Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! At Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween. What is normally a spooky enough ride to begin with is transformed into a real Halloween trick when Jack Skellington comes to town. Give yourself a treat and take a timeshare rental vacation to Disneyland for Halloween.

Celebrating its 10th year at Disneyland Resort, Haunted Mansion Holiday is a collision of Halloween and Christmas as only Tim Burton and his Jack Skellington crew can envision with their “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme.

The Disney Park Blog has listed some fascinating facts that you might not know about the transformation that the venerable old Haunted Mansion undergoes at Halloween Time:

- More than 400 flickering candles and 100 Jack-O-Lanterns create a ghostly glow on the façade of the Haunted Mansion.

- Jack’s faithful dog Zero has gathered more than 200 bones to use as décor, garland, and presents.

- More than two dozen additional animated figures “materialize” inside the Haunted Mansion during Haunted Mansion Holiday.

- Imagineer Kim Irvine, daughter of the original Madame Leota, makes a special spirited performance as the Haunted Mansion’s favorite psychic during Haunted Mansion Holiday. Leota Toombs, Disney Legend and long-time Imagineer, gave life to the head that for decades has floated inside the Haunted Mansion’s Crystal Ball in the Séance Room.

- Every year, a new ghoulish concept is created and Resort Foods bakes up a brand new Gingerbread House for the celebration scene in the Mansion’s Grand Hall.

Speaking of that Gingerbread House, Cast Members from teams such as Operations, Engineering, Creative Development, and Food and Beverage all work together to bring this spooky but tasty creation to life.

Watch this video to learn how they do it, and what they do to mark their special reunion each year.



Anaheim Timeshare rentals this Fall start at just $67/night.

Photo Credit: heller.com
Video Credit: http://www.disneyparks.disney.go.com

Friday, October 28, 2011

Timeshare Travel – 3 Historical Ghost Tours for a Real Halloween Experience

Do you want to encounter some Real ghosts this Halloween? Rent a timeshare at any one of these three historic sites – and you just might.

1. Colonial Williamsburg (see photo). Ghost tours take you through the cobblestone streets of this historic Virginia town, eerie on a dark night. Not only do you hear tales of real people and real events of this colonial capital, and walk in the footsteps of some of our most illustrious founding fathers, but you’ll also learn about a darker side of Williamsburg. Numerous ghost sightings have been made here, not only by the staff, but by visitors just like you, and caught on tourists' cameras. Ghostly specters have been spotted sitting on a park bench with tour visitors, mingling among the tour group as they walked down the street, and waving from a window.

If you miss the Williamsburg ghost tours for Halloween, never fear – you can join one any night of the year. Just follow the glow from the lighted lanterns.

Williamsburg timeshare rentals start at just $59/night.

2. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. The estate of President Andrew Jackson, the Hermitage, is just outside Nashville, TN. Paranormal activity has been documented here over a number of years. The Halloween Haunted Tour takes you through various areas of this National Historic Site, including the mansion, garden, the original cabin, and the cemetery. Scary tales include ghostly events of the Battle of New Orleans, and the legend of the Bell Witch.

The Hermitage Haunted Tour is available annually during the month of October.

Nashville timeshare rentals start at just $89/night.

3. Queen Mary. For a change of pace, join the ghost tour on the luxury cruise ship HMS Queen Mary, permanently docked at Long Beach Harbor, California. When it was launched in 1939, the Queen Mary was considered the grandest ship ever built, and all the elite of high society sailed on it. At the start of World War II the ship was re-fitted and ran as a troop ship throughout the war. With such a diverse history it’s no wonder there are paranormal “hot spots” around the big ship. Visitors on the ghost tour have encountered forms of unnatural activity including audible sounds, smells, temperature changes, and even the occasional ghostly apparition.

You can join a Queen Mary ghost tour every Saturday night throughout the year. But during the month of October check out the extra-scary-special-for-Halloween "Dark Harbor" tour!

Southern California timeshare rentals start at just $67/night.

Photo Credit: colonialwilliamsburg.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Timeshare Travel - Visit 4 of the Most Famous Libraries in the World

These libraries are famous with good reason. They offer intricate touches of history, and range from century’s old beautiful architecture to modern flights of imagination. If you’re planning a timeshare rental vacation and want to explore something besides the same ol’ museums – check out these fascinating libraries.

