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Spending Easter at the timeshare this year? Fresh spring flowers and egg hunts are just the beginning! Why not take a bright new, travel-sized twist on your family’s classic traditions and bring the holiday along for the ride!

Enjoy the whimsical fun of Easter right in your timeshare kitchen. Add a pop of color to your trip with these simple, two-ingredient tricks for decorating eggs—perfect for any age! Then dig in to a simple and tasty Easter brunch. We promise you’ll go back for seconds!

Decorating Eggs

Tie-Dye Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs
(Source: Crafty Morning)

Tie-Dye Koolaid Colored Easter Eggs

Kool-Aid Tie-Dye Easter Eggs
(Source: Kraft Recipes)

Sharpie Decorated Easter Eggs

Sharpie Easter Eggs
(Source: Mom.me)

Easter Brunch

Bunny Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls
(Source: A Girl and a Glue Gun)

Maple Brown Sugar Crockpot Ham

Crockpot Maple Brown Sugar Ham
(Source: Life in the Lofthouse)

Ham and Cheese Scones

Ham and Cheese Scones
(Source: Baker By Nature)

Fresh Berry Bruschetta

Fresh Berry Bruschetta
(Source: Better Homes and Gardens)

 

For more tips, tricks and recipes, check out our Travel Size Easter Pinterest board! pinterest logo

 

 

 

 

The March 2016 issue of Consumer Reports delves into whether timeshare vacations are a good value.  They examine the costs of vacationing at the Disney World Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando, Florida from two perspectives: renting and owning.  They find that after a certain number of years, owning a timeshare pays off.

Read the full Consumer Reports article.

In a sister article, “The Timeshare Comes of Age,” Consumer Reports reviews the changes the industry has seen through the years, including becoming more consumer-friendly and transparent.  The article talks about the appeal of timeshare for a younger demographic and what to consider if you are thinking of buying.

Consumer Reports serves consumers through unbiased product testing and ratings, research, journalism, public education, and advocacy.  This kind of unbiased assessment of timeshare is a testament for this type of better vacationing.

Have you ever gone on vacation, opened up your suitcase and realized you forgot something?  Figuring out what to bring can sometimes make or break your vacation.

Whether a winter vacation means outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding or sledding or playing family games huddled together around a fire, take a few minutes to make a list of items that would help make your vacation great.

For timeshare vacationers, a packing list is about creating a cozy atmosphere for your entire family! Here are five items to add to your suitcase:

  • Slippers. Slip your feet into a comfortable pair of slippers on lazy mornings or after a tiring day of outdoor activities. It instantly makes your timeshare feel like home!
  • Robe. It’s easy to forget a robe but it adds such a cozy touch when you tuck it into your bag…
  • Favorite spices. Most timeshare kitchens have the basic spices, but bringing a few of your favorites mean you have them if you need them – whether it’s nutmeg for egg nog or cinnamon for French toast. Put a tablespoon of each in a Ziploc bag – it takes up very little space!
  • Freshly brewed coffee. Adding a bag of ground coffee to a corner of your suitcase will surely make you happy the morning after you arrive!  It will save you from making a trip to the grocery store when you first get there.
  • Favorite book. Timeshare accommodations usually mean quiet space for everyone.  Take advantage of the time and space to get into that book that has been laying on your nightstand for weeks. Just don’t forget to pack it!

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What is on your list of “must-haves” to take on your winter vacation with you?  www.vacationbetter.org

As we wrap up another year, many of us begin to think about what we might do better next year – to get healthier, spend more time with our families, or even just be more relaxed.   There’s one resolution we can all make that should be easy to do.  Take your vacation time!  All of it.  You’ve earned it and you deserve it!

But, that’s not happening.  According to Expedia.com’s Vacation Deprivation study, Americans were given 15 days off this year, but the only took 11.  This is even worse than 2014.  We are not moving in the right direction.  In fact, 53% of Americans feel they are “somewhat or very” vacation deprived; understandable, as Americans take about half the number of vacation days as their peers worldwide.

But, when looking at timeshare owners, it’s a different story.  A recent survey of over 1,000 vacationers conducted for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)* by research group Leger shows that an impressive one third of timeshare owners took four or more vacations in the last three years, compared to only 18 percent of non-owners.

They are taking their vacations because they are pre-paid, they are easy to plan and owners know when they arrive at their resort destination, they will have a great vacation.  So, in 2016 make it a priority to use all of your vacation time.  And learn more about timeshare as a better way to vacation.

