Thursday, January 31, 2013

Plan Timeshare Travel to Scotland: Top 5 Things To Do in Edinburgh

Off the general beaten path of Europe, but still ready to offer you an amazing vacation experience, Scotland stands ready. For a quick starter we’re going to look at one of Scotland’s most well-known cities, Edinburgh, along with its lesser-known neighbor, Fife.

Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament, and lies along the estuary of the River Forth (called the “fife of Forth”) where it empties into the North Sea.

1. Eat fish and chips at the Ship Inn in Elie, Fife. Controversial, given that the (also very good) Anstruther Fish Bar has won several awards including Seafish’s Fish and Chip Shop of the Year. But if you only have time to tuck into one plate of fish and chips then you must have it at the ultra-cozy Ship Inn in Elie in Fife, right on the seafront.

Wash down your fish and chips with one of the fantastic ales on tap while a log fire roars in the corner. Friendly staff and a lively roster of events make the Ship Inn a real hub for the community.

2. Walk along the Fife Coastal Path.  Starting at the Kincardine Bridge and ending 117 miles later at Newburgh, this is a wonderfully picturesque way to take in Fife and get a healthy dose of fresh sea air.

You’ll take in rugged beaches and charming seaside towns, spotting puffins, seals and perhaps razorbills along the way.

You could challenge yourself to walk the whole route or start your journey by hiring a car in Edinburgh  stopping off at points of interest like the Isle of May, Macduff’s Castle or Harbourmaster’s House and exploring the area on foot before hopping back into your car.

3. Visit the Edinburgh Festival. August is without a doubt the best month the visit Edinburgh, when the city swarms with artists, comedians, authors and performers jostling for attention.

Known collectively as ‘the festival’, there are actually several different festivals happening at the same time, including: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Book Festival, the Art Festival and the International Festival (the original festival which the others imposed upon).

4. Climb up Arthur’s Seat. Standing at over 800 feet, Arthurs Seat is the tallest of the hills in Holyrood Park, and offers one of the most rewarding walks in Edinburgh.

Make your way to Holyrood Park in the centre of town right by Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, stopping by the pond to feed the ducks before taking a hike up this manageable hill. You’ll be greeted at the top with stunning panoramic views of Edinburgh’s skyline.

Pack a picnic and seek out a more sheltered spot further down to make a real day of it.

5. Go for a walking tour in Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s historic old town, with its winding alleyways and preserved buildings, tells many stories and lends itself well to a huge range of tours which will give you a colorful glimpse into Edinburgh’s past and its literary connections.

Brace yourself for an eerie Ghosts and Ghouls tour with Mercat Walking Tours, take a wander around the atmospheric Real Mary Kings Close, visit Rebus’ favorite haunts or discover underground Edinburgh with an Auld Reekie tour of Edinburgh’s tunnels.

Check out the many Scotland timeshare rentals and exchanges available. For example, you can rent a timeshare right in Edinburgh at The Edinburgh Residence (see photo right).

Our guest author, Jamie, spent his early twenties touring around the UK as a musician and actor which led him to spend time in numerous wonderful locations. He loves writing about his passions which include theatre, travel, music, and food. He recommends the Norwich Playhouse for theatre, Cornwall to visit, The Vine Leaf in St Andrews for food, and the Roundhouse in London for music.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Timeshare Travel: 4 Places You Thought You Couldn’t Afford

These days so many people are on a budget – singles, families, retirees – and the thought of going on a real vacation can seem out of the question, especially if it’s to somewhere exotic or exciting. Timeshare can change all that.

Whether you buy a timeshare or rent a timeshare, your accommodations are taken care of, and all you have to do is find the inexpensive and even free things to do

Here are four vacation destinations where you may have never thought you could afford to go - and we'll show you how you can!

1. St. Barts (see top photo).  Now is the perfect time to go to the Caribbean – hurricane season is over, and the beaches are warm and wonderful. And you don’t have to own a yacht to have a great time. For example, St. Barts, or actually Saint Barthelemy, is a fun Caribbean island that is actually part of the French West Indies.