1. Library of Congress: This library is featured in Washington DC and is what the USA was founded on. Here you can find important documents, amazing books and articles on the government and history of the country, as well as many other books on a variety of subjects. It’s beautiful and it has much to do with what represents American culture as we know it today.

2. Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont (see top photo): This very specific library in Austria is just something you can’t believe until you see it. The architecture is nothing that we would see today and perhaps that is why we can’t stop staring. Sure the selection of books and historical documents is of course impressive but the look of this library is what helps to make it famous.

3. New York City Library: This is famous for many things, but most notably for housing people during the 9/11 attacks. This became a focal point of these attacks and where people could come for refuge. It became a very sad sign of the times and is often associated with the tragic events that unfolded that day that will forever live in infamy.

4. Jay Walker’s Private Library (see photo right): One simply can’t believe that this was once a private library with all of the collections within it. The walls hold countless numbers of books and you simply can’t believe it until you see it in person. This Connecticut library is famous for its eclectic collection, from books bound in rubies to a real Sputnik, and though you may never actually read anything from here, the choices are simply something to be seen out of astonishment if nothing else.

Although these are all in fact libraries, they are not like anything that we’ve ever seen. They are works of art and historical tributes that add a richness to the world’s culture – and to your timeshare vacation.

We thank our guest blogger Mary Frederick, who usually writes about the admissions process necessary to enroll in a masters degree in library science program online.

Photo Credits:
Library of the Benedictine Monastery: wikepedia.org
Jay Walker Library: wired.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Looking for a Scary Halloween Timeshare Vacation? Head to Busch Gardens

If you’re looking for Really scary Halloween fun – look no further than the thrills and chills of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, VA, and Tampa Bay, FL. Rent a timeshare and head to this (shudder) 13th annual macabre event.

The Gardens transforms into screaming fun with a “world tour” of haunted places. Start in Italy where an “excavation” of the buried city of Pompeii has unleashed a thick, sinister fog that envelopes everything and everyone, and all communication to the outside world is cut off. The French catacombs lead to a terrifying underground city beneath a ruined cemetery.

In Ireland a dark tower has been locked away, “existing only in the nightmares of those who had dared to experience Howl-O-Scream’s first and most terrifying maze.“ Now, in honor of Howl-O-Scream’s 13 anniversary the tower is open once more – but do not go to the 13th floor.

Other scary events and frightening features include the “Monster Stomp,” a “rockstravaganza” musical featuring vampires and witches; “StichinTime,” a land of the living dead where zombies and monsters roam; “Unleashed” - Werewolves are on the prowl, hunting for unsuspecting human prey.

Of course, Busch Gardens is known the rest of the year for its many rides and attractions. Along with the haunted houses and spooky creatures, these adrenaline pumping thrill rides are also available. Scream for fun on rides such as the Griffon, Curse of DarKastle, and Lock Ness Monster.

There are ways of enjoying Halloween-themed Busch Gardens with your younger children, too. Go early and leave early (the scary ghouls and goblins start coming out after 6pm). During the day the fun Halloween decorations can be enjoyed in the Autumn sun, and several of the Howl-O-Scream shows present non-scary performances in the afternoons. The daytime version of the lively “Jack is Back” celebration of dancing and boo-gying jack-o-lanterns is a favorite.

There are many great Williamsburg timeshare rental deals available this fall. Fall timeshare rentals in the greater Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area are also incredibly budget-friendly.

Photo Credit: howloscream.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Timeshare #TravelTuesday - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


A Cabo Sunset from Nancy L., a professional photographer who loves to travel, from Reno, NV.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Take a Halloween Timeshare Trip to Walt Disney World

It’s Halloween at Walt Disney World! A budget-friendly timeshare rental is just the treat for the entire family. No tricks here – there are plenty of them from which to choose in Orlando.


To get you in the mood – the above photo is a vintage 1996 picture from the Disney archives. Here Pluto dressed up as a Hawaiian tourist, Mickey was a pirate, and – who are those two ghosts, anyway? And, of course, Maleficent is, well – Maleficent. (Did you know that Maleficent was voted the No. 1 Disney Villain for 2011?)

To see what costumes the Disney characters put on for Halloween this year, head to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. Dress up in your own favorite Halloween costume and trick-or-treat all around the Magic Kingdom Park. Special lighting, music and theming effects transform special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into a happy haunted hollows.

