonors members to be able to donate points to sustain aid and relief in the affected regions.

    As part of its point donation program, Hilton HHonors has pledged that it will match total member donations dollar for dollar up to $250,000 for Japan. Hilton HHonors converts all donated points to cash for a contribution to the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

    How to Donate Your HHonors Points:
    HHonors points may be donated in increments of 10,000. Each 10,000 HHonors point donation equals a US$25 donation. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to the IFRC fund you select.

    By Email:
    Send an email to HHonors_Giving_Back@hilton.com detailing the number of points you'd like donated to either the General or Japan IFRC fund (must be in increments of 10,000) and include your name, address, Hilton HHonors account number, and the appropriate Reward Code. You will receive an email confirming your request.

    By Phone:
    You can call the nearest Hilton Reservations and Customer Care center and request the appropriate reward code. The representative will deduct the points required for donation from your account.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies leads as the world's largest humanitarian institute, offering assistance without inequity as to nationality, race, class, political views or religious principles.

The organization encompasses roughly 186 member Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, as well as more than 60 strategically located delegations supporting activities all over the world. During the last decade alone, almost two billion people have been affected by disasters world-wide and assisted directly as a first-response organization by the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

(Video created by www.ifrc.org)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

8 Fun Facts about New Zealand

New Zealand's official tourism web site has this to say: "When you’re traveling New Zealand, it’s the natural attractions that put the magic in your day. Snowy mountains, volcanoes, delectable beaches, remote hiking trails, fiords, wilderness lakes and much, much more." Did you know that New Zealand was such a diverse and beautiful country? There are many timeshare exchanges available all across New Zealand - why not take the opportunity to check this country out for a great family vacation?

Travel bloggers around the world are uniting to tell the world New Zealand is a great place to travel and there is no better time than now. Blog4NZ is a grassroots blogging and social media effort to support New Zealand travel in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake 1 month ago.

While you plan your New Zealand trip, here are 8 Fun Facts about New Zealand that you just might not have known:
  1. Kiwi
    Most people know that the Kiwi bird is endemic to New Zealand and is that country's national symbol, which is why native New Zealanders are also known as Kiwis. However, it's also how the kiwi fruit got its name. The fruit is actually native to China, and in fact is a large gooseberry. When New Zealand decided to cultivate the fruit and export it, they needed a marketing strategy that would tie the giant gooseberry to New Zealand in the mind of consumers - and voila - the kiwi fruit was born.

  2. Lake Taupo
    Covering a surface area of 238 square miles, Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake. However, it actually is a volcanic caldera, created by a super volcano that erupted more than 26,000 years ago.

  3. Wellington
    The capital city of New Zealand is the southernmost capital city in the world.

  4. Nuclear Power
    Although native New Zealander and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford devised the orbital theory of the atom, and thus is known as the father of nuclear physics, New Zealand outlawed nuclear arms in the 1980s, and today there are no nuclear power stations in New Zealand.

  5. Sir Edmund Hillary
    The first person to reach the top of Mt. Everest, a feat he performed with Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay in 1953, was born in Aukland, NZ. Time Magazine named Hillary one of the "100 Most Influential People of the Twentieth Century." His face is on the New Zealand five-dollar bill.

  6. Bungee Jumping
    This death-defying popular activity was actually invented in New Zealand in 1988 (see photo).

  7. Christmas
    Although Christmas occurs in the middle of the summer in New Zealand, the country was settled by Europeans, and therefore many northern hemisphere Christmas traditions continue including decorations depicting snow, reindeer, cheery fireplaces, and ornament-covered fir trees.

  8. The Queen
    New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II is actually the Queen of New Zealand and the head of state.
Take a timeshare vacation to New Zealand - it truly is a magical land.

(Photo credit - webquest7.blogspot.com)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 3 – Tourism Drops

Part 3 of our 3-Part series that looks at the impact that the Japan crisis is having on world tourism, U.K.'s online news source, both Breaking Travel News (BTN) and the BBC have posted reports that nations around the world are bracing themselves for a large slump in tourism arrivals from Japan, following last week’s devastating earthquake.

Officials from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Tourism Australia cited serious concerns that falling numbers from Japan could further dent the region, which is already struggling to recover from the devastating floods.

The number of Japanese tourists visiting Queensland grew 12 percent in 2010, to 398,000, making Japan the fifth-largest international market to Australia, accounting for about six per cent of the country’s tourists, according to The Australian. Tourism between Japan and Queensland received a boost last year when Jetstar began flying between Osaka and Cairns.