Another French West Indies island where you can find many budget-friendly timeshare rentals, and even resales, is Saint Martin, which happens to be just 22 miles from St. Barts. Stay on Saint Martin and hop a quick 10-minute ride over.

While on St. Barts you can beach-hop the free public beaches with a picnic either prepared in your timeshare kitchen, or from locally grown foods found not only in the supermarkets but also at farmer’s markets.

If you visit during the bi-annual soldes – the twice-yearly official French sales season - you’ll be able to shop for deeply discounted local wares and souvenirs.

2. Paris Yes, you can make the glittering City of Light an affordable travel location. Here's how: rent a budget-friendly timeshare, or buy a timeshare on the resale market. Then head out and enjoy Paris with these tips: It's free to stroll one of the world's grandest boulevards, the Champs-Elysees, or admire the blossoms in the Tuileries Gardens.

Buy an economical Paris Visite pass for unlimited travel on the city's subways and buses. Dine the "bistronomy" way, in smart, relaxed bistros offering hearty but fairly inexpensive three-course meals.

3. Hawaii. Even pricey Hawaii can be an affordable travel location by using timeshare rentals. For example, it can be inexpensive to stay right on Waikiki - try the Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club where timeshare rentals currently start at just $99/night.

Many of Hawaii's parks  are free or have minimal fees from the black-sand beach at Punalu'u Beach Park to the stunning black lava fields of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. And it costs absolutely nothing to relax on Hawaii's free public beaches and swim in its clear, jade seas.

Feast like a Hawaiian King by buying fresh seafood, tropical fruits and vegetables at inexpensive farmer's markets and preparing your favorite Polynesian dishes right in your timeshare kitchen.

4. New York City. This is another big city that screams expensive – but doesn't have to be. There are timeshare rentals right in downtown Manhattan that start at just $125/night.

Many of the city’s attractions are free, including: the urban esplanade known as the High Line; the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian; and the moving 9/11 Memorial.

Don’t forget a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for an amazing view of the city’s skyline. And a fun ride on the Staten Island Ferry gets you right out into busy New York Harbor – for free.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle Detail, submitted by Joann W., California.

In 1919 publishing magnet Randolph Hearst began building what was to become one of the world’s most opulent showcases – Hearst Castle, located in San Simeon, California.

With its 165 rooms and 127 surrounding acres of landscaped gardens, terraces, pools and meandering walkways, along with a grand view from a hilltop that overlooks the sparkling Pacific Ocean, this estate is one-of-a-kind.

It is now both a National and a California Historical Landmark, and is maintained by the state of California as a state historic park.

Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts about one million visitors per year.

Check out California timeshare rentals and timeshare resales.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

What’s New on Oahu for Your Timeshare Vacation?

When you buy a timeshare you return again and again to a favorite part of the world. And when you own a timeshare in Hawaii, you get to have a dream vacation every time you go.

Sunbathing on the beaches, taking an outrigger canoe ride on the blue Pacific ocean, hiking through rain forests and around amazing waterfalls, enjoying Kalua Pua’a and Poi at a Luau – it’s all there for you.

However, after you've gone back a few times, it’s always fun to find something new and different to do while you’re vacationing on the Islands. Below are 3 new activities on Oahu that you just might find a lot of fun.

1. New at the Polynesian Cultural Center.(see top photo). This popular activity spot is unveiling a newly rebuilt Hawaii Village reflective of an ahupuaa, a land division used by ancient Hawaiians. The village features new activities, architecture and exhibits, including two vital elements of Hawaiian life - loi kalo, an irrigated terrace used to grow taro, and loko ia, a fishpond.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a living museum that showcases seven different Polynesian cultures from around the Pacific Rim. In addition to the daytime exhibits where various arts and crafts are demonstrated, the evening shows are extravaganzas of Polynesian music and dance.

2. New at Pacific Historic Parks. A new "Behind the Scenes" escorted tour for families and small groups of ten or less is now being offered at the USS Arizona Memorial and the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. 