The Halloween party also includes Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters as well as and the stars of the Very Haunted Mansion Halloween attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.

Happy HalloWishes is a dazzling fireworks show where – surprise! - the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky!

Since the theme of this party is “not so scary” be sure to bring even the littlest hobgoblins in your family.

Check out the many budget-friendly Orlando timeshare rental and Disney timeshare rental deals available this fall.

Photo Credit: disneyparks.disney.go.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

Take a Timeshare Trip to Capitals of the World

We’ve written a couple of articles recently about taking a timeshare vacation to our Nation’s Capital. There are many other capitals to visit, too, as the October issue of RedWeek’s newsletter points out.

1. Butterfly Capital of the World.Just 15 minutes from Pompano Beach, FL, is Coconut Creek, where its Butterfly World is the largest butterfly aviary on the planet, and the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Over 80 different species of butterfly are showcased as 5,000 live butterflies flit and dart about several exhibit areas including The Paradise Adventure Aviary, the Tropical Rain Forest Aviary, and the Hanging Garden & Butterfly Emerging Area where cases with hanging pupa and emerging butterflies are on display.

Stay at the Wyndham Palm Aire in Pompano Beach, a luxury resort known for its spa. Timeshare rentals here start at just $125/night, and resales start at $450.

2. Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World.Sarasota, FL, is just 30 minutes from the five beaches of Venice, considered the best places in the entire world to dig for petrified shark’s teeth. Sharks have a lot of teeth – 7 rows of them, and each row consists of 40 teeth. Not only that, but the teeth shed as they’re used and are replaced so, for example, one shark can produce over 24,000 teeth during its lifetime. Due to the currents of the Gulf of Mexico, the Venice beaches happen to be where many of these teeth wash up.

Stay at the Sea Club V Resort in Sarasota with its private beach area, heated pool, and available watersports equipment. Timeshare rentals start at $150/night, and resales range from $1 to $23,000.

3. Waterfall Capital of the World.We head north of the border for this one. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on the shore of Lake Ontario, has an astounding 126 waterfalls. It’s blessed with an abundance of waterfalls because it sits right along the Niagara Escarpment. Every May the annual “City of Waterfalls” 3-day weekend holiday celebration is held at Webster’s Falls.

Stay at Carriage Hills Resort in Barrie, Ontario. Hamilton is an easy hour and a half drive for a fun day trip. Timeshare rentals start at $114/night, and resales start $500.

Photo Credit: Top – gabriolaproperty.com
Photo Credit: Center –photos.igougo.co
Photo Credit: Bottom – inetgiant.ca

Thursday, October 20, 2011

For a Budget-Friendly Timeshare Vacation in Rome - Take a Walk

Rome is well worth visiting even if it seems like it might be a slightly expensive city. You can fly there pretty cheaply by using Easy Jet or even cheaper by using an easyjet holidays promotion code to get you there, and if you love holidaying it is one to visit.

Rome may seem like a daunting foreign city with a whole host of trains and buses that will take you all over the city for a small fee, but if you grab a city map you'll discover all the main attractions are actually close enough to walk between, and you could easily see 4-5 of them in one day depending on how fast you walk and how long you spend at each place.

One of the most famous places in Rome is the Coliseum. Once you are within a reasonable distance of it it’s pretty hard to miss and it is only about a 15 minute walk from Termini Station. It is worth seeing both during the day and at night when they light it up.

The Roman Forums are on the way to, or back from, the Coliseum. I would recommend seeing them after the Coliseum as they are a nice addition to the history of the Coliseum.

Again within walking distance of Termini Station by an easy 20 to 25-minute walk is Trevi Fountain (see photo). This amazing fountain is well worth a visit at both night and during the day to get the full effect. The lights at night are really stunning and something you will remember for a lifetime. There is also a tradition of throwing a coin in the fountain which is meant to bring you back to Rome.

The Spanish Steps are just a short walk from Trevi Fountain, and again is an amazing sight. There are 138 steep steps, with the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. There is a small fountain at the bottom where you are meant to top up your water bottle. I'm not sure what the tradition behind it is but it’s fun stepping out onto the fountain and it makes for a great photo.

The Panthean is another famous historical place worth a visit that will take your breath away, and it’s also very close to Trevi Fountain. You can easily spend an hour here taking it all in.