Meanwhile in Taiwan, tourism officials said the country expected to lose millions of dollars in revenue as Japanese tourists cancelled visits to the island.

Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau estimated a 20 percent decline in Japanese visitors over the coming three months, or more than US$33 million in lost income, said spokesman Wayne Liu.

Last year 1 million Japanese visited Taiwan, making Japan the second largest source of tourists after China. About half the Taiwanese tour groups due to visit Japan have cancelled scheduled trips after the Foreign Ministry issued “red” travel alerts against many parts in the country due to radiation concerns.

In Hawaii officials estimate that the tsunami generated from the Japan earthquake caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to ports, roads and homes in the state, and they expect tourism revenue to decline as Japanese travelers cancel holiday plans.

The tsunami swept through the islands before dawn on Friday, and though the waves were much smaller than those that hit Japan’s northeastern coast, they flooded some coastal businesses and hotel lobbies, sank boats and tore apart piers and infrastructure.

Even India is feeling the pinch. Indian travel firms have started receiving cancellations from Japanese tourists and are bracing up for a dip in business as Japan is one of the top 10 source markets for inbound tourism in the country.

Before the Japanese earthquake disaster, the Asia Pacific region was expected to drive the global tourism industry in 2011.

More than nine million people were forecast to visit Japan this year and more than 13 million trips were forecast to take place from Japan.

Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 1
Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 2 – Tokyo is Safe

(Photo credit - jnto.go.jp/eng)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 2 – Tokyo is Safe

In Part 2 of our 3-Part Series that looks at the impact that the Japan crisis is having on world tourism, Reuters is posting a report entitled "Japan Red Cross says Tokyo Safe for Travel." Following is the Reuters report, posted on March 16, 2011, edited by Jon Hemming.

The Japanese Red Cross says Tokyo is safe for international travelers, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Wednesday.

Senior IFRC official Matthias Schmale also told a news briefing that Japan was not asking for a massive international aid operation to help cope with its tsunami disaster, but would probably need financial support.

"The Japanese Red Cross is telling us that Tokyo is safe, as far as nuclear radiation is concerned, and that foreigners can come in to travel," Schmale said.

He told the briefing the situation was changing all the time, but that the Geneva-based IFRC which links to Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the globe had implicit trust in the Japanese society and its information.

Schmale spoke as Japan's nuclear crisis following last week's offshore earthquake and devastating tsunami appeared to be worsening after another fire in a nuclear power plant hit by the twin disasters.

A number of foreign governments have advised caution on their citizens traveling to Japan, while France said the Japanese government was losing control of the nuclear crisis and sent extra flights to Tokyo to bring its citizens home.

Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 1
Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 3 – Tourism Drops

(Photo credit - uk.ibtimes.com. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 1

If you plan a timeshare vacation in the near future to Japan or other Asian market destinations, there will be a lot of information for you to consider in the wake of the disaster triple-threat in Japan of the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation leaks.

In Part 1 of our 3-Part series that looks at the impact that Japan's crisis is having on world tourism, Online news source Breaking Travel News (BTN) posted the following article on March 16, 2011, "Aviation ready to act over deteriorating situation in Japan."

Officials at the US Federal Aviation Administration have taken the lead in the global response to the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. All options were available, the government body said, including the rerouting of Japan-bound flights if the nuclear crisis there worsened further.

“If the situation at Fukushima worsens and we see credible indications that radiological hazards to civil aviation exist beyond the flight restriction areas the FAA is prepared to take air traffic management measures, including the rerouting of air traffic,” explained a statement.

Air China has cancelled some flights to Japan, mainly due to the operational capacity of airports. These include departures from Beijing and Shanghai to Tokyo. Lufthansa confirmed it is diverting planes meant for Tokyo to Osaka and Nagoya via Seoul and that this schedule would remain in place until the weekend. However, these appear to be exceptions, with other carriers, including Air New Zealand, Delta, and American, continuing to operate as normal.

Despite the optimistic response from international carriers, national governments have been markedly more reticent when advising citizens traveling in Japan.

The State Department urged US citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan, in line with advice from Great Britain, France, Germany and several smaller European states.

Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 2 – Tokyo is Safe

Travel News: Crisis in Japan - Part 3 – Tourism Drops

(Photo credit – Yahoo News and Associated Press)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Find Wyndham Timeshares for Sale

Wyndham Worldwide is one of the world's largest hospitality companies across six continents, and employs approximately 25,000 employees globally. Its timeshare arm, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, has a network of over 155 vacation ownership resorts serving over 820,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

When you're looking for Wyndham timeshares for sale, check out the resale opportunities listed by RedWeek members. Here are a few examples of Wyndham resales currently available:
  1. Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, Freeport, Bahamas
    Located on Grand Bahama Island, this resort is renowned for its ample beach, white sand and warm tropical waters. Its amenities include a disco, an activities program, and a kids' club. There are 2 timeshare resale postings $2,000 - $7,500. If you'd like to check this resort out before buying, a timeshare rental is listed at just $71/n.
    One reviewer said this: “A truly great resort which we own. The lowest price for a vacation in the Bahamas or the Caribbean. We have been backs five years in a row. Leaving is the hard part.”
  2. Palm Springs Tennis Club, Palm Springs, CA
    Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto peak, Palm Springs Tennis Club enjoys beautiful scenery year-round. Downtown is just a short walk away, and the resort has 3 pools, 5 Jacuzzis, and activities planned for the entire family. There are 5 timeshare resale postings $1,300 - $2,900. If you'd like to check this resort out before buying, timeshare rentals start at just $86/n.
    One reviewer said this: “Truly a great resort. I would hope that everyone has the opportunity to stay here.”
  3. Wyndham Ocean Walk, Daytona Beach, FL
    Located on a stretch of pedestrian-only beach, amenities at this resort include four pools with a water slide, pool bar, Lazy River, kiddie pool, and kid's Interactive Aquatic Center. There are 2 timeshare resale postings $6,999 - $10,000. If you'd like to check this resort out before buying, timeshare rentals start at just $78/n.
    One reviewer said this: “We have just returned from the Wyndham Ocean Walk, and it was fabulous! We highly recommend it, and intend to return next year.”
  4. Wyndham Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, CO
    Bordered by 2.3 million acres of the San Juan National Forest, this resort is a complete recreational community located in the spectacular mountains of southwestern Colorado. Amenities include tennis courts, two golf courses, and a family complex featuring an Olympic-size indoor pool. There are 3 timeshare resale postings $1 - $1,000. If you'd like to check this resort out before buying, timeshare rentals start at just $86/n.
    One reviewer said this: “Unbelievable, what a great resort run by fantastic people!!"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day Fun from Your Boston Timeshare

Boston is without a doubt the most iconic Irish city in the U.S. So what better place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Rent a Boston timeshare, or plan a timeshare rental just an hour away on the seashores of Cape Cod, then don your Green, and start practicing your brogue.

Historically Boston gained its large Irish population because it was the largest port closest to Ireland, and thus was the quickest and cheapest American destination for Irish immigrants, especially with those fleeing the potato famine in the mid-1800s, although the Irish began concentrating in the area as early as colonial times.

The culture, music, and food of the Irish people now permeate Boston, and comes bounding to the forefront in the celebration of all things Irish for St. Patrick's Day.

The headliner is the exciting St. Patrick's Day Parade, always held on the Sunday following St. Patrick's Day. In 2011, the parade will be held at one o'clock Sunday afternoon, March 20. Featuring marching bands and bag pipe bands from throughout the U.S., as well as visiting bag pipe bands from Ireland, along with colorful floats and Irish step dancers, the parade will wind its way through South Boston - the city's most Irish neighborhood.

While waiting for the day of the parade, you can find many other activities to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day the Boston way. One of the most popular is Boston's Irish Heritage Trail. A fascinating self-guided, three mile walking tour, it starts at the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden, and includes Boston's downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Along the way you'll learn about famous politicians, artists, matriarchs and war heroes all "part of a rich tradition of colonial rebellion, leadership and triumph that personifies the Boston Irish."

One person you can learn even more about is Boston's (and Ireland's) favorite son, John F. Kennedy. The JFK Library and Museum is located in Boston, at Columbia Point, and is open daily. The museum's director suggests that while you are there; take a moment to enjoy the spectacular views of the city across the water from the dramatic glass pavilion atrium.

The week of St. Patrick's Day, from March 13-18, 2011, you can also participate in Boston's Restaurant Week. This is a great opportunity to sample Boston's fine dining at discount prices - and see what the chefs come up with for a St. Patrick's Day feast.

