Friday, June 28, 2013

Timeshare Vacation - Free Things to Do in the City Part 1 - Las Vegas

Plans for summer vacations are in full swing, and many of you are getting your vacation budget handled by staying in a timeshare rental.

But the climbing expenses of transportation – increasing costs of gasoline for driving, the many add-on fees when flying – can eat away at that vacation budget.

However, there’s still plenty of activities and events that the family can enjoy by searching out a city’s “freebies.” In a 5-part series we’ll look at cities where you can have a great time with real no-cost entertainment. Part 1 – Las Vegas.

This “Party City” knows how to entertain. Skip the pricey headliner shows – there is plenty of spectacles for free.

1. Mirage. One of the most exciting free shows is the Volcano at the Mirage (see top photo).

This pyrotechnic display definitely offers a lot of bang for your (no)bucks. Erupting every night on the hour from 7pm to 11pm, the explosions are accompanied by a soundtrack.

2. Bellagio. The Fountains at the Bellagio, though quieter, are just as much a grand spectacle. Water, light and music combine in a spectacular choreographed dance. The music can range from Mozart to Snoop-Dogg, with Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and Three-Dog Night thrown in.

3. Flamingo. For a day-time treat, take the kids to the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo. Here they can see the hotel’s signature flamingos live and in person, along with ducks, turtles, swans, and colorful koi.

4. Silverton. The kids will also enjoy the huge 117,000 gallon aquarium at the Silverton Casino, filled with exciting marine life to watch. Including mermaids. At various times Thursdays through Sundays, live "mermaids" drop into the aquarium for a swim with the stingrays, sharks and thousands of beautiful tropical fish.

5. Downtown. If you want to get your grove on, head downtown for First Friday Las Vegas for free concerts, an art walk, and there’s even a Kid’s Zone.

6. The Strip. Of course there’s always the free neon light show for which Las Vegas is so famous. Just stroll along the Strip. There’s plenty to see that’s fun, eclectic and exciting. Take a picture of the gang in front of the sparkling Eiffel Tower, the dazzling Palazzio, or the shimmering Marage.

Las Vegas timeshare rentals on the Strip start at just $79/night.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why You Want a Timeshare in Myrtle Beach

As one of the top vacation destinations in the United States, Myrtle Beach lends itself nicely to timeshare ownership.

People travel here from all over the country and timeshare offers one of the best opportunities to experience the beach life.

If you have been thinking about purchasing a timeshare in Myrtle Beach do your homework on the area to figure out which section of Myrtle Beach is where you would like to vacation each year.

You might be asking yourself, “Why wouldn’t I just bring my family to a hotel instead of buying a timeshare?” The answer here is two-fold.

1. You Don’t Have to Look For a Hotel. Searching to find Myrtle Beach hotels can be taxing on some people.

Figuring out budgets, deciding on which hotels offer the amenities you would want, and getting rooms next to each other are just some of the things that go into that decision making process.

If you choose to buy a timeshare, you will only need to go through this process one time. Once you buy a timeshare you no longer have to concern yourself with this each year you vacation and that means more time checking out all the things to do in Myrtle Beach.

2. It’s a Better Family Vacation. Your timeshare will act like your beach house or home away from home.

Unlike most hotel rooms, a timeshare property offers tons of space for everyone to congregate, cook, and sleep. Why split the family into multiple hotel rooms when everyone can stay in the same house?

Also, being able to cook and have the whole family dine-in a few nights will cut down on your overall vacation costs.

Having that extra space is also great for those few inevitable hours of rain every vacation encounters. Everyone will have space to wait out the rain without packing into a hotel room.

There are certainly other benefits of buying a timeshare in Myrtle Beach but those two reasons have helped many folks already make the decision to purchase.

When looking at available timeshares, be sure to look into ones that other people may be selling. Buying up a timeshare on the resale market can be much cheaper than buying from the developer.

There are plenty of people who are looking to get out of their timeshares for a variety of reasons. No matter the reason, owners are selling their Myrtle Beach timeshares for much less than you would be able to purchase from the developer.

If you know that Myrtle Beach is where you plan to vacation for years to come, then search for timeshare owners who are looking to sell. Don’t waste any more time.

Start looking for Myrtle Beach timeshare resales now.

Our guest author, Phil Foriska, is a blogger and web analytics specialist who lives in Myrtle Beach, SC. He enjoys gaming, sports and being outdoors. Phil works with many Myrtle Beach hotels, golf courses and countless area attractions.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Take a Timeshare Vacation to Disney’s Hilton Head Resort – and Meet Shadow

We've been writing about the wonderful Disney timeshare resorts that are available in and around Walt Disney World.

