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8 key areas that will enable you to design your timeshare holiday experience.

Some of us may be losing out on some great holiday time as we close off all other options. Perhaps we are restricting our options as have only a specific resort or area in mind when we have approached our Exchange Company.

There is nothing more dangerous than a closed mind

Some timeshare owners have said they have had some fantastic holidays even after ending up in a different resort from what they requested. Their Exchange Company had nothing else available and recommended another resort and sometimes even a different area or country!  The timeshare owner reluctantly agreed, but had a great time. Sometimes we get caught in a set pattern of holidays going back to the same or similar areas. Variety can be the spice of life!

Follow through on the process below to improve your holiday options and maybe experience your best ever holiday to date with the 8 points to further enhance your availability.

Ok, so homework time!  Grab a pen and paper and let’s open up ourselves to other holiday opportunities in timeshare.  The difference between a great holiday and one that is ok is preparation and planning.  Follow through on the process below and ask yourself the following questions:

Note: At this stage you just want a picture of the TYPE of holiday you want and not get closed off with focusing on one particular resort or destination.

1) What do you really want from your holiday?

This is the first question you should ask yourself. Put together your own personal “wish list” taking into account everyone else’s ideal requirements that will be holidaying with you.

Is the climate important?  If so, what type of climate? Is sightseeing on the agenda?  What about a Beach or a Pool? Would you like entertainment for adults and children?  Perhaps a golf course nearby is important?  Just make a list and prioritise. 

2) What other countries or areas could there be that could satisfy most of your holiday requirements? This requires a new sheet of paper.  Look through your Exchange Club Directory.  There is always a list of countries and areas you can holiday at and usually a reference to the climate for the time of year you wish to travel.

There are timeshare resorts in approximately 100 countries. Don’t close yourself off to just countries you are already familiar with.  Each holiday should be an adventure! It may well be that you were initially thinking about one specific area, but maybe there’s a number of destinations that could satisfy your holiday needs.  Sometimes we get locked into thinking of just one area. Look at which countries have a similar climate and the type of attractions you would wish to visit, for e.g. golf, beach, a quaint harbor or village close by.  List the countries and areas that you could consider. Use the Internet and Google to get some ideas. There are some great websites out there that provide these details. Make a list of all those suitable countries.

3) Ok next what size of accommodation would be ideal?  This is the next important question to work through. If you have children then an extra bedroom is important and so would a good-equipped kitchen to cater for their needs. Does the accommodation need to be disabled-friendly? Would it be nice to have a hot tub and what facilities would you like on the resort. What’s important to you or would be nice to have?

4) Select your ideal Resorts.  Now that you have a destination or destinations in mind, start reviewing the resorts in those areas.  Now that you have identified the type of accommodation you desire this could eliminate those resorts that might not have 2-3 bedroom apartments.  Some resorts may only have one-bedroom apartments.

Do your homework. Check out testimonials on a particular resort with your Exchange Company and also with the likes of Trip Advisor. Make sure the traveler writes them. If their testimonial provokes a question, phone the resort and ask them to clarify a concern and see if this is a true reflection or if the issue has been rectified.

What about spontaneous holidays are fun. Check out bonus weeks on the various Exchange Companies. Do a little homework and have an adventure. Bonus weeks - timeshares best kept secret!

5) When do you want or need to holiday? Do you have to take a specific week? If you can try to be open to a couple of dates, this flexibility can make all the difference to you having more choice and perhaps access to a more favorable resort. What about check in dates?  Some resorts have multiple check in days during the week?  For example, one resort may have a check in day on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Perhaps if you booked in for a Thursday there would be availability and maybe the Saturday is full.  Just by finding this out and suggesting to your Exchange Company that you can holiday earlier, if available, it can make all the difference.   Make sure that the check-in day fits in with your travel plans.  Perhaps your flights may not coincide with a Thursday check in.

6) OK, this one can make all the difference!  Select which timeshare Exchange service you want to use. Take the time out and review the list of Exchange Companies you may wish to use in addition to your existing Exchange Company.  It may not cost you a penny to join but may well offer you other holiday options to consider.  Just maybe they might have some great bonus weeks you might also be able to consider. Bonus weeks - timeshares best kept secret!

7) Now we want to plan some holiday fun outside of the resort!  Use Google to check out the area of where you intend to holiday, for example, Orlando in the USA: Google search Orlando USA children’s attractions or Orlando USA Italian restaurants. Plan ahead and get an idea of what’s available in the area you wish to holiday. You will come across websites devoted to specific areas or a local tourist board with lists of attractions.

8) Off the wall! Why not check out when various festivals or special events take place around the world and plan ahead so you can join in. There are websites devoted to this. A simple Google search will identify them.  Get your pen and paper out and create a bucket list. Would you like to see the wild dolphins?  Find out where and when. There are some great testimonials from timeshare owners who have holidayed in timeshare taking in a Safari. What about a week’s holiday in a catamaran sailing from island to island with a manned crew? Maybe a Winnebago touring the USA or Australia?  Dream it, plan it and it will happen!

If you work the system you cannot beat timeshare holidays. Own the right way that suites the way you holiday. 


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Why not throw in some spontaneity as suggested? It is getting a sense of adventure and this is a fun way to holiday. It is also a chance to create a positive change to our everyday life. We can step out and have some real stories to tell our family and friends. Timeshare brings about a sense of balance in life.                                                                               

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Another question put to me is “That’s all very well but I can’t always plan ahead what can I do”?

All the points above still apply except obviously requesting at the earliest opportunity that your Exchange Clubs rules allow. There is no substitute for a little research and preparation prior to your holiday so put in a little time it could make all the difference.

Timeshare gives us the chance to step out of our everyday life. We can plan different types of holidays and have some real stories to tell our family and friends.

Plan as far as you’re able and request your holiday requirements armed with the results of your investigation. You may end up with a very happy accident. I have interviewed many timeshare owners who have said one of the very best holidays they ever had was the recommendation given by the Exchange Company as an alternative holiday as the holiday of their choice was not available.  Some came out of their comfort zone and tried somewhere new and perhaps even a different style of holiday and had a great time.

Do your research as suggested in the points above and make a decision based on a little fact-finding. If the Exchange Company does not have available the holidays you requested then don’t necessarily accept the first option. If your Exchange Company allows ask them to hold the week if possible for a short period. It won’t take you that long to follow through on the points suggested above and to check out the area(s) and resort(s) that have been recommended.

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Authors Comments

Most timeshare owners could improve their holiday choice by familarising themselves with the key booking requirements relative to their Exchange Company. If your not a organised person than use simple techniques to assist you when to request your holiday. Write on your calender the earliest date that you can call or request online your next holiday.

Your holiday time out is one of the most important occassions that you can plan as its quality time with those you really care for. The difference it can make to your holiday experiences with some simple planning will be remembered forever with happy memories and some great treasured moments captured on camera.

In summary, exchanging your timeshare sometimes just needs a little knowledge and its application. Try to be a little flexible and consider the 8 points proposed and be prepared to share great holiday adventures with your loved ones using timeshare.


Very Best Wishes and Happy Holidays!


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