Every penny counts in today's financial climate, and vacationers are increasingly looking for ways to enjoy their dream break without breaking the bank.
Increasingly, those who like to holiday regularly are looking at timeshare vacations as a way to enjoy those well-earned breaks in a way that makes sound financial sense.
With timeshare, it is possible to pay for future holidays in advance, through partial ownership of a vacation property. The concept is extremely practical – paying for full ownership of a vacation property that you will occupy just a few times a year just doesn't add up when it comes to the financial crunch.
With time share, holiday makers can find their perfect spot for a holiday home and return time and again, knowing that the stay is already paid for.
Compared with the costs of paying for a hotel of temporary vacation rental, timeshare properties can offer excellent value for money,
Timeshare properties can be found in virtually every corner of the world, and in every price bracket. From luxury penthouse apartments on the coast of Florida to cosy cabins in the Swiss Alps; townhouses in some of the world's liveliest cities, or family-friendly holiday apartments in popular resorts, timeshare offers holiday makers a chance to buy a piece of their favorite holiday destination.
Aside from the financial benefits, timeshare offers a wealth of practical benefits too. No longer do holiday makers have to worry about a lack of room availability, escalating prices or holiday accommodation that fails to live up to the description in the brochure. With a timeshare property, vacationers know that they will be returning to a much-loved spot, with the advantage of knowing the property, and the location, like the back of their hand.
But those who believe that variety is the spice of life needn't rule out the concept of timeshare ownership. With some timeshare schemes, owners are able to exchange their purchased holiday time for breaks in a range of different resorts around the world.
Timeshare plans can be personalized to suit personal preferences, budget and holiday styles – for example, some schemes allow holiday makers to 'split' their purchased time in the vacation apartment into long weekends or mini-breaks, while others cater for those who like to take longer holidays of several weeks at a time.
Another advantage of timeshare ownership is the option to sell their timeshare, often at a substantial profit. Timeshare owners can also 'rent out' any unused weeks or days in their timeshare property, ensuring that no money is wasted if taking a holiday just isn't practical.
Timeshare holidays are not limited to houses, cabins and apartments either – there are options to buy timeshare vacations in some of the world's best hotels, and even on cruise ships.
Those who have previously dismissed timeshare as too restrictive, or have thought that this type of scheme limited owners to breaks in the same spot each vacation, may want to take a fresh look at the timeshare market. For those who like to holiday regularly, and who want holiday options that deliver a real return on investment, timeshare can be the perfect solution.
Of course, not all timeshare schemes and companies are created equal – there are some 'sharks' out there, so be sure to carry out plenty of research and look for word of mouth recommendations before investing.