Who associates work with vacationing? In a normal scenario, work is separated from vacationing. If you’re a business traveler, you may add a fun cheap trip or stay to the end of a business trip. We both understand this.
Now change your mindset for a moment and put on the shoes of a growing number of Americans, and don’t worry. This exercise has a good ending. This group of professionals was largely non-existent 10-to-20 years ago, especially compared to today’s ballooning number.
Plan ahead and make the most of your situation if you’re a work-from-home professional. You have flexibility, so enjoy it! Start your research now and pinpoint your best options for amenities and all-around good deals. To start, investigate Cheapodestination.com and Cheapogetaway.com.
Not only do our owners
report an 83% satisfaction rate1 but we hear repeatedly from
happy owners who use their timeshare year after year, thanking themselves for
the wise purchase that grants them the discipline of better travel
If you compare a typical hotel stay to a timeshare, the hotel stay tends to cost more, between eating every meal out and the price of two or more rooms to accommodate an entire family, the value of a timeshare stay is unbeatable.
Today, there are 1,548 resorts in the U.S., with 8.1 million intervals owned. Timeshares, fractional's and private residence clubs are also located in over 100 countries.
1Source: Shared Vacation Ownership Owners Report – 2012 Edition, prepared by The Research Intelligence Group for the ARDA International Foundation. timeshare owners do have a choice
Stay out of the kitchen and spend more time with your family this holiday! If you are like me you spend most of your Thanksgiving and Christmas day in the kitchen. This year I decided to ban the kitchen from my holiday routine and spend more time with my kids and grandkids. It was a bit of a shock to our kids (now grown adults) but when we looked at the pros and cons, we all made a unanimous decision to ban the kitchen this year. We are going on the search for the best location for our holiday brunch and we want your help. Over the next two months we are going to be on the prawl for the best holiday brunch locations in Central Florida and we are going to keep you posted on our venture.
Do you have the perfect location for a holiday brunch?
It’s a common misconception that traveling with kids means you cannot stay in luxury resort. While it is true that the industry standard is double occupancy, many resorts offer 1,2,and 3 bedrooms with a kitchen, living, dining area to best accommodate you and your travel companions. In order to choose the best room(s) at the best rate(s), we’ve come up with a few tips to help you plan your next travel excursion, and ensure an enjoyable trip with kids.
#1: Provide the resort with all your details including the number of kids and adults traveling with you.
#2: Ask the resort what amenities they offer on property and plan your events ahead of time. Most resorts have adult and kiddie pool areas, and a lot of resorts offer day cares so mom and dad can have the much needed time away.
#3: Be flexible, open, and willing to take advice and make adjustments as need be. Please be aware that all requests are simply requests only, and cannot be guaranteed until confirmed with the hotel.
We hope these tips ease the stress of planning your next trip with kids, and we wish you happy travels and a truly memorable experience!
Who gets the most vacation time? Who gets the least?
The average working European earns and usually takes all 25 to 30 vacation days annually. In 2011, the typical American employee was given 14 days off, but took only 12. The U.S. does not require companies to offer paid time off to their workers, unlike many other nations.
Two forfeited days of vacation a year may not seem like a lot, but it can really add up. Americans altogether are giving up 226 million unused vacation days this year. Take into consideration that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average full-time worker earns $39,416 a year -- that's $34.3 billion worth of time.
Owning a vacation ownership can make travel planning easier and allow businesses and families the opportunity to budget and plan their travel accommodations hassle free. Renting from existing owners also gives travelers the opportunity to visit exclusive resorts that they would not otherwise be allowed to visit. Another great advantage of renting a vacation ownership is the direct contact with the actual resort owners giving you the negotiation power and great savings.
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority completes redevelopment
22nd Aug 2013
The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority has completed $20 million in recent improvements to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The LVCVA implemented the changes, which are designed to enhance the customer experience, to the 3.2 million-square-foot facility over the past two years while working around shows and events in the building.
“The Las Vegas Convention Center is home to many of the top trade shows in the country,” said Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of operations for the LVCVA.
“It is important to keep the facility fresh and offer its more than a million yearly guests the convenience that will make conducting business in Las Vegas a success.”
The first noticeable change is the façade of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Two different shades of gray paint now cover the once mauve exterior to create a more modern look.
In addition, the Green Parking Lot has been expanded adding more than eight acres to the lot near Desert Inn Road and Swenson.
Designs are underway on two more parking lots to allow for more convenience and access.
Inside, more than one million square feet of new red carpet has been installed. The lighting has also been upgraded in the Central and North Halls.
The new fixtures deliver up to 20 per cent more light with 42 per cent less energy.
The interior has also been painted.
