Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Clearwater Beach, FL

Clearwater Beach, FL – submitted by Devon Jefferson, Colorado

Clearwater Beach dazzles with impeccable beaches and inviting waters. Caladesi Island, off the north end of the beach, was recognized as the nation's best by Dr. Beach in 2008.

At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you will find Winter the Dolphin, star of the movie Dolphin Tale. Winter swims with a prosthetic tale and the movie about its triumphs has struck a chord with adults and children alike.

Stay in a Tampa/St. Petersburg timeshare rental and enjoy the amazing Clearwater Beach area.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Fields of Wildflowers

'Tis the season to get lost in the best displays of wildflowers in the nation, suggests the April RedWeek Newsletter. Plan a springtime timeshare vacation where from tulips to poppies, lupine to columbine, fields of wildflowers draw visitors from around the world.

1. Harbortown Point, Ventura, CA, is just over an hour from the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, one of the best displays of poppies in the nation. Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat.

 The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through late May, Eight miles of trails through the gentle rolling hills make the park a wonderful place to hike and explore in any season.

Harbortown Point timeshare rentals start at $43/night. Resales start at $99/night.

2. Marriott's Canyon Villas at Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ is just west of the Superstition Mountains and an abundance of desert wildflowers. The Hieroglyphic Trail is located on the southwest corner of the Superstition Wilderness Area.

You will begin the hike at the Lost Gold Mine Trail sign and head straight up into a canyon. As you hike up this trail, take a moment to enjoy the mountains, the stately Saguaro cacti and look back down into the valley spread out with wildflowers.

Marriott’s Canyon Villas at Desert Ridge  timeshare rentals start at $114/night. Resales start at $3,000.

3. The Suites at Hershey, Hershey, PA, is just an hour-and-a-half from the stunning gardens at Longwood Gardens, a must-see, especially in the spring.

Longwood Gardens consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, in the Brandywine Creek Valley. It is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as take part in educational lectures, courses, and workshops.

The Suites at Hershey timehsare rentals start at $124/night. Sign up to be notified of new postings at this resort.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

How to Celebrate National Parks Week All Year with a Timeshare Vacation

Today, April 26, finishes the portion of National Parks Week, 2013, that offers free admission. However, the activities and fun of the week-long celebration of our National Parks continues through Sunday, April 28.

From the National Park Service:

  • Did you know that there are 401 national parks? That they include seashores, battlefields, historic homes, archaeological sites, and spectacular natural areas? 
  • Did you know there is at least one national park in every state? 
  • Did you know that 99 percent of counties in America have recreational facilities such as playgrounds and trails funded by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund?  

So, if you are looking for something fun and fantastic to do with family and friends, head out to America's national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience, not an exam. 

If you missed National Park Week, plan to explore a National Park on your next timeshare vacation. Each Park offers its own amazing beauty in every season of the year.

Here’s a Tip:
If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands - more than 2,000 in all.

This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents.

And mark these dates on your calendar – there are three more chances this year to visit America’s National Parks for free:

  • August 25 National Park Service Birthday 
  • September 28 National Public Lands Day 
  • November 9-11 Veterans Day weekend 

Many, many National Parks are located where you can find great vacation accommodations with timeshare rentals. For example:

A West Yellowstone timeshare rental will put you right next to Yellowstone National Park.

Stay in a Miami timeshare rental and visit Everglades National Park.

Choose one of the many Gatlinburg timeshare rentals, the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fascinating Florence, Italy – A Timeshare Vacation

Plan a timeshare vacation to Florence in the heart of Italy’s most famous region, Tuscany.

Picture a cool, evening breeze gently sweeping across your cheeks as you overlook Ponte Vecchio, mesmerized by the same view that some of the most powerful figures in history have witnessed.

Leaving the Ponte Vecchio and heading toward the Duomo, you navigate through picturesque cobblestone streets framed by light yellow villas adorned with olive green shutters. Music and laughter from tourists and students ricochet off the walls, fostering a lively vibe and a sense of wonder of this enchanting city.

But stop daydreaming and get out to explore this charming city and listed below are some of the amazing things to do in Florence to start your adventure!

