Friday, November 30, 2012

Timeshare Travel – Disney Helps Rescue Animals from Hurricane Sandy

Whether you plan a Disney timeshare vacation to Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Florida, you know you will be staying with an organization that has your best interest at heart. This same sense of responsibility is extended by Disney to our planet, as well.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), with your contributions, has enabled wildlife conservation projects around the world, but it has also aided animals in need right here in the US.

The DWCF recently awarded $250,000 to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), whose animal rescue team rushed to join the effort to save animals after Hurricane Sandy.

This grant helped equip a disaster response trailer used by IFAW responders and it will continue to provide immediate resources for disaster response as well as help IFAW to plan for the future by providing training sessions for disaster preparedness globally.

Hurricane Sandy rescue team members found that, time and time again, families affected by the storm were more concerned about their pets than they were about themselves — and that they were overwhelmed with relief knowing that their pets were going to be safe thanks to the animal agencies responding to provide care and housing for pets.

“It is good to know that animals affected by the disaster are receiving care while impacted families can focus on rebuilding and recovery,” said Jackie Ogden, PhD., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks.

The DWCF has supported IFAW’s efforts for more than 10 years, including the rescue of 20,000 endangered penguins from an oil spill in South Africa in 2000, and support for the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami and the Haiti earthquake.

“In this season of giving, it seems especially fitting to give thanks for the people who tirelessly work to help animals every day,” said Ogden. “If you have contributed to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund you have joined Disney in supporting their noble efforts.”

Consider a Disney timeshare rental when you plan your next Holiday timeshare vacation.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Timeshare Travel - Europe’s 5 Finest Fashion Museums

If you’re tired of visiting European cities and checking out the usual art galleries and history museums, why not explore their fashion museums instead? Clothes tell us just as much about a culture as paintings or documents, and many capital cities have costume collections dating back hundreds of years.

London and Paris, in particular, have several great places where you can learn more about the history of fashion and get a glimpse of pieces by Europe’s top contemporary designers at the same time. Here are my five favourites, which includes one in Spain, for you to check out.

1. Museo del Traje, Marid. (see top photo) It may be slightly off the beaten track in Madrid’s university district, but Museo del Traje is well worth the journey. This collection contains 160,000 costumes and accessories dating back to the 16th century, as well as work by modern day designers like Dior and Versace.

One of the museum’s great strengths is how it uses paintings to show how fashion has changed through the years and the explanations of why.

2. Musee Galliera, Paris. As you might expect from the world’s fashion capital, Paris doesn’t disappoint when it comes to museums dedicated to clothing. Musee Galliera is a prime example, documenting French fashion history from the 1700s to the present day with over 70,000 pieces on rotation.

Some of the highlights are actual clothes worn by Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, as well as contemporary costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent.

3. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. London’s epic V&A museum has literally thousands of objects on display and a dedicated Fashion department. Here you’ll find the most comprehensive costume collection in Britain, with thousands of pieces once belonging to wealthy people and spanning the last several hundred years.

The museum regularly holds fascinating temporary exhibitions – including the largest retrospective on Vivienne Westwood – and live fashion shows bringing clothing into the 21st century.

4. Musee de la Mode et du Textile, Paris. Located in one of the wings of the Louvre, Musee de la Mode et du Textile houses an impressive private collection of costumes, accessories and textiles including silk, cloth and lace. Witness how French fashion has evolved over the years through textiles dating back to the fifth century and costumes from the Regency period.

This experience is enriched by regular exhibitions from contemporary French design houses like Dior, Chanel and Sonyia Rykiel.

5. Fashion and Textile Museum, London. London’s other famous fashion attraction is the quirkily designed Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey. This converted warehouse is home to an array of contemporary pieces from 1947 to the present from the likes of Christian Dior, Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood.

You’ll also find frequently changing exhibitions of textile and jewelry design, and a comprehensive educational programme.

The museum, which was set up by eccentric fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, gets just as much tourist attention for the outrageous colour scheme on the outside!

Stay in a Europe timeshare rental where you can vacation in luxury while enjoying the high fashion of these unique museums.

Guest Author: When Matt isn't globetrotting around Europe, you’ll find him in the U.K. blogging for Miinto where you can find fashion clothing and inspiration.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Timeshare Vacation Holiday Gift Idea - Elvis and Blue Hawaii Celebrate 50th Anniversary

As you turn your focus to your holiday gift list, consider giving a timeshare rental vacation to Hawaii. Specifically, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii – the spectacular Garden Island of Kauai.

The movie Blue Hawaii premiered in Kauai 50 years ago. Much of the famous movie was filmed on Kauai, which celebrated this landmark 50th Anniversary with an event “Kauai Remembers Blue Hawaii.”

The celebration featured a live performance by an Elvis Presley tribute artist, a screening of the movie, and a tribute to the late Grace Guslander, the beloved hotelier who ran Coco Palms Resort where the movie’s most memorable scene took place – Elvis’s Hawaiian-themed wedding on the resort’s lagoon.

With more than 600 in attendance, the Kauai Marriott ballroom was filled with Elvis fans rocking to classic songs including “Rock-a-Hula Baby,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” and “Blue Hawaii.”

