How To benefit From Frequently Visited Timeshare Properties

Integrating Into Your Vacation Life

When you own a timeshare, you have the option of staying either in the same place or a different place each year. By using timeshare exchange companies, you can exchange your weeks or points for just about any location in the world. However, there are many people who enjoy going to the same location every year and timeshares are a great way of accommodating this. These people enjoy the benefits a timeshare provides them to them it’s about creating a second life in another country, with a different lifestyle, different friends and a different mentality. The beauty of it is that it can be achieved without having to give up an existing lifestyle.

Commitment to Longevity

The true beauty of a timeshare property can come out of regular annual (or perhaps more frequent) visits over a long period of time that allows a complete integration into the surroundingVacation in other countries environment and community. By getting to know locals, making friends and creating a social life in the second home, individuals can really start to feel like the timeshare is a home away from home. This of course won’t happen overnight and a commitment will be needed to nurturing and maintaining relationships and connections. Little things like learning the local language or finding out about local history don’t take up too much time on a daily or weekly basis but can lead to big steps forward in integrating with a community. After all, being accepted as more than just a tourist is a unique part of owning a timeshare that the vast majority of holiday formats simply can’t facilitate. It is one of the reasons why timeshare owners go to so much trouble to ensure their purchase is made from a credible source, so that it would provide them with years of enjoyment.

Learn from Mistakes

Getting to know a new environment is never easy. No matter how many times a person has resettled or how many different environments have been experienced, there are some lessons that every new location holds. There is perhaps none more common than the touristy mistakes that make an individual stand out as a newcomer like a sore thumb. It doesn’t matter if this is a mispronunciation with comic implications or a brave local delicacy tasting that back fires. Every time it happens it is embarrassing, and most everyone feels about a foot tall in the aftermath.

But it is no cliché to say that these little moments truly do make the best stories in time to come and when people in the local community can laugh along with such instances it can be as much a sign of acceptance as anything else. Take any mistakes as part of the learning curve, find out from other people about their mistakes and learn from the whole mix. Don’t make the mistake of allowing a fear of rejection to prevent a community acceptance that will come over time. The only thing that can really prevent people from settling in to a timeshare location and accepting it as a second home is the decision to stop trying.

Share and Share Alike

You may make the mistake of thinking that those entering a new group or new community are the only ones who should be open to learning. Any community or group of friends that wants to accept new people will want to do so because they want to learn about and get to know these new people as much as they want you to learn and become a part of their community. There is nothing more inviting in a learning and integration experience than for everyone to be taking part in the learning and sharing experiences equally. It is a common, almost clichéd, aspect of human nature that the more others share with us, the more we are willing and open to sharing ourselves.

Stick Around

When timeshare holders make the decision and then take the steps to integrate into their holiday home community, a change in mindset happens. In choosing to be a part of the new community, the timeshare stops being simply an investment for profit and more a part of life that’s committed to for the long term.


This blog was written by our guest blogger, Evie Pearce.

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About the author

Evie Pearce is a freelance writer and mother of two. After giving up her career in the hospitality and tourism industry to become a mother, she turned to writing about it instead. A keen traveler, she likes to have her dogs take her for a walk most evenings before pretending her husband is a good cook.

How to Choose a Timeshare You Will Love

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Do Your Research Before Buying a Timeshare

Everyone loves the idea of going on a vacation at least once per year. However, the hassle of trying to find out just where you are going to stay, how much it is going to cost, and whether they even have rooms available is a pain. Instead of going the traditional route with their vacation, many people are using timeshares instead because of the benefits that they can offer. For example, when you have a timeshare for your vacation, you never have to worry about where you are going to be able to stay! Of course, it is important to make sure that you are choosing the right option for you and your family. Here are some of the things that you have to consider when you are getting a timeshare.

Look at the Location

Where do you want to vacation? Do you have a spot where you and the family love to visit every year? If you do, then you are going to want to make sure that you are choosing a timeshare that is in that vicinity. If you haven’t yet thought about where you like to vacation, it’s time to do that now. Whether you want to stay on the beach or in the mountains, make sure that you are choosing one that you really like! The ability to exchange your timeshare is one of the reasons that timeshares are the world’s most flexible form of vacation ownership. Timeshare exchange companies essentially allow timeshare owners to trade their time at their “home resort” for time at one of a number of affiliated resorts within a given exchange network. Read more about timeshare exchange companies.

Understand the Features and Amenities

When you are buying into a timeshare, make sure you know the amenities that come with the Timeshare on a Beachtimeshare, and the features that it offers. Where is the unit located? Who takes care of the maintenance? Does the timeshare offer any special features such as a fitness room or a pool? If you can, visit the timeshare in person first. Otherwise, you can look at photos online and read testimonials of those who have property there.

Find a Price that Works

You need to make sure that you have a price that is going to work well for you too. Buying a timeshare is going to be far more affordable than buying a vacation home, but you do need to make sure that the money you spend on the property, and the annual fees, is worth what you receive!

Start looking for your own beautiful timeshare property today. You are going to love it!