Via dei Cazaiuoli 
When in Florence, do as the Florentines do - and shop! Via dei Cazaiuoli is the perfect location to get your fix of Italian fashion and one of the best locations for shopping in Florence. From high end clothing stores, such as Stefanel, Swarovski, and Furla, to shoe stores, like Leonardo’s Shoes and Bata, along with a number of authentic Italian goods shops, there is something for everyone in this section of Florence.

Piazza della Liberta 
When the day comes to an end and dusk descends upon the Florentine valley, the fun doesn’t stop as Florence comes alive at night. As you head back to your hotel to gear up for the evening, stop by the whimsical Piazza della Liberta to see the carousal illuminate the square with a brilliant arch serving as a backdrop.

Piazza Santa Croce 
Once you have made it back to your hotel, get ready for a night out in Piazza Santa Croce, donning your recently purchased Italian wardrobe. Before exploring this strip of bars and clubs, be sure to visit Basillica di Santa Croce, which is a scaled down version of the Duomo. From here, there are an assortment of bars like Red Garter and Lion’s Fountain, or clubs such as Twice and Club TwentyOne.

The Fish Pub
Before heading out to one of the many clubs in Florence, stop for drinks at The Fish Pub, a popular and very lively pub neighboring San Lorenzo market. Energetic crowds sway to top American hits with a crowd of locals and students surrounding The Fish Pub’s wooden bar.

Check out these Tuscany timeshare rentals, and timeshare exchanges throughout Italy.

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, April 24, 2013

Wyndham Vacation Ownership to Develop Margaritaville Vacation Club Resort on St. Thomas

Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), and Margaritaville Hospitality Group, broadly recognized as the hospitality industry leader in delivering fun and escapism, have jointly announced in a press release plans to re-develop the former Grand Beach Palace Resort, located on the northeast side of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Wyndham St. Thomas, a Margaritaville Vacation Club resort, is anticipated to open in late 2014 and will be the first resort of its kind in the world.

“There’s no lifestyle brand in the world that better represents what happens on vacation than Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville,” said Wyndham Vacation Ownership’s president and chief executive officer, Franz Hanning.

“We’re excited to partner with Jimmy in creating an experience like no other, in a place that offers the perfect setting for the ultimate vacation escape, Hanning said.

The 25-acre property, situated on a thousand-foot stretch of palm-fringed white sand beaches, will be the flagship property of the newly announced Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham.

“The lights of St. Thomas are no longer twenty miles west. I am back,” said Jimmy Buffett. “Like many sailors, I have at one time called Charlotte Amalie homeport.“

“The Virgin Islands, and the waters that surround them, netted me many memories that became songs and stories, and those memories are still with me today,” Buffet continued.

“That is why I am thrilled with the vision of Franz Hanning and the people of Wyndham who have brought Margaritaville Vacation Club full circle to St. Thomas. Now I really have a great excuse to get here more often,” Buffet said.

"I look forward to working with Wyndham and our friends on the island to make this project not only succeed, but be a landmark in the Virgin Islands – Let the fin begin!”

Photo Left: John Coblan, Margaritaville CEO, Franz Hanning, President and CEO of WVO, and Jimmy Buffet, unveil plans for the Margaritaville Vacation Club Resort on St. Thomas.
The beachfront property will undergo renovations in phases throughout the next three years, including the conversion of its 290 existing hotel rooms into 262 fully furnished condominium-style timeshare units. The d├ęcor, design and overall “vibe” of the renovation will reflect the Margaritaville brand.

From site amenities, activities and common areas to food and beverage options, the guests of the property will be fully immersed in the brand’s escapism and island lifestyle.

Current plans call for construction to begin this summer.

Check out Wyndham Vacation Club timeshare resorts for budget-friendly timeshare rentals around the world.

About Margaritaville 
Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a cross-generational yearning for an island adventure, Margaritaville delivers a tropical experience where guests can escape and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of their favorite tropical vacation dreams.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Flowers!

Springtime flowers at the botanic gardens in Washington, D.C., submitted by Scott Mendonhall, Chandler, AZ.

The United States Botanic Garden is located on the National Mall, just to the southwest of the U.S. Capitol, and is home to almost 10,000 living specimens, some of them over 165 years old.