But did you know that Disney also has other resorts on the east coast that are not directly affiliated with the famous theme park?

If you love enjoying the hospitality of Disney, but want to also experience a vacation away from the crowds of Orlando, head to South Carolina. You’ll bump right into Disney on popular Hilton Head Island.

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort is part of the far-reaching Disney brand of timeshare resorts. This property is on a secluded 15-acre island in the Shelter Cove Harbour area.

The intentionally rustic theme of "South Carolina Lowcountry" is the style of this Disney resort, which is located on Hilton Head’s Broad Creek, technically a land locked tidal marsh.

A shuttle bus transports guests to the Disney Beach House in Palmetto Dunes, which is about a mile-and-a-half away.

Disney Hilton Head is, after all, a Disney resort, so there are numerous activities for children, including nature programs, campfires, magic shows, “Kids Night Out”, crabbing, art, and swimming pool & pool games.

There are ample opportunities for adults to enjoy a laid-back vacation with plenty of rest and relaxation, as well as activities such as biking, kayaking, and tennis.

HarbourFest, fun for the entire family and now in its19th season, runs every Tuesday night from June through August at Shelter Cove.

There is a special HarbourFest celebration on July 4. In addition, "Summertime at Shelter Cove" features five nights of family entertainment by Shannon Tanner, who plays two shows per night Monday - Friday.  

South Carolina's Hilton Head Island is internationally known for its world-class golf courses and coastal beauty.

Just across from Disney’s Hilton Head resort is Shelter Cove Harbour, featuring a marina, fine restaurants, and charming boutiques. A few hundred yards away is The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, home to a 350-seat pavilion, art galleries, and workshops.

Also nearby are the Coastal Discovery Museum and Harbour Town, which and has one of the world’s most photographed lighthouses.

Although Disney offers a multitude of fun activities at its Hilton Head resort, by far almost every guest’s favorite thing to do is meet Shadow.

This lovely Golden Retriever was adopted by the resort and has become the popular resort mascot. She has her own schedule for meet-and-greet sessions, so you won’t have to worry about missing seeing her.

Since the resort has a no-guest-pet policy, local kennels offer comfortable lodging for your own 4-legged family members. 

Take a look at Disney Hilton Head Island Resort timeshare rentals and timeshare resales.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Phoenix, Arizona

Downtown Phoenix, submitted by Joseph Gosha, North Carolina

“Phoenix is greener than you think,” he says.

There are many timeshare rentals in the Greater Phoenix area, including in Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale. And both Tucson and Flagstaff are just a couple of hours’ drive from Phoenix.

Check out Arizona timeshare rentals.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Visit Princess Diana While You Still Can

If you’ve ever thought of seeing the Princess Diana Museum now is the time to start planning that timeshare vacation to England. By August of 2014 Lord Spencer, Diana’s older brother, intends to close the exhibition of his sister’s belongings.

Lord Spencer is acting according to Diana’s will, which specified that her personal items were to be "looked after" until her sons turned 30. Her youngest son, Harry, will be 30 next year.

Diana's family members opened the museum at their Althorp estate in 1998, a year after she died in a Paris car crash.

There are six rooms in the museum displaying a range of Princess Diana's personal artifacts including the famous bridal gown. The museum's collection also includes 28 dresses, two tiaras, priceless family jewelry, and pictures, letters and home movies.

“The exhibition has been admired by thousands of people around the world,” said a spokesperson. “It has been a wonderfully tasteful celebration of the late Diana, Princess of Wales’ life and achievements – particularly her charitable works and her glamour.”

Built in 1508, Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. There are 19 rooms in the house open to the public displaying a fine collection of furniture, pictures and ceramics.

Althorp, located in Northamptonshire, was home to Princess Diana before she joined the Royal family, and following her death in 1997 the family created the extensive museum exhibition as a memorial to reflect on her life and work.

Outside is a beautiful park and gardens where you can enjoy a picnic or alternatively eat in the café.

Althrop is also Princess Diana’s final resting place. She is buried on a small island in the middle of a lake named the Oval Lake. Visitors are not allowed on the island, but can easily view the memorial pedestal and urn from shore.

Four black swans swim in the lake symbolically guarding her grave. The water lilies in the lake are some of Diana’s favorite flowers.

