Jul 082011
 
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Are you traveling this summer?  We don’t have any trips planned until we head to Maine in October for my brother’s wedding, but we are already looking forward to a family vacation next summer and making plans for a bigger trip in either 2013 or 2014.  Finding ways to save on travel has always been my M.O. and with the economy still not doing all that well, I know that people are looking for ways to save more so than ever before.
Wilderness Lodge
One option that you may want to consider is a timeshare rental.  Timeshare rentals are typically up to 50% cheaper than hotels and can allow you to stay at luxury hotels or resorts that you may not have found to be inside your budget through regular retail.  Not only can they be less expensive but you’re getting more space; timeshares have separate bedrooms, a living room, a dining area, a kitchen and either a balcony or a patio.

The kitchens are one of the things that make timeshare rentals such a great value.  You have a full-sized and fully-stocked food prep and storage area available 24 hours a day.  Instead of having to get up early and try and get your group showered and ready for the day in time to have breakfast you can sleep in an extra few minutes, grab an inexpensive breakfast at the rental, and then start your day.
Nassau, Bahamas

Most resorts also have great entertainment for the kiddos (and adults!).  Pools are pretty standard and most have waterpark features, hot tubs, playgrounds, tennis courts and arcade rooms.  Some rental properties also have mini-golf, volleyball, and bocci ball tourneys.  If you’d like to get a little social and meet new people while you’re traveling, some rental resorts host arts and crafts classes, ice cream socials and BBQ cookouts.

So how do you find a rental?  Well, you can start by searching a site like RedWeek.com.  RedWeek got it’s name from the term “red week”, which in the timeshare industry refers to a prime time to own a timeshare.  Relating the term to their company, RedWeek feels they are the best in the business.  They are the largest online timeshare marketplace with more than 1.5 million registered users and they have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating.
Honolulu, Hawaii

I searched around their site and one thing I found really excited me.  There are rentals listed for Disney properties!  And not just at Disney World, but also in Hawaii and Hilton Head.  I’ve always wanted to stay in a DVC property, and this site would allow me to do that.  Prices for Disney rentals start at about $100/night which is very reasonable.  If you don’t have a set destination in mind like I did, just check out their main page; it has a quick-look at the top rental destinations (Bahamas from $57/night?  Hmm…..)
If you’re considering a timeshare vacation, or you’d just like to learn more about some of the resort locations, a paid membership to RedWeek.com allows you access to reviews, contact information and more.  And one of you will win a free 2-year membership!



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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  2 Responses to “Traveling This Summer? Have You Considered a Timeshare Rental?”

  1. I learned a lot about time shares at redweek.com — I had heard of the term "time share" before but never really understood it. I'm traveling to Branson, MO in a few weeks and would love to see if they have anything on their site.

  2. Looks like the cheapest price for Disney's Boardwalk Villas is $125 a night. :)

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