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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Got the time?

I've had a lot of great vacation stays at time-share condos over the years, and consider them an excellent deal. As with anything else, however, some of them are better than others. Many of them are affiliated with Resort Condominiums International, or Interval International. These are good resources for checking out the amenities at various vacation destinations, and they also provide a lot of other useful information.

A good overview of the concept can be found here:
The ABCs of time-shares, which is an article on the subject by the people at LendingTree.

I have several weeks to use annually, to the point where it'd be hard to find the time to utilize another one, but I'm still contemplating the acquisition of one more.

The fact of the matter is, I'm on a vacation out West right now..


Blogger The trotting Possum said...

I envy you, even though I have no desire to see the Left Coast ever again. Maybe in the rear-view mirror. Getting there would be most of the fun, and biking across Arizona has a great deal of appeal.

Perhaps we should all view California as one huge theme park, and deal with the fruits and nuts accordingly.

November 24, 2005 4:37 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...


Thanks for the links, I just may check some of the info out. I like to travel and my wife does, too.

My new job ("new" for going on three years, now) still "allows" for the use of five or more weeks of vacation time each year. The problem is that there is no one to do my job while I'm gone and I pay dearly for the time off by playing catch-up for a week.


Man, I'm with ya as far as most of California is concerned. There are exceptions in the North and Central state areas, though...

You won't believe my word for verification-it's "imhis"!

November 24, 2005 8:31 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

The trotting Possum:
I like some places in California, Yosemite N.P. for example, but mostly I just pass through on my annual sojourn to Hawaii. As for biking across Arizona, if you're referring to motorcycling, I've ridden in all of the "lower 48"...and Utah is pretty impressive, with all of it's geological intricacies. Between the deserts in the south, the Great Salt Lake and the ski resorts in the north, they've got it pretty well covered.

If you would like to discuss the "ins & outs" of the time-share option, feel free to email me about it; I have a lot of experience in that area, and I'd be more than happy to help.

November 24, 2005 10:45 AM  
Blogger JR said...


Happy Turkey Day...

I do not share well with others...
But that trade time share does sound like a fun way to visit alot more places...Trade you the Hampton's for Vail...

November 24, 2005 12:04 PM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

When we first got our time share, it was great, and easy to utilize, both for where we bought, and trading. Now that our son is in school, it's a lot more difficult.

The high-demand (trade) resorts need to be booked two years or more in advance! We haven't been able to get NEAR anything in California.

My cousin, who is retired, has also had great luck with hers, as they are able to book so far in advance!

November 24, 2005 12:59 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Thanks for the info., Jack. I love to travel, and hopefully, I'll be able to do it again, soon. BTW, just how many weeks of vacation do you get, Mr. Man on the Go? :-)

November 24, 2005 7:42 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I stayed in an exchange close to Vail once, in Beaver Creek...at the time, if you were paying for it rather than doing an exchange, it would've cost thousands.

A lot of time-shares are converting to a points system, in order to address to availability situation. I have two of that type, one of which only just converted from a specific week. I like the flexibility of those better, actually.

'da Bunny:
I get 4 weeks of vacation time, and a week of sick time, plus from Christmas to New Year's as paid holiday time off.

This week, since I get Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving, I used a sick day and two vacation days...

November 24, 2005 8:40 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Hey Camo, sounds nice... Enjoy!


November 24, 2005 9:06 PM  
Blogger Nightwalker said...

Speaking of time, we're getting an extra second this year. The year-end clock will go something like this:

2005 December 31 23h 59m 59s
2005 December 31 23h 59m 60s
2006 January 01 0h 0m 0s

To read about leap seconds and the ensuing controversy, go here:

November 24, 2005 11:49 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Oh, I do...thanks.

So, does that mean I'm older or younger than I might've been?

November 25, 2005 12:07 AM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

We are going to have to rename your blog "Uncommonly Sensible Vacation tips and reviews". I hope all are doing well.
California is a wonderful state if you avoid the coast where you have a concentration of 23-30 million people who in general seem to hate each other.

Deus est Semper Fidelis

November 26, 2005 10:13 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Although I do post some vacation related items, I think I'll just leave the title of my blog as 'tis...but thanks for the suggestion.

Regarding California, as I said in a prior comment, I like some places there. I've ridden my Harley along the Pacific Coast Highway, and in addition to living in L.A. for a spell when I was 21, I've spent time in a bunch of places throughout the State.

Anyway, how have you been? I haven't seen your presence around the "blogosphere" much since Katrina made landfall; I hope all is well with you and yours...

November 26, 2005 3:19 PM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

I almost signed up for atimeshare, but the salesman was so high pressure that we applied the old rule: "If I have to decide now, the answer is no".

Was a nice facility, but we got the queasies talking with the sales guy.

November 29, 2005 6:36 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Sounds like a good rule...they can be pretty pushy; some salesmen are like that.

November 29, 2005 7:03 PM  

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