This fascinating tour includes: In-depth history of the attack on Pearl Harbor; opportunity to meet a Pearl Harbor Survivor or witness to the attack; USS Arizona Memorial audio tour; escorted tour of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center's two museums; USS Arizona Memorial tour, which includes a National Park Service movie and boat ride to the monument; and lunch at Schooners Restaurant with PHP executives

The $500 fee is used as a donation toward the restoration of the USS Arizona Memorial and is tax deductible.

3. New at the Royal Hawaiian Theater. For a fun musical evening it's "Rock-A-Hula" with the Legends in Waikiki Concert at the Royal Hawaiian Theater. Watch the best of yesteryear brought to life through realistic performances by tribute artist of popular entertainers such as Elton John, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

Known as “Las Vegas Hawaiian Style,” this spectacular live concert event is a family-friendly musical celebration of some of your favorite singers. It’s a multimedia, multi-sensory experience that will transport you to the time when classic superstars thrilled concertgoers.

If you’re thinking you might want to buy a timeshare in Hawaii, take a look at the many resales that are available. Some start as low as $800.

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Photo Credit (2): pearlharboroahu.com
Photo Credit (3): legendsinconcert.com

Friday, January 25, 2013

6 Top International Timeshare Travel Spots for 2013

Want to hit the hotspots on your timeshare vacation this year? The Wall Street Journal has released its list of the top international travel destinations for 2013.

The WSJ conducted a survey of 1,045 U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and travel agents, and based its list on the numbers of actual bookings.

Any one of these exciting 6 spots from the WSJ list would make a great timeshare rental vacation.

1. Cancun (see top photo). Known as Mexico’s Caribbean Jewel, Cancun is the ultimate beach destination. A world-famous destination for honeymooners, and college students on spring break, the beaches, water parks and other amusements such as the proximity of ancient Mayan ruins, make Cancun a great place for a family vacation as well.

A Cancun timeshare rental starts at just $100/night.

2. London. This iconic European capital makes the list due to its amazing ability to have something for everyone. Sightseeing includes a palace, a fortress, crown jewels, and even where the notorious pirate Captain Kidd was hanged.

Shopping ranges from high-end Harrod’s in the Royal Borough of Kensington, to the local Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. Activities can be enjoyed in manicured parks and at top theater productions in the West End.

Stay in a London timeshare rental for just $185/night.

3. Cabo San Lucas. This Mexico resort town, known simply as "Cabo" by Americans, is located, along with San Jose del Cabo, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Cabo is known for its broad sandy beaches, world-class scuba diving, abundant marine life, the distinctive sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and a raucous party atmosphere.

Many beachfront Cabo San Lucas timeshare rentals are available, starting at just $93/night.

5. Paris. The allure of this lovely city, known as the City of Lights, and also the City for Lovers, is undeniable. Elegant and glamorous Paris can either be fun and over-the-top with its haute couture, or intimate with its sidewalk cafes. Its charm and colorful beauty in spring has been immortalized in numerous songs.

Stay in a Paris timeshare rental for just $132/night.

4. Jamaica  This Caribbean island is just right for taking you out of the reality of daily life. With nature tourism, zip lines, miles of white powdery beaches, world-championship golf courses, authentic souvenir shopping, basking in the seductive warmth of the ever-present sunshine while sipping exotic tropical drinks – you’ll go home a new person.

Jamaica timeshare rentals start at $71/night. Numerous timeshare exchanges are available in Jamaica  as well.


6. Tuscany. The best time to enjoy Tuscany is in the autumn. The incredible beauty of the mosaic of the thousand colors of fall transform the rolling hills into paintings.

Apart from the natural beauty of the countryside that would enchant any visitor, fall offers a great opportunity for wine tasting. From November to December wine festivals take place all across the region, offering visitors a real insiders’ look at this authentic Tuscan experience.

Tuscany timeshare rentals start at $171/night.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Timeshare Travel with Teens – Where to Go in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas features miles of beautiful beaches and deep blue water and is a wonderful destination for a timeshare vacation.