There are 36 oak trees (one for every year of her life) bordering the path down to the lake.

Timeshare exchanges are available throughout England.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

No Hassel but Yummy! Tips for Your Timeshare Kitchen

One of the best advantages to a timeshare vacation is the kitchen. This is especially true if you have a family. 

The kitchens in most timeshare resorts are full-sized and come well equipped. Using the kitchen allows you to save money on eating out for three meals a day. And while cooking on vacation may not be your first choice, the savings and convenience make it worthwhile.

Seasoned timeshare travelers have lots of tips to offer that make using the timeshare kitchen an easy way to prepare yummy meals for hungry families.

1. Sara:
 I do the pasta thing with cans of peeled tomato which you can almost add anything to: fish, meat or chicken. 

And try bean salads. Buy 1 can of as many different beans as you think your kids can stand, wash and drain, pour them into a large bowl, mix with some olive oil and wine vinegar and finely chopped onion (optional) and refrigerate. It's great at lunch with some sandwiches or as a 2nd with pasta. You'll find it lasts you for days, great for a quick snack.

2. Kay:
I buy a roasted chicken at the supermarket, add a veggie, frozen fries and Italian bread. The kids love it and it is easy for me.

3. Luanne:
Something that's become a favorite of our kids is "salad bar". We get meats from the deli, veggies, other salad-type stuff, spread it all out on the table, and let everyone fix their own. That and some special bread makes a great meal, and is so easy.

4. Rene:
Our tip is for those who are flying to their destination.

The first day of travel can be a long day with kids. We always pack a first night meal and a first breakfast in our suitcase, so we can just plop into the timeshare pool without having to go out for groceries until next day, when we're more rested.

1st Dinner - Large can of spaghetti sauce (not the glass jars that break!), small can diced tomatoes (Italian-style, nice) dried angel hair pasta (cooks in 5 mins.), and a small un-opened green canister of parmesan cheese.

1st Breakfast - Each kid's favorite cereal in a small ziplock, Instant Oatmeal, and boxed-drink milk for the cereal. Or you could use canned milk or 1% lowfat dried milk (in an envelope, add water, not bad) -- depending on your kids preference.

We also bring lots of microwave bacon (no refrigeration required) and travels well. And we might buy a package of Danish ahead of time and pack that, too.

If you haven’t experienced the ease and convenience of a timeshare kitchen, plan this summer’s vacation with a timeshare rental and check it out for yourself!

And you timeshare veterans – share your “no hassle but yummy” timeshare kitchen meal and snack tips in the comment section below!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Timeshare Travel: Plan a Picturesque Trip to Northern England

When planning a timeshare vacation abroad, consider England’s picturesque resorts that can give you beauty and respite from the cities.

The northern landscape of England is particularly beguiling, and especially during the balmy months of summer. With this in mind, which resorts represent the jewels in England’s tourism crown? Consider the following locations -

1. Ambleside in Cumbria, Northwest England. 
Historically based within the country of Westmorland, Ambleside is a picturesque town in the heart of Lake District National Park.

One of the most popular and naturally beautiful locations in northern England, Ambleside sits at the head of Lake Windermere and provides visitors with views of spectacular greenery and soaring mountainous terrain. 

Rich in cultural heritage and home to numerous nature trails, it is a town that boasts appeal among a large variety of visitors. Residing just north of the Roman fort of Galava and adjacent to the scenic Loughrigg Fell, few resorts combine historical relevance with beautiful landscape quite like Ambleside.

2. Lancaster on the River Lune, Northern England. 
Perhaps England’s most historically significant city, Lancaster’s incredible past comes to life through its castle and museums.

These locations enable you to explore the city in all of its historical glory, as you learn about its role in the industrial revolution and how the region links to a murderous and supernatural past.

This aside, Lancaster has also benefited with regeneration in recent years, with the result that it now boasts a suitably developed city centre and numerous boutique retails outlets.

After a sunshine stroll down the famous St. George’s Quay, you can also check in at the Maritime Museum and enjoy several interactive, hands-on exhibits.

3. Bowness-On-Windermere in Cumbria, Northwest England.  
Although historically classified as two separate villages, Bowness and Windermere are now considered to be one and the same.

At the hub of the busy Lake District, the newly crowned resort of Bowness-On-Windermere offers a fascinating cultural insight into Northern England and its journey through the ages.

The single most popular tourist resort in the whole of the Lake District, Bowness-On-Windermere perches elegantly on the shores of Britain’s largest lake and is an ideal spot for fans of naturally beautiful landscape. 