Enjoy the Blue Hawaii trailer:
The movie’s approximate final 20 minutes was filmed on Kauai at or near Coco Palms Resort, culminating in the lagoon wedding scene in which Elvis and his fiancé are carried to the chapel in a double-hulled canoe filled beautiful tropical flowers.


“Fifty years ago Blue Hawaii was extremely valuable to Kauai’s image as a visitor destination, with the movie coming out as air travel was becoming more and more accessible for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands.” Kauai Visitors Bureau executive director, Sue Kanoho, said.

With few exceptions, filmmakers had used Kauai’s lush natural beauty to portray a place other than the island of Kauai. With Blue Hawaii Kauai was itself in all its glory.

“Elvis Presley fans everywhere were suddenly aware of this beautiful paradise and they wanted to come and see Kauai for themselves. To this day, we have visitors still wanting to see the lagoon where Elvis got married,” Kanoho said.

There are many Kauai budget-friendly timeshare rentals available. For example, give a gift of a stay at the Point at Poipu resort in Koloa, nestled in 22 acres of lush tropical gardens overlooking Keneloa Bay, for just $86/night.

In Princeville, a timeshare rental at the world-famous luxurious Hanalei Bay Resort is just $96/night.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Mississippi River

Sunrise over the Mississippi River from the decks of the American Queen. Submitted by S. Vaine, California.

The American Queen is the largest river steamboat ever built. Launched in 1995 it is a six-deck recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat.

Check out timeshare rentals in states along the grand Mississippi River.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

A Jolly Timeshare Vacation – 4 Top Santa-Themed Events in New England

Now that the turkey and trimmings are behind us, Santa begins his season. For a wonderful holiday timeshare vacation, take a look at 4 top events in New England where Santa reigns supreme.

1. Cruising In. Santa is a guy who likes a dramatic entrance. In seaports Rockport, MA (December 1) and Kennebunkport, ME (December 4) Santa arrives in town on, what else, a lobster boat. When he hits Mystic, CT, he cruises in on a tugboat (see top photo).

2. Run and Walk. Approximately 2000 Santas are expected to show up in Burlington, VT, on December 2, for the second annual Santa 5K Run and Walk, sponsored by the Ri-Ra Irish Pub. The entry fee and runner pledges support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a year-round camp for children with cancer.

All participants receive a Santa suit to wear during the race, and afterward , runners go back to the Ri-Ra for a hot Irish breakfast.

3. Speedo. A bit cold (and a little risque) but all in fun, the 13th annual Santa Speedo Run, which began in Boston in 2000 when 5 guys wanted to spread some holiday spirit, will be held on December 13th. No full Santa suits here – all you need to join in is a Santa hat and a swim suit. Five hundred brave souls participated in last year’s race.

The 2012 event will raise money for the Play Ball Foundation, an organization that provides Boston middle school students the chance to play and build character through sports.

4. Ski. Dress like Santa and ski free on December 2 on Sunday Santa at Sunday River Resort in Newry, ME. Although a free event, the sponsors are pleased when participants donate $10 for the Bethel Rotary Club’s annual holiday toy drive.

“This is such a fun event,” says Dana Bullen of Sunday River. “It’s amazing to watch all those Santas skiing and snowboarding down the mountain. It gets everyone into the holiday mood, and it’s for a great cause.” 

Check out the many timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine.

Source: Boston Globe 

Photo Credit (top): thewesterlysun.com
Photo Credit (center): burlingtonfreepress.com
Photo Credit (bottom): sundayriver.com

Friday, November 23, 2012

Timeshare Travel on Black Friday – The Top 5 Best Shopping Cities in the U.S.

Regardless of what kind of shopper you are – grab and go, browser, bargain-hunter - this list of the top 5 best cities in the U.S. for great shopping could give you an idea of where to spend your next timeshare vacation, especially as we go into the Holiday shopping season.

The list was compiled by Forbes who explained: “We took the interests of all types to heart to find the urban centers with the best combination of options, ease and affordability.” Move over, New York City.

1. San Antonio, TX. 5,913 retail locations 41 Shopping centers 8.13% sales tax Stay at San Antonio’s newest high-end resort, Eckhert Place, in a timeshare rental for just $86/night. From here you can tour the Alamo, and enjoy shopping along the city’s world-famous River Walk.

2. Denver, CO 8,476 retail locations 11 Shopping centers 7.72% sales tax Combine holiday shopping in the Mile High City with world-class skiing just an hour away, which, thanks to snow-making, is already well underway. Stay in a timeshare rental in Vail at the Eagle Point ski resort for just $89/night

3. Boston, MA. 17,098 retail stores 7 Shopping centers 6.25% sales tax Stay at the beautiful Marriott’s Custom House in a timeshare rental for just $100/night. Situated on the waterfront, Marriott’s Custom House revives the grandeur of Boston’s first skyscraper that dates from 1849.

