In the past, timeshares have a somewhat bad reputation. The pressure from sales associates to purchase the week, the red tape that must be gone through if you do decide to purchase, and sometimes, once the deed is done-the difficulty in getting the destination you want at the time you want it.
My husband and I are the owners of two timeshares. What made us get the second one? We were in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, several years ago, and I lay the blame on the sun’s heat, the lovely time we were having, and one too many margarita’s. Nevertheless, our family has come to realize that these timeshares (the other is in Orlando, Florida), are the best way for the five of us to travel and stay on a budget.
First off, with our timeshares, we are able to travel just about anywhere. It is amazing how many places they are to go once you start looking. Second, because we own 2 and 3 bedroom sized condos, it assures us that we will all have a place to lay our heads without being crowded.
What I, as a wife and mother, consider one of the best things about staying in a timeshare is the kitchen that comes with it. One of the easiest ways to save money while on vacation is to not eat out every meal. In our case, some non-perishables are packed in the car for the drive to the resort, and more groceries are bought once we arrive at our destination. If we happen to fly, all groceries are bought at local supermarkets there.
Most timeshares have come a long way, furnishing wise, since these condos first started being built. Sure, we have had our share of 15-year-old decorating in some, but the majority we have been really pleased with our accommodations. Almost all have a dining area and kitchen bar to take your meals at, multiple TV’s and DVD players. The master bedrooms have enormous king-sized beds, and often a seating area as well. Second and or third bedrooms usually have a queen size or twin beds and the living room – a pull our couch.
For my husband and I, the best part of the condo is the furnished balcony, preferably with an ocean view. Over the years we have sat on those balconies with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, taking in the area. Some of the places have included views of the ocean at Daytona Beach, Sanibel Island and of course Mexico. We’ve also looked at the mountains of Maine, watched the locals go about their business in Maui, and most recently-the space shuttle lift off in Cocoa Beach.
My family, kids included, have wanderlust in our blood. Without staying in timeshares, I don’t think we could afford to travel as much as we do. Getting in when and where we want to hasn’t been much of a problem. Sometimes we haven’t gotten our first choice, but the second has been just as good.
As for the pushy sales people, if you don’t have the money, or simply not interested, say no thanks and walk away. It’s as simple as that.