Do not be fooled, however, as there are also a host of modern shops and eateries located within the vicinity, with numerous entertainment options guaranteed to occupy both young and old alike.

The Last Word for Travelers
Northern England is one of the picturesque regions in the UK, with numerous resorts dotted amid lush greenery and soaring mountain peaks.

The challenge that you face as a traveler is determining the best possible locations to visit, and you should give careful consideration to your personal tastes and your precise expectations.

Enjoy a vacation to England by staying in a timeshare exchange.

Our guest author, Lewis, works as a blogger and researcher for Monkey Insurance. Before you book your trip this summer, be sure to obtain travel insurance that provides adequate protection for your health and material possessions.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Timeshare Vacation - Another Thrill Ride: Slotzilla!

“Zip line to zing tourists through Las Vegas.”

 Take a timeshare vacation and you soon will have a new way to see the lights of Las Vegas - by being spit out of the mouth of an 11-story slot machine and zinged down a five-block zip line past some of the city's oldest casinos.

A permanent zip line, dubbed "SlotZilla," on the downtown Las Vegas promenade known as the Fremont Street Experience, is scheduled to open sometime this summer, 2013. The zip line is costing $11 million to build and will cost $20 to $30 to ride.

The attraction is actually an expansion of a much smaller, temporary zip line, Flightlinez Las Vegas, that has proved to be a crowd-pleaser.

Billed as the world’s largest slot machine, Slotzilla will dispense people instead of cash from its towering launch pad.

A first-of-its-kind “power launch” system shoots riders at accelerated speeds on zip lines beneath Fremont’s LED canopy. The new attraction will have two tiers of four zip lines.

The lower lines will extend 850 feet and hang 75 feet above the ground and riders in harnesses will fly in a seated position. The top lines will be 112 feet high and the line will extend 1,700 feet to the front of the Golden Gate hotel-casino.

On the top lines, riders will fly in “super-hero position,” lying flat in harnesses, and will be launched at speeds of 35 mph from the propulsion launch system.

The Fremont Street Experience zip line started out as a 30-day promotional experiment with Flightlinez. Hundreds of thousands of riders later, the Fremont Street Experience board, comprised of downtown resort executives, began looking at how it could develop a permanent zip-line attraction.

A team of developers and designers that have worked for the Walt Disney Co. and Universal Studios Theme Parks are working together on the SlotZilla project.

Las Vegas timeshare rentals start at just $79/night right on the Strip.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Alaska Bear

Alaska Bear, photographed by R. Scott, California.

If you are lucky, your trip to Alaska will include a bear sighting.

Experts give these tips in order to give yourself the best chance:
1. Go where the fish are
2. Go where the bear-viewing experts are

The best places are found 200-300 miles southwest of Anchorage at Katmai National Park and Preserve, and McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and Refuge.

Take a timeshare rental summer vacation and just about anywhere in the world you can find your own adventure!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Timeshare Vacation - 3 Top Wrecks Diving Spots

For scuba diving at its best, plan a timeshare vacation this summer to take you to one of these top diving spots that center around sunken, wrecked ships.

Part of the fun of diving is encountering magnificent reefs that are underwater habitats to an amazing variety of marine life. Some of the reefs are actually wrecks of ships that have been transformed by ongoing biological action into marine habitats.

A bonus of diving these wrecks is the opportunity to not only encounter beautiful and unusual marine life, but the chance to explore the sunken ship itself.

Below are 3 top wreck diving sites, each near budget-friendly timeshare rentals.

1. USS Spiegel Grove -  Location: Key Largo, Florida Keys. The 510-foot-long LSD (Landing Ship Dock) USS Spiegel Grove, is one of the world’s largest purposely sunk wrecks, stretching out almost the length of two football fields. The ship is covered in green lobed star corals and assorted whips and fans.

The wheelhouse’s interior walls are covered in circular orange cup corals “so thick they appear to be serving as insulation.” And amazingly you’ll see an American flag on the ship’s bow, caked over in silt, stripes barely visible.

Florida Keys timeshare rentals start at just $114/night

2. Pelinaion - Location: St. David’s Head, Bermuda. In 1939 the St. David’s lighthouse was under a blackout due to the war. Without its beacon, the captain of this Greek steamer miscalculated his ship’s position, and a few hundred feet from shore the ship struck the reef.

