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Unless you have a magical Mary Poppins bag hiding in the back of your closet, packing for vacation means limited space. Luckily, even if you plan to cook while away, there’s no need to worry about missing critical supplies in the kitchen. Standard timeshare units come stocked with all the basics, and even a few things you wouldn’t expect.

Here’s a quick list of what you’ll find in your typical timeshare kitchen:

  • Dinner settings (including plates, silverware & different types of glasses)
  • Bowls & mugs
  • Serving bowl & platter
  • Full set of cookware including skillets, saucepans and stockpot
  • Blender
  • Coffeemaker
  • Toaster
  • Basting spoon
  • Bowl scraper
  • Can opener
  • Casserole dishes
  • Colander
  • Cookie sheet
  • Corkscrew
  • Cutting board
  • Grater
  • Sharp knives
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatulas
  • Pizza cutter
  • Roast pan
  • Tongs
  • Slotted spoon
  • Vegetable peeler

See something missing? We suggest picking up disposable bakeware from the baking aisle in the local grocery store. Or try popping down to the front desk! Many resorts have a limited supply of cooking tools such as crock pots available for use.

So when you’re putting together your vacation meal plan, don’t forget to check this list or with the resort you’re headed to in order to make sure you’re not planning any meals that require tools you won’t have, (unless you plan on packing them, of course!)


You’re probably thinking, the last thing I want to do on vacation is cook. And we don’t blame you. Vacations are about kicking back and finally getting to unwind. They’re about having fun, trying new things, and getting away from what you’re used to. So why take time away from other activities to cook a meal?

But think about why you don’t associate vacations and cooking. Chances are, unless you’re lucky enough to have grown up with timeshare vacations (and we hope you are), you spent a lot of time in hotels, which meant no kitchens. You probably ate every meal out or ordered in room service. That’s the life, right?

Don’t get us wrong—there’s something really magical about a professional chef preparing you a gourmet meal, and even more so when you’re not stuck cleaning the dishes.

But how much did that fancy meal cost? Now multiply that two to three times each day you’re on vacation and watch the dollars add up. Ouch.

So why consider cooking on vacation?

It saves you money. Not every meal has to be fancy or expensive. A bowl of cereal in the morning means you can splurge on dinner without going over your vacation budget.

Flexible meal times. You never miss the freedom of making yourself a sandwich until you’re starving and no one else is hungry. Plus, throwing together a quick snack leaves more time for other activities throughout the day.

Stress less about dietary restrictions. Don’t be limited by your restaurant options. Take control of your meals and don’t feel like you have to eat every meal at the only gluten-free restaurant in town.

Make food part of the vacation experience. Part of vacations is getting to do things you wouldn’t normally do. Cooking with local ingredients or making something you’ve never made before can be just as exciting as exploring a new place. If your vacation is about spending time with loved ones, then invite them to join! (Because who doesn’t love an excuse to make s’mores?)

Cooking on vacation brings families together, offering you the freedom and flexibility to customize your vacation any way you want. That’s why 90% of vacationers said kitchens improved their vacation experience!

And with timeshare, you’ll never again be stuck eating pizza on the bed.


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The holidays are now just around the corner, which means family gatherings, big meals, and for many—vacation! It’s the reason we stash away days all year long, so we can spend this special time with those we love.

And with food being such a big part of the season, we want to share how cooking with timeshare can be a part of your holiday vacation by getting in the holiday giving spirit.

In November, we gave away $100 American Express gift cards to our two randomly chosen winners to use on travel snacks, holiday goodies, or key ingredients they’ll need for that holiday meal! In December, we’ll be giving away three more prizes to make your holidays even brighter!

Entries received in December are elibible to win one of three KitchenAid countertop appliances, including a Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, a Countertop Oven, or a 5-Speed Diamond Blender!


To enter, simply share a picture of you and your family/friends preparing or enjoying a meal. Whether baking cookies or basting the turkey, capture a unique moment and share it with us!

So help us add some cheer to your season by sharing your vacation memories with us!

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Peter Roth, ARDA
202-207-1156, proth@arda.org

Christy Moran, Weber Merritt
703-299-2602, cmoran@webermerritt.com

New infographic depicts timeshare vacation as recipe for happiness

WASHINGTON – September 15, 2015 – If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a new infographic from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) showing the lasting benefits a vacation has on one’s health and life should leave an impression beyond the length of your next trip.  The graphic also shows the long-term savings of $18,160 over 18 years of vacationing with timeshare, compared to an average hotel vacation over the same time period—as an additional metric of measuring vacation value.

Over the past decade, metrics for evaluating the value of vacationing have evolved as research continues to show the positive effects of vacation on health, wellness, job performance, relationships and lifestyle.  “There is finally a large body of evidence that supports why taking time away from the stresses of daily life and spending time creating memories with family and loved ones is good for you,” said ARDA’s president and CEO Howard Nusbaum.

For instance, the on-going Framingham Heart Study, found that men who didn’t take a vacation for several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did take time off.  And women who took a vacation only once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.

Further research from the Harvard Business Review analyzed the effects an engaged brain has on job performance and that to be truly engaged at work, your brain needs periodic breaks to gain fresh perspective and energy.

And approximately 169 million Americans still did not take all of their earned vacations days last year—a sure recipe for burnout, as the infographic shows!

To underscore the inherent value of vacations, the timeshare industry promotes taking regular time off with loved ones and family.  Having the space to spread out but privacy to unwind is what makes vacation ownership the antidote to burnout—plus, you have thousands of resort-options all over the world.  “Vacation ownership guarantees that you will vacation at least once a year and ensures you take future vacations – all at a substantial savings over regular hotel vacations,” said Nusbaum.  “Timeshare owners tend to think of vacationing as a necessity not a luxury, as a recipe for happiness.  How do you place a value on that?”

For more information and to learn why timeshare vacations make for better vacations, visit www.VacationBetter.org.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

Do you measure a vacation’s value by finding a good deal on airfare? Getting a chance to relax?  Spending precious time with your loved ones?  Chances are, it means different things to different people.  Over the last decade, there have been numerous studies conducted to measure the value of vacation.  The good news is that the research has found vacations are good for you—that taking regular time away has positive effects on health, well-being, job performance, relationships, and lifestyle.

The bad news is that millions of Americans each year choose to ignore the evidence.  Last year, 169 million Americans did not take all of their earned vacations days!

In a new infographic from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), taking time to get away has important health and lifestyle benefits that, if neglected, can lead to negative consequences.  Ever hear of burnout?  Yes, research has found that people who don’t take time to reset their batteries are more likely to suffer from burnout.  Everything from work performance, added stress, strained relationships, and decreased mental stamina are among the many negative results from not taking time to get away from the everyday schedule and pace of life.

The timeshare industry and its owners say that in addition to the lasting health benefits, the pre-paid nature of ownership guarantees that you will vacation at least once a year and ensures you take future vacations.  In fact, owners save $18,160 over 18 years of vacationing with timeshare, compared to an average hotel vacation over the same time period.

But the real value of taking regular time off with loved ones is the special memories it creates.  How do you place a value on that?