In a worldwide first, Starbucks has added a double sided counter inside its recently expanded store. Being able to serve the customers from both side of the counter has resulted in faster service.
American Express has opened its OPEN Business Lounge inside the main entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The 3,400 square-foot lounge serves American Express OPEN card members and new applicants and offers refreshments, free WiFi, computer and printer access, and seating for meetings or relaxation.
It is the first OPEN Business Lounge on the West Coast.
All of the recent improvements will be integrated into future plans for Las Vegas Global Business District, an overarching vision for the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area.
The $2.5 billion Global Business District will create an international business destination by incorporating major renovations of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leveraging the World Trade Center designation and developing transportation connectivity through a centralised hub.
The Las Vegas Convention Centre, located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the largest convention centres in the country.
It hosts an average of sixty meetings, events, conventions and trade shows a year, with more than 1.2 million visitors.
Nearly 14,000 local jobs are supported by events held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which generate more than $1.6 billion in local economic impact.
It is time for CheapOgetaway to choose our top five getaway destinations on for 2013. Find your perfect cheap vacation and design your own getaway packages that are just right for you. Regardless of your budget or number of traveling members, CheapOgetaway picks the best places for your getaway.
Vacations can be relaxing and inspiring without breaking your bank. Once you pick a destination, you can stretch your dollar and create lifelong memories. Have you ever found the perfect flight, but then you can’t find the perfect hotel in the package? You can reduce the cost and headache associated with booking your getaway by making reservations separately with CheapOgetaway. We have found that the cost of staying in a resort is drastically cheaper if you rent from existing owners. The cost for each resort can be broken down to the cost of staying in a Suite at a hotel, this is why we want to give you some inspiration with these top five resorts.
The Orlando area offers non-stop fun with first-class family attractions. This is why CheapOgetaway has made the first pick the Sheraton Vistana Resort located in Orlando, FL. Close to the Orange County Convention Center and the thrills of Florida theme parks; you'll find golf and world-famous beaches within driving distance. This two bedroom suite can easily accommodate 6-8 comfortably. CheapOgetaway cost for a suite with kitchen, dining room, living room, and two bedrooms for a week is less than $67.00 night per person based on 6 people occupancy.
CheapOgetaway second choice is to discover the meaning of Aloha and stay at the breathtaking Ka'anapali Beach Club, located in Maui, Hawaii. Amazing sunsets await your arrival on Maui's famous North Shore. Their beautiful accommodations feature spacious interiors, in-room refrigerators, and oversized tubs and separate showers in the bath. Relax poolside at the acre wide, lagoon style pool and enjoy outdoor cafés set amid tropical garden atriums and relaxing waterfalls. Couples can stay in this tropical paradise for less than $165.00 night per person when you rent from CheapOgetaway.
If you are looking for excitement and nightlife, CheapOgetaway chooses the Polo Towers Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Only one boulevard offers non-stop 24 hour action and excitement, and you can enjoy every extraordinary moment at Polo Towers in classic elegance and casual comfort. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, a Polo Towers getaway provides guests with resort style amenities and world class casinos, spas, shopping, entertainment and attractions within walking distance. Visit Paris, Venice, New York City and Rome in one exciting city. Caesar and the Forum to the canals of Venice is minutes of your inviting stay at Polo Towers. Our one bedroom unit for a week that sleeps four is less than $75.00 a night per person for a weeks stay from CheapOgetaway owners.
Sea Gardens Beach and Tennis Resort is a premier oceanfront resort located in South Florida’s Pompano Beach and you can enjoy a week’s stay for less than a hotel. Enjoy this beautiful tropical paradise sun-bathing along Florida's gold coast. This getaway resort has waterfalls, lush gardens, tiki huts and yes coconut bowling. Golf, tennis, spa treatments, fine dining, shopping extravaganzas and cheap sunset cruises are just some of the many recreational options you have to choose from with a Sea Gardens getaway. CheapOgetaway recommends that you go to nearby areas in Pompano Beach and find the perfect cheap getaway destination to jet ski, kayak, parasail, swim, snorkel, scuba dive in the clear blue waters, or enjoy one of the many other activities.
Now CheapOgetaway is heading to the Coral Reef Resort located at the Sunset Capitol of Florida, St. Pete Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. St Pete Beach offers a large variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment for visitors of all ages. The main attraction of course is the pristine white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and the romantic sunsets perfect for beach weddings. The resorts amenities include a 340,000-gallon free-form outdoor swimming pool, three spas, complete beach facilities, and shuffleboard courts. From this ideal Florida vacation spot, it is less than 90 minutes' drive to the Orlando area attractions and Convention Center.