While the beach may be interesting for a day or two, the teen members of your family are going to want to explore the other action the city has to offer. Luckily, Cabo San Lucas has lots of activities for the teenagers in your family.

1. At the Beach

There are many activities on the Bay of Cabo San Lucas to keep your teens busy without ever leaving the beach. Surfing lessons and tours are available, and there are boat rental facilities. Several companies also offer parasailing tours of the bay.

Glass-bottomed boat rides are also popular in Cabo, particularly those that go to Playa del Amante to visit El Arco, the famous arch.

Teens may at first think that the Buccaneer Queen, a modern version of a classic pirate ship, is more suited to their younger siblings. Once aboard, however, teens will find many activities they will enjoy. The activities differ based on the particular cruise, but they range from snorkeling to whale watching.

2. Nightlife

Cabo San Lucas is known for its nightlife, and teens are often excited about this aspect of the city. There is an action-packed, vibrant scene after dark, and the drinking age is lower than in the U.S.

Troubled teens can be especially at risk in this environment, so parents may want to set strict boundaries and keep a keen eye on them during visits to the clubs in Cabo.

3. Outdoor Adventures

Cabo has several outlets for rock climbing, rappelling and zip lining. These activities are perfect for energetic teens, and adventure-seeking adults will also enjoy the thrills.

Cabo Adventures offers one of the most popular zip line tours, and it is available to ages 8 and up.

4. Art

There are art walks every Thursday night in San José del Cabo, and many of the stops offer activities for teens. The walk includes local paintings, pottery and sculpture.

There are also areas featuring indigenous art and a gallery with amber art that allows visitors a chance to examine bugs encased in amber.

Open-air markets selling handmade goods can be found in both Cabo San Lucas and San José. These markets are primarily aimed at tourists, and are fun for picking up inexpensive art or souvenirs.

Plan a family-friendly timeshare vacation to Cabo San Lucas. Budget-friendly Cabo timeshare rentals start at just $71/night.

Our guest author, Iris Pulga, is the blogger behind Entrepremom.info, a blog about marriage, parenting and just about everything else. As a blogger, baker, content manager to Help Your Teen Now, and as a mom to two girls, her life is a handful so she prefers to stay connected to the world via social networking channels. Follow her on Twitter: @irispulga and on Instagram: aireize.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

3 Destination Ideas That Could Revolutionize Your Timeshare Vacation

The January RedWeek newsletter offers ideas to revolutionize this year's timeshare vacation.

If you’re tired of taking the same vacation every year: skiing in the same mountains, sitting by the same pool, or hitting the links at the same golf courses, check out these 3 timeshare destinations that are anything but ordinary.

1. Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, Thailand. This timeshare resort sits on the renowned Mai Khao beach at the heart of Thailand's largest island and tourism jewel, Phuket Island (see top photo).

It's a great place for a winter vacation, with average daily temperatures in the 80s (F). Near the southernmost point of Phuket Island is Laem Promthep (Brahma's Cape), a popular sunset viewing point.

A timeshare rental at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club is currently just $229/night. Resales here start at $4,000.

2. Borgo di Vagli, Italy. Located in Mercatale Cortona, Tuscany, Borgo di Vagli is the first fully-restored 14th century Tuscan village available on the timeshare market.

It maintains as faithfully as possible its medieval feel, atmosphere and look, without compromising modern day comforts and needs.

As part of a large Protected Area, Borgo di Vagli is nestled among its own olive groves, fruit trees and ancient oaks, and also offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic views in all of Tuscany.

Borgo di Vagli timeshare rentals start at just $171/night.

3. Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort, Spain. Located on southern Spain’s famed Costa del Sol, Marbella is an international vacation destination. It sits on the Mediterranean between the town of Malaga and the Strait of Gibraltar.

In Marbella you’ll rub elbows with many of the world’s aristocrats, celebrities, and wealthy people. When you want a break from the golden beaches, tour the Golden Mile, a stretch of four miles between Marbella and Puerto Banús, on which are located some of the most luxurious residences in Marbella, such as the Palace of King Fahd.

Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort timeshare rentals start at just $143/night. Resales start at $1200.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Swiss Alps

Flying over the Swiss Alps. Submitted by Luke Smitherton, Ohio.

There are many great places for skiing in Europe. Check out Europe timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges for your next winter timeshare vacation.

Submit your photo to #TravelTuesday! Just send it via email to us at: learnmore (at) redweek (dot) com. Let us know your name, where you are from, and where the photo was taken.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Timeshare Travel to Washington, DC – Presidential Inauguration Day

There is no more exciting time to plan a timeshare vacation to our Nation’s Capital than for a Presidential Inauguration.

The 20h Amendment of the Constitution of the United States specifies that a Presidential term begins on January 20th, regardless of on what day that date falls.

It just so happens that in 2013 January 20th is a Sunday. Therefore, the President was actually sworn in yesterday during a small private ceremony which was only open to family, friends, and selected guests.

For the public, Inauguration Day this year is January 21st. Today a second Swearing-in Ceremony will take place on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol.

In Sunday’s ceremony President Obama used a bible that belongs to the First Lady’s family.

For today's public ceremony he will use two other bibles – one that was President Abraham Lincoln’s personal bible, and the other belonged to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.

No tickets are required to watch the Swearing-in Ceremony from the National Mall, where jumbo television screens have been placed.

Following the Presidential address and the Inaugural Luncheon hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, the Inaugural Parade will commence at 2pm.

Participants in the parade are selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and include marching bands from each state, marching military units, mounted units, and other performers.

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) was chosen from more than 2,800 applicants to head the parade. Zoltan, an 11 month-old Labrador-Golden Retriever mix, will lead the other 56 dogs in the CCI parade unit. All are being trained to be service dogs.

The theme of this year’s Inaugural, “Faith in America’s Future,” celebrates the perseverance and unity of America. The 57th Inaugural also celebrates two 150th anniversaries: the Emancipation Proclamation, and the capping of the Capitol dome with the Statue of Freedom.

This year President Obama announced that the number of inaugural balls would be reduced to just two official parties in an effort to reduce government spending.

The first official ball is the Commander-in-Chief's Ball at the Washington Convention center, which is open to select members of the US military. The second is the Inaugural Ball, also at the Washington Convention Center. A limited number of tickets were released to the public.

Many state, corporate, and private balls are held in hotels and museums around Washington, D.C.

When you plan to experience the excitement of a U.S. Presidential Inauguration in person, you’ll be happy to know that Washington, D.C., timeshare rentals will keep your trip budget-friendly and relaxing.

You can rent a timeshare at the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria in Virginia where timeshare rentals currently start at just $79/night. Or stay at or at Wyndham’s Vacation Resorts at National Harbor in Maryland, where currently timeshare rentals start at $75/night.

Both timeshare resorts have easy access to the Metro which will whisk you to a stop by the National Mall in just minutes.

Photo Credit (top): clyburn.house.gov
Photo Credit (center): washingtonblade.com
Photo Credit (bottom): baltimoresun.com

Friday, January 18, 2013

5 Best New Travel Gadgets for Your 2013 Timeshare Vacation

To make your timeshare vacation easy and fun, head for the newest electronic travel gadgets that were just unveiled at CES.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a major technology-related trade show, one of the biggest in the world, held each January in Las Vegas. The 2013 show, which ran from January 8-11, was  the largest ever, with over 20,000 new electronic gadgets launched by over 3250 exhibitors.

Among the many television, computer, and cell phone innovations were a number of exciting gadgets just for the traveler. CNN Travel chose their Top 5 picks:

1. Y-Cam Home Monitor (see top photo) – Leave home without it. From Y-cam Solutions Ltd comes the Home Monitor security system. Connect the camera to your home network via Wi-Fi or cable, create an account, then start viewing.

Once you’re set up, you can head away on vacation without fear of leaving your property empty. There’s a function to record short clips when people near your front door. Users can check in via mobile, tablet, computer or TV so there’s no need to feel disconnected or homesick anymore.