And if you stop by historic Faneuil Hall in the Quincy Market Colonnade during St. Patrick's Day weekend, you'll not only find budget dining, but local Irish Step Dancing groups providing hand-clapping entertainment, as well.

(Photo credit - saintpatricksdayparade.com/boston)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break Travel: 5 Top Party Destinations

PhotobucketThe popular web site Tripadvisor has listed its picks for the top party destinations for all of you Spring Breakers who are ready to let your hair down and have a wild time of it. Each of the destinations listed below also has great budget timeshare rentals available - a chance for you to enjoy these party places for a good price.
  1. Cancun
    "Cancun's entire economy is based on partying," says Tripadvisor. You can't go wrong here! Known as Mexico's Caribbean Jewel, Cancun offers magnificent beaches, lots of watersports, and the amazing Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, just to name a few "extras." Or take a fun 20-minute ferry ride over to Isla Mujeres where the more laid-back atmosphere will help you relax and rest up for that big night of Cancun partying. Rent a Cancun timeshare, where the odds are you'll have a swinging nightclub right at your own resort.

  2. Panama City Beach, FL
    "A destination that thrives on spring break business. Here you will find all-day beach parties and your fill of clubs and pubs to visit at night," says Tripadvisor. A Panama City timeshare rental will put you smack on "The Most Beautiful Beach in the World," according to the city itself. And there's no doubt that the remarkable emerald waters of the Gulf, splashing onto sugary white sand, will give you the ultimate in a beach vacation.

  3. The Bahamas
    Nassau, on New Providence Island, not only features the world's most idyllic beaches, says Tripadvisor, but it also has a viable gambling industry for those who are 18+. The Harborside Resort at Atlantis on Paradise Island is another place to head to if you're of age. This Bahamas resort has the largest casino in the Caribbean, as well as a number of nightclubs located right in the huge complex. Here you could very easily find yourself rubbing elbows with Hollywood celebs, too.

  4. Myrtle Beach, SC
    This area, including the Grand Strand, is where many college students flock for Spring Break, and you will certainly find an all day party here. The Grand Strand is home to an array of tourist attractions that include its beaches and many golf courses, as well as a number of amusement parks, an aquarium, great shopping, and a whopping 1,900 restaurants. A Myrtle Beach timeshare rental will certainly give you the chance to party-hearty.

  5. South Beach
    Just the name conjures up visions of colorful, unstoppable, electric nightlife. Miami's South Beach area is one big party all year round, so you can imagine how it pops during Spring Break. There are numerous choices for timeshare rentals in the Miami area, just as there are numerous choices for spectacular beaches. A fantastic trip is almost guaranteed.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan Earthquake Sparks Tsunami Warnings for Travelers

Wherever you are vacationing with your timeshare, or plan to vacation within the next couple of weeks, you need to pay close attention to all news reports if you will be on the west coast of the U.S., or within the Pacific Rim. In the wake of the devastating 8.9 earthquake in Japan, sirens have been wailing tsunami warnings up and down the U.S. Pacific coast and Hawaii. Tsunami warnings were issued for virtually the entire Pacific region.

The first waves have now reached the mainland of the United States. There have been reports of damage to the Santa Cruz harbor, and the Times-Standard in Eureka, CA, reports that the harbor has been destroyed in Crescent City, with 35 boats crushed.

Major airlines to and from Japan are canceling flights until the cycles of the tsunami have diminished, and the earthquake aftershocks have decreased. Tokyo Airport is closed at this time. Check your airline for information on the waving of fees for re-booking.

The Hawaii state government has issued a statement that roads leading into the Honolulu Airport have been closed until further notice. Request is made that no one attempt to get to the airport at this time. Due to the tsunami warning for Hawaii, all flights have been canceled until such time that the tsunami warning is lifted.

Marriott International and other large hospitality companies have issued press releases reporting tsunami evacuations of their hotels and resorts throughout the Pacific Rim, including Hawaii, Guam, and Indonesia, as well as Japan. The companies plead that hotel and resort guests follow all evacuation instructions given by their trained staff, including taking only medication and valuables from your hotel room. Leave the luggage - there's no where to take it and as it piles up in the hotel lobby it becomes a fire hazard. Also go directly to the safe areas as indicated by the staff. One hotel in Maui reported having to send its staff out to the beach to bring in guests who wanted to get a closer look at the surf surge.

As reported by the Associated Press "Water rushed up on roadways and into hotel lobbies on the Big Island and low-lying areas in Maui were flooded as 7-foot waves crashed ashore."