Find budget-friendly Washington, D.C., area timeshare rentals at Wyndham Vacation Resorts at National Harbor, and at Wyndham’s Old Town Alexandria.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Celebrating Earth Day with Disney

Did you know that Earth Day, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom all share the same anniversary date, April 22?

Take a timeshare vacation to Walt Disney World to see how all three have a lot in common - with a shared mission to inspire people to make the world a better place for all its inhabitants.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) was established in 1995 on Earth Day, and since then, it has awarded more than $20 million to programs in 112 countries.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and The Walt Disney Company Foundation have contributed more than:

  • $5.6 million to protect birds 
  • $2 million to conserve primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas 
  • $1.4 million to study lions, tigers, leopards and other cats 
  • $1.2 million to research and protect elephants 
  • $1.1 million to conserve sea turtles 
  • $1 million to protect rhinos 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998 and is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Here are a few of the details of what’s planned for the park’s anniversary with the Earth Day Party for the Planet:

1. In “Africa” children learn how to identify animals by observing tracks and other clues.

2. In “Asia” families find out how choosing “green” products can make a big difference for wildlife and nature.

3. At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, families discover fun ways to spend time in nature and participate in activities inspired by the Disneynature films African Cats, Chimpanzee, and Wings of Life.

4. Guests also can talk with cast members who work on conservation projects around the world. Families can visit with specialists from Elemental Nursery and Just Plumerias, who will be on hand to feature their beautiful plants and topiaries, along with special guest appearances.

5. There will be face painting with a variety of animal images and the opportunity to pose for a fun portrait.

Plan a timeshare vacation to Disney’s Animal Kingdom any time during the year, where you’ll learn about wildlife conservation, and even have an opportunity to get up close and personal to many of our planets most amazing, and endangered, animals.

Check out timeshare rentals at Disney resorts, including the Villas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

You will also find many budget-friendly Greater Orlando timeshare rentals available.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Earth Day - 3 Carlsbad Timeshare Resorts Win RCI’s Green Awards

Earth Day 2013 is Monday, April 22. Just in time RCI has announced its Green Awards winners, and all three are timeshare resorts in Carlsbad, CA.

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort earned top honors as the Platinum RCI Green Award winner.

“We had many wonderful applicants for the second annual RCI Green Awards, which collectively demonstrates the key role the hospitality industry can play in protecting and having a positive impact on our environment,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI.

“These resort developers go above and beyond to incorporate sustainability efforts into their day-to-day operations, and we are proud to name them as RCI’s 2013 Green Award winners,” Gurnik said.

1. Grand Pacific Palisades Resort won the Platinum RCI Green Award for its substantial environmental efforts, a step up from last year when this resort won the Gold RCI Green Award.

From employee green trainings and weekly beach clean ups, to offering public transportation and using environmentally friendly green supplies, Grand Pacific Resorts exemplifies green practices.

The resort staff’s green achievements include the reduction of gas usage per occupied room from 11.07 therms to .83 therms from 2011 to 2012. The resort also recycled over 200 tons of materials last year alone.

2. The Gold RCI Green Award winner, Carlsbad Seapoint Resort, implemented a linen/towel exchange program, installed water-saving devices like low-flow showerheads and toilets in guest bathrooms, uses green cleaning supplies and promotes the use of public transportation for both employees and guests.

3. Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa  won the Silver RCI Green Award for its sizeable recycling program and paper conservation initiatives, its installation of motion detectors and energy-efficient light bulbs and its use of plants native to the local area in landscaping.

This year, RCI worked with Green Key Global, a leader in eco-certification, to assess and rate all resort applicants. The results of the Green Key Eco-Rating program assessments determined the winners of this year’s RCI Green awards.

Green Key certification has several benefits for affiliated resorts, including personalized reports and recommendations on cost-saving measures; exclusive marketing collateral such as a branded plaque and the use of Green Key logos on resort collateral; and eco-recognition through other major brands.

A Grand Pacific Palisades Resort timeshare rental starts at $121/night.

A timeshare rental at Carlsbad Seapoint Resort is just $136/night.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa timeshare rentals start at $171/night.

