Friday, March 29, 2013

Disney’s Easter Basket for your Timeshare Vacation

Easter is all about sunshine, and flowers, and Easter eggs, and church services, and Easter bunnies, and - a Disney timeshare vacation will give all of these special elements of Easter to your family in one wonderful basket.

At Walt Disney World start with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny who are decked out in their Easter finery to great guests at Bunny Lane in the Magic Kingdom, and then follow them as they join sparkling butterflies, brilliantly colored springtime flowers, and even dancing Hippos for an Easter Parade down Main Street. 

Then Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny hop over to Epcot to join in the fun of an Easter Egg hunt at the United Kingdom Pavilion.

While you’re in Epcot, be sure to check out other Easter Egg hunts, such as the one held each day in Future World East, and at the Heritage Gardens at the American Adventure Pavilion.

Many other Easter activities are held for guests staying at the various Disney Resorts. These include pool parties, games, Easter crafts, Easter Egg hunts, egg relays, and movies.

You can meet The Main Street Poodle Society Ladies in Town Square, and they will also appear with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny at the Pre-Parade show.

Walt Disney World will be celebrating Easter with religious services on Sunday March 31, 2013 at the Contemporary Resort in the Fantasia Ballroom. The schedule for services will be: Catholic Mass – 8 am and 10:15 am Protestant Service – 9 am

At Disneyland you can great Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny in the Town Square, and then join them and some of their long-eared friends, along with the Dapper Dans, and, of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, for a Bunny Hop dance on Main Street, U.S.A.

At Disney California Adventure you can hunt for oversized Easter Eggs throughout Redwood Creed Challenge Trail for a Wilderness Explorer Easter Egg Hunt. Track them down by following the clues and solving the puzzle, to earn your Spring Egg-tivity Badge.

Check out this sneak preview of the fun your family can have with a Disneyland Easter.

Disney Resorts timeshare rentals start at just $130/night.

Stay in an Anaheim timeshare rental for as little as $86/night.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Timeshare Travel – 4 Top Activities for a Nice Day in San Francisco

Many a traveler to San Francisco has been seduced by visions of sun-soaked California, clear sunsets over the Golden Gate, and warm nights at a baseball game, only to discover that Mark Twain was correct when he said, “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”.

But this means that when the warm sunny days come around, they are that much more special, and there are so many amazing things to do in San Francisco as far as outdoors activities are concerned that you won’t know which to choose from – which is why I’m here to help.

1. The Presidio.
A paradise for outdoor lovers, the Presidio is a sprawling green space of thick forests, spectacular views, and hiking paths that rise above the Pacific along the west end of the city.

For over two hundred years the land served as a military base, but it was finally turned over to the public, and many of the buildings have been converted into museums, including a barracks-turned-Disney exhibit and an impressive Exploratorium.

2. Fisherman’s Wharf.
Yes, it may be as touristy as it gets, but there is a reason why over twelve million people visit Fisherman’s Wharf each year. The mile-long stretch of waterfront is a bustling concentration of history, shopping, entertainment, and some of the best people watching around.

Personally, it’s the food that lures me in. On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than walking down Pier 39, getting a bread-bowl of the freshest chowder you’ll find on this side of the country, and enjoying the street-performances.

Being the ocean-lover that I am, I somehow always end up inside the Aquarium of the Bay, mesmerized by the shark exhibits. For those who have never been, I also suggest taking a half-day trip from the Wharf to Alcatraz Island via one of the ferries that shuttle back and forth.

3. Golden Gate Park.  New York City has Central Park and San Francisco has Golden Gate Park (which is actually bigger. Just saying). With lakes, gardens, fishing, hiking, wildlife, museums, and recreation areas, the park really has something for everyone.

When the summer sun comes out, the city-goers flock to Golden Gate Park, yet with such an expansive space there is always somewhere to find solitude.

I like to spread out a blanket in a grove alongside one of the gentle waterfalls with a book for company. Later I stroll over to the California Academy of Sciences, which after 6pm, has a twenty-one+ nightlife event. I’ll spend the evening exploring the indoor rainforest and aquariums with cocktail in hand, and make sure to give cheers to the looming T-Rex skeleton in the dinosaur exhibit.

4. Baker Beach. San Francisco isn't the city to come to for a bronzing, but when the beach days do come around, Baker Beach is the place to be.

The beach practically sits under the Golden Gate, where the stretches of sand turn to rocky outcrops as you approach closer to the Golden Gate base. Expect stellar views of the landmark.