4. San Diego, CA. 9,948 retail locations 22 Shopping centers 8.75% sales tax San Diego’s beautiful harbor and 22 beaches give you plenty of opportunity to relax after a day of shopping. Stay in a Gaslamp Plaza Suites timeshare rental for just $55/night. This urban resort hotel is located in San Diego’s downtown historic Gaslamp Quarter.

5. Phoenix, AZ. 11,992 retail locations 40 shopping centers 9.3% sales tax Holiday shopping in Phoenix is delightful now that the desert heat of the summer has moderated to a delicious winter warmth. Stay in a timeshare rental at the luxurious Scottsdale Camelback Resort for just $99/night. Ask the concierge to assist you with a tour to the Grand Canyon.

Photo Credit: forbes.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Timeshare Travel – Wine for the Thanksgiving Table

It’s autumn and that means grape harvest. It also means Thanksgiving. Pair the two together, and you get a great Thanksgiving dinner of which any gourmand would be proud!

Take a timeshare rental vacation to northern California’s amazing Wine Country in the autumn. The days are warm, the nights are crisp, the vineyards are beautiful in orange and gold, and the grapes are plump and inviting.

Although the grape harvest is in September and October, the locals think November is the prettiest time of the year when the fall colors of leaves and vines enrich the beauty of the countryside.

While there you can purchase the wines for your Thanksgiving table, whether that will be at home, with relatives, or at your Napa Valley timeshare using your own kitchen.

However, choosing the correct wine to go with the variety of tastes, textures and aromas that are part of a Thanksgiving dinner is not for the faint-of-heart. Sommelier Stacy Slinkard offers this advice:

1. Sparkling Wines. From appetizers, to white and dark turkey meat, mashed potatoes, yams, herb-filled stuffing, cranberry relish, pickled this and peppered that, all the way to pumpkin or pecan pie – is there truly a single wine that can take you seamlessly from start to finish?

Enter, sparkling wines - an increasingly popular pairing partner. Sparkling wines bring both elegance and food-pairing versatility to any meal, but with Thanksgiving these wines really shine.

2. White Wines.
Riesling: A white wine that can be dry or fairly sweet, excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty or sweet, and is the top pick white wine for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. Riesling’s innate flavors of apple, apricot, honey and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey meat and spice-laden or herb-filled stuffing.

Gewurztraminer: This white wine tends to have the aromatic gusto and spicy palate appeal that give it a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both.

Pinot Grigio: Capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes, this white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day.

3. Red Wines.
Pinot Noir: This red wine is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones tend to show well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.

Zinfandel: A fuller bodied red wine that ups the intensity from a Pinot Noir, but still maintains a balancing effect on many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. This would be a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red wine with the capacity to accommodate spice, bitter, and sweet flavors.

Cheers! Giving Thanks never tasted so good! Napa timeshare rentals start at just $143/night.

Source: Thanksgiving Wines 

Photo Credit (top): thanksgivingwallpaper.blogspot.com
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Photo Credit (2): whitewines.net
Photo Credit (3): wine-vignettes.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to Colonial Williamsburg.com for the photos.

Colonial Williamsburg offers a day-long immersive experience of what it would have been like to celebrate Thanksgiving during the mid 18th century.

Unlike the Pilgrims a century and a half earlier, the colonists had access to sugar for pies and for sweetening cranberries for sauce.

Also made part of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner by the colonists was Virginia peanut soup, a rich and creamy appetizer that many who taste it today feel could well be the main course.

What you do find on the main course menu at the various Colonial Williamsburg taverns, however, is roasted turkey with giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry chutney, and yams candied with delicious maple syrup.

Dinner at the Kings Arms Tavern also includes wines from French vineyards that were visited and written about by Thomas Jefferson.


Stay in Colonial Williamsburg timeshare rentals for a budget-friendly visit to the Historic Triangle. For example, a timeshare rental at Colonial Crossings is just $56/night.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Timeshare Travel – The Least Busy Airports

Sunday, November 25 is expected to be the busiest travel day, followed by Wednesday, November 21 and Monday, November 26 for the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday.

While you are planning an enjoyable timeshare vacation for Thanksgiving, it might help to know which airports will be the busiest, and which ones will be time-savers.

Travel booking site Orbitz has announced its list of the busiest and least-busy airports for this Thanksgiving travel season based on flight bookings at the top 50 U.S. airports.

"We talk all the time about using alternative airports when it comes to finding a better price, but those options can also be a huge time saver when you are traveling during peak periods like Thanksgiving," Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for Orbitz.com.

"Look at Southern California - LAX is the second-busiest airport in the country over Thanksgiving, but just 40 miles away you have John Wayne, which is No. 8 on Orbitz least-busy airports list,” said Tomatore. 

Check out the busiest and least-busy airports for Thanksgiving 2012 below.

Least Busy Airports: 
1. Salt Lake City International Airport
2. San Antonio International Airport
3. John Wayne Airport, Orange County, CA
4. Palm Beach International Airport
5. Nashville International Airport
6. Colorado Springs Airport

Busiest Airports: 
1. Chicago-O’Hare International Airport
2. Los Angeles International Airport
3. Denver International Airport
4. San Francisco International Airport
5. Miami International Airport
6. Ronald Regan National International Airport

If you plan to fly into a major airport, look for a nearby regional airport that often will not only offer lower airfare prices, but will be less busy, easier to get around in, and is generally within less than an hour’s drive of your original destination.