About Green Key Global 
Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body offering a suite of programs and resources designed specifically for the lodging industry. For more than 15 years its flagship program, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, has been evaluating and certifying properties in North America and beyond on the scope of their sustainable initiatives

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Twitter Territories: The Top 8 Accounts to Follow for Travel Chat, Tips, Resources and News

When you're planning a timeshare vacation, getting all the travel info you can is of prime importance these days.

We've been taking a look around the web and on Twitter to see where we can get the best travel news and tips. The following 8 Twitter accounts are those we've found so far and really, really loved.

They’re in no particular order apart from alphabetical, simply because they’re all great for different reasons. 

1. Guardian Travel @GuardianTravel This is the Guardian newspaper’s word on travel – they offer up what they consider to be the latest travel news, insider guides, emerging destinations, and travel trends – so this feed is well curated and always interesting.

2. Heather Poole @Heather_Poole Heather doubles as a flight attendant for a ‘major carrier ‘ and the author of New York Times bestseller, Cruising Attitude. Oh, and she blogs. Heather’s feed is full of anecdotes from said blog as well as tips on how not to irritate your flight attendant.

3. Jeannie Mark @nomadicchick Jeanie managed to break free of being a ‘corporate cog in the wheel’ in 2010 and has since been traveling and blogging about her adventures. Sharing tips, photos and videos, Jeannie examines issues such as whether it’s safe for women travelers to couch surf alone.

4. Keith Jenkins @velvetescape Keith blogs about luxury travel, mixing his tweets up and providing his followers with RTs of tweets by other travel bloggers news sources, and travel operators. He’s great for tweeting unusual tips and lovely pictures from his travels.

5. Kristin Luna @LunaticAtLarge Kristin shares her writing, photography and trip planning with readers over on her blog, Camels and Chocolate. She’s also been pretty prolific elsewhere and has done pieces for other sites and, no less, National Geographic.

6. Londonist @Londonist London, London, London. We’re big fans of the big city, and this one gives us lots of London-centric tweets about events, news and recommendations. London, baby!

7. Lonely Planet ‏@lonelyplanet Just like its published guides, LP is a great and very genuine resource, tweeting and retweeting the best news and travel tips form around the globe. Tag your posts with #lp and, if you’re following @lonelyplanet too, they’ll retweet you if they like what you’re saying.

8. Neil Barnes @packsandbunks Neil is a self-confessed pizza lover. He tweets about his travels (often with pictures) and actively engages in the travel blogging community. We like his style.

Now that you've found a way to fill your travel files with tips and news, have a great vacation by staying at a budget-friendly timeshare rental.

Our guest author, Fi, is co-founder of buzingtravel.com, through which she and her travel-loving friend Laura aim to serve up the very best in travel news, tips, and advice. Expect money-saving tips, hidden gems and useful insights.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Get Ready for Iron Man 3 with a Timeshare Vacation to Disneyland

Plan a timeshare vacation to southern California and get up close and personal to Iron Man.

Special ‘Limited Time Magic’ for "Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries" at Disneyland Park Iron Man’s Hall of Armor, which was recently displayed at Comic Con 2012 in San Diego, is making an appearance at Disneyland’s Innoventions. It opened this past weekend on April 13, 2013.

Based on the Iron Man 3 movie scheduled to be released in theaters May 3, 2013, the exhibit is named "Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries," and is an astonishing likeness to the scenes in the upcoming movie. The exhibit consists of the Project Wine Cellar as depicted in the "Iron Man 3" prelude comic.

The suits include many from previous films including "The Avengers" A recreation of Tony Stark’s Hall of Armor features suits such as Mark I-VII and Iron Man’s latest suit - Mark 42.

Through virtual reality technology, you are able to experience the suits themselves and you’re even allowed to test the infamous Repulsor Blast. The advanced technology is designed to give guests a taste of what it is like to be Iron Man.

Actor Paul Bettany reprises his role as J.A.R.V.I.S. at the exhibit, welcoming visitors as they enter. The material used for this exhibit is all newly written dialogue.

As its name implies, the Disneyland Innoventions attraction brings the best of innovation and invention together to showcase the latest and greatest technologies available from Disney's sponsors. Located in the park's Carousel Theater, this exhibit (like the future) is always in motion.