Be careful, if you wander too far north you’ll reach the original site of the Burning Man Festival, and many of those now-old free spirits lay out with nothing left to the imagination. Trust me, I learned my lesson the hard way.

Baker Beach sits right under The Presidio, and the historic lookout posts and artillery guns going back to the 19th century still rest atop the hills behind the beach.

You will find many great timeshare rentals in San Francisco that start as low as $125/night.

Our guest author, Daniel Hogan, is a writer at Party Earth - a global media and entertainment company that publishes reviews and listings of the best social experiences around the world including: bars in Paris, pubs in London, beaches in Ibiza, plazas in Rome, parks in New York, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Timeshare Vacation – New York City’s Quintessential Easter Parade

Many large cities and small towns hold Easter parades around the world. But if you’re looking for the ultimate Easter Parade experience – plan a timeshare Easter vacation to New York City.

On Easter Sunday, (March 31, 2013) you have the opportunity to see Easter bonnets to the extreme as "paraders" wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. The area around St. Patrick's Cathedral is the ideal place to see the parade.

Now more formally known as the Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, this parade is not a formally organized event. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. the area along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets is closed to vehicular traffic, and folks wander the street admiring various Easter Bonnets and Easter outfits.

While this parade doesn't have any floats or marching bands, it is a spectacle nonetheless. From around the world people come to New York City to participate. Outfits range from elegant to outrageous. Anything and everything that can be made into an Easter hat – is.

After you’ve enjoyed Easter church services, perhaps at New York City's most famous church, St. Patrick's Cathedral, which first opened in 1879 and welcomes over 5 million visitors each year, you can have fun stopping by 5th Avenue the during the festivities.

Then head out to experience other Easter activities in this fascinating city, such as:

1. Easter Egg Events at The Children's Museum of Manhattan. Celebrate Easter at CMOM with an Easter egg scavenger hunt and Easter egg themed crafts.

2. Visit Peter Rabbit at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Hear about the magical world of Peter Rabbit and his friends in Mr. McGregor's Garden during lively book readings. Enjoy fun family crafts, and have your pictures taken with Mr. Rabbit himself!

3. Easter Weekend Greenwich Village History and Dessert Tour. Break a Lenten fast with a tour of sites associated with the history and personalities of the Village, from George Washington to Bob Dylan, with dessert stops in between where you’ll take in Lilac chocolate, saviodi cookies and more.

An Easter timeshare vacation can be budget-friendly with New York City timeshare rentals that start at just $143/night.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday - Cherry Blossoms

Cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Submitted by Wanda P., Indiana. 

Read about the National Cherry Blossom Festival held every spring in our Nation’s Capital. Plan a timeshare vacation for this year's festival, March 20 - April 14, 2013.  Peak bloom is predicted to be April 3-6.

Washington, D.C., timeshare rentals at the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria start at just $80/night.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Timeshare Vacation – Easter in Paris

Paris is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and especially so in spring. A timeshare vacation to Paris for Easter will be an experience the entire family will remember.

Include these activities in your Paris Easter plans:

1. Centre of National Monuments Easter Hunt. This institution is responsible for the management of most of the famous monuments and museums in France. For Easter the organization invites families to participate in treasure hunting activities in its different castles, archaeological sites, forts and gardens.

Re-discovering Easter through history in this fun and original way, you will search for clues, solving enigmas related to the history, architecture and the great historical characters that inhabited the different places where the hunt takes place. The reward at the end of the game: chocolate eggs for everyone!

2. Easter Services at Notre Dame de Paris (see top photo). Attend Easter Sunday services at one of the world’s most celebrated cathedrals. You’ll experience a Catholic service with Easter prayers and beautiful Gregorian chants on Easter Sunday.

There are also several Easter services planned for the Monday following Easter. Services are for the public and free - booking is neither necessary nor possible. You are advised to arrive early as Easter services fill up quickly. Be advised that all services are in French, unless the service is stipulated as an International service in which case both French and English are used.

3. Chocolate and Sweets. For most people, no Easter would be complete without chocolate. Luckily, Paris boasts some of the finest chocolate makers in the world, and Easter is a major occasion for these artisans and cocoa experts to show off their talents.

Hit Fauchon(Metro Madeleine) for particularly spectacular chocolate Easter eggs, chickens and bells, and other concoctions. (In France there is no Easter Bunny – instead a church bell that has been blessed in Rome flies over the country dispensing Easter goodies to children.) Patrick Roger’s boutique on Boulevard St Germain is also usually host to some spectacular Easter creations fashioned out of chocolate.

