This is the time of year when many families sit down with their calendars and start to map out winter and spring vacation plans. Families with teens and tweens face a special challenge in that most hotel rooms start feeling pretty cramped with a couple of teens and their parents crammed into a small space. Renting multiple hotels rooms can practically double the cost of a vacation and either way, eating out for every meal can get expensive and time consuming.
Timeshare rentals, such as those available via our friends at SellMyTimeShareNow.com, are one of the best ways we know for keeping the whole family happy while saving money at the same time. A quick look at the SellMyTimeShareNow.com search page uncovered a 2 bedroom 2 bath timeshare at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club on International Drive in Orlando available for our February school vacation week 2013 for $1200 for a week. Disney Vacation Club time shares at Saratoga Springs, the Boardwalk, and most other Disney Vacation Club properties in Orlando are also available although prices are higher than off property options and the points based DVC program requires a specific owner request to lock in dates as opposed to other timeshares where an owner has rights to a specific week every year. However, a vacation in one of these Disney timeshares are usually well worth it.
The more flexible you are about dates and locations the better the deals. If you travel last minute the prices can be amazing. We saw a two bedroom in Bonnet Creek Florida listed for under $1000 for Christmas week 2012, as well as great discounts around the world available between now and the end of the year.
For the price of a hotel room you get multiple bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a living area to stretch out. Once you find a property that looks interesting, just complete an inquiry via the online tool and the site will send your contact information to the owner. All the details of the actual rental are negotiated directly between the owner and the tenant once the connection is made via the online site. As with any other “rent direct from owner” referral site it is always important to ask questions and make sure you are comfortable with the details of the deal. Some properties many not be able to guarantee a specific view or location within the complex. We always arrange to have a phone call with the owner and ask for a formal contract. We also check online to make sure there are no specific complaints about renting from that owner before sending our payment.
Teens, tweens and their parents always appreciate the extra space provided by timeshare rentals as well as being able to take a break, eat in and or just unwind.