Planning a vacation for a family with children can be a daunting task even for the most seasoned parent. From finding the right destination to deciding between flying or driving and camping or a hotel room, there are a lot of variables that come into play and that can turn what hoped to be a nice relaxing week into a nightmare. The most common cause of travel turmoil is where you stay and the following are just a few of the reasons why so many families are starting to timeshare rental properties instead of regular hotels.
So, you and your spouse finally pick a destination for your family?s trip; it’s Disney World. The kids have been pushing for it for years, and you’ve finally given in so you try to find a hotel on one of those online booking sites. The prices range is anywhere from $150 to upwards of $400 a night and the closer you get to the theme parks, the higher the price goes. You end up compromising at $250/night and when you and your family arrive at the room you realize it’s exactly the same as every other hotel room you’ve ever been in. Two queen beds with an adjacent bathroom. Looks like everyone’s sharing beds and if you have more than 2 kids, someone’s going on the floor or you?re paying extra to have a questionable cot sent up.
This really doesn’t have to be the case, especially when you rent a timeshare week from an existing owner. Here is how it works: an owner can’t use his/her week but is still obligated to pay their annual maintenance fees. Instead of eating the cost, they put their week up for rent on by-owner timeshare resale/rental websites like Sellmytimesharenow.com to find a renter to cover the cost of their fees. These can range depending on the number or rooms in the unit and the time of year but the average maintenance fee for a 1 bedroom timeshare unit is about $700 for the week (7 nights). That’s $100 a night for a unit that has a separate bedroom, a living room with a pullout couch, a fully equipped kitchen and a washer and dryer. Imagine how much happier everyone could be with all that extra space.
The kitchen could very well become the MVP of your trip. Did you forget what it was like to eat out with kids? Trying to find a place everyone can agree upon and then hoping that the menu will have something they’ll actually be happy to eat. How about doing that 3 meals a day for a week? With a kitchen in the room you can stock the fridge up with food they love from the grocery store and mix in a few homemade meals between going out for food. It will make your life easier and just as importantly, it will save you money.
Outside of the room you’ll also be happy to find that the resorts also have pools and playgrounds for the kids to play on. Don’t worry about not letting them getting too dirty; the washer and dryer in the room can take care of any dirt and grime they might dig up. A lot of times you can also find a grocery store within the resort grounds and if you happen to stay at one of the Disney Vacation Club resorts, you’ll already be right amongst the various theme parks so you’ll never have far to travel. No rental car, no bus, no maps. Just you and your family enjoying a week at the happiest place on earth.
The destinations available are not limited to just Disney and central Florida, in fact it’s quite the opposite. There are timeshares available for rent all over the world, so wherever you decide you want to travel to, there is a very good chance you can find an affordable week that fits you and your family?s needs. Timeshare resorts cater to traveling families in hopes that they want to return on a more frequent basis enough to actually consider buying one. Just remember, if you ever consider investing in vacation property you should always look for one that is for sale by-owner. There is literally no difference between a pre-owned timeshare and one purchased “brand new” through the resort ? other than the price.
Your family vacation should be enjoyable and relaxing for everyone so when you’re planning out your next trip, try and focus on all the things you can control so you’ll be more prepared to handle the ones you can’t. Securing the right accommodations before you leave will have you avoid one of the biggest travel obstacles of them all and I promise you won’t miss the cot.