4. Paris City Parks. To truly enjoy the beauty of Easter in springtime Paris, organize your own Easter goodies hunt in one of Paris’s exceptional parks. Many unusual Easter confections can be found in the local Paris supermarkets if you don’t want to pay the prices of the high-end chocolatiers.

Easter in Paris can be budget-friendly with a Paris timeshare rental.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Break – Timeshare Getaway for Adults Only!

The March RedWeek newsletter asks – Do you find yourelf getting lost in the daily demands of family and career? Are you neglecting yourself and your significant other?

It might be time to pack your bags for an adult getaway. RedWeek just so happens to have timeshare rentals at resorts that cater to adults only.

1. Aventura Spa Palace, Cancun - a luxury, all-inclusive, adults-only resort, sitting on 85 acres of virgin jungle and spacious lawns and gardens. The resort is oriented toward the spectacular Mexican Caribbean.

Protected and secluded by a natural rock and coral formation, guests find a beautiful carved inlet of transparent, turquoise waters bordering 660 feet of white sand, creating an exclusive and secure hideaway.

Aventura Spa Palace timeshare rentals start at just $29/night.

2. Sandals Grande Riviera, Jamaica - this entire resort is adults-only, and on-site has eleven dining options, six swimming pools - two with swim up pool bars – and live entertainment.

The hillside villas have private pools, a shuttle to the private beach club where you can swim, scuba dive, snorkel, windsurf, kayak, and sail.

Timeshare rentals at Sandals Grande Riviera start at $171/night.

3. Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, Playa del Carmen – recreates a typical Mexican hacienda and blends seamlessly into the local scenery at the heart of the Mayan Riviera, a protected area which still contains many traces of the fascinating Mayan civilization.

This resort offers exclusive activities and services, such as an adults-only pool and jacuzzi, and an exclusive beach section.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort timeshare rentals start at just $36/night.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Plan a Timeshare Vacation to Attend Canada’s Tulip Festival

During the two weeks of Canada's Tulip Festival in Ottawa millions of blooming tulips turn Canada's capital city into a mosaic of colors. Plan a timeshare vacation for this year’s festival May 6-23, 2013.

Canada’s Tulip Festival has been celebrated since World War II as a symbolic representation of the friendship between Netherlands and Canada when Juliana, the queen of Netherlands, along with her children, took refuge in Canada.

At the end of the war 100,000 tulip bulbs were sent to Ottawa as a thank you gift from the Netherlands for the role played by the Canadian soldiers in its liberation.

Since then 10,000 tulip bulbs are sent every year to Ottawa by both the Dutch royal family and the International Flower Bulb Center.

Along with its historical importance Canada's Tulip Festival is also celebrated in Celebrate, a forum for honoring the power of ideas, when celebrities and statesmen deliver lectures in Major's Hill Park.

This festival of international friendship is also celebrated by over 20 embassies and international organizations that set up booths at in the blue-and-white striped International Pavilion tents.

You’ll see demonstrations of flowing Japanese calligraphy and exhibits of delicate Russian nesting dolls. Several traditional concerts are also performed by the international musicians at the Friendship Stage.

Ottawa reflects a variety of different cultures in its restaurants during the Canada's Tulip Festival. In food stalls around the festival venue you can enjoy various lip smacking international flavors as well as Canadian cuisine.

Try the classic Quebecois dish of French fries, Ottawa's own Beaver Tails (deep-fried dough covered in butter, sugar and cinnamon), and squeaky cheese curds in brown gravy.

Ottawa’s parliamentary buildings and monuments all become a part of Canada's Tulip Festival, giving you even more reason to visit Canada’s capital city.

Canada's Tulip Festival provides a wonderful lifetime experience to visitors.

Check out the timeshare rentals available throughout Canada.

Our guest author, Kelly Smith, works with My Med Holiday, a medical tourism company that provides the best medical treatment and services.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Timeshare Travel – First Day of Spring and Cherry Blossoms

If you’re planning a Spring Break timeshare vacation, why not go where spring is literally bursting out all over– Washington, D.C., and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Beginning on the First Day of Spring, March 20, 2013, and running through April 14, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate spring with the blooming of nearly 3,750 Yoshino cherry trees, gifts from Japan.

Peak blossom time, defined as the opening of at least 70% of the cherry blossoms, is predicted this year to be April 3-6.