The one thing you will never be far from, and is well worth a stop, is a Gelato shop. Italians are world famous for their sweet frozen gelato for a reason. I can't recommend it enough.

Take a look at Italy timeshare rentals and exchanges. And remember, if you don’t see a timeshare rental now that you want, post a notice of what you’re looking for on RedWishes.

Gareth Goddard is the owner of Get-Coupons.com, a money saving and discount code website that aims to help save money in all aspects of on-line and off-line life. He enjoys writing about
a variety of subjects and specializes in money saving and marketing articles.

Photo Credit: photos.igougo.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Autumn Timeshare Travel to Alexandria, Virginia

Autumn is a great time to visit Washington, D.C. The hot days have relaxed into pleasant warmth and the summer’s crowds are gone. When you take your fall timeshare rental visit, some of the areas around our Nation’s Capital should be on your itinerary as well.

A case in point is Alexandria, Virginia. In fact, one of the best places for timeshare rentals in the Washington, D.C., area is the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria. Staying here not only puts you in easy reach to the Capital’s highlights – via Washington’s famed Metro just steps from your door – but Alexandria itself also offers wonderful experiences of our country’s early history.

Alexandria, Virginia, actually predates Washington, D.C., by almost 50 years, and George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, is just 9 miles away. The portion of Alexandria that George Washington included in the plans of what would become the District of Columbia is known today as Old Town.

Old Town is the oldest section of Alexandria, having been laid out in 1749, and is a treasure trove of early American history. Historic buildings have been preserved along cobblestone streets and bricked sidewalks. Architectural standards help to maintain an eighteenth century atmosphere and charm.

The Alexandria Visitors Center is located in the original home of William Ramsay, a Scottish merchant and one of the city’s founders.

Early Alexandria’s Old Dominion Bank (see photo) stands as it did in the eighteenth century, and is now an art gallery known as The Athenaeum. Free to the public, this is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, which offers programs, art exhibits, and live performances in the stately old building.

Free tours are offered at Christ’s Church, the first Episcopal Church in Alexandria which was completed in 1772. George Washington and Robert E. Lee both worshiped here, as have many other notables including Sir Winston Churchill.

You’ll want to be sure to stop by Gadsby's Tavern, a popular spot where the founding fathers socialized, and where Thomas Jefferson celebrated his presidential inaugural.

It’s easy to prepare delicious meals in your timeshare kitchen with the Farmer’s Market at Alexandria City Hall open every Saturday year round. One of the oldest continually operating farmer’s markets in the country, you’ll be taking part in a tradition begun by the colonists in 1753.

Alexandria also played an important role during the Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and a free iPhone app “Explore Civil War Alexandria” is being offered by the Office of Historic Alexandria.

Timeshare rentals at Wyndham’s Old Town Alexandria start at just $114/night.

Photo Credit: wikepedia.org

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Timeshare #TravelTuesday: San Juan Mountains, Colorado


This photo was taken just last week in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, CO, by Nancy F of Texas.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

European Commission Enforces Timeshare Protection

RCI Ventures magazine has posted an article by Steve Adams reporting that the European Commission (EC) is taking action to enforce timeshare protection. Recently we wrote about the Florida legislature’s initiative for timeshare resale fraud protection. Owners of European timeshares face fraud as well.

The new EU rules (the Timeshare Directive) provide significant protection for consumers against timeshare contracts. “The EU agreed to these common rules to protect its citizens against unwanted timeshare or timeshare-like contracts,” said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding (see photo).

Now the EC has decided to step up legal action against Member States still to officially adopt the new Timeshare Directive. It is taking the action to ensure that consumers in Spain, Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania benefit from the protection granted under EU rules on timeshare sales. Cases against ten other Member States have now been closed after the countries concerned transposed the Directive into their national law.

“Member States have had more than two years to do their homework. I am therefore very disappointed that some of them, including Spain – which is a major tourist destination and which hosts a significant timeshare market – still fail to provide the required protection to our citizens.”

All Member States were due to transpose the new Timeshare Directive into their national legal system by 23 February 2011. When 14 Member States (Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) failed to transpose the Directive on time, the EC opened infringement proceedings against them in March, 2011.