While no end date has been announced, the Iron Man exhibit is expected to remain until September.

Check out Anaheim timeshare rentals:

Dolphins Cove Resort timeshare rentals start at $135/night.

Peacock Suites Resort timeshare rentals start at $86/night.

WorldMark Anaheim timeshare rentals start t $139/night.

You can even find timeshare rentals available at Disney’s own resort The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – California Redwoods

California Redwoods, submitted by J. Whetstine, Poway, CA

Most people know Redwood National Park as home to the tallest trees on Earth. But the parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline, all supporting a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions. – National Park Service

Stay in a San Francisco timeshare rental for as little as $75/night.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Explore Baseball History in New York City with the New Movie "42"

Play Ball! Along with the start of Major League Baseball season (opening day was on Easter this year), baseball fans have the movie “42” to also help get their 2013 game juices flowing.

Take a timeshare vacation to New York City, and enjoy exploring the life and times of the hero of “42” – Jackie Robinson.

The movie “42” is the story of African-American athlete Jackie Robinson, who integrated Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

After watching this inspiring story, you may be inspired yourself to visit the places in Brooklyn connected to Jackie Robinson.

1. Statue. A statue (see photo left) commemorates the instance when Brooklyn Dodgers captain Pee Wee Reese stood by Jackie Robinson against prejudiced fans and fellow players by walking over to Robinson, standing next to him and “silencing the taunts of the crowd” during a game in Cincinnati. The statue is located outside MCU Park on Coney Island, where the minor league Cyclones team plays.

2. Homes. In East Flatbush a two-story brick house at 5224 Tilden Ave. bears a plaque that states: ‘‘The first African-American major league baseball player lived here from 1947 to 1949.’’ Robinson and his wife Rachel also lived for a time at 526 MacDonough St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Some scenes of the movie were shot on MacDonough because the filmmakers wanted to show the building’s distinctive front stoop, a common feature of Brooklyn homes.

3. Church. When Robinson first arrived in New York, he lived for a time with the then-assistant pastor of the Nazarene Congregational Church, at 506 MacDonough St., the Rev. Lacy Covington and his wife Florence. ‘‘Church and faith were central to Jackie Robinson’s success,’’ said Tony Carnes, who publishes an online magazine called A Journey Through NYC Religions.

4. Grave Site. Robinson died in 1972. ‘‘A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,’’ reads the inscription on Robinson’s tombstone. Mementos left by fans at the grave include bats and baseballs. The cemetery entrance is 833 Jamaica Ave., Brooklyn.. Robinson’s plot is on Jackie Robinson Way.

5. Ebbets Field and Washington Park. Robinson retired after the 1956 season, a year before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Ebbets Field was demolished in 1960 and was replaced by an apartment complex where a stone in a wall is inscribed with the words ‘‘This is the former site of Ebbets Field.”

Beginning in 1883 Brooklyn’s baseball team played in Washington Park, which is better known as a Revolutionary War site. The man who would build one of the most famous ballparks in the country started out as a ticket-taker at Washington Park, then worked his way up to control the team. His name was Charlie Ebbets.

Make your timeshare trip to New York City budget-friendly by staying in a Manhattan timeshare rental for currently as little as $112/night.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Taxes and Timeshares

Do you know what expenses you, as a timeshare owner, can deduct on your tax return? The answer is not the same for everyone. Use the following information as a starting point for discussions with your own personal accountant.

Timeshare Ownership
1. Interest Expenses In addition to your primary home loan, the interest you pay on a loan that you used to buy a timeshare week is often deductible.

2. Secured Loan If your timeshare loan is secured by the financed property, then the interest is deductible. If you used a home equity loan to finance the timeshare week, that qualifies. Based on the amount of debt for the properties, your deduction amount may be limited.

3. Property Taxes Property taxes should be deductible unless the property taxes are neither directly billed to you nor separately stated on your maintenance fee billing. If the tax is not assessed against your individual ownership, you may not use it as a deduction. Maintenance fees are not deductible.

4. Assessments and Expenditures In general, special assessments by your timeshare association are not deductible because they typically represent fees for improvements, major repairs or unexpected expenses. 