The Festival kicks off on March 20 with the annual Pink Tie Party, which features delicious spring-, cherry- and blossom-inspired cuisine and cocktails from the area's top chefs. The fundraiser benefits National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.”

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13 is the culmination of the planned events. Rain or shine, this popular parade makes its way down Constitution Avenue with vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor, colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, and exciting street performers.

There are a number of different types of tours from which you can choose as your special way to view the beautiful blossoms of this spring spectacular: from paddle-wheeler tours to Tidal Basin pedal boats; from “Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise” to “Cherry Blossom Afternoon Delight;” from “Bike and Roll” to private yacht.

In addition to viewing the cherry blossoms, plan to enjoy the D.C. Metro Food Tour: Experience the National Cherry Blossom Festival through the history, architecture and most importantly, local cuisine. “Expand and challenge the palette with an array of delicious dishes inspired by both cherries and the area’s Japanese influence.”

Washington, D.C., area timeshare rentals are budget-friendly and can make your Cherry Blossom spring break a delight.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – 9-11 Memorial

9-11 Memorial, New York City. Submitted by N. Perkins, Maryland.

Waterfalls cascade down all four sides of each pool that is created by the two “footprints” of the twin towers. The names of nearly 3000 victims of the terrorist attacks are inscribed in bronze plaques that line the two pools.

“Made sacred through tragic loss,” the Memorial is a place of remembrance and quiet reflection.

Although visitor passes are required, admission is free.

Find a budget-friendly timeshare rental in New York City.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Think Out of the Box – 4 Ideas for Your Spring Break Timeshare Vacation

You can go to Cancun, Aruba, or Florida’s Panama City, and have a rip-roaring fun Spring Break partying as you always have done. Or, this year you can choose someplace different for your timeshare vacation, and learn new ways of partying.

Here are four destinations you may not have thought about, but that could turn out to be your favorite Spring Break getaways.


1. Costa Rica.
March and April, the Spring Break months for Americans, is the perfect time to head to this fascinating Central American country. At the end of April Costa Rica gets ready for its rainy season, but before that the weather is fine for hiking through verdant rainforests, lounging along golden sands, and mingling with exotic animals. And because the off-season is fast approaching, you'll have an easier time scoring deals on airfares now.

A bonus to vacationing in Costa Rica for Spring Break is the amazing National Orchid Show (see top photo) held every March in the country’s capital city, San Jose.

Check out Costa Rica timeshare rentals.


2. Lake Tahoe.
When you plan a spring ski vacation to Lake Tahoe you get much more than just world-class skiing. Here you can enjoy skiing at more ski resorts and different kind of terrain than any other ski destination in North America.

Getting an average of 500 inches of snow a season, the runs at popular ski spots such as Squaw Valley USA, and Heavenly Valley, can stay open well into May. The snow is great, the temperatures are warmer, and the crowds are less. Give it a try for this year’s Spring Break.

Lake Tahoe timeshare rentals are available in four different areas around the lake.

3. St. Lucia. 
Here again the Spring Break months of March and April are good times to visit St. Lucia, well ahead of the Caribbean’s hurricane season. While the rest of the Spring Breakers are crowding Puerto Rico and Aruba you can soak up the beauty of this diminutive island.

You’ll find plenty to enjoy in the natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains. Where else can you “sail into a champagne sunset”?

It’s easy to find beautiful accommodations with timeshare rentals on St. Lucia.

4. New Orleans.
Mardi Gras may be over, but the party is just getting started in the Big Easy. Before the sticky summertime heat sets in, New Orleans takes to the streets to showcase some of the many aspects of Crescent City culture.

In April, on the heels of carnival season, the intoxicating aroma of New Orleans favorites (like crawfish and jambalaya) and grooves to Zydeco and brass-band tunes waft through the French Quarter during the French Quarter Festival (see photo right).

Timeshare Rentals in New Orleans makes a Spring Break vacation to this city budget-friendly.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Join Disney and Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Timeshare Vacation

For the “real deal” you don’t have to travel to Ireland for a fun St. Patrick’s Day experience. Instead, plan a timeshare vacation to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Walt Disney World 
Disney is doing it up with all things green and authentically Irish at Raglan Road, located at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.

Raglan Road, a true Irish pub with Dublin roots will be rocking with 10 top Irish bands, Irish dancers on multiple stages and a satisfying selection of Irish and craft beers, Irish whiskey, cocktails and inventive food. 