Ten of these Member States have since informed the Commission that they have taken the necessary transposition measures. However, Spain, Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania have not yet notified the Commission of any such measures. The Commission has therefore decided to send them reasoned opinions urging them to comply with the Directive within two months time.

“As soon as all Member States have notified their transposition laws, the Commission will carry out a thorough assessment of the overall quality and completeness of the transposition,” stated Reding.

Photo Credit: rciventures.com

Friday, October 14, 2011

Timeshare Travel - Autumn in Sedona

If you are looking for someplace in the West to enjoy Fall colors, plan a timeshare rental vacation to spectacular Sedona, Arizona. Autumn really outdoes itself in this Red Rock Country.

The red rock formations seem to glow their own colors of fall as they reflect the sunset’s oranges. And the ancient oaks along Oak Creek dance in shimmering yellows and golds in a bright autumnal celebration.

Named after the wife of the town’s first postmaster who was known for her hospitality, Sedona is a place where you’ll feel at home from the moment you arrive. And there are plenty of ways to explore the area, where you’ll be trodding in the footsteps of many Hollywood stars, including John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Elvis Presley, who came here to make movies using nature’s spectacular backdrop.

Sedona is an amazing amalgam of literally something for everyone. If you’re an outdoor buff, the outdoor recreation to be found throughout the area is unrivaled, from easy hikes to challenging backpack day trips, from rock climbing to 4-wheel drive jeep excursions.

Are you into history and archeology? Some of the best examples of ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs in the west are near Sedona, including Palatki, Honanki, and Montezuma Castle. The Old West comes alive at Fort Verde State Park where an Apache Wars-era fort from the 1880s is preserved.

How about arts and culture? Rivaling Santa Fe and Scottsdale in the richness of the arts, Sedona is home to hundreds of artists of every medium. Its 40 art galleries offer art from cutting-edge contemporary, to Native American to modern realism. On the first Friday of every month various galleries host openings, technique demonstrations and receptions.

Sedona is well known for its unique spiritual and metaphysical side, too. Sedona has been considered a sacred area for centuries by numerous Native American tribes. Today the “power vortexes” draw healers, intuitives and spiritual guides from around the world. The sense of well-being experienced by visitors is part of the personal enrichment that many people seek on their spiritual journey to Sedona.

Whatever activity you find yourself participating in, Autumn is a special time to enjoy a special place. The glory of Autumn color, the warmth of an Autumn sun, and the softness of sweet Autumn air makes a timeshare rental vacation to Sedona in the fall one you’ll always treasure.

Sedona timeshare rentals
start this fall at just $43/night.

Photo Credit: chucklawsen.com

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2 Ideas for a Day Out in London

When you plan a timeshare vacation to London, what are the first things you think of? Big Ben, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace? Just as Paris is much more than the Eiffel Tower and its cafés and bistros, London is much more than these icons. Here are two ideas beyond the above to spend a day out in the capital city of the UK.

Shopping
London is the Mecca of shopping, with Oxford Street, Regent St, Harrods, Selfridges and all the big names, including the flagship stores of many department stores.

In addition are shopping centres. A large shopping centre will open in Stratford in East London in time for the Olympics. This is where you’ll be able to find the biggest McDonald’s in the world.

In the south-east, on the other side of the river, is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe: Bluewater. Talk about being spoilt for choice.

And that’s not mentioning all the countless markets and small shops dotted all around London: from the eclectic Camden Market to the flower market of Columbia Road where you will find produce from as far away as the Isle of Wight. Perfect for using in your timeshare kitchen.

Greenwich
Greenwich is a beautiful corner of London in which to spend an afternoon or even a whole day. The Cutty Sark used to be one of its main attractions until it was burned down. It is planned to reopen in time for the Olympics next year. Make your way to the huge Greenwich Park and on your way, stop at the National Maritime Museum to view large scale replicas of all sorts of ships in exquisite detail.

For those into Science, one of the most interesting museums of London will be the Royal Observatory, a short distance away on top of Greenwich Hill within the park (see photo). This is where the famous astronomer Flamsteed, lived, worked and made his observations. Today, due to light pollution and vibrations from the trains, measurements are no longer made here, and the actual work has been moved out to Cambridge.

Check out England timeshare rentals (those not in London are just an hour or so away from the capital city by train).

Also remember you can stay at a Paris timeshare rental and still enjoy a day of sightseeing in London by taking the EuroStar bullet train.