The Japan earthquake was 8000 times stronger than the one in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February, and one after shock has been recorded at 6.6. The earthquake triggered a tsunami wave of up to 50 feet high that washed away houses and businesses. Scientists have warned that the first tsunami waves are not always the strongest, and officials said people in Hawaii and along the West Coast should remain vigilant.

The Red Cross has opened evacuation shelters in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii, with additional shelters on stand-by. If you would like to donate to the Red Cross disaster relief for the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami, go to its web site.

(Photo credit - huffingtonpost.com)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

5 Best Kept Las Vegas Secrets for Family Fun

If you're looking to take advantage of Spring Break for a family vacation while the kids are out of school for a week, but want to stay away from the wild party destinations over-populated by college students, think out of the box - Las Vegas.

You'll find many fun activities that are kid-friendly around Las Vegas. Start by renting a budget-friendly timeshare (for example, you can get one for just $49/n at Club de Soliel), then go out and explore these 5 Best Kept Las Vegas Secrets for a fun time for the entire family.
  1. The Old West
    Just a few minutes drive from Las Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, home to Cowboy Trail Rides. The family-owned ranch has an Old West setting including cowboys, horses and desert terrain complete with cactus, and views worthy of any wide-screen western movie. The kids will feel a real part of the west with a horseback ride along trails that wind through the valley, guided by professional wranglers.

  2. Hoover Dam
    One of the 7 Man-Made Wonders of the World, your kids' first sight of this incredible National Historic Landmark is guaranteed to fill them with awe and wonder. Just 30 miles from Las Vegas, over a million visitors a year tour this construction tour-de-force.

  3. Hoover Dam By-pass Bridge
    Heavily traveled Hwy 93 used to cross directly over the dam, but since the terrorist attacks of 9-11 a by-pass has been under construction. Opened in 2010, the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (see photo) is another remarkable experience for your children. Gingerly placed between the rock cliffs that form Black Canyon, and 890 feet above the Colorado River, the bridge offers spectacular views of both Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Driving over it your children will have crossed on the highest and longest arched concrete bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

  4. Roller Coaster
    Another quick 30-mile drive from Las Vegas and you'll find Buffalo Bill’s Resort, home of the Desperado Roller Coaster, one of the tallest roller coasters in North America. With a 225-foot drop and a 55-degree descent on the first hill, it's definitely a thrill ride for your teens. Other rides here include the Adventure Log Plume, and The Vault - the first 3-D motion ride in the U.S.

  5. Chocolate Factory
    What kid, young or old, doesn't love a chocolate factory? A 30-minute drive to Henderson is where you'll find Ethyl M Chocolates, open daily for free tours. After your tour, and yes - you do get to sample one of their delectable treats - you can wander through the Botanical Cactus Gardens. More than 300 different varieties of cactus plants are exhibited in the gardens that cover three acres. See if the kids can spot the Teddy Bear Chola.
(Thanks to our friends at bridgepros.com for the amazing photo.)

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Baseball Fans: For Spring Training Travel to Arizona

March has more going for it than Spring Break, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick's Day. It's also the start of Spring Training, and as any diehard baseball fan knows - there's nothing more important.

When you rent a timeshare in Arizona in March, you'll have pleasantly warm weather, budget prices, and the awakening from its long dormant sleep of the Cactus League. Sister to Florida's Grapefruit League, the only other spring training league in the country, the Cactus League consists of 15 major league teams, all of which practice within close proximity of each other.

Whereas the major league teams that make up Florida's Grapefruit League actually have spring training practice in venues scattered all across the state, 12 of the Cactus League teams practice in the metro Phoenix area, and the other 3 work out in Tucson. Thus, for any baseball fan looking to get a jump start on the season, the Cactus League offers a veritable smorgasbord of teams and games all within hand's reach.

The Cactus League spring training attracts more than 1 million fans annually, so you need to plan ahead in reserving your stadium seats. Below is a partial list of the teams in the Cactus League, and the stadiums in which they play:
  1. Milwaukee Brewers - Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix

  2. Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres - Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria (metro-Phoenix)

  3. San Francisco Giants - Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale (metro-Phoenix)

  4. Chicago Cubs - HoHoKam Park, Mesa (metro-Phoenix)

  5. Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals - Surprise Stadium, Surprise (metro-Phoenix)

  6. Oakland A's - Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix

  7. Los Angeles Angels - Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe (metro-Phoenix)
Regardless of whose sense of humor put the L.A. Angels in Tempe's "Devil" stadium, you're sure to enjoy many hours of contented fandom as you choose your teams and your games, and watch the boys of summer of the Cactus League hone their skills and get ready to "Play Ball!"

