Have you ever vacationed with a timeshare?

@marguicha (73512)
Chile
June 4, 2010 10:14pm CST
We bought a timeshare in Aruba maybe 20 years ago and it was a wonder when my husband was alive and a help with having nice and longer vacations every year. I can exchange my unit in Aruba and I have gone to many places thanks to that. Have you ever tried this vacationing experience? Do you find it a good deal moneywise? Share please!
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• Pamplona, Spain
5 Jun 10
Hiya marguicha, Oddly enough I don´t know anyone who has a timeshare at all here. They must be taken up by People from other Countries I suppose. From what I read about People who have gone on Timeshare Holidays say from England they say on the whole they have a good deal. There are always the odd one or two that you will never please even if you offered them the Escorial to stay in or the Moncloa not that I would care much for either of those Places (grin). Most People here are going to the Swimming Pools instead of going on Holiday loads of them who live here spend every afternoon at their Private Swimming Pool Club. So I never hear about anyone with a Timeshare here. Yours sounds very nice though hope you have a very nice Holiday margi.
• Pamplona, Spain
6 Jun 10
Hiya marguicha, Well the Escorial was only a reference to a big posh place that is supposed to have everything in it. Well on the Television they paint a different picture well that´s the way they want People to see it. You betcha their Beds were miserable and boring (grin). Have heard a lot about that too. It was a bit of a leg puller. There are so many fantastic places over here I could not name one of them right now. Granada and Sevilla are places and also Matalascañas that are a must to go and see I know. I have not been able to go to either yet. I have got as close to Malaga but not to stay. As for el Rocio I would like to go on one myself and I too would be throwing Flowers to her too and calling her Hermosa because Hermosa she is. Like I told you up above I really had no idea what these timeshare things were like as everyone here has only their Swimming Pool stuck in their Head (grin). Glad you had such a nice time though. Those are the ones worth remembering and stay with you forever.
@marguicha (73512)
• Chile
6 Jun 10
Dear friend, Everyone has the kind of vacation they want. As I told you, the hotel we were at was FULL of tourists. They had apartments and there was a big buffet place to eat if you did not want to cook. We went there the first night as I was tired from the trip: declared the food "only fit for hungry youngsters". The place was full of middle aged people fighting over the food. So we bought bread, jamon serrano, good Manchego cheese nad made those bocaditos they make in Spain (I never understood the diminutive). I made gambas with mayo and saw wonderful things. The mezquita in Cordoba is one of those places that you can only see with devotion. I have only felt as I felt there at the Vatican and a the Atacama desert in my country. The Alhambra is awesome. We saw beautiful garden in Cordoba also and passed stork nests at the top of old churches. Incredible! Swimming pools are everywhere; this isn´t. I can trade my week at Aruba or rent it if I wish. I can even sell it and many times it´s less expensive to buy a timeshare from people who are selling. Happy posting!
• Pamplona, Spain
7 Jun 10
Hiya marguicha, When I mention Swimming Pools here they have Private Ones where only certain People can get into. They take their Meals there and have them there that is why I don´t see anyone here it´s like a Ghost Town in the Afternoon (grin). I know there are Swimming Pools everywhere but you won´t get these kind of Pools everywhere. To them it´s like a big Family thing you just try becoming a Member of one. I suppose on the Coast it´s different but not here. I love Jamon Serrano too especially in tortilla or with tomato on it´s own. I have seen Granada but only on the Television at the moment. These other places you went to I have seen them at odd times in Documentaries. Most People who go from here to the Coast go to escape from the dreaded San Fermines that are coming up soon. I just wish they could have a San Fermines without all the cruelty to the Bulls like the Corridas ojala they get to live another year wild in the Fields in the Countryside. Glad you enjoyed it here so much too.
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Jun 10
We've been to a few timeshare presentations, but we never bought one. I'm just fine with traditional hotel rooms. From what I've heard, they're a good deal if you're planning to hang on to them, but that they are really hard to sell.
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Jun 10
sounds nice, and don't think I haven't been tempted at some of those presentations! My sister and her husband actually bought a condo on the big island of Hawaii (not quite 5 star) and they rent it out. But they use it a couple of weeks a year, partly to do repairs and partly to relax.
@maximax8 (27053)
6 Jun 10
I know that you had a wonderful time in lovely Aruba staying in your time share. I think it has been a great idea for you to swap sometimes with a friend. Then you have been able to go to other locations. I haven't ever tried staying in time share accommodation because I love to visit different places each time. These days some people have a vacation home in the sun. I haven't got long to wait until I am going to visit Vancouver. Hug my dear friend. Maxine
@marguicha (73512)
• Chile
6 Jun 10
Hi maxine, Aruba has been a paradise for me since the first time I went. But I don´t swao with friends. This timeshare thing gives you the possibility to belong to a sort of club (there are 2 big ones) there you can deposit your week and trade it or get getaways at good prices. Yesrs ago, I got a getway at Atlantic city for $180 aweek at a very nice apartment. I did not cook then as the casinos give lots of very good food for little money. Take your camera with you to Vancouver and do post some pictures here. Take care!
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
5 Jun 10
Nop... but I would like too. Is it expensive. I'd like to buy one but I don't know where and how.
@marguicha (73512)
• Chile
6 Jun 10
There are timeshares in many parts of the world. Im sure there are some in your country too. I bought my timeshare in Aruba over 15 years ago. I have a unit theat acomodates up to 4 people with one bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. The price then was about $6.000 if you bought it paying cash but I paid it in 7 years with $1.000 of down payment. If you go for vacations, see if theyhave it. Then you can trade your week for other places where you want to travel. Luck!
@yugasini (12802)
• Anantapur, India
5 Jun 10
hi marguicha, timeshare i too have spent two vacations at my time share at Goa,India ,my brother is having "Sterling Holidays" time share,but all locations are Indian locations,all are very beautiful locations,there are two places in some cities one is hill view and other is regular vie/sea view,just like that,have a nice day