Renting Out Your Timeshare 
1. Reporting Income In almost every situation, you are required to report the income you receive from renting your timeshare on your tax return. The income could be offset by allowable deductions.

2. Deductions The most frequent deductions that are allowed could include: your annual maintenance fee, any advertising to offer the property for rent, rental commission, depreciation, property taxes (see above) and interest expense on your timeshare loan.

3. Depreciation To calculate depreciation, take the percentage (based on the current IRS table - generally something like 3.485%) of the amount you paid for your timeshare as a depreciation expense in the first year.

However, if you have previously used your timeshare for personal purposes (including an exchange or use by friends or family), you must base your depreciation on the current value (or resale value) as of the date you started using it as a rental. Again, you would calculate the depreciation at a percentage from the current IRS table, of that amount.

4. Losses from renting your timeshare (expenses exceeding the rental income), are typically not considered a tax deduction. You should direct your tax advisor to Section 1.469-1T(e)(3)(ii)(A) of the Temporary Income Tax Regulations or IRS Letter Ruling #9505002, which explains the IRS position on this issue.

These points do not cover every situation associated with renting your timeshare and these suggestions may not apply to your circumstances. You should always consult your own tax adviser.

Source: David H. McClintock, CPA

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Timeshare Travel – 4 Top Vacation Destinations in The Philippines

Visiting the Philippines is an exciting endeavor that more people are planning every year. Read on to find out exactly where you need to head to enjoy your time in this Asian sensation!

1. Boracay. A small island about 190 miles from Manila, the beaches of Boracay have received numerous awards from various global travel publications. In 2012 it was given Travel + Leisure’s Best Island in the World award.

And, if you are really into golfing, then a MUST experience is the 18-hole par 72 golf course designed by leading Australian golf pro Graham Marsh.

2. Donsol. Located on the southern end of Luzon Island, this is a popular tourist destination for whale shark spotting. Whale sharks are gentle, non-aggressive marine creatures, and swimming with them is a popular pastime at this “Whale Shark Capital of the World.”

Interaction with the whale sharks is regulated by the local Department of Tourism office in conjunction with World Wildlife Federation (WWF) guidelines which are observed to protect the sharks.

Other year-round activities in Donsol include a unique night Firefly tour and a shrimp-catching night tour.

3. Manila. As you may already know, Manila is the capital of the Philippines, and is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, one of the best natural harbors in the world. Many visitors enjoy the biodiversity of Manila Bay, which includes coral reefs and seagrass beds that provide shelter to fish and other marine life, and 17 square miles of wetlands.

The city of Manila is rich in arts and cultural events. Popular museums include the prominent Bahay Tsinoy which documents the Chinese lives and contributions in the history of the Philippines; the Metropolitan Museum of Manila which displays Filipino arts and culture, and the Museum of Manila, the city-owned museum that exhibits the city's culture and history. You’ll also want to go out on the town and consume the delicious food and wonderful beverages of Manila’s exciting night clubs.

4. Banaue Rice Terraces. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was carved out of the hillsides using primitive tools some 2,000 years ago. These amazing rice fields really need to be seen to be believed, as mountainsides have been transformed into giant steps.

The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The terraces are located approximately 5000 ft above sea level and cover an astounding 4000 square miles of mountainside.

Take a look at the available timeshares in the Philippines, as well as timeshare rentals throughout Asia.

Vicki Dorado writes about travel, real estate and personal finance. Her best work is about earning a masters in finance online while traveling across Asia.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Caribbean Timeshare Vacation – Top 5 Spectacular Dive Areas in Puerto Rico

If you’re still looking for a great Spring Break timeshare vacation destination, look no further than Puerto Rico.

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit this Caribbean island – days aren’t too hot yet, hurricane season is still a couple of months away – and discovering Puerto Rico’s amazing scuba diving scene will give you a lifetime of memories.

Due to the amazing diversity of Puerto Rico’s underwater wonders the island is fast becoming a top destination for scuba diving. Here are the top 5 diving spots:

1. Fajardo. On the eastern side of the island, off the coast of this town is where you’ll find the exciting dive sites of Superhero and Palomino Wall where you can explore small caverns, reefs, mini walls and channels decked in a variety of splendid corals.