Marriott's Canyon Villas at Desert Ridge in Phoenix has March timeshare rentals starting at just $129/night. The Painted Mountain Golf Resort in Mesa can give you a March timeshare rental for $121/night. March timeshare rentals at the Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Peoria start at $93/night, and you can find a March timeshare rental for just $91/night in Scottsdale at the Orange Tree Golf Resort.

(Photo credit - cactusleague.com)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Bluegreen Timeshare Resorts Host 70th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week

Another great event just in time for Spring Break! Bluegreen Corporation, a leading provider of "Colorful Places to Live and Play," has announced its participation as a resort for guests attending the 70th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week, with specified parking just for motorcycles as well as a bike washing area available, free of charge.

Multiple Bluegreen resorts will play host to motorcycle enthusiasts March 4-13 for the official Bike Week. Bluegreen owns or manages four resorts in Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas–Daytona SeaBreeze™ and Fantasy Island Beach Resort in Daytona Beach Shores; Casa Del Mar Beach Resort in Ormond Beach; and Dolphin Beach Club in Daytona Beach.

With so many attendees, available lodging is often difficult to find, which is why Bluegreen’s resorts are opening their doors to Bike Week enthusiasts. Each of the four Bluegreen resorts are convenient to the events taking place throughout the week, and budget timeshare rentals are available.

Shannon Ryan, Activities Director at the Daytona SeaBreeze Resort states, “Daytona SeaBreeze is a great location to spend your Bike Week! We are located in the heart of Daytona Beach Shores, just a short ride away from Main Street where “Heart of the Harley Festivities” takes place. Plus, there are several restaurants and lounges within walking distance of the resort.”

“We have many guests who return to us each and every year,” Ryan said. “They love the location because it is close enough to enjoy all the action, yet far enough away to get the relaxation they deserve.”

Daytona Beach Bike Week started as a bike race in 1937 and eventually evolved into a world-renowned event in which approximately 500,000 people attend every year. The festivities still include bike racing, but have grown to also include festivals, parties, concerts and more.

Besides the live entertainment, demonstrations, and contests, a favorite activity for bikers is to "Ride the Loop." As the event organizers explain it: "This leisurely ride will give you a feel for Florida's natural beauty. Check out Ormond Park and the Fairchild Oak tree - one of Florida's oldest living Oaks. Bring your camera, maybe a boxed lunch, and enjoy. The Loop is approximately 22 miles long and a must for riders who enjoy an open road and Florida's natural beauty."

If you can't make Bike Week in March, make your plans now for Daytona Beach's BiketoberFest, October 13-17, 2011.

(Photo credits - officialbikeweek.com)

Monday, March 07, 2011

5 Safety Tips for your Spring Break Timeshare Vacation

PhotobucketHeading out for your Spring Break vacation? It's a cinch that you've been spending more time in classrooms at school than you have being a world traveler. Therefore, there might be some dangerous aspects of travel to which you're not accustomed. No need to stay home, says Kathleen Crislip, writer about student travel on about .com, in her "Student Safety Overview" post. Just learn the rules about common sense safety, then go out and have fun on your timeshare rental Spring Break trip.

Kathleen Crislip says:
  • If you've grown up in a small town and this is your first big trip, you may not be prepared for the fact that not everyone you meet in a big city has your best interests at heart.

  • Not being able to speak the local language while traveling, for example to Mexico, could hinder you from getting help.

  • Street crime takes forms in other countries that you may not have seen at home, even if you live in a large city.

  • Scam artists and conmen may target you because of your youth, which they might equate with naiveté.
So what to do? Crislip offers these suggestions:
  1. Check U.S. government issued travel warnings and consider not choosing a destination that the State Department is advising Americans to avoid.

  2. Invest in a phrasebook and memorize some possibly helpful phrases before you leave home. For example, if you're going to Mexico you might want to learn: "Socorro!" (Help), and "Llama a la policia!" (Call the police).

  3. Use the same safety precautions you would at home: avoid walking alone on deserted streets after dark, keep your travel cash stashed, and stay alert.

  4. Pay attention in taxis and on trains - you're unlikely to get too far from your bags during air travel, but losing them during other transportation is easier than you might think.