For example, if you’re flying into Denver International Airport, opt instead for Colorado Springs Airport. Put massively crowded Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) aside and head, instead, to John Wayne Airport in nearby Orange County.

Why fly into Miami International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest, when you can fly into Palm Beach International Airport? And a great alternative to bucking the crowds at San Francisco International Airport is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Regional airports that are located in urban areas, such as those mentioned here, are serviced by many of the major airlines. Opting for this alternative can prevent your nerves from getting trampled by the Thanksgiving crowds, and will get you to your timeshare rental vacation destination more relaxed and ready for an enjoyable time with friends and family.

Photo Credit: huffingtonpost.com

Friday, November 16, 2012

3 Top Timeshare Resorts at Historic Destinations

The RedWeek November newsletter offers this idea for your next timeshare vacation – mix a little learning into the fun by choosing a destination with historic significance.

Many historical sites offer interactive exhibits, firsthand accounts, and thought-provoking audio-visuals which can make a big impression on kids and adults alike.

Be sure to look for timeshare resorts like these 3 when planning your next educational vacation:

1. Marrott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Oahu, HI. This popular resort is just 30 minutes from Honolulu where you’ll find Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Within the grounds of Pearl Harbor are exhibits, displays, memorials, and museums.

The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on that battleship during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and is built directly above the sunken hull of the battleship.

In a section of the Memorial known as the Shrine, an opening in the floor overlooks the sunken decks. If you choose, you may toss flowers into the water here in honor of the fallen sailors.

A Marrott’s Ko Olina Beach Club timeshare rental is just $136/night, and resales start at $6,500.

2. Resort on Cocoa Beach, FL. Cocoa Beach, FL, is less than five minutes from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. While here, stop by the Air Force Space and Missile History Center and the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium.

The Kennedy Space Center brings the exciting story of the United States' space program to life. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a number of displays including actual space craft such as the Gemini 9 capsule and the Apollo 14 command module, and thrilling interactive exhibits including the Shuttle Launch Experience, and a simulation ride into space.

Rent a timeshare at The Resort on Cocoa Beach for $143/night; resales start at just $750.

3. Wyndham Old Town Alexandria, VA. This urban resort is just a quick 20-minute Metro ride to The White House, the Smithsonian Mall with its numerous fascinating museums on American history, the U.S. Capitol, and many other museums (see top photo) about, and monuments to, the story of the United States of America.

A Wyndham Old Town Alexandria timeshare rental at just $110/night makes an affordable Washington, D.C., vacation. Resales start at $12,500.

Photo Credit (top): time.com
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Photo Credit (2): orlandowelcomecenter.com
Photo Credit (3): attainablemind.net

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tuscany in Autumn – A Timeshare Vacation, Plus an Authentic Italian Recipe

When it comes to travelling, most of us immediately think of a summer vacation. And while the summer period is perfect for swimming in the sea and sunbathing while sipping a nice cool cocktail, the much cooler autumn period offers its beauties and possibilities, as well.

Italy offers a whole set of timeshare vacation destinations for those who love culture and sightseeing. And Italy is not only Rome and Venice: the region of Tuscany is also a wonderful destination. Tuscany is a northern province of Italy, and includes such illustrious cities as Florence, Sienna, Pisa and Lucca.

Visiting the region is not only a good idea for culture aficionados but also for those looking forward to a romantic getaway. Italy as such is considered the country of romance; this atmosphere seems to be concentrated even more densely in Tuscany. The sweet little cafés and small streets tend to get the couples closer to each other and slow down the quick rhythm of life, helping us to focus on each other and relax mentally and physically.

One great advantage of travelling to Tuscany off the peak season is that prices are low, it’s less crowded, and you can enjoy the atmosphere of Italy in peace. It also gives easier access to the museums, which is important when it comes to maybe the most famous - Uffizi of Florence, where you can spend hours waiting in the line if you go in the peak season.

However, the fall season offers a different Tuscany than summer or spring would. The incredible beauty of the mosaic of the thousand colours of fall transform the forests into paintings expressing the charming tranquillity of the coming season.

Apart from the natural beauty of the country that would enchant any visitor, fall offers a great opportunity for wine tasting, Tuscany being the home of several excellent wines. From November up to December the new wine festival takes place all across the region, offering the visitors a real insiders’ look and an authentic Tuscan experience.

Besides wine, chestnuts, mushroom and sausage are also favourites of the autumn season. A great range of festivals take place in Tuscany related to these products, from the wine festival of Chianti to the chestnut festival in Grosseto.

A typical food you are likely to taste if you visit one of these festivals is the Castagnaccio, a chestnut flour cake, made as follows:

Ingredients:
1 cup chestnut flour*
3 cups water
1/3 cup raisins
¼ cup pine nuts
5 walnuts (optional) – peeled and coarsely ground
1 tsp olive oil
approx 20 needles of rosemary

*In the U.S. chestnut flour can be found in Italian foods specialty stores, gourmet shops such as Williams-Sonoma, and some Whole Foods.