2. Humacao. Another small town on the eastern side of Puerto Rico, off its coast are more than 30 sites within a five-mile radius that dazzle divers with beautiful caves, colorful marine life, overhangs and tunnels.

3. Cago Rojo to Guanica. Along the southwestern side of the island and paralleling the coast between these two towns is the magnificent 20 mile-long black coral La Parguera Wall. One of the Caribbean’s hottest dive sites, the wall descends in slopes and sheer drops from 60 to 120 feet before disappearing into 1,500 feet of sea. This region offers the unique opportunity to explore the waters once dominated by Spanish Galleons and Pirate Ships. Muskets, cannons and gold coins are some of the most recent finds in the area. 

4. Mayaguez. On the western side of Puerto Rico, experienced divers will find small, uninhabited islands including Mona Island. Divers refer to Mona as the Galapagos of the Caribbean for its outstanding underwater caverns, more than 270 species of fish, and large marine animals such as turtles, whales, dolphins, and even an occasional octopus.

5. Lajas. This sleepy seaside town is where you will find the island’s biggest draw of all: Phosphorescent Bay. A microscopic life form called dinoflagellates, makes the water glow in the dark like an inverted sky. Puerto Rico is the only place on the planet that has three sites where you can depend on this phenomenon to occur every night, La Parguera being one of them.

Scuba diving in Puerto Rico is a quickly growing industry, making equipment and facilities increasingly accessible.

What makes Puerto Rico unique is that divers can explore all the great wonders of the underwater world while having the opportunity to enjoy the authentic Latin experience of Puerto Rico as well through its history, culture, nightlife, golf and other sports.

Puerto Rico timeshare rentals start at just $53/night.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday – Castle Ben-Ahin

"You never know what you're going to discover on an early-morning hike," says Jason W. of New York City. Hiking through the woods in Belgium he and his companions suddenly came into a clearing and "here was this castle!"

There are many castles all over Europe, some hidden, some atop hills. All are worth exploring from a Europe timeshare rental. 

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Monday, April 08, 2013

ARDA World 2013 Annual Convention and Exposition April 7-11, 2013

This year, the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Convention moves from its bi-annual location in Orlando to the beachside resort destination of Hollywood, Florida. The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa will host the convention from April 7-11.

This premier gathering for the vacation ownership industry attracts more than 3,000 participants from over 20 countries and offers attendees a myriad of educational, networking and social opportunities. This is the largest show specifically geared toward the resort development industry.

ARDA World Convention is the premier opportunity for industry leaders to network, share insights, and discuss issues on a global basis with attendees from varying backgrounds and markets. The convention also provides prominent exposure for sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees among a diverse collection of over 3,000 industry players.

"Along with our terrific new location, we have also shifted the schedule to better accommodate the attendees," said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.

"Monday is Key Constituent Day for our most involved members, and we are featuring several new receptions and networking events," Nusbaum said.

This year's convention has a full schedule including meetings, exhibitions, and outings. On Monday, Key Constituent Day, ARDA's most engaged and involved members can attend committee meetings and forums, as well as four targeted fundamentals sessions for new industry entrants.

Also on Monday is a VIP Exhibitor Networking Reception. This year's keynote speaker is Don Tapscott, a best-selling author and speaker. He will share his insights on the strategic value and impact of information technology on the timeshare industry.

Popular convention sessions throughout the week will include educational discussions on innovations in the industry, such as the new fee-for-service model, hot industry topics such as aging resorts, and best practice sessions on subjects from marketing to technology.

The ARDA-Resort Owner’s Coalition (ARDA-ROC) is the first line of defense against legislation that may negatively impact timeshare owners and their well-being. Through ARDA-ROC owners can be part of an effective grassroots lobbying coalition of timeshare unit owners dedicated to preserving, protecting nd enhancing vacation ownership.

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is an industry leader in advocating members' interests, providing advanced professional education opportunities, educating the teleservices industry, and acting as the industry's information clearinghouse.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Welcome to RedWeek’s Ultimate Blog Party!