You can be authentic and order classics such as Shepherd’s Pie (with Chef Kevin Dundon’s twist), Irish Mist-glazed loin of bacon or Guinness and onion bangers on mash. And you’ll also be happy with the fish and chips from Cooke’s of Dublin counter-service.

With more than 50 musicians and dancers performing, plus face painting, stilt walkers and giveaways, the
Raglan Road St. Patrick’s Day party includes:

Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, leading Irish Dance Workshops Friday through Sunday, March 15 – March 17.

The Raglan Road Dancers, seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily Distinguished Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist Declan Masterson, recent touring musical director of Riverdance, leading Irish Music Workshops.

Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music and structured set-dancing event on Saturday, March 16, inviting guest participation.

“The Electric Ceili,” Sunday evening, March 17, brings together a host of Irish musicians and dancers 
Performances by: The Willis Clan, Nova Celtic, Girsa, Celtic Wave, Wyndbreakers, Three Dollar Band,
Raglan Road house band Creel, Johnny & Justin, and Albannach, with a new approach to percussion and Celtic music.

World-famous U2 tribute band Elevation, playing Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and March 17.

Disneyland Resort 
On a weekend when everyone wants to be Irish, Downtown Disney invites you to join in the spirit with a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Disneyland.

On March 16 and 17, Downtown Disney will offer special entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day celebrants on the West Side Main Stage and near the House of Blues.

Many of the Downtown Disney food locations will have special St. Patrick’s Day menu offerings including Guinness beer, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and the ever popular “Kiss Me I’m Irish” martini. 

And the youngsters will even be able to create a Lucky Clover Teddy Bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop. 

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Timeshare Travel - How to Take Advantage of Homeschooling

If you are a homeschooling parent, you know that you are a perfect candidate for timeshare vacations that can be both educational and fun.

Since your children’s education is more flexible in schedule, you can take a vacation while also taking the opportunity to do special projects with your kids. We often associate travel with recreation, but travel can also be used as an opportunity to learn new languages, history and art.

Plan Ahead. 
While homeschooling your kids, plan your travels well in advance. Chart out the lesson schedules for the duration of the trip. You must take all materials and books needed to help your children stay up to date with their lessons.

Scheduling Sightseeing as a Learning Activity.
It is important to schedule your educational sightseeing plans while keeping in mind your children’s needs. For example, children might get tired if they are forced to walk around a huge museum with no opportunity to run around and take a break. Look for museums and kid-friendly tours.

You can quiz your children on the various things they have seen or learned. You can also show your children places of historical interest during one half of the day and devote the other half tutoring them on topics that require sit down ‘book tutoring’ instead of the more ‘experiential tutoring’ you can do with field trips.

Research Local Educational Systems.
You may need to register in advance with a local library. This could also give you access to other resources like free passes or discounts to parks, natural forests, museums or educational theme parks.

Hiring a Tutor While Traveling Abroad.
If you think you will not be able to spend time teaching your children, it is better to look for tutors in the country you are traveling in beforehand. As an idea, you could plan a lesson segment on language studies and language tutoring.

Find language tutors who will be able to teach your children new languages and concepts about a new culture for further world exposure. Traveling and learning a new language is a great way to enhance your child’s studies and give them an opportunity to develop a well-rounded character.

Use Every Opportunity.
The biggest advantage of traveling while homeschooling your kids, is the flexibility it offers. You can use almost every opportunity to teach something to your kids. It could be moral values or a new culture or language.

Your everyday activities can be used to bring out the excitement of travelling and learning new things.

A timeshare rental vacation allows you to spend up to a week in the same city or resort where your children will have the time to enjoy learning about the area, customs, language, and culture.

An additional advantage of staying in a timeshare is that the condo-like accommodations provide your children with space and a proper table and chairs to support their studies – no perching on the side of a bed or sprawling on the floor of a cramped hotel room.

About the Author: Susan Cumberland has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Counselling and a B. Ed at the Secondary School level and has won many entrepreneurial awards including Entrepreneur of the Year. She is currently the owner of School is Easy Tutoring, one of the largest tutoring companies in Vancouver, B.C., which offers tutors for all subjects, including languages.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Timeshare Travel – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 5 Cities Around the World

While many famous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place in America, including New York City, Chicago and Boston, other cities around the world also get in on the wearin’ o’ the green and the celebration of all things Irish.

Plan a timeshare vacation and experience St. Patrick’s Day in different accents!