Method: First, mix the flour with the water until the mix is soft but not liquid. Add the olive oil, raisins, pine nuts and walnuts and mix them all together. Oil a pan large enough to make the dough 1 cm thick (close to ½ inch), and sprinkle the rosemary on top. Bake the cake at 200 Celsius (325 F) for around 35-40 minutes, until cracks appear on the top of it. Then let it cool and serve!

The authentic taste of this cake is enjoyable not only in Tuscany, but you can make is at home as a reminder of a wonderful fall vacation.

Plan a Tuscany timeshare rental or timeshare exchange vacation for luxury accommodations.

Thank you to our guest author, Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati, who writes the Gourmand World Award-winning book series The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, and is Executive Editor of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati™ blog. She is considered one of the foremost experts on Italian cuisine and culture.

Photo Credit (top): ilchiostro.com
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Timeshare Vacation - Travel the World with James Bond

Skyfall, the 23rd movie in the James Bond series, opened this past weekend, not surprisingly, to huge acclaim. The opening coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movies, which has become the longest-running franchise in movie history.

The very first James Bond film was Dr. No which was released in 1962. Teenagers who applauded Sean Connery in that film are now taking their grandchildren to see Daniel Craig in Skyfall.

What do you like the best about the James Bond movies? The handsome hero, the beautiful women, the outrageous villains, the cool gadgets?

Something you may not have considered is that in film after film James Bond has inspired people the world over to travel. Showcased amidst the amazing chases and death-defying stunts are the stunning scenery, culture and cuisine of one exotic local after another.

"We are always looking to offer the audience the 'wow' experience of something amazing and different," explained Callum McDougall, executive producer of Skyfall.

"I think everyone who goes to see a Bond movie expects to be impressed by the look and the locations chosen. Certainly I was when I grew up watching them, and I don't think that's changed in the last 50 years," McDougall said.

Below are 4 destinations where you can not only walk in the footsteps of good ol’ 007, but stay in luxury timeshare rentals and exchanges as well.

1. Turkey. Several locations in Turkey are featured in Skyfall. "It is where East meets West, and the colors and vibrancy of Istanbul (see photo) provided us with a great backdrop," said McDougall.

Railway scenes for Skyfall were shot on and around Adana's Varda Railway Bridge in southern Turkey.

"Turkey actually allowed us to combine our needs of four different looks in one country, quite remarkable," McDougall added.

Check out Turkey timeshare exchanges.

2. Key West, Florida. James Bond (aka Timothy Dalton) in License to Kill (1989) parachutes in to a wedding at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Key West, providing some wonderful aerial shots of this tropical vacation spot.

Seven Mile Bridge, the concrete span you cross when you're driving to Key West, plays prominently in this film with a car chase.

You can also take a guided tour of Ernest Hemingway’s house and writing studio – where M demanded that Bond relinquish his "license to kill."

Some timeshare rentals in the Florida Keys come with their own hammocks.

3. The Bahamas. James Bond seems to have a soft spot for the Bahamas, and many fans consider his most memorable visit to be in Thunderball (1965), this time with Sean Connery.

A fight occurs in the underwater caves of the Exuma Cays, which ever since have been known as the Thunderball Grotto.

You can actually snorkel inside the caves where James Bond battled by taking one of several charter company tours, including the Thunderball Luxury Tour, out to the grotto.

Timeshare rentals in the Bahamas offer you your own piece of Caribbean paradise.

4. Paris. A View to Kill saw Roger Moore’s James Bond chasing stunning May Day (Grace Jones) up the steps of the Eiffel Tower (just before she parachuted off the top).

You can get to the Eiffel Tower’s Champagne Bar by climbing the 704 steps from the ground to the second floor, then opting for the lift to the top, for views of the City of Light that are just as stunning as May Day.

Stay in exciting downtown Paris in a Parisian timeshare rental.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – San Francisco

Hanging on the side of a cable car as it readies itself to plunge down one of San Francisco’s famous steep streets, this photo was taken by Mandel M., Colorado. The San Francisco Bay is in the background.

An iconic tourist attraction of San Francisco, the cable cars form a part of the city’s urban transport network. Only three of the 23 lines that were originally established in the late 1800s are still in use.

The cable cars are the only mobile National Monument in the world, and are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Stay in a San Francisco timeshare rental when you visit the City by the Bay. You can find timeshare rentals downtown for as little as $93/night.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day Timeshare Travel Highlights - 7 U.S. National Cemeteries

Veterans Day is observed all across the nation with ceremonies held in National Cemeteries.

The most famous National Cemetery is Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Its 624 acres are divided into 70 sections where military casualties of every foreign U.S. war and the Civil War are interred.

It also contains world-renowned memorials including the Tomb of the Unknowns, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and President John F. Kennedy's Eternal Flame.

There are 146 National Cemeteries across the United States.
- 130 are maintained by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
- 2 are maintained by the the Department of the Army, including Arlington.
- 14 are maintained by the National Park Service. These cemeteries are associated with historic sites and battlefields.
- Additionally, 24 American military cemeteries overseas are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

One of these 7 National Cemeteries could be near you, and all are near affordable timeshare rentals.

1. Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. This 18-acre cemetery started as a Civil War cemetery, but today contains the remains of soldiers from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.

2. Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. Begun as a 3-acre post cemetery for the fort in the 1880s, this National Cemetery now covers 214 acres. Buried here is Lt. Col. John Henry Deutshendorf, Sr., who set three speed records in the B-58 Hustler bomber and earned a place in the Air Force Hall of Fame (and is the father of music legend John Denver).

3. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA. (see photo) Named for a Civil War general, this National Cemetery is also a California Historical Landmark. The first soldiers to be interred here died in the Mexican-American war when the United States Army took possession of the territory of California.

4. Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX. Covering over 150 acres, this National Cemetery contains the remains of soldiers that were transferred from other 1880s Texas army forts when they closed.

5. Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Located 50 miles north of Tampa, this National Cemetery is over 500 acres and is actually situated in the Withlacoochee State Forest, the second-largest state forest in Florida. Buried here is Col. Leonard T. Schoreder, Jr., the first soldier ashore in the Normandy Landing on WW II's D-Day operation.

6. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. One of the newest National Cemeteries in the country, this one was not built until 1978. In 1999, over 13 million dollars was spent on improving the facilities and developing the area with the intent of serving the burial needs of veterans until the year 2030.

7. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI. Locally known as Punchbowl, this National Cemetery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hawaii. It is nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano for which the Hawaiian name is “Puowaina,” which translates to “Hill of Sacrifice.”

When on a timeshare vacation to these cities plan to take time to visit the National Cemeteries where you’ll encounter history, hope, and the honor of a nation.

A budget-friendly timeshare rental can be found in each city listed.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Timeshare Travel – Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington Turns 30

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington celebrates its 30th Anniversary this month. When you take a Washington, D.C., timeshare vacation and stop at this war memorial you will be joining 4.5 million people who visit the Memorial annually.

Every year in honor of Veteran’s day, The Reading of the Names takes place for 65 hours over a four-day period. This year the opening ceremony was on Wednesday, November 7, with the additional recognition of the Memorial’s 30th anniversary.

Interesting Facts about “the Wall” –

- The idea for a memorial to those who fought and died in the Vietnam War came to veteran Jan Scruggs in 1979 when he suffered from flashbacks after watching the movie “The Deer Hunter.”

- A total of $15 million was raised with help from a direct marketing campaign led by Stephen A. Cone, now executive vice president of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons).

- There are 53,282 names on the Wall.

- Only eight women are listed on the Wall. About 10,000 served as nurses in Vietnam.

- Critics found the black granite design by 21-year old Yale University student Maya Lin too abstract.

- Today the Wall draws 4.5 million visitors annually, and is one of the Capital’s most popular sites.

Watch this video tribute celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington where each year millions of visitors share stories about loved ones and friends they lost in that war.

November, 2012, also marks the ground breaking ceremony for an $83 million 35,000 square-foot Education Center at the Wall that will bring these stories to life.

Using state-of-the-art digital technology, the Education Center “will connect future generations to the lasting impact, the profound insights, and the individual heroes of the Vietnam War.”

Stay in a Wyndham Old Town Alexandria timeshare rental or a Wyndham Vacation Resorts at National Harbor timeshare rental during your visit to Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

5 Things You Can’t Miss in Bangkok on Your Timeshare Vacation

Throughout the centuries, countless travelers have marveled at the beauty that is the country of Thailand. At the center of this majestic country is its capital city, Bangkok. This magical city is known for the beauty of its Buddhist temples, its exemplary examples of architecture and even its tourist entertainment industry.

When you plan your timeshare vacation to Bangkok, don’t miss these 5 places for the best experience.

 #1) Jim Thompson House. Although Jim Thompson was a New York based architect who first came to Thailand as a soldier in World War II, he is best known for being the forefather of the Thai silk industry. In his house are collections of Asian art and silk. There is also an art center on the property.

Famous in Thailand during his lifetime, Jim Thompson disappeared into the jungles of Malaysia in 1967, never to return. His home has been turned into both a museum and a tribute to a bigger than life personality. 

#2) Grand Palace. Thailand’s Grand Palace is home to Wat Phra Kaew, which is translated as “Temple of the Emerald Buddha.” At almost all times, the temple is full of locals with joss sticks, gold leaves and candles making offerings to the Emerald Buddha.

If you decide to visit this temple, know that you need to wear appropriate clothing. Items such as skirts, shorts, sandals and revealing clothing are not allowed. If you’re wearing prohibited clothing items, sarongs are available for use by visitors.

 #3) Chinatown. Travelers have pronounced Bangkok’s Chinatown to be one of the most electric, vibrant areas in an already spirited city. It’s a place filled with food vendors, markets and temples. One of the most famous ones is Wat Traimit, home of a 700 year old 5 ½ ton Buddha (see top photo), the largest one in the world.

There’s also Mangkon Kalawat, a very busy temple that’s always filled with incense and worshipers.

