Protection from Timeshare Scams

Protection from Timeshare Scams

Unfortunately, seniors are often the target of timeshare scams.  Before you get into a timeshare investment nightmare, consider this solid advice. Follow these important tips so you don't fall for a timeshare scam: Never deal with anyone who contacts you first Never pay upfront to sell your timeshare Never pay anyone to anyone to get you out of a timeshare, except a vetted attorney Don’t buy more timeshare because the salesperson claims it will save you on annual maintenance fees Don’t fall for unsubstantiated claims that your children or grandchildren will be forced to inherit your timeshare unless you upgrade,

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Be a Hometown Tourist

If you don't have the time or the money to get away this summer, there's no reason you can't have a memorable vacation. Everything you need is right in your hometown. Sticking close to home means you not only save money, but you avoid the hassles of travel and help support the local economy. What's not to like? THE BASICS The trick to having a great stay-at-home vacation is to create the environment of a traditional vacation. That means getting out of your normal routine and treating your time as true vacation time. Travel expert and creator of TravelingMamas.com, Shannon

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4 Lesser Known International Anniversary Destinations 

4 Lesser Known International Anniversary Destinations 

What’s the recipe for a perfect anniversary getaway? A mix of luxury, adventure, relaxation, and culture—with a healthy sprinkle of romance mixed in. These four destinations offer all of the above, and each brings its own unique cultural elements to the table. Celebrate your love with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert, soak in remote natural hot springs, take a luxury train ride on your way to time-worn ruins, or hike to a mountaintop monastery. 4 Lesser Known International Anniversary Destinations  Jordan For an anniversary celebration packed with history, hospitality, and panoramic landscapes, head to the tiny Middle

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5 Cheap Countries for Traveling Seniors

5 Cheap Countries for Traveling Seniors

As you age, some things are getting better. Most of all, you have more time on your hands. You have more precious moments to spend with your loved ones, but you also have more space for yourself. It’s the best time to revisit that bucket list of destinations you’d love to see. 5 Cheap Countries for Traveling Seniors Have you ever been so impressed by a National Geographic TV show that you absolutely wanted to see a specific country? Maybe you’ve always dreamed about a vacation in Africa. Or maybe you wanted to travel around Europe. The best part about traveling

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4 International Destinations for Active Seniors

4 International Destinations for Active Seniors

What’s the best way for seniors to experience a destination? Head outdoors to get in touch with native wildlife, unique ecosystems, and local culture. Hiking, cycling, kayaking, and more—take your favorite pastimes on the road with you to these vacation spots around the world.  4 International Destinations for Active Seniors Norway This sprawling Scandinavian nation has twin advantages for active travelers: jaw-dropping scenery in every direction (think dramatic fjords, coastal fishing villages, and snowy arctic landscapes) and excellent infrastructure, including a number of “national scenic routes” that make Norway easy to navigate. Rent a car and take a summer road

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5 Things To Avoid In Timeshare Matters

5 Things To Avoid In Timeshare Matters

If you are interested in purchasing a timeshare, here are 5 things to avoid: 5 Things To Avoid In Timeshare Matters  Buying anything under pressure or duress. Timeshares can be great for some people, however since the majority of timeshare contracts are in perpetuity, they are not to be entered into on a whim, or under pressure at a sales pitch. If you must sit through a timeshare sales pitch in order to take advantage of a discounted vacation package; listen, ask questions, be polite but remember that whatever price they might dangle in front of your face will be

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Guide to Purchasing Timeshares

Have you ever been to a Timeshare presentation and wondered if you should buy one?   Here are 7 things every consumer needs to know about Timeshares and Timeshare Presentations:  Purchasing Timeshares Don’t believe everything you hear This rule applies to Uncle Mark telling you that timeshare do not work because he was never able to trade to go anywhere else (perhaps because he owned in Kansas?) to the salesperson telling you that you’ll always be able to trade at anytime for any place. Location is key when talking about week-based timeshare if you want trade or exchange into different

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10 Reasons To Work With An Independent Timeshare Consultant

10 Reasons To Work With An Independent Timeshare Consultant

10 Reasons To Work With An Independent Timeshare Consultant You’ve “Googled” timeshare and come up with 15 million responses. Need a little help editing those responses? 2. How do you know which of the thousands of timeshares on the resale market is the best fit for your needs? How many timeshare sales pitches have you gone on? Do you know the “timeshare movie” by heart? Hmmm, the timeshare salesperson started by saying that the price was $40,000…by the time the manager came over, the price dropped down to $10,000. Did you find that confusing? Did you really believe the last

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Timeshare Owner's Bill of Rights

Timeshare Owner's Bill of Rights

It’s no surprise that I don’t think timeshare is sufficiently regulated. I think the laws, written by the industry, favor the industry.  Timeshare Owner's Bill of Rights Timeshare Owners Bill of Rights So, I’ve developed the following ‘Bill of Rights’ for both the prospective owner as well as the owner. It’s important to remember that these are not the law of the land, but what I believe to be important rights. How will these rights become law and not just my suggestions? Easy! You, the consumer need to start voting with your wallet. If a developer isn’t abiding by these rights,

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