Our guest writer, Henri, is a Londoner who likes traveling. He suggests checking out these Tips for Packing.

Photo Credit: 123rf.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Capital Travel - Washington Monument Closed

We wrote last month about the closing of Statue of Liberty for a year of renovation. If you are planning a timeshare vacation to Washington, D.C., you’ll find another iconic American structure closed to the public.

The Washington Monument is closed indefinitely due to damage sustained in the August, 2011, Virginia earthquake. Needed repairs are more extensive than initially thought.

The monument, made primarily of marble and granite, is the world’s tallest obelisk, standing at just over 555 feet. When it was opened in 1888 it was the tallest structure in the world, surpassing the Cologne Cathedral, and kept that title until the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889.

When open to the public you can climb to the top of the monument via a whopping 897 steps, or ascend in the elevator which takes over a minute to get to the observation floor. (The original elevator was driven by steam and took 20 minutes to go to the top.) However you get there, the stunning views of Washington, D.C. are worth it, and include a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the Pentagon, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Capitol.

The Washington Monument was closed from 1998 to 2001 for an extensive renovation project that included a new custom-designed elevator cab with glass windows, which allows visitors to see some of the 193 commemorative stones embedded in the monument's walls.

The monument was again closed almost 6 months in 2004-2005 for security upgrades.

Inspection following the Virginia earthquake indicate damage including significant mortar debris, cracks in some of the vertical joints of the pyramid-shaped top, and damage to the elevator which is only able to ascend half way.

Although Park Service officials have no timetable for reopening the Washington Monument, the structure is in no danger of collapsing. "It's structurally sound and not going anywhere,” said Bob Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, at a press conference on September 26, 2011.

The National Park Service has posted a video online taken from a surveillance camera showing what it was like at the top of the Washington Monument during the August earthquake.

All other monuments and museums are currently open in Washington, D.C. So go ahead and plan a fun and fascinating timeshare rental vacation to our Nation’s Capital.

Photo Credit: washington-monument.visit-washington-dc.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Timeshare #Travel Tuesday: Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta



One of the Best deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta "La Corbeteña" submitted by Cecilia J.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Timeshare Resale Fraud Protection: Florida Unveils Legislative Initiative

On October 4, 2011 Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi joined Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and Representative Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando) to unveil a legislative initiative that will protect consumers from timeshare resale fraud, the number one complaint that the Attorney General’s Office has received for the past two years.

The bill strengthens existing laws by addressing unfair and deceptive marketing and advertising practices by timeshare resale companies. From January 2011 to date, the Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 6,863 complaints. In 2010, the Attorney General’s Office received more than 12,000 complaints about timeshare resale fraud— more than the next four highest complaint categories combined.

“Florida is home to millions of timeshare periods that consumers purchase. We cannot allow unscrupulous individuals to mislead and defraud our consumers who are attempting to sell their timeshares, many of whom have invested their life savings into their dream vacation homes,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The most common complaints include: false claims that a specific buyer is ready to buy or rent the property once the consumer signs a contract; deceptive claims that property will sell or rent within a certain time; failure to honor stated-cancellation policies, including refunds of fees; and misrepresentations of the actual services provided to consumers.

The proposed legislation includes the following provisions, among others:
  1. A timeshare resale advertiser may not misrepresent a pre-existing interest in the owner’s timeshare.

  2. A timeshare resale advertiser may not mislead a customer as to the success rate of the advertiser’s sales.

  3. A timeshare resale advertiser must honor a cancellation request made within 7 days following a signed agreement.

  4. A timeshare resale advertiser must not collect any payment or engage in any resale advertising activities until the timeshare owner delivers a signed written agreement for the services.

  5. A timeshare advertising agreement must be put in writing.
Wyndham Vacation Ownership was quick to commend Florida’s action. “Attorney General Bondi has put timeshare resale companies on notice in the state of Florida,” said Franz Hanning, President and CEO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

“Our industry has long benefited from responsible regulations that protect consumers and ensure the integrity of products and services. Timeshare resale companies should not be exempt from these standards and we applaud Attorney General Bondi for leading this effort on behalf of Florida timeshare owners and our industry at large,” concluded Hanning.