 #4) Queen Saovabha Institute’s Snake Farm. Visiting Bangkok doesn't have to be all about visiting temples. If you want an offbeat way to spend time in Bangkok, go to the Queen Saovabha Institute’s Snake Farm.

If you’re a snake lover, the Snake Farm houses over 35 species, a 100 seat arena that’s set aside for venom extraction and snake handling shows for the brave. If you and snakes aren't on the best of terms, the indoor facility features a museum and an exhibition about snake evolutionary history and medicine, a research center and interactive demonstrations.

 #5) Ko Kret Island. Ko Kret Island is located on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. The area is known for its ceramics and khao cher, a rice dish served with fragrant water and side dishes that are hard to find outside of Bangkok.

The island doesn't have the urban, gritty feel of Bangkok’s mainland. The roads are largely free of traffic, there’s an overarching rural feel to the bike friendly area and the island is so small that the entire place can be traveled by foot.

From its temples to its snake sanctuaries, Bangkok is one of the liveliest epicenters of the Asian continent. Going to some or all of these tourist destinations could give you a rarefied glimpse into the world of a spiritual, peace loving culture.

Check out timeshare exchanges at Bangkok's Grand Tower Inn. Numerous Thailand timeshare rentals are also available.

Our guest author is Dillon Michaelson from InsanelyCheapFlights.com. For finding cheap flights to various destinations across the globe, do check their travel portal today.


Photo Credit (1): asemus.museum.org
Photo Credit (2): worldtourismtime.blogspot.com
Photo Credit (3): wn.com
Photo Credit (4): photos.igougo.com
Photo Credit (5): Thaiwaysmagazine.com

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Timeshare Travel – Sistine Chapel Ceiling Celebrates 500th Anniversary

November 1 , 2012, marked the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s unveiling of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. If you've ever wanted to see the famed Michelangelo masterpiece, this is certainly the time to take that timeshare vacation to Rome.

The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its frescoes done by famous Renaissance artists such as Botticelli.

When the chapel was originally completed in 1481, the ceiling resembled a simple night sky with gold stars. In 1508 Pope Julius II wanted more, and asked Michelangelo to overhaul the entire ceiling.

Interestingly, Michelangelo was hesitant to take on the job because he thought of himself solely as a sculptor. Prior to his work on the chapel Michelangelo was famed for his sculptures and had made only one notable painting - a round portrait of the Holy Family. 

The massive scaffolding required to reach the top of the 65-foot ceiling blocked the light from the chapel’s windows. As a result Michelangelo did all of the painting by candlelight.

Contrary to popular belief, Michelangelo didn't paint lying on his back. Actually it was worse - he stood up, arching backward for hours to paint over his head. It took Michelangelo four years to complete the project.

When he finished, he wrote, “I felt as old and as weary as Jeremiah. I was only 37, yet friends did not recognize the old man I had become.

The ceiling of the chapel includes one of the most famous scenes in the history of art – the arm of God reaching out to give life to Adam.

Pope Paul III liked Michelangelo’s ceiling so much that in 1534 he had the artist return to paint a giant fresco, “The Last Judgment,” on the chapel’s west wall.

So much candle smoke accumulated on the ceiling over the years that a cleaning process that began in 1979 took 20 years to complete.

Tips for visiting the Sistine Chapel: 
1. Set aside no less than an hour and a half to see the Chapel.
2. Wear proper attire for your visit: shorts, mini skirts and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.
3. Entrance on the last Sunday of each month is free
4. Opt to take a guided tour when you arrive at the Vatican Museums if you want a more personal tour of the Chapel and other museums.
5. Operating hours vary, so it's important that you make sure that the Chapel will be open when you plan to go.

Your vacation can be affordable and relaxing by staying in an Italy timeshare rental.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Empire State Building

View from the 86th Floor Observation Deck of The Empire State Building, looking NW up the Hudson River. Submitted by Chase Repta, Champaign, IL.

The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world for 40 years, from when it was completed in 1931 until the World Trade Center was built in the 1970s.

Located in downtown Manhattan, the building soars a quarter of a mile straight up. The 86th Floor Observatory offers panoramic views, andon a clear day you can see to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Find out how affordable a vacation in Manhattan can be when you stay in a New York City timeshare rental.

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Why You Need a Timeshare Vacation with the Kids Following a Divorce

Divorces take a toll on the entire family. Your kids are often those who are most deeply hurt, and often those who experience pain most quietly.

If you want to make sure that your family has a chance to move on from the divorce process, you may want to take a timeshare vacation.

Why it's Good to Go. Divorces can be messy and painful. Vacations, when they go well, are the opposite. If you want a chance to allow your family to heal after the divorce process, a vacation can be a great tool. It can get you away from painful memories and let your family create new memories that have no relation to the past.

While the pain from the process will not go away, it does help everyone to have a new beginning. When you go home, you can cope -- for the duration of the vacation, though, you should celebrate being with one another.

About the Family. It is only natural to try to make a getaway about yourself after a divorce. If you have kids, though, you need to make sure to make it about the family. Try to plan activities that will let you all have time together and never let them feel like they are being left out.