2. Poloroid iM1836 - Snap. Connect. Share. The iM1836 is the world’s first Android-powered smart camera with interchangeable lenses. Better shots are possible thanks to a 10-30mm optical zoom lens combined with Android’s user-friendly 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

There’s no need to keep your travel bragging for your return from vacation. Photo sharing apps allow you to upload your pics to social media without delay via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

3. Fitbug OrbThermostats for your life. You stand a better chance of keeping your New Year fitness resolution with the Fitbug Orb. The button-sized activity tracker is Bluetooth compatible so your health data can be sent to a mobile app in real time.

Especially useful when you use your timeshare resort fitness facilities, another interesting function for travelers is the sleep tracker, which records body movement overnight to analyze your sleep and times of wakefulness. Users can then draw links between sleeplessness and sugar binges, for example, then work toward personalized healthy living targets.

4. Spare One - Cheap calls and big buttons. If you've ever freaked-out at a post-trip phone bill, the Spare One might be the way forward.

All it needs is one AA battery and a local SIM card to make and receive calls without astronomical fees. The one-touch emergency services button is hard to miss.

5. Martian Voice Command Watche – Forget E.T.- now you too can phone home easily. "The Martians are coming" was Martian Watches' tagline during CES and it fits. These watches act like phones, making and receiving calls and receiving and answering text messages.

They're Bluetooth-enabled and operate on both Apple’s iOS and Android platforms. All that voice-powered cleverness and it still manages to look like an understated, even classy, timepiece.

The “Passport” model (left in photo) was announced as a finalist in the Best of CES Awards. In addition to the “Passport” and “Victory” models pictured, the "G2G" comes with a sporty-looking silicone strap in a choice of five colors.

Use these great travel gadgets on your next timeshare vacation when you enjoy a timeshare rental in many fascinating destinations all around the globe.

Photo Credits: travel.cnn.com

Source: CNN Travel

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Timeshare Travel – Take a Private Jet to Explore Thailand

Thailand is known as the land of smiles due to its welcoming and friendly people. Take a Thailand timeshare vacation and prepare to take in breath taking, stunning views at one of the worlds natural beauty hot spots. 

Thailand is steeped deeply in history with many fascinating monuments and temples to discover and what better way to take in the many sights this country has to offer than to take a Private Jet trip.

The great thing about private jet tours is that you get to maximize your sightseeing time in your chosen country, avoiding the queues of the airports and enlisting the support of experts who can recommend the best places to visit during your stay.

With Thailand spanning from the northern regions on the border of Laos and Cambodia, a Private Jet trip allows you to avoid the busy and often dangerous roads to reach the capital of Bangkok and the southern coastal areas in no time at all.

Start your trip with the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (see top photo), Bangkok’s largest and most impressive temple. Located within the walls of the Grand Palace and its gardens, this temple is home to the highly regarded Emerald Buddha which sits high up among the lavish gold leaf platforms and pillars, measuring just 2 feet tall.

For some light entertainment, there are plenty of traditional performances for you to consider. In particular, the Joe Lois Puppet Theatre is very popular and not to be overlooked. For something a little more adult, you can always head into the hustle and bustle of Pattaya to take in one of the exotic dance shows.

Returning to your private jet prepare to take off for the northern regions of Thailand to Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally-significant city in northern Thailand. As night falls, a trip to Chiang Mai is not complete without visiting the famous night market (see photo left) where you will be amazed by the hundreds of stalls offering an eclectic mix of handcrafts, fashion, food and local wares.

This is the perfect place to pick up your souvenirs at a fraction of the price in Bangkok, and you might even be tempted to sample some of the more unusual foods cooked up right in front of you.

Heading back toward Bangkok it is certainly worth stopping off at Ayuthaya. This sacred city was the former capital of Thailand and is home to many ancient temples and monuments. Located within close proximity of one another, hiring a tuk tuk driver for the day is a great way to get around the sites with relative ease and relaxation.

With a diverse mix of temples, beaches, mountains and markets, Thailand really does have something to offer everybody. A private jet tour of this vibrant kingdom is sure to delight you and deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime.