1. Dublin, Ireland. What better place to celebrate this most famous Irish holiday than in Ireland? Last year, an estimated 500,000 festive folks flocked to the city to celebrate the holiday and enjoy a few authentic pints.

This year, the city is putting a spin on its annual parade with a new theme of the "People's Parade," allowing 8,000 people from around the world to sign up to be in the ceremony and take in the electrifying atmosphere as they march down the historic streets.

Some of the city's historical buildings will light up in festive colors for the Greening of the City. And while in Dublin be sure to pay a visit to the Guinness brewery to enjoy a fine beer straight from the source.

2. Florence, Italy. It may not seem like your typical St. Patrick's Day destination, but from March 17th through March 22nd, Florence honors the patron saint of Ireland with a 'Festa Irlandese,' or Irish Festival. 

During this festival, the city offers an Italian spin on the holiday while also hosting pub crawls and live music. If you’re interested in the ultimate Irish pub experience Italian-style - head to Finnegan's, which is said to be the only Irish-owned pub in the city.

3. London, England. London's St. Patrick’s Day celebration drew over 100,000 visitors last year. London hosts a holiday festival at Trafalgar Square that's full of Irish traditions such as music and dance, which are perfect for families and free to enjoy. In addition, London offers more authentic Irish-owned pubs than any other city outside of the Emerald Isle, where you can enjoy some of Europe's finest - and oldest - Irish whiskeys and beers.

4. Sydney, Australia. This down-under city boasts a gigantic St. Patrick's Day Parade of its own, complete with an overarching narrative and themed floats, and is most notable for its party scene. On St. Patrick’s Day the Sydney pubs and bars stay open until the wee hours, serving up traditional Irish music and Jameson in equal proportion.

Those with stronger stomachs and more grandiose party appetites can also check out the St. Patrick's Day Booze Cruise, which sails through Sydney Harbor for three crazy hours of holiday celebration.

5. Buenos Aires, Argentina. In March, Buenos Aires boasts near-perfect weather, and when you take into account it has the fifth largest Irish community globally, there may be no better time than the present to pay a visit to Argentina.

With narrow streets and its very own city-wide parade, Buenos Aires offers an authentic experience, as well as a crowded, rambunctious city geography that lends itself to international celebrations like this one.

Traveling the globe is easy and budget-friendly when you stay in a timeshare rental or timeshare exchange.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Northern Lights

Spectacular aurora borealis captured by Randolph S., California, in Bettles, Alaska, at the Arctic Circle.

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Check out great timeshare rentals and timeshare resales available around the world.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Timeshare Vacation - Epcot's International Flower and Garden Show is for Kids, Too


The 20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival began March 6, 2013, and will continue through May 19th. You have time to plan a great timeshare vacation to Orlando and Walt Disney World to enjoy learning about blooming flowers from your favorite HGTV personalities, see your favorite Disney characters in dazzling topiary displays, and wander through sparkling lighted gardens at night.

While much of the Festival is geared to adults, this year there are some fun activities that are just kid-related. 

1. Garden to Table: Kids TRYIt. Utilizing The Magic of Healthy Living program for kids, Kids TRYit will spotlight many fresh foods in The Garden Marketplaces. Teaching people how food is actually grown and turns into diverse dishes, the TRYit logo encourages kids to try the “garden to table” menu, such as: 


  • Beet Lollipop (Intermissions Café in the Festival Center) 
  • Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney (The Cottage, United Kingdom) 
  • Lasagna Primavera (Primavera Kitchen, Italy) 
  • Spring Pancake with Grilled Chicken and Green Apple (Lotus House, China) 
  • Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries (Florida Fresh) 
  • Ratatouille Tarte with Goat Cheese (L’Orangerie, France) 
  • Moroccan Sweet Pancake (Taste of Marrakesh, Morocco) 
  • Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil (The Cottage, United Kingdom) 


2. The Land of Oz. Showcasing the new Disney film Oz, The Great and Powerful, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has created the Land of Oz interactive play area for kids.

The movie tells the back-story of Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician, who in his hot-air balloon, is hurled by a tornado away from a Kansas carnival to the Land of Oz, where he meets three witches and is drawn into the epic problems of the inhabitants of Oz.

In the Land of Oz play area kids can follow in the footsteps of Oz The Great and Powerful by playing carnival games in a circus-themed area. Red-and-white tents offer all kinds of midway games, plus fun photo opportunities.

The next stop is the “Land of Oz Play Area”, where bubbles fill the air, and where kids can play on equipment adorned with giant flowers, and see The Great and Powerful Oz’s crashed hot-air balloon.