The remains of the Pelinaion are now scattered across the reef with the ship’s steel hull bridging two sections of reef, creating a manmade cavern.

A bonus to this dive site is a spot where coral and steel have created a descending, cave-like chute that goes from relatively shallow inshore water near the bow, and descends to deeper water outside the reef.

Bermuda timeshare rentals start at $236/night.

3. U-352 -  Location: North Carolina, USA. In an area of North Carolina’s Outer Banks known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the U-352 is the premier wreck.

On May 9, 1942, this German sub fired on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Icarus, which dodged the torpedoes and answered with a depth charge attack that forced the U-352 to the surface.

The sub’s commander ordered his crew to scuttle their vessel and abandon ship.

Although its outer hull has long since rusted away, the pressure hull remains intact, sitting on the sandy bottom with a 45-degree list to starboard.

North Carolina Outer Banks timeshare rentals start at just $85/night.


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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Everyone knows that a sure-fire winner of a gift for Dad on Father's Day is some kind of gadget. Here's an idea that combines Dad's gadget present with a family-friendly timeshare rental vacation - Geocaching.

What is Geocaching? It's an outdoor game that uses a Global Positioning System (GPS). Players hide containers, called caches, and use GPS receivers to find them - the "geo" part - meaning out and about in the countryside!

The caches are hidden by fellow geocachers who post the GPS coordinates on Dad can look up a cache and its coordinates on the site, take his brand new GPS receiver, and head out a' hunting. Caches are everywhere - there are 900,000 worldwide!

So the second part of Dad's great Father's Day gift is to give him a timeshare rental vacation, perhaps someplace he's always wanted to explore, and tuck in with it the coordinates of a cache hidden near-by.

Geocaching can be an experience that involves the entire family, right down to Dad's little ones. Hunting for a cache is fun and exciting.

A cache can contain any number of things, big or small. There's always a logbook to sign, along with notes from the cache's previous discoverers. Often the cache contains small treasures, like maps, books, CDs, pictures, jewelry or games.

You can take one of the treasures, but you always have to leave something of equal value. You might also find a "travel bug," an item that's meant to be taken from one cache and placed in another.

The listing for the cache on the web site will also provide clues to help Dad and the family find the cache, such as the size, color and type of container. The listings have difficulty ratings, from easy to advanced.

Once Dad and the family have mastered the basics of finding a cache, it's time to go to the next level and see how well you all can stump your fellow geocachers by hiding a cache of your own.

Dad and the kids will all have fun checking back on the web site to see how many people have discovered their hidden cache.

Geocaching - a fun time had by all, whether in the hills of Vermont, Arizona's desert, or downtown Manhattan.

There's a budget timeshare rental available just about anywhere geocaching takes you, and Dad.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Timeshare Travel – New York City On a Budget

Summer is here and it’s time for bikinis, beer, and best of all, travel. For some people summer means a break from school, and for others, it’s an excuse for an extended timeshare vacation from work.

Regardless, it is the most highly anticipated season of the year. If you make your way to the Big Apple and are looking to find some things to do in NYC without breaking the bank, we've got the best itinerary for you

Chinatown. From bubble teas to bustling streets full of locals and tourists alike, shopping provides a unique experience for the budget traveler looking for things to do in Chinatown.

Fish and vegetable markets are scattered throughout the streets, full of mesmerizing Chinese architecture and gold signs in Hanzi characters. You’ll find dozens of eateries here, as well as acupuncture centers and massage parlors.

High Line (see photo). Strolling along the High Line provides the adventurer an intimate experience with one of the world’s most recognized parks.

Transformed into an urban park from an overgrown set of elevated railroad tracks, it has become a park that is famous for its artisan presence and breathtaking views. Food trucks surround the park, offering cheap alternatives to expensive sit down restaurants.

Grab some food and rest your legs at a bench, enjoy the majestic and natural beautiful of the various kinds of plants, flowers, and grasses in bloom.

SummerStage NYC.  This large concert series hosted by the City Parks Foundation that brings more than 100 performances to various parks across New York. The perfect place to enjoy a picnic ample with wine, beer, and food, the performances include artists of all genres.

The majority of the shows are free, with the exception of big concerts which tend to fall in the $50 range. 

Bars and Taverns. The bottomless brunch party at the Sunburnt Cow is a belly-busting opportunity to not only keep your budget in check, but to expand your waistline. This massive bar serves up some delicious moo-jitos and moo-tinis that will get you easily buzzed and amused by the preppy student, single, and young professional-filled environment.