Check out Thailand timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges.

Our guest author, Peter Smith, is a business person who loves travel, and enjoys writing about his travel experiences around the world. He prefers Clay Lacy charter jet for travel in various countries.

Photo Credit (top): travelnix.com
Photo Credit (center): chaingmaiontour.com
Photo Credit (bottom): art.com

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

12 Months of Travel Resolutions for Your 2013 Timeshare Vacation - Part 3

New Year’s Resolutions are meant to be kept all year long. Whether a timeshare vacation every month is practical or not for you, these 12 months of New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 travel are sure to inspire, no matter when you go. We’re taking a look at this list offered by Huffington Post, in a 3-part series.

9. September - See the Aspens Turn. Although it's not the reds, oranges and magentas of New England, the Rocky Mountains have a charm all their own in fall, and if you haven't seen a million aspen trees turn golden against a brilliant blue sky, you really should.

A perfect home-base is Estes Park, Colorado, on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, where you'll be perfectly situated on one end of the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway,, a 55-mile long route that showcases the views along the Continental Divide. But don't wait - colors change quick at high altitude and are usually at their best right around the third week of September.

Find a Colorado timeshare rental anywhere in the Rockies for magnificent golden aspen leaf-peeping.

10. October - Scare Yourself Silly. Halloween isn't just for kids' costumes and copious amounts of candy - it's celebrated all around the world from the not-so-scary theme at Disney parks to hair-raising legendary haunted locales. Get inspired to put on a costume of your own - and a brave face – for a Halloween getaway.

York, England, with buildings as old as 700 years and an annual spooky lights festival called "Illuminating York," is known as Europe's most haunted town and is the perfect place to take a ghost tour and spend a memorable haunted holiday.

Have a budget-friendly timeshare vacation in the U.K. with an England timeshare rental.

11. November - Visit the Nation's Birthplace. This Thanksgiving, make the pilgrimage to Plymouth, MA, and visit the birthplace of this favorite American holiday. Rent a Massachusetts timeshare, where you can still make the traditional Thanksgiving foods your family loves, and enjoy seeing the sights and making new traditions.

For an authentic taste of seventeenth century life, don't miss Plimoth Plantation (the historic spelling of "Plymouth"). With the help of role-playing tour guides your family will be immersed in the world of this country's forefathers.

12. December - Go on the Ultimate Christmas Shopping Trip. Much of what we consider a part of a traditional Christmas celebration can be traced to the centuries-old Christmas Markets in Germany. For the ultimate holiday shopping, try one or more of the hundreds of Christmas Markets all around Germany.

Or stay in the U.S. and enjoy heady shopping in New York City, with its signature Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and the department store windows world-famous for their Christmas decorations.

You can stay right in downtown Manhattan on a budget with a New York City timeshare rental.

12 Months of Travel Resolutions for Your 2013 Timeshare Vacation - Part 1 
12 Months of Travel Resolutions for Your 2013 Timeshare Vacation - Part 2

Source: Huffington Post

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Moscow

Golden Dome Orthodox Church, Moscow, Russia, submitted by S. Noble, Illinois.

Since the fall of communism and the collapse of the U.S.S.R. Christianity has thrived in Moscow. Today there are a number of beautiful churches open to the public for tours.

Check out the many timeshare rentals available around the world.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

12 Months of Travel Resolutions for Your 2013 Timeshare Vacation - Part 2

Whether a timeshare vacation every month is practical or not for you, these 12 months of New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 timeshare travel are sure to inspire, no matter when you go. We’re taking a look at this list offered by Huffington Post, in a 3-part series.

5. May - Get Away with the Girls, Mom. To all you moms out there: you may feel like you should plan a family getaway for Mother's Day, but you just might enjoy a getaway with the girls. Where should you go? You could play in Las Vegas or shop in New York City, but your wish list probably includes a beach trip –Cancun! After some fun in the sun, you'll come back to reality refreshed and ready to haul the kids around again.