Guests can also wander through the “Oz Movie Garden,” which will feature lush, unusual plants inspired by the Land of Oz, including a bed of yellow pansies arranged to resemble a very familiar brick road—plus some dazzling red glass poppies. 

These amazing glass poppy creations were prepared especially for The Land of Oz Garden by artist/sculptor Craig Mitchell Smith using his own elaborate technique of cutting, heating, shaping and reheating each flower—a process that takes four days per poppy!

And the character topiaries are better than ever. This quick video will give you a sneak peak.

Disney timeshare rentals start at just $130/night. Or check out Greater Orlando timeshare rentals that start as low as $71/night.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Take a Timeshare Vacation to Walt Disney World for the Amazing Kinsey Collection

New at Epcot and opening today is the stunning collection owned by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, which showcases “the African-American story of determination, courage, hope, struggle and inspiration.”

Plan a timeshare vacation to Walt Disney World to see this remarkable exhibit at the American Adventures Pavilion in Epcot.

Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection, is an exhibit that includes over 40 artifacts collected from 90 countries. Art, documents and other treasures represent more than 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution.

While at Walt Disney World, the Kinsey Collection will receive the Disney signature touch of special storytelling. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes look at Epcot’s Kinsey Collection exhibit with the Kinsey’s son, Khalil Kinsey .
The Kinseys are guided by the principle of “to whom much is given, much is required,” and “strive to live a life of no regrets.”

Married over 40 years, this successful couple has raised millions of dollars for numerous organizations and college programs. Their passion for African American history, art and culture has resulted in amassing one of the largest private collections of African American art and documents in the world.

Disney timeshare rentals start at just $130/night.

Or check out Greater Orlando timeshare rentals that start as low as $71/night.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Titanic Tours Of Belfast

Did you know that the HMS Titanic, one of the most famous ships ever produced by England, was actually built in Belfast, Ireland? A timeshare vacation to Ireland would now not be complete without visiting the Titanic attractions in Belfast.

Since opening in 2008 the Titanic attractions in Belfast have played host to over 1,000,000 visitors. Titanic Belfast® extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way – from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise.

The tour experience goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration center.

Rebated Titanic Tours
The tours range from tailored programs to short visits to specific locations and tours spread over time to make the visit ever more pleasurable. Play the VIP by obtaining the Belfast Visitor Pass to travel on all Metros, NI Railways or enjoy the Ulster bus service and concessions, a great facilitator to the different parts of the attraction throughout the city.

A bonus is enjoying the food and drink in numerous restaurants and cafes with rebate rates because of the card.

Tour Ireland
Custom-styled tours according to your time and interests can take you to the countryside or a visit along the coast to learn about the history and culture of the land. Tour guides possess the highest tourist-guide certification in Northern Ireland, who are trained to provide you with information, and may speak international languages such as German, French and Chinese. For the special guides, tourist groups are listed with the Northern Ireland Tourist Organization.

Take a boat trip to the coastal areas and river inlets to enchant yourself with the scenes of the Emerald Island. A lake tour of Lough Neagh and Fermanagh lake lands will bathe you in tranquility, and you can enjoy fishing in a river teaming with fish. Or plan a boat trip into Belfast which was a rich maritime hub.

Any Belfast tour is incomplete without a visit to the prime important locations of the Titanic affiliations. Distance tours are not limited to hours, but to days in which one can have night out to enjoy the hospitality of Ireland. You can even take a meal in the very home of Titanic survivors, but now with the grand children. 

Check out the available timeshare rentals in Ireland.

Our guest author, Serven, is a professional blogger and writes articles about many different subjects. He is currently working for the tourism industry, specifically in relation to The Titanic.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Start Your Spring Break Timeshare Vacation Planning with the Amazing Island of Kaua’i

It’s March – and that not only means St. Patrick’s Day and, this year, Easter, but it’s also the month of Spring Break. Whether you’re a student or not, you do deserve a break, and there’s no better place to take a well-deserved timeshare getaway than Hawaii’s island of Kuau’i.

No island knows romance like the Garden Isle. Readers of Travel + Leisure recently voted Kaua‘i as the most romantic island in the U.S. As stated in the magazine, readers chose Kaua‘i for its “dramatic scenery – primeval rainforest and photo-ready waterfalls.” The publication also noted that Kaua‘i “has enough film credits to rival those of an A-list actor, including The Descendants, Avatar, and the steamy noir Body Heat.” 

