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Spice up your home resort holiday experience (original)

Holiday snaps looking familiar?

If your a timeshare owner who visits their home resort regularly it's easy to fall into the trap of revisiting familiar attractions and popular areas. You have been there done that at your resort and while you are happy to be an owner your passion for holidaying at your resort has lost its initial enthusiasm.

One year tends to blur into another and even the holiday snaps look familiar.


If this is the case then we need to review our holidays and start putting in a little fun home work. 


Why not experiment and try something different what about.....

...perhaps there's different types of attractions open at a different time of the year?

  1. If your resort allows you the flexibility to holiday at different times of the year plan ahead. Contact your local tourist board or equivalent and find out what tends to happen at different seasons of the year within the location of your resort. Could there be any festivals, carnivals, shows, what's it like at Christmas or New Year? If you normally holiday at high season would there be less traffic or queues at a different time of the year?

    If you normally holiday low season perhaps there's different types of attractions open at a different time of the year?

    If you aren't tied to school schedules, venturing out during the off season can be extremely rewarding: smaller crowds, less extreme weather, cheaper airfares and shorter lines at attractions are just a few of the potential rewards. Perhaps you'd like to visit Florida in the winter rather than summer; according to the locals, that's when the weather is best. What's more, queues to meet up with Mickey mouse and company are shorter.

    And even if a summer holiday is required, why not go to a ski resort? Many offer hiking, horseback riding, river adventures and more -- plus, the summer heat is not as intense in the mountains (but it's still plenty warm enough for swimming and water sports).

    One caveat, though: Don't expect every attraction and restaurant to be open year-round in a highly seasonal locale such as Martha's Vineyard.  Spain
  2. The same principle applies if you can't move your holiday week what else is happening within your location. It's taking that unformilar step forward and trying something else perhaps on the recommendation from local staff at your resort or contacting the local tourist board or its equivalent. The Internet can become a great asset if used to to search for local attractions and events. 
  3. Travel a little further away from your resort, book a night away if there's something a little special that appeals to you. There's lots of deals that can be had to book a cheap getaway night. Arrange this before resort visit.
  4. Why not holiday with family and friends.  Extend the invitation to travel with friends or family as this is the best way to enjoy something you love by shareing it with others. Who needs an excuse to share quality time with family and friends. At your home resort you'll also get to play the roles of tour guide this will bring a new expeirence to you as well shairing this with those close to you.
  5. Daytrip further out -- maybe even stay overnight somewhere else for one night.

    If you're really set on going to your home resort and home week, there are still ways to expand your horizons. One idea is to expand your definition of what's close by and venture farther out from your resort base. If you're going to the Poconos, for example, why not visit Philadelphia's historic sites or take in a Broadway show in Manhattan, each about two hours' drive. You can use a last-minute booking site to find a relatively inexpensive one-night hotel stay. Get more ideas by checking Groupon, Living Social and other coupon sites for discounts on local attractions, restaurants and activities (you can search by region).
  6. Come up with a new "theme" each time.

    If you like to spend time planning your annual trips (because that's part of the fun!), then consider creating a new vacation theme each year. The possibilities include:
  • Shopping - finding and visiting each of the area's malls and outlets, with a pre-set objective of getting a new wardrobe
  • Culinary - not only locating the best restaurants, but learning about the local cuisine and maybe even participating in the process, like picking your own strawberries or harvesting oysters to prepare in your unit's kitchen
  • History - most places are famous, at least regionally, for some past event and/or person; find out who/what that is and soak up some local lore

The bottom line is that by doing a bit of homework beforehand, you can re-energize your vacations and get more value out of ownership. And isn't that what timeshare's all about?