Manned by hard-drinking Aussies, you’re destined for a good time and a not so great hangover.

Keep your budget-friendly trip to New York City on track by staying in a timeshare rental in downtown Manhattan, for as little as $171/night. A huge savings over the city’s hotels.

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: things to do in Paris , clubs in London, beaches in Ibiza, plazas in Rome, bars in NYC, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June is National Candy Month – Top 5 Candy Shops in New York City

This is RedWeek's 1000th blog post - and we're celebrating with Candy!

June is National Candy Month. It is also the first full official month for summer travel. Get started on your summer timeshare vacation plans by visiting New York City and indulging your sweet tooth at one of these top 5 candy stores in the Big Apple:

1. Dylan’s Candy Bar (see top photo). Owned by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan, this isn't your average candy store. The candy shop is home to over 7,000 different candies from around the world, and also sells candy-themed accessories such as iPhone cases, pajama pants, and stationary.

From giant everlasting lollipops to five pound chocolate bars, Dylan's is the perfect place in NYC to celebrate National Candy Month.

Can’t make it to New York during National Candy Month? Dylan’s Candy Bar can also be found in Palm Springs, CA, at Marriott’s Desert Spring Villas Resort.

2. Sugar Factory American Brassiere. Head down to New York City’s Meatpacking District to visit this one-of-a-kind sweet shop. Sugar Factory American Brassiere is home to the original, and amazing, lollipop passion goblet.

3. Economy Candy. Stocking old time candies such as Charleston Chew, Pop Rocks, and Sugar Daddys, you can reminisce in this neighborhood candy store. It has just about everything under the candy rainbow; old and new. Even more, you can find the candies by color as you reminisce chewing your Tootsie Roll.

4. The London Candy Co. Deeming itself a boutique British confectioner, offering "approved-by-the-Queen Cadbury's" chocolates, The London Candy Co. offers England's most cherished sweets right in Manhattan. Rowntree’s wine gums, Horlick’s malted milk drinks are among the favorites.

If you've never tasted the difference between Cadbury chocolate made in England, and that made in the U.S., you’re in for a real treat.

5. Candy Cab. The next time you want to hail a cab, flag down the Candy Cab. This taxi is run by Mansoor Khalid. Once you're inside, Khalid will flick on the lights and music, and provide you with a fist full of candy.

Offering this sweet ride does not come cheap for Mr. Khalid. The average cost to fill the car with candy is $300 a month. So why does he do this? Khalid works tirelessly because he believes it just takes one act of kindness, or in his case, sweetness, to turn someone's day around.

Enjoy these and other fine confection stores in New York City during National Candy Month by staying in a New York City timeshare rental. They start as low as $171/night right in downtown Manhattan.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Brussels

Stock Exchange Square in Brussels, Belgium. Submitted by Agnes D., currently living in France.

This square, next door to Brussels’ famed Grand Place, was recently cordoned off to traffic and opened for a public picnic. About a block away the Grand Place is a square that is surrounded by centuries-old buildings all in stunning ornate architecture.

The Grand Place the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Take a timeshare vacation and enjoy exploring Europe’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites by staying in Europe timeshare rentals.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

FTC Cracks Down on Timeshare Resale Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state agencies have announced a major takedown of timeshare property resale scams used to rope in unsuspecting consumers.

The agency announced 191 separate actions, including three FTC cases, 83 civil actions filed by 28 states, and 25 actions taken by law enforcement in 10 other countries. Also, 184 individuals are facing criminal prosecution by federal and state prosecutors.

“Con artists take advantage of timeshare owners who have been in tough financial straits and are desperate to sell their timeshares,” Charles A. Harwood, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said during a press conference in Miami.

 “They persuade owners to pay fat up-front fees by saying they have someone ready to buy the property, but that’s a lie," said Harwood. Harwood had this advice for timeshare owners: "Never pay for a promise, get everything in writing first, and pay only after your unit is sold."

“We cannot allow our vulnerable real property owners to continue to be the target of fraud schemes,” said Wilfredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

“These victims, many of them elderly or in financial distress, looked to sell their units to help make ends meet or pay other bills. Instead, they were defrauded out of more than $14 million in total. Such fraud will not be tolerated,” said Ferrer.

How it works

Fraudulent timeshare resellers lure consumers into paying hefty upfront fees, falsely claiming to have interested buyers ready to pay top dollar for the properties. They claim sales are about to happen, but there are no buyers, and consumers lose hundreds or thousands of dollars.