You decide your family needs to plan a vacation and you save every extra penny that you have to take a family vacation. You want the best family experience and you look into all the great fun places that you think your family will enjoy traveling to, only to find the cost of your vacation continues to add up. As parents we always want to do more for our kids than what we had growing up and we want them to have a memorable vacation. Everything is done for your travel; air fare...check, hotel...check, and entertainment...check.
The family arrives at their travel destination and everyone is checked in. The vacation is going so well. You decide to take that nice guy/girl up on his offer to receive "free" tickets to a wonderful theme park and all you have to do is take 30 minutes out of your day to listen to a presentation, and then you and the family are off to enjoy the rest of your day. Four hours later you are still sitting in a room with not one, but two sales guys that are guilting you into making an extremely large purchase because you have been depriving your family because you should be taking a vacation every year. Your exhausted, wore down, and ready to get out of this office, so you finally sign all the paperwork and walk out of the office six hours later.
Not putting much thought into the purchase you just made you continue to enjoy the rest of your vacation. Once home you return to your everyday grind and don't think much about the purchase until you have to make the first payment and realize now that it is too late to cancel. Well, you are now the proud owners of a beautiful resort and you’re going to take a vacation every year because you did feel so much better when you returned, so you decide to keep making the monthly payments.
Three years later reality sets in because you are still paying monthly for those "free" tickets you used while on your wonderful getaway vacation. The interest your paying is between 17%-19% and you really could have used that money for the last three years. Now what do you do? You call the resort to be told that they cannot do anything for you and that you still have seven more years to pay for it. You are on your own and you do not know what to do with this and you have monthly payments to make for seven more years and an annual fee that is very expensive. It turns out that the “free” tickets were the most expensive tickets you have ever purchased in your life.
Did you have a similar experience?
(2010 Domestic Convention/Group Meeting Visitor Profile)
Think you can't afford to buy a vacation ownership? "Think again". In today's economy, there are lots of owners looking to sell because they're strapped for cash. Just like in the traditional real estate market, the vacation ownership market is one that is great for buyers.
Buying from an individual can really help you save money over the normal fees. And, you can get an even better deal when you use an advertising company to search for available vacation ownership. When owners market, they don't pay the fees of a traditional real estate agent. This allows them to sell for even less money, saving both the buyer and the seller thousands of dollars.
We are one of the most respected advertising companies in the US. They offer buyers and sellers the chance to link up and make transactions independently. Their service is convenient and very affordable.
Now is a great time to buy a relaxing beach getaway or beautiful ski resort. You're sure to find that owners are ready to make a deal. And, when you buy from an individual owner, you are able to escape the high-pressure sales pitches, and the process is hassel free so you and the seller can negotiate a deal for purchase
We offers a great way for buyers to get into the vacation ownership market by purchasing directly from individual owners. If you're ready for the vacation of your dreams, you have to check them out.
That's why buying a vacation ownership is such a great option for travelers with special needs. Many of the resorts you'll find advertised are perfect for travelers in wheelchairs or who have other special needs. And, once you've chosen your vacation ownership, you never have to worry about asking those questions again, because you know you've chosen a resort that has all the amenities and special accommodations your family needs.
Individual owners are offering their vacation package, so it's easy for you to ask a question about special accommodations before you make an offer to buy. You may even be able to rent for a week to check it out before you decide to purchase. This way, you can find out first hand if your family's special needs are appropriately met at this resort.
A vacation is so much more pleasant when you know there will be no hassles. And, one thing's for certain, using our services takes all the hassle out of finding the right resort for your family – even if your family has special needs.
What family wouldn't love to take a vacation in Orlando, the land of Mickey Mouse and Sea World? When you own at one of Orlando's many resorts located near all the great amusement parks and beaches, you can take full advantage of all the fun that's available to families in this great vacation spot.
You can expect to find lots of great vacations advertised in great locations, including Orlando. In fact, Orlando is one of the most popular areas of the country for vacation ownership, so there are usually plenty to choose from on the website.
When you buy from an owner you can expect to receive a great deal compared to the price of buying direct from the resort. In fact, resales often sell for as much as 80% less than from the resort presentation because there is so much overhead involved in starting up new properties.
You will find that there's no hassle when you're shopping for an all inclusive resort with all the amenities. There are no high-pressure sales pitches, in fact, there are no sales people at all. You are simply free to peruse the site at your leisure, and contact the seller when you have a question or want to make an offer. This allows sellers to sell their vacation ownership at some of the best prices available anywhere.
So, don’t give up hope owning at a resort in Orlando. When you review the locations, you're sure to find a resort that you'll love and that will work within your budget. Before you know it, your family will have their own special piece of the family playground that is Orlando.