Smart Things to Consider When Choosing between a Timeshare and a Vacation Club

Timeshare vacation packages might look like a pretty sweet deal. But we should wonder also why there are many owners who are trying to get out of their timeshare contracts these days. Compared to paying full price at a hotel for a week, timeshares can be a lot cheaper, and you don’t have to deal with being unable to get a room. However, there is also a dark side to timeshare vacation packages.

First, it limits your vacation options more than anything. With a timeshare unit, you get the condo/beach house/suite for your week, but that’s it. For example, if you can’t take your vacation at that same time next year, you still have the timeshare, and you’re still on the hook for all the fees unless you can find someone to rent it on short notice. Some timeshares do not even allow you to sublet.

Meanwhile, a vacation club is a better option for many travelers these days. They are offering discounts on all sorts of things, from hotels, to cruises, to airfare. There’s usually a membership fee but it’s a one-time thing. Travelers can book a trip whenever they want and leave just days later. So, it works when your vacation time is sporadic.

On the other hand, the best part of traveling is visiting and exploring new places. Vacation clubs will allow you to see new seas and cross new frontiers. For example, you can go to Barbados one year and Rio the next. With timeshare vacation packages, you’re stuck with the same old destination every year and once you get tired of it, you have to sell the timeshare and it is not always easy to unload.

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