  5. Watch the crowd - Many thieves prefer crowded areas. Stay alert in places like bus stations and during street celebrations, where you're likely to be jostled - thieves use these circumstances to grab for your purse or to pick your pocket.
When planning your Spring Break trip, consider a timeshare rental at a luxury resort - you'll find many that are budget friendly. And many of the resorts have their own on-site nightclubs and entertainment, as well as enough on-site amenities to keep you happily busy through your entire Spring Break vacation.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Spring Break Travel: Hawaii Festivals

Just in time for Spring Break, the state of Hawaii is pulling out all the stops this March for a month of fun festivals. Rent a Hawaiian timeshare and head to the islands for a Spring Break you won't forget.
  1. The 17th Annual Honolulu Festival, March 11-13, 2011
    This three day extravaganza is Hawaii's premier cultural event, and was established in 1994 to promote understanding, economic cooperation, and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region.
    Dance performances and traditional art demonstrations are displayed by artisans from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, Philippines, Republic of China (Taiwan), Korea, Hawaii, and other parts of the United States.

    Live entertainment, demonstrations and performances will be held at four venues around Honolulu: Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, and Waikiki Shopping Plaza. All are complementary.

    On Saturday evening, March 12, be sure to join in the Friendship Gala. Here you'll enjoy the delicious dishes of Hawaii’s famous restaurants. And you'll get a unique insight into the cultures of the Pacific through dance, song, and regional cuisine by some of Hawaii's most famous chefs.

    Sunday, March 13 is when the Grand Parade makes its way down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. This year's grand marshal is Sanshin (an Okinawan musical instrument) Master Choichi Terukina-sensei, who is a National Living Treasure of Japan.

  2. 16th Annual Kona Brewer's Festival, March 12, 2011
    The Kona Brewer's Festival is a celebration of more than a decade of brewing excellence in Hawaii. Since its inception in 1996 the festival's mission has been to promote Hawaii's increasing interest in the craft brewing industry. Nearly 30 breweries offer more than 60 types of beer. Chefs from over twenty-five restaurants serve culinary creations and the festival also features live entertainment including music, contests, and fire dancers.

  3. Prince Kuhio Day, March 19 - 27, 2011
    Prince Kuhio Day is a State holiday honoring Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, one of Hawaii's most beloved monarchs, and Hawaii's first delegate to the U.S. Congress. The week-long festival features canoe races, music and dance, and a royal ball, all held on his native island of Kauai.
There are many budget-friendly Hawaiian timeshares available. You might be surprised at how affordable a Hawaiian Spring Break vacation can be, especially if you split the rental cost with friends.

(Photo credit - honolulufestival.com)

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Enjoy Spring Break at Iron Blosam Lodge

Looking for some March Spring Break fun in the snow? Look no further than a timeshare rental at Iron Blosam Lodge in Snowbird, UT. The area is famous for dry-powder snow from late November to March, often followed by excellent spring skiing to May. The resort has 32 runs, with 3,100 vertical feet of skiing. The slopes are just a short walk from the resort.

Located in Utah's Wasatch Mountains, only 26 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, Iron Blosam Lodge-Snowbird is a year-round resort, and it really swings in March. Take a look at these 3 fun things:
  1. Winter Stargazing, March 5, 2011
    Join local astronomers for an informative presentation, then ride to the top of 11,000 ft Hidden Peak via Snowbird’s Aerial Tram. From there, you will enjoy an unobstructed view, through high-powered telescopes, of the glittering stars in the spectacularly clear night skies.

  2. Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, March 8-12, 2011
    The 2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour featuring the best big mountain skiers in the world, began its North American stops in January with The Canadian Freeskiing Championships in Revelstoke, BC. Now, after also going to Colorado and California, the tour makes its final and most exciting stop in Snowbird, for the 14th year in a row.

  3. St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2011
    Three restaurants at the resort are gearing up for a lively St. Patrick's Day celebration for all of you who are Irish, or wish you were. The Aerie Restaurant will serve traditional Irish offerings, with a twist - how about your red baby potatoes being smothered with Irish Whiskey cream sauce? The Lodge Bistro will offer gourmet fare, starting with slow-braised corned beef. And at El Chanante - "Longhorns & Leprechauns with events throughout the day and late into the night."
A reviewer said this: “I have owned a timeshare at Iron Blosam for close to twenty years. The staff there is most hospitable, and the rooms, restaurant, pools and other amenities are excellent. I even like the solid concrete architecture, which is so necessary in that avalanche-prone valley. In particular, I like the outside heated swimming pool, which is so relaxing after a day of skiing. When it is snowing (and that's often), it is delightful to watch the snowflakes gently descending into the water and settling on the surrounding trees as one luxuriates in the warm water.”

In the summer, you can take advantage of the resort's in-house summer recreation program and Snowbird Resort's concerts, workshops, tennis, hiking, mountain biking, shops, and restaurants.

A view of Iron Blosam Lodge images is sure to get your Spring Break juices going, and a look at the budget prices of timeshare rentals at the resort could just clinch your trip!

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Choose Beach or Golf at Windjammer Condominiums in Ocean Shores

Are you looking for a seaside timeshare vacation? There are a lot of crowded beaches out there. Or you can visit well-known areas along the Oregon coast. But have you ever thought of Ocean Shores, on the Pacific coast of Washington state?

Washington has a number of popular seashore vacation destinations around Seattle and the Puget Sound, but many people have never heard of Ocean Shores. Well, you're in for a treat.

Ocean Shores is in the unique position of being bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and on the east by Gray's Harbor. The town itself has a year-round population of about 4000 souls, but hosts more than 3million visitors a year.

The Windjammer Condominiums in Ocean Shores, WA, is located in the middle of an 18-hole golf course that was developed by several Hollywood celebrities and at which Pro-Am tournaments were held during the 1970s. You also have unlimited use of the Ocean Shores Community Club facilities, which include tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a snack bar, exercise equipment, and a game room.

The beach is less than a mile away, where popular activities include beachcombing and whale watching, as well as horseback riding through the surf.

Digging for razor clams is a favorite activity for locals and visitors alike, and you can put your timeshare kitchen to good use cooking up these juicy delectables.

Ocean Shores even has a Razor Clam Festival. The 2011 5th annual event will be held on March 19th with clam chowder and "creative clam" cook-offs, entertainment, a Fireman's pancake breakfast, an arts and crafts show, and, of course, clam digging.

One RedWeek member reviewed Windjammer Condominiums by saying:
“Our family certainly enjoyed our stay here. Most fun things at Ocean Shores involve; 1) beach activities OR 2) golf. Windjammer is set up well for both. They have an outdoor sink and hose area for cleaning your clams, shells, etc. and they are located next to the golf course. We have been in newer, more upscale resorts, but the unit size and amenities were more than satisfactory. The staff is genuinely small town friendly and they know EVERY good spot to visit.......and what tourist traps to avoid as well. I have not met a more helpful staff in ten years of timesharing. One last thing, you get free access to the local community center and it has an indoor pool. This is a huge advantage when you travel with small children.”

(Clam digging photo credit - wikipedia.com. Golf course photo credit - oceanshoresgolf.com. Beach photo credit - osgov.com)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

New Timeshare Valuation Tool is Easy as 1-2-3!

Are you thinking of selling or renting your timeshare? Redweek offers lots of help, including FAQs and a great video "how-to." Now Redweek is offering a tool that you'll also find most helpful - Timeshare Valuation. If you are considering selling or renting your timeshare, the first thing you need to do is determine its fair market value. Find out the resale and rental values of your timeshare with RedWeek.com's free new tool.

When you make plans to sell your timeshare, there are a number of things you need to do. These include checking your paperwork to make sure you know if the property is deeded, right-to-use, or is a club property. You'll also want to contact your resort directly and ask questions before listing your timeshare for sale.

Know your legal limits (you'll find that information also in your paperwork), and you'll want to find out if your resort charges a transfer fee, or if it charges a commission even if it isn't involved in the resale.

When listing your resale on RedWeek, be sure to include as much detail as possible. You'll also need to know if the resort will impose any restrictions on the new owner.

One detail you will definitely need to learn before ever posting the resale or rental is - what is the fair market value of your timeshare. Without that information you can't proceed with your listing. But how to find out that information?

With Redweek's new Timeshare Valuation tool that important information is right at your fingertips, and is as easy as 1-2-3.

Ready to try it out? Click here to get started and follow the 3 easy steps!

  1. Step One: Enter the name of your resort.

  2. Step Two: Enter your owner information, (if you are already logged in, you skip right to step 3).

  3. Step Three: See your timeshare valuation. It's that easy!
Now you’re ready to post your timeshare rental or timeshare resale on RedWeek.com.