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My husband and I became members of our timeshare club while visiting one of our favorite places—New York City. For us, membership resolved the potential “beach house dilemma” of vacationing in the same place year after year. Our passion was to explore new places and discover new cultures.

Our love of travel had begun when our family lived in Luxembourg for four years. It was one of those experiences that stayed with us forever, and as the years moved on, it became a desire of ours to create new memories with our two oldest grandsons. So, when they were nine and 11 years old, we decided to take them on a trip through Europe.

Our first European destination was London. We stayed at our timeshare resort for the first week of our two-week adventure and enjoyed every aspect of our vacation. The second week brought us to Brussels and Paris. We loved showing the boys the neighborhood their father had lived in, and we were enormously surprised at our resort in Luxembourg—it was so spacious and beautiful.

The city of Paris never fails to endear itself to travelers, but, while our grandsons were thrilled with the Louvre and the stunning scenery, they were most impressed with our accommodations—located right next door to the Eiffel Tower!

Throughout our vacation, our grandsons loved listening and learning from the different city guides, and got a thrill from sampling new and exotic foods—like the moules in Luxembourg, hot chocolate in Paris, and traditional European breakfasts everywhere.

Although my husband and I had spent many years in Europe before, traveling with our grandsons was particularly special. Back then, we couldn’t afford upscale hotels or the simple indulgences of a family vacation, so nothing feels better than being able to share the benefits of our club membership with our family and loved ones … for years to come.

–Phyllis Hopkins

This year my family had such a memorable Thanksgiving holiday thanks to our stay at our timeshare resort in Orlando, Florida. Back in February I decided it would be a great idea to get our entire family together for a vacation. My goal was to have my mom and my sister there because they live in different states, but the plans just kept growing and growing and eventually we ended up having 38 family members (spanning four generations!) coming together in six different rooms.

As the “official” vacation planner, I created three family newsletters before the trip with information and pictures of the resort, a summary of on-site activities, and even tips for packing and check-in. To prepare for the big feast, each one of our families signed up to bring an item or two and I put together a Thanksgiving menu. After months of hard work and planning, I stood in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day watching my family before dinner and I cried tears of joy.

The associates at our resort were amazing, even helping us to get two tables in our dining room and porch so that we could all eat together. It was such a gift to have the whole family come together. My mom turned 80 in 2013, and I have already begun planning our next family vacation at the resort. There are just so many activities for everyone, I only wish we had more time.

I’m so glad I can share my vacation ownership with my family. As I sit here writing this I’m starting to cry again, I’m still that emotional over it!

— Sharon Grupe

For our thirtieth wedding anniversary, my husband wanted to take our family to Hawaii. Reservations had been planned, with confirmation on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, when, unfortunately, the economy turned worse. The cost for air travel had nearly tripled. Family members agreed that it was just not wise to splurge over our budget. We contacted our timeshare company, and our week in Hawaii was reluctantly relinquished to exchange for something closer to home—Breckenridge, Colorado.

It was a beautiful summer vacation for the two grandparents, son, daughter, their spouses, and two infant grandsons. It would likely be the last time for many years we would all be able to schedule a vacation together. Father and daughter enjoyed a hot air balloon ride of a lifetime, and part of the family went on an exciting whitewater raft trip.

Knowing all too well how quickly families grow, health declines, and loved ones leave us, this time together was a wonderful chance to bond and make happy memories.

Exchanging our time-share from Hawaii, closer to home, was a better choice for us to enjoy our family vacation—change of plans and all!

–Andrea Kuhn

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time vacationing with timeshare. Our Cape Cod resort had so much to offer!

We appreciated how close the pools were and that there were both indoor and outdoor. There was a great exercise room if we were up for that…or if we just wanted to relax after a long day, we could just hang out, fix dinner, eat, and catch a movie together.

The townhouse was very comfortable, roomy, tastefully decorated, and clean. We loved that there was plenty of room for our family of five. The staff that greeted us in the lobby was very friendly and extremely helpful.

The resort was kid-friendly, with plenty of activities for children, including themed socials like the ice cream sundae social and pie social that our kids loved.

When we take family trips we enjoy sightseeing. We loved walking the old streets of Falmouth and just taking in the sights and the atmosphere. There were local people and those that were vacationing just like we were, but you didn’t feel rushed as if you were at a beach crowded with people. The weather was perfect! We loved the fact that the day was warm but the nights were very pleasant.

Just being together in this environment and hearing the laughs and sighs of our children made the long trip from North Carolina to Cape Cod all worthwhile.

— Angela and Eric Rader

Our first visit to our timeshare resort in Rangeley, Maine ‎was pure “heaven” to us! It was relaxing, peaceful, and a great time for family bonding. With my husband (who is in the Navy) being deployed quite a bit, this vacation gave us the best “family time” we could ask for.

We love to hike the many trails that surround the lakes…from the top of Bald Mountain to the Majestic Angel Falls, our hikes show us so much of the beauty of the area. Our new family tradition is to take the short seven-mile drive to Smalls Falls, not just for the beauty, but because the kids really love jumping off the rocks into the lower pool. The water is cold, but so refreshing!

Swimming at the resort’s own dock area is always fun. The kids can canoe, paddle boat, swim, or fish. We have had some great times down on the lake, including the times we rent a pontoon boat and cruise around the lake. My favorite thing to do is to take pictures. I love going out and looking for moose and other wildlife to photograph. I have captured some of our most cherished family memories here.

We love our timeshare vacation so much that even when we had to move to the West Coast, we still made time to get to Rangeley for our summer vacation!

–Dina Auger

For nearly 20 years I’ve been vacationing at a timeshare resort in Myrtle Beach. Over that time, we’ve seen many changes… to the resort, the city, and our family.

We take other vacations throughout the year, but we use this week for our family to spend time together, relax, and grow closer. My children have been here every year of their lives!

They’ve gone from floating around in the baby pools at the age of one to chasing girls in their teens. Our timeshare resort is a strong part of our family’s history and is a tradition we look forward to all year long.

–Richard Todd

WASHINGTON – May 24, 2013 – Contrary to popular belief, Americans do know how to unplug, unwind, and rejuvenate on vacation.  A recent survey of 1,000 vacationers, conducted by The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG) for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), indicates an impressive 75 percent of respondents not doing any work on their vacations.

“Our industry has long advocated for taking a true vacation—not just working from a nicer place,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.  “Today’s leading health studies reinforce our message—that there are so many physical and mental health benefits that come with really ‘unplugging.’ And we’re happy to see so many people doing so.”

Only 12 percent of respondents admitted working one or two days while on vacation, and 13 percent said they did some work over three days.  But a full 87 percent said they would prefer to vacation without having to do any work.

Vacationers are bringing their technology on leisure travel; however, in most cases, it is for pleasure and not work.  Fifty-one percent brought their laptop, but only 17 percent of them used it for work.  Thirty-nine percent brought their iPad or tablet device, with only nine percent using either device for work.

For more information on why timeshare may be a better vacation for you, visit www.VacationBetter.org.