Many children feel a sense of abandonment after a divorce, especially if full custody goes to one spouse. This is your chance to let them know that no matter what happens in their lives, you will always be around.

The Tough Topics. You also have to realize that, at some point, the tough topic of the divorce is going to come up on your vacation. Unfortunately, there is relatively little you can do to avoid this, but you can embrace the chance to talk about it in a neutral setting.

Instead of trying to make your kids focus on "having a good time,” you can be frank with them. This is not a time to bad-mouth your spouse or get into the real reasons behind the divorce, but it can be a good chance to have a candid conversation.

Vacationing does not solve problems, but it can help to put you in a better state of mind. You only need a few days for such a trip, but it can do a great deal of good. If you want your kids to have a chance to move on, you might want to give them a chance to go on vacation with you.

Check out The Family Compass for more ways on how to enjoy this type of vacation.

A timeshare rental offers a home-away-from-home environment that will further support the children in feeling a sense of comfort and stability during the vacation.

Guest Author: Justin Taylor

Photo Credit: blog.vacaguru.com

Friday, November 02, 2012

Timeshare Travel - Hurricane Sandy Closes Statue of Liberty

If you had been planning a timeshare vacation to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty you may have to postpone your plans.

For an entire year the Statue of Liberty’s interior has been closed to visitors while new staircases and a new elevator were installed as part of a $27 million renovation to improve the fire and security systems. Lady Liberty was officially reopened on October 28, celebrating her 126th birthday. 

Then Hurricane Sandy hit.

And for the time being the Statue of Liberty is closed – again.

The Statue has had a series of closures over the past 11 years, starting when the federal government shuttered her for three years following the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Her pedestal reopened in 2004 and on July 4, 2009 her crown reopened. The entire statue closed again on Oct. 29, 2011.

This most recent renovation has revealed "a ton of surprises" about the statue's history. Workers discovered, for example, a large concrete room where the military stored munitions during the time that the island was Fort Hood. A photographic exhibit of the renovation and the previous renovation in 1986 will be on display on Liberty Island.

The reopening last week was to great fanfare, and allowed visitors to climb the 393 stairs to the crown again, giving better access to the crown and its panoramic views of the New York City skyline and the New Jersey shore.

Other upgrades included new granite staircases outside the monument, upgrades to the pedestal elevators and wheelchair access to the observation decks.

Parks officials had expected about 13,000 visitors to scale the new stairs to the crown in the last two months of this year - with all the tickets for a 2012 trip sold out before the statue was reopened.

Following Sandy a quick examination showed no damage to the statue itself, but a team of federal inspectors are due to conduct a full assessment of any possible infrastructure problems.

Meanwhile, the passenger terminal for the ferry that takes riders to the Statue of Liberty was in shambles from the superstorm.

Hurricane Sandy may have wrecked some havoc on the Big Apple, but New Yorkers are a tough breed, and it won’t be long before this great city is back on its feet. So go ahead and plan a timeshare rental vacation in New York City – you’ll be glad you did!

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Thursday, November 01, 2012

November 1 – International Timeshare Appreciation Day!

If you own a timeshare today is your day! November 1, 2012, has been declared the first annual International Timeshare Appreciation Day. Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader, started it all.

“I invite people and organizations from around the world to join together and celebrate all the great things about timeshare…and there are many!” says Schreier.

This day is supported by such organizations as The National Timeshare Owners Association, Dial-An-Exchange, Worldwide Hypermarket, ResortCom, and Grand Pacific Resort Management.

Ed Hastry, president of the National Timeshare Owners Association, and one of the first supporters of this celebration, says, “Sure, there’s lots of things that can be done better in timeshare, but I love this idea because it reinforces the underlying thought that timeshare is a terrific way to vacation.”

Francis Taylor, CEO of Dial An Exchange, was also quick to join in. “Earmarking a day to bring positive attention to the timeshare industry, and to the many very happy owners of vacation ownership products, is a fantastic concept," says Taylor.

“Being a service provider to this great industry, we know firsthand that owners from all walks of life, and from countries all around the world, hold their vacation ownership in high esteem and view their ability to enjoy an affordable ‘time out’ from their hectic lifestyles is enhanced dramatically by being involved with timeshare,” continues Taylor.

Phil Watson, chief executive of Europe’s leading timeshare resale company, Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket, is also in full support of this celebration. “Every day we hear silly, petty negatives about timeshare which are generally unfounded, so I’m really happy to support something that puts a real positive spin on what I believe to be the best way to holiday,” says Watson.

Nigel Lobo, COO of Grand Pacific Resort Management is equally enthusiastic about this first-ever timeshare appreciation day, saying, “We have over 50,000 owners in the United States and Canada who are passionate about their timeshare ownership, and we are very committed to a lifetime of memorable vacations. We’re 100 percent behind the movement to hear all the good things about shared ownership vacations.”

Schreier encourages timeshare owners and timeshare organizations to spread the good news about timeshare through word of mouth, blogs, Facebook and Twitter on November 1st and throughout the year.

Schreier has designated the hashtag #YES2TIMESHARE for the cause as well as started the International Timeshare Appreciation Day Facebook Page.

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