* 2015 Leger omnibus survey

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Vacations are meant to be fun, and sometimes, they can be a little too fun. Especially when celebrating the holidays or special occasion. But don’t let an excess of fun ruin your whole next day! We’ve compiled a list of go-to tips for kicking that holiday hangover and getting your vacation back on track.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Hydrate with anything and everything you can all day long—water, sports drinks, soup broth or even pickle juice—the salt and electrolytes are what will bring you back to life and get you back out the door. Coconut water has become increasingly popular recently because of its supercharged hydrating qualities and electrolytes.

Eat a banana. The potassium helps combat the dehydrating effect of alcohol.

Ginger tea. Upset stomach? Ginger has natural stomach-settling qualities.

Eat breakfast. Your best bet is eggs, which are high in cysteine, which helps your body process the toxins in alcohol. Tomatoes have lots of vitamin C (which you’ll be lacking), and if you can’t face a full plate, drink a smoothie (with lots of fruit) to up your blood sugar and replenish at least one or two nutrients you might have lost the previous night.

Go back to bed. Seriously—you’re on vacation! Sleep in a little. Sometimes just an extra hour is all you need. And don’t be afraid to take a nap later in the day. You may not want to miss out on anything, but you’ll miss out on less if you’re feeling recovered.

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It’s hard to say no to impulsively purchasing expensive snacks when your stomach is growling and you don’t have anything on hand. Whether you’re at the airport, wandering around an amusement park, or just relaxing in your unit, somehow, with nothing else on hand, you’ll convince yourself that it’s absolutely fine to spend beaucoup bucks on a quick bite to eat. But these little spur-of-the-moment purchases add up and can keep you from being able to spend a little extra on the meals that matter—the ones you spend with others.

Having snacks on hand can help combat this as well as make for a happier vacation for everyone. Throw some of these snacks in your bag and never be caught feeling “hangry” again.

Travel-Friendly “No Fridge” Necessary Foods:

  • Jerky
  • Snack bars like Larabars, Granola bars, or Cliff bars
  • Granola
  • Trail mix
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Individual packets of nut butter
  • Fresh fruits like apples, bananas, etc.
  • Freeze-dried fruit
  • Cheese crackers
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Applesauce
  • Popcorn
  • Fresh vegetables (carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, etc.)
  • Cheese sticks
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Fruit leather or fruit snacks
  • Rice Krispy treats
  • Animal crackers

Don’t feel like packing? Add them to your vacation shopping list and pick them up at a local grocery store as soon as you arrive. Just don’t forget to pack a little something for the plane or car ride there!

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The best part of holiday vacations is celebrating in your own special way, with your own traditions. But there’s no reason why jetting off to someplace warm means you don’t get to enjoy traditional Christmas celebrations. Or that you have to sacrifice a comfortable and relaxed Christmas morning because you have to get everyone up and dressed in order to make it to breakfast on time.

That’s the perk of having a kitchen in your timeshare! Enjoy the age-old traditions of holiday cookies and spending Christmas morning in your pajamas, all while starting a few new traditions of your own.

Easy Holiday Treats

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(From Essentially Eclectic)

 

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(From Cooking Classy)

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(From Cooking Classy)

 

Christmas Morning Breakfast

Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake that can feed a crowd!  Make ahead of time over the holidays and enjoy a relaxing breakfast.  Recipe at livelaughrowe.com

(From Live Laugh Rowe)

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(From I Can Teach My Child)

 

And regardless of where you spend your winter months, hot chocolate is always the right choice.

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(From One She Two She)

 

 

 

“What’s for dinner?”  That’s a tough one, especially when followed by, “or should we just go out?”

Fixing a meal on vacation can be easy for some and stressful for others, but the additional cost-savings makes it the choice for many families. Other times, trying new restaurants or celebrating with family is the easy choice. But, if you’re like many families, deciding which option is best for your group is half the battle!

So we’ve put together this handy flow chart that might help you decide when it’s time to stay in and cook, and when it’s time to go out and splurge.

Remember, you’re on vacation – there are no rules! It’s your vacation, how and when you want it.

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Vacationing today is all about customization as more and more travelers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to planning a vacation.  A new infographic from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) shows how a timeshare vacation experience is different from a traditional vacation – choosing when you want, where you want and how you want to vacation.

A few statistics about timeshare vacations that may surprise you:

  • More than 5,300 timeshare resorts located in 100 countries
  • Beach, desert, mountains, rural settings – the variety of destinations is endless
  • Explore new places or reconnect with loved ones in familiar settings

Luxury resort accommodations but with the comforts of home means relaxing, elbow space for everyone!

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