The 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s most famous concert, Aloha From Hawai‘i, was celebrated on Kaua‘i with a wonderful event and fundraiser on January 18, called “Kaua‘i Loves Elvis!”

In tribute to Kaua‘i’s enduring ties to the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the event at the Kauai Marriott Resort On Kalapaki Beach featured a performance by Elvis Presley tribute artist Tim Welch.

The figures are in and Kaua‘i’s visitor industry enjoyed an outstanding year in 2012. Visitor arrivals to Kaua‘i increased by 7.3% to 1,084,868 visitors – one of our best years in recent memory. The island’s appeal was demonstrated by the fact that more than half of those visitors – 587,023 – stayed only on Kaua‘i, an increase of 9.6%.

International visitor arrivals to Kaua‘i, grew by 10.6% to 107,407 for the year. Visitor expenditures on Kaua‘i jumped significantly by 20.1% – the best year-over-year increase of all the islands – to $1.4 billion. 

Increased travel demand for Kaua‘i generated more flights, as seen in the 13.5% growth in air seats for 2012. Total air seats to Kaua‘i is expected to increase in 2013, especially with Alaska Airlines launching nonstop service to L¯ıhu‘e from San Diego on June 7, 2013.

Other exciting information about Kaua'i:
 ■ Tidepools restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa (see photo right), which is awarded Honolulu Magazine’s prestigious Hale 'Aina award for fine dining in Kauai year after year, was also recognized as one of the top 100 Romantic restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable. com.

 ■ Kaua‘i Museum is hosting a “Hawaiian Pa‘ina” the first Friday of every month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For just $15,enjoy the award winning culinary favorites of Chef Mark Oyama along with live Hawaiian music in the newly renovated courtyard.

 ■ Roberts Hawaii has introduced its “Sunny” round-trip transportation service between resorts in Lihue/Kapaa, Poipu, and Priceville, and Lihue Airport.

Take advantage of the many Kauai timeshare rentals available. Or, buy a Kauai timeshare on the resale market so timeshare travel to Kauai can always be yours.

Photo Credit (top): gohawaii.com
Photo Credit (center): bizjournal.com
Photo Credit (bottom): kauai.hyatt.com

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – China

Lighted sculpture in downtown Shanghai submitted by Phyllis N., Los Angeles.

There are a number of timeshare exchanges available throughout the fascinating country of China.

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Monday, March 04, 2013

Timeshare Travel – Hilton Head Wine Festival

If you’re still in winter’s grip – a warm beach getaway is just what you need. The Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival kicks off March 4 and continues through March 9, 2013.

Talk about great “pairings” – you can’t beat fine wines and gourmet dining paired with one of the most popular timeshare vacation destinations in the country.

Celebrating its 28th Year, the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival is an opportunity for wine lovers and gourmands alike to sample outstanding domestic and international wines along with some of the Lowcountry’s finest cuisine.

Take a look at the many fun events planned:

1. Great Chefs of the South Wine Dinners. Each evening throughout the Festival you can enjoy award-winning wines and melt-in-your-mouth meals by some of the best chefs in the south.

2. Grand Tasting. Sample a variety of high-quality, domestic and international award-winning wines and gourmet delights. Wine representatives will be on hand from the vineyards and distributors to answer any questions.

An upscale selection of wines will also be available in the Grand Tasting Silent Auction.

3. Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and access to all of the tastings from domestic and international wineries and vineyards.

4. Grape Stomping Competition. A fun and lively competition that brings out the best of “I Love Lucy” in everybody – contest will include a “Lucy” look-alike contest.

5. Artisan Market. Enjoy a gourmand market featuring unique foods, arts and crafts, wine and Lowcountry specialty items - everything from olive oils and cheeses, to unique artwork and hand-made wine gift items.

6. Wine Fest Home Tour. This event, sponsored by Wyndham Vacation Club, features a tour of five homes within Sea Pines, a main vacation attraction on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The objective of the tour is to offer wine paired with a dish in each home, which can be served indoors or out, depending upon each setting. This is a great opportunity for visitors to “peek inside” Sea Pines and get a sense of its lush, naturally beautiful surroundings.

7. Other Fun Activities include:
Vines to Wines – a series of speakers and panel discussions
Celebrity Authors
Bartender’s Challenge and Waiter’s Race

There are many great Hilton Head timeshare rentals available.

Photo Credit (top): hiltonheadwineandfood.com
Photo Credit (bottom): hiltonheadwineandfood.com