The Truth Revealed About Timeshares

There are many of us that will never forget the day we bought our timeshare. It was full of bells and whistles celebrating our purchase, food, wine and a very happy salesperson. However, as we stare at our most recent maintenance fee bill that has (not surprisingly) increased since the prior year, we start to look back with a little bit of regret and the feeling of, “what did I get myself into!” These moments of regret and disappointment seem to be a fairly common within the timeshare owner community and there is certainly a reason why. A lot has changed in the timeshare industry and in most cases, negatively affected each and every owner. From increased maintenance fee bills, unexpected special assessments, and inability to get the week that you want to developers being bought out by other developers and all of a sudden, you own a completely different timeshare than the one you signed up for! If you are finding that your ownership is more of a burden for you than a blessing, then taking a closer look at the changes in the industry will help to make sense of why you are wishing you had never bought it to begin with.

We all know that the internet has practically made all things possible, from shopping, dating, banking, all the way to getting a degree, and the travel industry is certainly not one to be left out of the mix. The internet has given vacationers the ability to book hotels, rental cars, flights, cruises and most of the time you can get all of those things with one stop, at sites like Expedia and Orbit. The vacation rental opportunities are endless today, and yes, timeshares play a major role in the rental scene. Now, many timeshare owners may not realize how this could negatively affect their ownership or their ability to resell at first glance but after taking a good look at what this change has done to the value of timeshares, it all begins to come together. First of all, the timeshare rentals you can find online today are more often than not, much less expensive than what a timeshare owner will pay in maintenance fees. So if timeshares are now available to anybody who wants to go, and you pay less to go as a renter than you do as an owner, if you had the choice today to purchase a timeshare or just go when you want to, which would YOU choose? Basically what it comes down to is that timeshares are no longer “exclusive” to owners. Just about anybody can get onto the resort and enjoy a one week vacation. If you don’t have to own one to use one, then what’s the point? The incentive to purchase a timeshare has dropped significantly which of course makes reselling your timeshare much more challenging.

To those who haven’t spent a lot of time researching timeshares, there seems to be the reputation that they are a good investment, and that it will go up in value because it is “deeded” property. But one thing that many people fail to do when they are at the point of making the decision “to buy or not to buy,” is to check what timeshares are actually reselling for in the current market. Property value is not determined by the price it is listed at, but rather by how much it actually sold for and what properties like it/around it are also selling for. It doesn’t take long to see that timeshares on the resale market such as eBay, are “listed” for $0.01 to $200. What you would also find on eBay, is that timeshares for that price aren’t even selling at those low costs. Many people at this point would ask, “how could you pass up the great deals on eBay,” but the better question to ask is, “even if you could find someone who wanted a timeshare, why would they pay thousands for it when they can practically get it for free on eBay?” Resale sites like eBay have made the market incredibly competitive and many owners who have already spent thousands of dollars to buy into their program aren’t able to come to terms with the idea that all that money is gone. Yet, the harsh reality is, it IS gone…

Even without the fact that the accessibility of timeshare rentals and a depressed resale market has resulted in timeshare ownership becoming obsolete, there are many other factors that go into timeshare ownership that can be unbelievably daunting. One of the frustrations is called “maintenance fees.” Owners are billed every year (right around Christmas time) for their annual dues, which for many owners have gone up anywhere from $20 to 200% consistently. And “yes” if you take a vacation it pays for itself…but what happens when 10 years from today you’re paying $3000 for a week on the beach while everyone else is getting there through orbit at $1000 for the week. The truth is, an ever-increasing bill will only stay competitive for so long, until you are paying beyond premium.

Choosing a Good Barbados Apartment Hotel

For those who are going on a Barbados vacation, especially those who are going as a family or as a group of friends, it is more than likely that an Apartment hotel shall be the first choice of accommodation. As for this author’s experience in the Caribbean for instance, there were some Barbados apartment hotel accommodations that were good while there were others that were bad. Here are some of the tricks I learned in order to find out which was which in Barbados. But of course not everyone is the same. It all depends on what kind of vacation the vacationer decides.

For the Adventurous Backpackers

In Barbados, the southern part is the best place to get down with the local scene since this place is full of accessible accommodations that are not swanky and that do not have large beach fronts. South of Barbados is also were Oistins is located so this is where the real Bajan beach party is. The adventurous types are the easiest ones to please. Most of these backpackers are either on a budget or are just in it to get the most authentic travel experience that they can get. And to them, authentic means something that is not in the usual tourist packages. These people tend to dislike anywhere that feels too “touristy.” That means that going into swanky hotel resorts is not a real option. For the adventurous type, it would be best to look for accommodations that are near the city. In the southern area, one can find Worthing, St. Lawrence Gap, Hastings, and Silver Sands in Christ Church. It is also were the famous Crane Beach is located. This is why the South Coast Is definitely a whole lot busier and a little bit more fun. Aside from these sites, all the nightclubs, restaurants, and bars are also mostly located in the south. Getting an apartment near the south is important since the inebriated ones would find it easier to get home.

For the Wholesome and the Private

Some families want a safe and wholesome trip for their kids. Some honeymooners prefer to lounge together in romantic but private getaways. It is not so hard to get inexpensive accommodations in the Southern part of Barbados. However, a lot of the apartments there are just concrete buildings without much flair. In the northern area of the island, there are many hotels and beaches that are more or less secluded. However, this is also where the swankiest and therefore the most expensive accommodations would be found. The best thing to do for those who want privacy and relaxation but who also want to save some money is to get accommodations in the north of Barbados but not from a hotel that has a beach front. There are several charming Barbados apartment hotel accommodation that are ten to five minutes away from the beach by foot. These might be the best choice for those who want privacy. But there are also beach side accommodations in the north that might just be slightly above the budget but will be well worth it.

Advantages Of Booking Hotel Rooms Online

Are you planning to go on a holiday and pondering over the best way to book a good accommodation? If this is your problem then here comes the solution. Try using internet to find out and book your type of accommodation.

Internet is a powerful platform. It offers a great arena of choices to its users. Apart from being highly informative and user-friendly, it provides quick information and quality services to its diverse users. This is how internet has condensed the world into a global village.

Booking the hotels rooms with local agents is an age old story. In the present era, internet can be used to find out detailed information about various hotels located in a specific area. This information can help you a lot in effortlessly short listing and booking your choice of hotel.

Depending on the sort of rooms and services you need, you can rapidly determine the hotel that can successfully meet all your demands. Using internet you can easily book the best and cheap hotel rooms in any desired place. Thus, booking your hotel rooms online can be immensely beneficial for you.

Below mentioned are the benefits of booking an accommodation online:

• World Wide Web offers information regarding different hotels ranging from small, medium to big.

• After tracking down an advanced Hotel Accommodation Booking Website, you can compare the prices offered by different hotels and choose the one that is the most budget- friendly.

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• The online booking of the cheap hotel rooms can be done anytime and from any part of the world.

• Hotel Accommodation Booking Websites provide various offers and schemes to their customers. You can avail value added services in such schemes.

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• Online booking consumes minimal time and energy.

• It also helps you save money.

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