There are some amazing timeshare rental deals in Cancun. For example, you can get a timeshare rental at the Aventura Spa Palace (exclusive to adults – and isn’t that the idea?) starting at just $15/night (that’s not a typo).

6. June - Learn to Fish. Those pictures of kids fishing with their dads and grandpas tug at the heartstrings because so many of us have those memories. Recreate those fun times with your kids while dropping a line in British Columbia. Several freshwater lakes stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout dot the area around Vancouver. Fishing here is family friendly, and kids under 16 don't need a license. For older teens and adults, get your Canada freshwater fishing license online and get out there.

Check out Canada timeshare rentals for Vancouver and other areas of Canada such as Banff National Park.You can stay at the Pacific Shores Resort and Spa in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island for just $99/night.

7. July - Go on a Summer Road Trip. Please, can we agree to never have another "Staycation" again? Pack up the family roadster with enough junk food and electronic devices to while away the miles and go away for a week of swimming, boating, horseback riding, sandcastle making or whatever else you can find within a few hours' drive from home, and make it a Nearcation, instead.

Wherever you live you can find a great timeshare rental deal just a few miles from home.

8. August - Play Like a Kid. Put on those Mickey Mouse ears and take the entire family to the original Happiest Place on Earth – Disneyland. Why August? Because everything is open late during the summer so you can play long into the night. Plan a mid-week visit, like Wednesday or Thursday to manage Disneyland’s busy time of year.

Anaheim timeshare rentals – all just a mile or less from the park – start at just $86/night.

12 Months of Travel Resolutions for Your 2013 Timeshare Vacation - Part 1

Source: Huffington Post

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Friday, January 11, 2013

12 Months of Travel Resolutions for Your 2013 Timeshare Vacation - Part 1

The year 2013 is becoming the Year of Inspiration – New Year’s Resolutions that are fun to keep, and can actually inspire you to create greater joy in your life.

Whether taking a timeshare vacation every month is practical or not for you, these 12 months of New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 travel are sure to inspire, no matter when you go. We’ll take a look at this list offered by Huffington Post, in a 3-part series.

1. January - Catch Snowflakes on your Tongue. Wouldn't it be fun to catch snowflakes from the chair lift in between runs while visiting Steamboat Springs, Colorado? Nearly 50 inches of snow had already blanketed the resort's base by the end of December. The Rockies are getting snow, so bundle up and go play in it.

A timeshare rental at Steamboat Springs starts at just $114/night.

2. February - Fall in Love with a New Place. Maybe a little getaway is just the thing to break you and your honey out of that Valentine's Day rut. Explore Sanibel Island, Florida, by boat tour, bicycle or carriage ride and find a fresh seafood place that overlooks the water. For a winter getaway the warm weather here is sublime.

Sanibel is known for its extra large quantities of seashells that cover the beaches. People who are lucky enough to find a shell of a junonia while shelling on Sanibel, often get their picture in the local newspapers. The junonia is very difficult to find and is greatly prized $100

Timeshare rentals on Sanbel Island start at just $100/night.

3. March - Play Ball! Take the kids to a spring training game. There’s something special about seeing your favorite team up close at a Cactus League spring training game in Phoenix where the park is small and the weather is darn-near perfect. Twelve of the Cactus League teams practice in the metro Phoenix area, and the other 3 work out in Tucson.

Thus, for any baseball fan looking to get a jump start on the season, the Cactus League offers a veritable smorgasbord of teams and games all within hand's reach. The world champion San Francisco Giants will prepare for the 2013 season under the sunny Arizona skies at Scottsdale Stadium.

Rent a timeshare at the Scottsdale Camelback Resort for just $100/night.

4. April - Go, and Smell the Flowers. Spring explodes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - so put on your hiking boots and go out to welcome it! Known this time of year as the “Wildflower National Park,” this is the most-visited National Park in the U.S.

Most roads are open after the winter closures and the weather is warming up the lower elevations in April, making it the perfect time to glory in the remarkable beauty of springtime.

Gatlinburg is the Gateway to the Park, where you can stay in a timeshare rental for just $81/night.

Source: Huffington Post

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