(Photo Credit - myfloridalegal.com)Standing with Attorney General Bondi are Majority Leader Sen. Gardiner, AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay, and Vice President of State Government Affairs for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Jason Game.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Best Places to Travel for Autumn Leaves – Part 2

There are many places across this country where you can revel in the breathtaking beauty of autumn. While New England remains the most popular place for leaf-peeping, autumn is just as resplendent in other areas, as well. In Part 2 of our 2-part series we offer four more suggestions where you’ll not only see an abundance of colorful autumn leaves, but can find budget-friendly fall timeshare rentals, too.
  1. Jackson Hole, WY. The natural splendor of the Grand Tetons is incandescent in the autumn as a backdrop to the shimmering golds of aspen. A Jackson Hole timeshare rentalin the fall is available for just $100/night.

  2. Shenandoah National Park, VA. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just west of Washington, D.C., a trip along Skyline Drive through masses of stunning Autumn reds, oranges and yellows is an easy day-trip from your D.C. timeshare rental. A timeshare rental at the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., starts at just $114/night.

  3. Colorado Rockies. This entire mountain range is as showy as they come with bright golden aspen shining against the brilliant deep blue of a western autumn sky. Many timeshare rentals from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge to Vail are available for budget prices in the fall, starting as low as $70/night.

  4. San Diego, CA. While you might not think of this perpetual beach community as a destination to view colorful fall foliage, San Diego County has an autumn jewel in its pocket named Julian. Nestled in the mountains less than an hour’s drive from San Diego, this historic gold mining town comes alive during October as it celebrates autumn and the area’s famed apple crop. Stay in a San Diego County timeshare for as low as $44/night, and head to Julian where you can buy delicious fresh-picked apples to make apple pies, apple dumplings, and caramel apples in your own timeshare kitchen.

(Photo credits - Grand Tetons – scenicreflections.com, Shenandoah National Park - bergoiata.org, Colorado Rockies – shantathomson.com, Julian Apples – julianhotel.com)

Read Best Places to Travel for Autumn Leaves – Part 1

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Newquay: A Beautiful Seaside British Town

If you are planning a timeshare rental vacation to England, consider a day trip to the seashore. Autumn is still a great time of year to soak up the sun and smell the salt air, and this is a fun break from touring fancy palaces and stately gardens.

Newquay is a beautiful quaint town situated at the Northern Coast of Great Britain making it an excellent tourist destination mainly as a result of its charming beaches and lovely coastline. As well as being a great tourist destination, it is also known for being a superb surfing spot which attracts surfing enthusiasts all year round especially.

As a tourist destination Newquay has a lot to offer people of all ages, and unlike other seaside towns in Great Britain it also has a really vibrant nightlife.

With so much to see and do in Newquay, some people do not know where to start, so we have outlined below a short list of the best things you can do when you visit this lovely seaside town.
  1. Freediving and Snorkelling. Since Newquay is a seaside town we thought we would start with a sea based activity that allows you to experience adventure and the beautiful waters of the English coast. Freediving and snorkelling is offered by several qualified companies that will teach you all the basics and then take you out to experience the underwater sights and scenery.

  2. Coasteering. Coasteering is a really great way to see the gorgeous coastline of Britain and to do this you need to book a coasteering session in Newquay with one of the qualified instructors. They will take you on an excursion where you can climb along the coast, jump off cliffs into the sea (only if you want to) and swim through the underwater caves that have been there for thousands of years. This is definitely a great experience but you do need to be up for adventure and physical work to do this activity.

  3. Blue Reef Aquarium. This is a really great activity for the whole family to enjoy where you can see the coastal species of Cornwall and also some amazing tropical species as well. The aquarium itself is state of the art and it also has an underwater tunnel so you can see the marine life in an amazing intimate environment.

  4. Surfing Academy. If you are visiting Newquay and you have always wanted to try surfing then finding a surf academy is definitely a ‘must do’ activity. The waters of Newquay are renowned for great surf spots and there are plenty of high quality surf schools that can teach you the basics and get you surfing in no time.
Newquay has so much to offer and the 4 activities listed above are just a small number of what it has to offer visitors. Finally Newquay also has some of the very best restaurants on the Cornish coast and with so much variety you are sure to never be stuck for ideas of where to eat!