These scams reach consumers via unsolicited email, and radio, TV and online advertising. To help people avoid these kinds of scams, the FTC has updated its consumer education materials on new and emerging travel and timeshare resale frauds.

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Source: Consumer Affairs

Friday, June 07, 2013

3 Top Cancun Beaches off the Beaten Track for Your Timeshare Vacation

Cancun is not for everyone, with its glitzy nightlife and uber-active crowds. But a timeshare vacation to Mexico’s Caribbean Jewel could still be in your future if you want to simply focus on the amazing beaches.

The area has more than 80 miles of white-sand Caribbean beaches, and many people feel that the scenery and beach quality rival the more elite islands such as Turks & Caicos. The trick is to look beyond Cancun's strip to the broader area called the Riviera Maya.

This district historically started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum and was originally called the Cancun - Tulum corridor, but in 1999 it was renamed the Riviera Maya.

A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the length of the Riviera Maya southward to Guatemala.

This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world, and is one of the reasons the beaches along the Riviera Maya are so outstanding.

Below are three of the most beautiful beaches outside of Cancun:

1. Isla Mujeres 
Located six miles off the coast of Cancun and reached by ferry it offers a special “postcard soft-sand beach.” Extended shallow water appeals to families with young children. The most popular mode of transportation is a golf cart, and for such a compact place, there's an remarkable number of restaurant to explore..

2. Playa Mujeres 
This upscale area has cropped up just north of Cancun, in the opposite direction of busy Riviera Maya. It's a secluded, almost untouched stretch of coastline with nothing else around, and is the kind of place where you can enjoy peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, and even fishing or snorkeling.

3. Tulum (see top photo)
South of the Tulum ruins, this beach is located at the far end of Riviera Maya, about an hour and a half from Cancun, and actually fairly near the Balize border. The beaches here are some of the most pristine on the Yucatan, making this destination worth a day trip from your Cancun timeshare rental.

Cancun timeshare rentals range from budget-friendly to posh, and everything in between.

Photo Credit:

Source: Gadling

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Discover Edinburgh's Historic Beltane Fire Festival

This is a festival not to be missed, so now is the time to start planning a timeshare vacation visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, for next spring to experience the magic of the Scottish capital’s annual Beltane Fire Festival.

Join in the celebrations and say goodbye to winter in style by watching some of folklore’s famous figures in a traditional Beltane procession before the lighting of the Beltane bonfire at the witching hour.

This beloved yearly event, which has been running since 1987, is a revival of an ancient pagan festival designed to celebrate the arrival of spring and the fertility of the land.

Beltane was one of eight festivals that took place during the course of the pagan year and its main feature was the lighting of fires, the smoke and flames from which were believed to cleanse the land, protect it from dark forces and prevent disease in livestock.

A sacred fire, known as the Neid Fire, would be lit during each hamlet’s Beltane celebration, and this would
be used to light larger bonfires.

Thousands of people head to Edinburgh each year to participate in the festival, which takes place on Calton
Hill in the heart of the city.

What you’ll see at a Beltane Fire Festival

The fun generally starts at 9.30 at night. The Neid Fire will be lit and a procession, led by the May Queen and the Green Man, will make its way around the hill from the National Monument to the location of the bonfire, then to its final destination, known as the Bower, bringing the whole area alive with the sound of drums.

During the procession, which represents a dance through the world of spirits, the May Queen will attempt to
convince the Horned God that it is time for him to oust winter and welcome in the summer.

You can watch the procession pass from a fixed point in the park, or follow it as it makes its way to the Bower. You can also enjoy the spectacle of the lighting of the main bonfire at midnight and watch the procession’s participants dance before they enter the Bower to enjoy a well-earned feast.

When you make plans to attend the Beltane Fire Festival, you can make the most of your visit by exploring Edinburgh’s many attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

You can also enjoy unique and delicious dining experiences in the many top-rated Edinburgh restaurants.

Check out the many Scotland timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges available.

Our guest author, Jason Phillips, is a freelance writer and blogger for a number of sites. He has a passion for traveling to different places and writing about them, and is currently planning a holiday through the Baltic Travel Company, specialists in Baltic travel.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Timeshare Travel - 3 Top Thrill Rides Opening Summer 2013

With Memorial Day behind us and the summer just beginning, this is a good time to scope out what the theme parks around the country have been up to. Plan your timeshare vacation this summer to check out these exciting new thrill rides.

1. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO.
Type: Wood-steel hybrid roller coaster
Outlaw Run's track features three inversions, as well as the steepest drop of any coaster of its type in the world. It stands at 162 feet tall, with the near-vertical first drop plummeting toward the ground below at an 81-degree angle.

Outlaw Run also features a unique 720-degree double barrel roll element, hits a top speed of 68 miles per hour, and boasts 9 "airtime" hills. It is themed to fit in with the overall 1880s-era stylings of the Silver Dollar City theme park. 

There are many timeshare rentals in Branson available for a fun, budget-friendly vacation.

2. Full Throttle - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA.
Type: Steel launched roller coaster, magnetic propulsion system
Long billed as the "roller coaster capital of the world", Six Flags Magic Mountain will bring its total number of coasters up to an incredible 18 with the debut of Full Throttle.

The park promises that the new addition will be the tallest, fastest looping coaster in the world. Full Throttle will feature a record-breaking 160-foot loop. It also boasts a number of other unique elements, including a "top hat" element that spans the other side of the loop, and a total of three launch sections.

Check out a budget-friendly Southern California timeshare rental for the best vacation accommodations. 

3. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - SeaWorld Orlando, FL
Type: Dark ride
SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is considered one of the most unusual and ambitious rides to open at any theme park in recent years. Billed as "the world's coldest theme park attraction", it will combine a thrilling dark ride with a world-class animal exhibit.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin's plot follows a Gentoo penguin who leads guests on an adventure through icy waters from a penguin's viewpoint. Like Mystic Manor, the ride will employ a "trackless" ride system that will enable it to offer a different experience every time, and guests can select one of several "thrill levels.”

At the end of the ride, guests disembark their vehicles for a closer look at the penguins. The new exhibit will house Gentoo, Rockhopper, Adelie and King penguins.

Choose a budget-friendly Orlando timeshare rental for a great resort vacation experience.

Source: Theme Park Tourist

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Elvis?

Elvis tribute artist in Las Vegas, NV. Submitted by Travis Johnson, Eugene, Oregon.

An entire network of Elvis tribute artists exists and today you can come across "Elvis" just about anywhere in the world. Elvis Presley is iconically associated with Las Vegas, and that Party City is alive with Elvis sightings.

For your own Elvis experience take a timeshare vacation by staying in a budget-friendly Las Vegas timeshare rental.

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Monday, June 03, 2013

ARDA - American Timeshare Vacationers Are Leaving Work at Home

Vacations are important and necessary, and going on a timeshare vacation this summer may be one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Americans traditionally have a hard time not only taking the time to go on a vacation, but unplugging when on one. 

The good news is that a recent study by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) finds that people have begun to understand the health benefits of a vacation, especially as to how a break from work does, in the long run, make that job easier and more productive.

In order for a vacation to be beneficial, however, leaving that work at home is also part of the equation. The ARDA study results show that contrary to popular belief, Americans do know how to unplug, unwind, and rejuvenate on vacation.

A recent survey of 1,000 vacationers, conducted by The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG) for ARDA, indicates an impressive 75 percent of respondents not doing any work on their vacations.

“Our industry has long advocated for taking a true vacation—not just working from a nicer place,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.

“Today’s leading health studies reinforce our message—that there are so many physical and mental health benefits that come with really ‘unplugging.’ And we’re happy to see so many people doing so.”

Only 12 percent of respondents admitted working one or two days while on vacation, and 13 percent said they did some work over three days. But a full 87 percent said they would prefer to vacation without having to do any work.

Vacationers are still bringing their technology on leisure travel. However, in most cases, it is for pleasure and not work. Fifty-one percent brought their laptop, but only 17 percent of them used it for work. Thirty-nine percent brought their iPad or tablet device, with only nine percent using either device for work.

Taking a vacation at a timeshare resort, whether you buy a timeshare on the resale market, or stay in a timeshare rental, makes unplugging almost a no-brainer.

The timeshare is spacious, giving you an opportunity to truly relax. And the timeshare resort is chocked-full of amenities, including pools with waterpark features, hot tubs, tennis courts, and even arcade game rooms. 

Many timeshare resorts also offer more opportunities for relaxation and fun, such as golf, water sports, arts and craft classes, dancing classes, on-site clubs with karaoke, barbecue get-togethers, volleyball tournaments, ice cream socials – the list is endless.

You’ll be so busy relaxing that you won’t have a chance to even think about work.

Take a look at budget-friendly timeshare rentals available around the world.