Let's Party! Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party, hosted b 5 Minutes for Mom! We’re participating by hosting a party on our site, too, with a giveaway for you! Just follow the instructions below to enter to win a FREE 2-year Membership to Redweek.com, a $29.98 value!

Did you know that when timeshare owners can’t use their weeks, they list them for rent? This gives those looking for budget-friendly vacation accommodations a great deal as most timeshare rentals are up to 50% less than the cost of hotel rooms.

Perfect for families, timeshare rentals are not only budget-friendly, but also offer condo-like space, a kitchen to further save money on the cost of meals, and many of the resort’s amenities.

It’s great to have you here at RedWeek to visit. Please feel free to browse around and see the many articles about family-friendly travel, including resorts, activities, festivals, and fun! You might also be interested in our specific Kid-Friendly section.

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Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts 2013 List - Spotlights The Galleon

The Galleon Resort in Key West, FL, is number 25 on the “Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts” list for 2013 as compiled by RedWeek members. Being 25th is pretty good when you consider that there are over 5,000 timeshare resorts around the world.

This resort overlooks the shimmering Gulf of Mexico from Key West’s historic Old Town. The Galleon’s amazing 90-slip marina can accommodate boats up to 150 feet. In addition the resort offers a complete watersports center with activities from scuba diving to fishing.

The private beach and large outdoor waterfront pool are both perfect opportunities to relax and soak up the semi-tropical sun.

Amenities include the one-of-a-kind Observation Deck from which you get a stunning 360-degree view of Key West. You can enjoy an amazing Key West sunset while sipping a drink at the Tiki Bar which overlooks the harbor, and where you’re also entertained with live music every evening.

For a quieter experience try the brand-new marina-side bar next to the grille. Listen to light, tropical music on the patio deck while watching the luxurious vessels in the harbor.

Key West attractions include the beautiful Audubon House and Tropical Gardens museum, dedicated to the art work of John James Audubon and history of Key West; the Key West Lighthouse built in 1847; and the home of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemmingway, now open to the public (see photo above) and populated by over 60 descendants of his famous polydactyl cats.

Timeshare rentals at The Galleon Resort currently start at just $199/night.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Stop Kids’ Boredom on the Road

With flying continuing to be such a hassle many families are opting to drive to their timeshare vacation. And a road trip does sound like it would be fun - the road, the music, the memorable scenery. That’s all true, if you don’t have kids.

Long drives can be carefree if you are responsible only for yourself. I mean, having endless conversation with family and friends should be enough to enjoy the whole journey.

But what if you have your kids with you? Naturally, they have short attention spans. If you don’t know the tricks, don’t be surprised that they will be throwing tantrums on the road. That can ruin the whole trip, can’t it? What do you have to do so you can prevent your children from being bored on the road?

You have found a quick guide right here.

1. Bring Favorite Toys. Before the trip, ask your children which toys they would like to bring. You have to tell them a rule. Why not ask him to bring not more than 5 of his favorite toys? Make sure that you place these toys beside him and not in the trunk. You would want to make these items easily reachable.

2. Have a Compact DVD Player. Is your child fond of watching Barney, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and all those kiddie shows? These shows can definitely kill time. Portable DVD players are not that expensive and are a good investment.

3. Prepare Games. If you are not the most techno – savvy person and you don’t have a lot of gadgets, you better squeeze your creative juices. Think of games for your kids. Here’s one. Think of a letter. Let’s say letter B. You can ask your child to look for signs, items or words on the roads which start from this letter. It can be a bus station, bus, burger stand or bricks.

Compete with him and the rest of the group in the car and whoever listed the most words wins. Prepare simple surprises as the award for the winner like a pack of marshmallows or a lollipop.

With the tips above, I’m sure you and your children will enjoy the long drive. Have a blast on your trip!

One final tip – find a budget-friendly timeshare rental within just a few hours’ drive of home, and take a “nearcation.” The drive won’t be as long for the kids, and staying at a luxury resort will still give your family the feeling of having been on a great vacation getaway.

Our guest author, David Zielinski, is a creative writer who just published one of the best kids’ books about playground etiquette and social skills. This Misadventures of Fink the Mink is a must read for all the kids out there.

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