One of the biggest expenses when it comes to a great vacation is where to stay. Even when our family travels just to see the in-laws, we always realize that our biggest expense while we are there will be the price of the hotel. Even with my military discount, and booking the reservation through ebates, it can still sometimes bust our vacation budget.
I’ve heard of renting houses during vacations, or even doing a house swap, but for us, that probably wouldn’t be feasible. I remembered when I was younger and the wonderful timeshare my grandfather owned in the Poconos. We always had a great time there, all of the families took turns using it, and the best part was that it was very cheap and we were able to have a full kitchen to make our own meals and a bedroom for everyone on the vacation. Now, I call that a real time of relaxation. But, that was within a family and I’d never heard of having that same opportunity without having to go in on a timeshare ourselves. Then, I was told about Redweek.
The idea behind Redweek is to offer Timeshare Rentals for those who like to save some serious dough on the places where they lay their heads during a vacation. For a frugal traveler, this is the best of both worlds; you’re able to find a full living space where you don’t have to rely on overpriced restaurants to feed you, or have to book extra rooms for a large group you are traveling with. It’s a great way to keep under budget and use those dollars to do more exploring (or shopping) on your vacation. You’re able to use luxury resorts and all their amenities, at a frugal price.
I decided to see if I could find a great timeshare rental for our trip to Puerto Rico for my birthday next year. We’re having about 10 people going, so a timeshare would be the best way to keep the costs down. I have to admit, after signing in and everything, I felt a little overwhelmed. There are lots of deals and so many different distractions. Luckily, there is also a blog where you can ease into the use of Redweek and get a Timeshare travel humor while you are at it. “Seymour O. DeSytes” made deciphering where to go, what to do and how to save while using Redweek seem doable. I ended up finding a few timeshares for Puerto Rico for at least 60% less than what we would pay getting a hotel for a whole week.
Have any of you experienced a vacation using a timeshare? Do any of you pay for timeshares?
Disclaimer: Redweek.com provided me with a free one year membership to their site for me to review. All opinions are my own.