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Jonathan works with Queens Leather who specialize in travel bags such as leather holdalls and leather flight bags.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Best Places to Travel for Autumn Leaves – Part 1

Fall is in full swing, and that means planning timeshare rental vacations to see beautiful Autumn leaves. Although New England is, of course, the quintessential area in the U.S. to glory in Autumn’s dazzling color palate, other places across the country can rightfully vie for your attention, as well.

In our 2-Part series we’ll give you suggestions of many places across the country where you can not only enjoy the beauty of Autumn, but also find remarkable budget-friendly timeshare rentals this time of year.

Here are your first four:
  1. Park City, UT. Before the snow flies at this popular ski resort, it’s dressed in autumn finery. Fall Timeshare rentals at Park City start as are as low as $39/night.

  2. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN. Known as the “Wildflower National Park” in the spring, Autumn’s crimson and gold carpet that covers this Park is just as remarkable. Rent an Autumn timeshare in nearby Gatlinburg for just $59/night.

  3. Lake Tahoe, CA. The deep blue of this large alpine lake is the perfect backdrop to the shimmering golden aspen of the West. Rent a Lake Tahoe timeshare this fall for only $18/night.
  4. Wisconsin Dells, WI. An area that rivals New England for the breathtaking beauty of Fall, you can rent an Autumn Wisconsin Dells timeshare for just $28/night.

(Photo Credits: Park City – family-travel-magazine.com, Great Smoky Mountain National Park – offthewallposters.com, Lake Tahoe - fubar.com, Wisconsin Dells – planetware.com)

Read Best Places to Travel for Autumn Leave - Part 2

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Timeshare #Travel Tuesday: Lake Huron, Canada

Lake Huron, Canada



Sunset over Lake Huron at Bayfield, Ontario, Canada - by Maggie G, Florida.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Bloggers Spread the Word About Timeshare Rentals

Timeshare marketplace RedWeek.com is mobilizing the blogger community to spread the word about timeshare rentals. Via a new promotion on Tomoson’s “Word of Mouth Marketing” website, RedWeek is offering a free 1-Year RedWeek Membership to bloggers who write about the benefits of renthttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifing a timeshare on RedWeek.

“I would highly recommend checking out RedWeek for all of your vacation needs,” writes Melissa Roach of North Carolina, on the FrugalFabulousFinds blog. “There is nothing better than saving you and your family money when it comes to traveling. Not only can you find great resorts at a low price, but you can compare as well. Instead of staying at a hotel with limited features, why not stay at a resort that offers spacious room, free activities and fun for the whole family.”

As part of our Tomoson promotion, RedWeek authorizes qualified bloggers to give away a 2-Year RedWeek Membership to one lucky reader. Bloggers who wish to connect with RedWeek via Tomoson can do so by going to Tomoson.com, searching for RedWeek.com, and clicking on the “Apply to Review Product” link.

Tomoson leverages the power of the Internet by influencing the influencers: Bloggers. Bloggers create large amounts of online content which loyal readers follow religiously. The Tomoson site brings bloggers and businesses together, and creates a way of organizing the reviews and giveaways for both parties.

"We get many enthusiastic reviews from Tomoson users, especially those new to RedWeek and timeshare rentals," said Michael Reeps, director of web design and development at RedWeek.com. "For their part, Tomoson bloggers and users learn about an exciting family vacation option."

Alicia Taylor, from Minnesota, is typical of a timeshare rental “newbie” as she writes in her FreeNClearStuff blog:
“To be honest, I was very surprised with what I found on RedWeek.com. Hotels in Orlando are frequently expensive – and you end up with your family of four stuffed into a small hotel room sharing 2 beds – the room is not the highlight of your vacation. If you have a larger family (we have 6), you may need to rent two separate rooms. Since Orlando is one of my favorite vacation destinations (and the place I know the most about in terms of resort and hotel pricing), I did a search to see what I can find there. I was truly amazed!! There were a TON of great timeshare rentals – and they were even more budget-friendly than I imagined!”


In Texas Cyndy Lay expressed the same surprise in her YankeeTexanMom blog:
“Recently I had the opportunity to try RedWeek.com. I had not heard of the site before and, to be honest, I was a little skeptical. When I think of timeshares, I think of someone trying hard to sell me something. RedWeek.com isn’t about selling us a timeshare, it’s about timeshare vacation rentals. In the end, I may have found the solution to next year’s family vacation! Not only the solution, but one that won’t break the budget!!”