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Affordable Family Vacations - Review

       I'm always looking for affordable vacations for my family. I search all the big name travel websites,  subscribe to all the last minute deals, and spend hours reading reviews and comparing prices. I weigh the pros and cons of locations, amenities, and accommodations.  I considered myself a "thrifty" traveler.  I shamefully admit that I have never considered timeshare rentals until now.
       I believe is the answer to affordable family vacations. At, timeshare owners post their units for rent or sale directly to its members (and over 1.5 million registered users). Travelers come to to rent or buy timeshares units directly from the owner, often at tremendous savings compared with hotels or dealing with the resort itself. A membership gives access to all of the information on timeshare rental listings on its website, including reviews, and the ability to engage in rental agreements with great budget-friendly offerings.

Traveling can be stressful enough.  Here are some of the "problems" my family usually faces when traveling:

Problem: Everyone and everything crowded into one small hotel room.
Think about all of the baby gear, snacks, toys, toiletries, and clothes you and your family will need for a one week trip. Cram that all into a 400 sf. room with two queen beds and only one bathroom, and you will be doing anything but relaxing in there.
Solution: Timeshares are spacious and most resemble a two bedroom/ two bath condo or apartment. Unit sizes vary from studios to four bedrooms, perfect for families. The kids can have their own bedroom which means the parents can stay up late in the living room while the kids go to bed early. Also perfect for nap time.
Problem: It is expensive eating out for every meal or you need a refrigerator and microwave for the baby's bottles.
Solution: Most timeshares rentals come with a kitchen so you can save money on the cost of meals and snacks.
Problem: Trying to stick to a budget can be difficult.
Solution: Since offers timeshare rental options to just about anywhere, consider vacationing somewhere that you can drive to. You'll find a timeshare that will accommodate everyone so you can also split the timeshare rental with friends or family.  

The Fountain, Orlando Florida
The Fountain, Orlando Florida

My Own "Test":

       I really wanted to do my own comparison shopping so I chose Orlando, Florida as the "vacation destination". On I found a two bedroom/ two bathroom timeshare villa with a queen bed and whirlpool bath in the master suite, and two twin beds in the guest bedroom. The villa which sleeps 6 comfortably is equipped with a full kitchen, stereo, TV with DVD player, and washer/dryer. The price for 7 nights is $1,149 or $164 per night (before taxes) at The Fountains, a Bluegreen Resort . Situated on Lake Eve, this 3-star Orlando resort is within 3 miles of both Discovery Cove and SeaWorld. Wet N' Wild is 4 miles from the resort, and Walt Disney World Resort is 8 miles away.
The Fountain, Orlando FloridaThe Fountain timeshare
The Fountain timeshare  timeshare rental  timeshare rental

        I also checked online travels sites and found that they offered the exact same property. For a 2 Bedroom Suite the rate, for the same 7 nights in July, averaged $269 a night totaling $1883.00 (before taxes) for two adults and two children (under the age of 6). The two bedroom suite did not have a washer and dryer, is smaller than the villa, can only sleep four people, and is more expensive than booking the villa with

My conclusion

       After toughly exploring and researching I highly recommend it for all of your vacation needs. I found that their prices and the timeshare value beat big name travel sites when compared to each other. I was also impressed to find how user friendly is. Members are able to search by multiple options such as Find a Timeshare, Rent or Sell, Timeshare Exchange, RedWishs (want ads), Forums, Resources, and more. You can even search by "Pet Friendly" or specialty destination that include golf courses or beaches. My next vacation will be booked with How about yours?

       Now, anyone can login and see this information when logged in as a guest, however, should you decide to take advantage of a great deal, you will need to be a member. 

       RedWeek would like to offer one off my readers the chance to win a Free 2 Year Membership to! That's a $30 value! The winner will have the opportunity to plan super budget friendly vacations for the next 2 years.

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  1. It can be as low as about $50 a night for time share rentals. Very cool if we were going to Disney!

  2. rent or buy timeshare units directly from owners, often at tremendous savings ~ Kristin D

  3. timeshare resales and rentals with no commissions

  4. That they have lots of places to stay in Hawaii! Great deal.

  5. didnt no you could rent a time share I always thought you had to buy in. I also think its great that people can post there time share and there is No commission and no middlemen.

  6. No tours! That's a big advantage over renting from companies!

  7. I learned I probably should check into renting a timeshare when I head to Vegas!

  8. I learned Timeshare owners post their units for rent or sale to an audience of over 1.5 million registered users.

  9. Edward P.

    Seems to be affordable and reasonable rates.

  10. I learned you can find places in hawaii for $50 a night

    aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

  11. You can find a cheap room in Hawaii. Go figure.

  12. That this site rocks for great discounts all over!

  13. Pagosa Spring, CO is a beautiful place to visit, plenty of activities for the whole family and they have timeshares
    I used to live in Pagosa and I worked at the timeshares

  14. I learned that it's only $14.99 if you wish to become a member, otherwise you can remain a Guest for FREE!

  15. I didnt realize that in Orlando they had such a scenic Hotel, its lovely with all the lights and palms. Thank You. Jerri Davis