Timeshare Exchanges


Fancy Vacationing Somewhere Different This Year?

Timeshares may get a lot of bad press for being associated with scams, but in reality the majority of timeshares are genuine (read our blog article ‘Ten Signs it’s a Timeshare Scam’ for advice on how to spot a scam), and make for a fantastic addition to your property portfolio. Timeshares in getaway beach destinations such as Florida, Colorado, and Mexico provide buyers with a relaxing holiday each year without having to worry about the cost of accommodation. A common reason people are put off time shares is the idea of having to vacation in the same place each year, but this needn’t be the case. As a timeshare owner you have the option of arranging a timeshare exchange. Not sure what a timeshare exchange is? Remember the film The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? Well, in the film Diaz swaps her luxury LA home with Winslet’s cottage in the English countryside for two weeks over Christmas. This is basically what a timeshare exchange is, except that you will only be exchanging holiday homes; not your actual home.

Finding a Timeshare Exchange

The best thing about a timeshare exchange is that you can arrange one with anyone, anywhere across the world; you are not required to stick to a single country. So if you fancy two weeks in the French Alps, or three on the Spanish coast, there is nothing to stop you from having the holiday of your dreams. The only problem is actually finding a timeshare in your desired destination, and arranging for the swap; this is where it can get slightly tricky. If your timeshare resort is owned by a company which also owns several other resorts across the world, it is possible they may provide an open exchange system. Speak to the resort company to find out where their other resorts are, and whether it is possible for you to participate in a timeshare swap. Another option is to go through an exchange company. These companies facilitate the exchanging of time shares, matching peoples’ requirement to what other timeshare owners have to offer. All you have to do is sign up for the exchange company and indicate potential places and dates for your holiday.

Permanent Swaps

What can you do if you’ve gotten all you can get from your current timeshare but don’t feel like selling just yet? Go in for a permanent timeshare swap. Permanent timeshare swaps can be used if you want to retain a timeshare holiday home but in an alternative destination, and they work in a similar way to a regular timeshare exchange. There are various online platforms available where you can advertise your own timeshare unit, and browse other units you may be interested in. Though it would be possible to arrange an international permanent timeshare swap, it would be easier, and likely more beneficial in the long run, to swap within the country.

Alternative Ways to Use Your Timeshare

Many people are driven to increasing their mortgages to pay debt off; a process called ‘debt consolidation’. The thinking is that as interest rates on mortgages are low, it is the best way to pay off debts quickly without accumulating loads of interest. This thinking is not entirely correct, as there are lots of potential pitfalls to consider. In short, consolidating your debts in this way is only recommended as a last resort. If you are a timeshare owner, you may wish to consider using your timeshare as a way to boost your financial situation. Renting out your timeshare when you are not using it is a potential route to go down. In this scenario you have the flexibility to dictate your cost and terms of rental, but you will need to check you are abiding by the terms of your contract with the resort company. Alternatively you could sell your timeshare to release the funds as a short-term solution to financial difficulty. Take a look at the ‘Sell Your Timeshare’ section on our website for more information on how to successfully sell.

This blog was written by our guest blogger, Evie Pearce.

If you are interested in writing a guest blog, please send an email to : for consideration

 About the author

Evie Pearce is a freelance writer and mother of two. After giving up her career in the hospitality and tourism industry to become a mother, she turned to writing about it instead. A keen traveler, she likes to have her dogs take her for a walk most evenings before pretending her husband is a good cook.

RCI Adds 150 Resorts to Its Timeshare Exchange Network

Are you the owner of an RCI affiliated timeshare? Your vacation network just got bigger! This week, at the ARDA World 2012 Annual Convention and Exposition, RCI announced that it has added more than 150 new affiliated properties to its international network of more than 4,000 resorts.

The new resorts include Hawaii’s Aulani Resort & Spa from Disney Vacation Club, Tahiti Village in Las Vegas and new locations stretching from Vietnam (at Vietnam’s Hon Tam Eco-Green Resort) to Italy (at Castello Izzalini).

“We are proud to welcome these new affiliates, who have some of the best resorts in the most desired locations around the world,” said Geoff Ballotti, CEO of RCI. “With more quality resorts to choose from, we know our subscribing members will be happy to add these new properties to their vacation wish lists.”

Yay for more choices!

Interval International adds Portugal Resort

Interval International has added another coveted property to its ever expanding inventory of timeshare resorts available for exchange. Nestled in a 22 acre valley of olive trees on the southern tip of Portugal and overlooking the Monchique mountains , Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa in Algarve is a seaside oasis that is sure to be a hit with owners looking for a unique timeshare exchange.

Set against a backdrop of beautiful beaches and rocky coastline, sunny Algarve is renowned for its golf, nightlife and natural beauty. This European timeshare offers two outdoor swimming pools, a health club with a heated indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi as well as outdoor swimming pools and a gymnasium. The onsite spa offers a wide range of beauty treatments and massage. If you’re looking to spice up your annual vacation, exchange your Interval International affiliated timeshare week for a week at Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa.