|Reflections on my
Positive Timeshare Experience
Written by a very happy Timeshare owner to express her happiness and satisfaction being a Timeshare owner!
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Reflections on my Positive Timeshare Experienceby Marcia Ling - FTOG Board Member
This was a presentation given at
the most recent Florida
Timeshare Owners Group
meeting in Sarasota Florida on March 29 2014. It was so
fantastic, I felt that all TUGGERS would want to read it as well!
When Frank asked me to present a topic at this meeting, I said what will I talk about? Then I said to Frank, frankly I’ve not gotten that much out of that portion of our meetings. Frank made some suggestions, that you see here on the agenda, and I said, “OK why not?”
When I thought about why I
hadn’t found the topics presented very helpful, it occurred to me that
times they were of a negative nature ~
That led me to my topic presentation today – concentrating on the POSITIVES OF TIMESHARING
I first bought a TS week in 1986 and it was a secondary market purchase – I wasn’t talked into it by some slick salesman – therefore I’ve never felt like I bought something I didn’t want or need. I had done the research. I bought a TS that was floating time, a 2 bedroom unit, in a multi-destination resort, and it’s an accrual week – to me all positive features. I picked up a 2nd week about 6 years later.
Some people buy with the intent
of always trading and have never gone to their own resort. I think
mistake. I bought locations that, if for some reason I could NEVER
would be happy to go to – the mountains and the seashore. Buy where you
go and what you’re proud to own.
About 8 years later I somehow
discovered TimeSharing Today and subscribed – my 1st issue was #12,
1993, and I have been a subscriber ever since. When I moved to FL in
2000s, TST led me to the FTOG and Frank. I joined in 2005 when they had
just one meeting – the first speaker I heard was Lisa Ann Schreier.
Many timesharers don’t know
they have other exchange choices besides “the big 2.” TST and the FTOG
taught me that I had
other choices and that they were less expensive, more flexible, smaller
easier to deal with.
mentioned have lists of their inventory online. I like to see what
places each has available and channel my requests to the one that seems
more of what I’m looking for, and that varies with each one. Don’t
what you see is all they can get for you; call and talk to someone
you’re looking for. And when you call back you can actually talk to the
person! There’s no membership fee and some don’t require you to
week to start an ongoing search. (And I’ve also learned that they
trade among themselves or do each other favors to accommodate their
My exchanges have taken me
skiing from the obvious CO and UT to my home resort at Lake Tahoe to
NM, ID, WY,
the Northeast and Canada; to the seashores of both FL coasts, the
the Atlantic coast; to back to back weeks on the beaches of 2 of the HI
islands; to TX, AZ, the Caribbean, VA, the NC mountains, and most
Napa Valley of CA. I’ve never had a bad experience – some resorts are
than others, and I’ve exchanged into some extremely nice places.
This brings me to my recommendations
Sell, Rent or Exchange your Timeshare for free!