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  1. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 124... Timeshare Ownership Creates Adventurer?

    I am a lucky person. I have been on many adventures as a result of my timeshare ownership... In fact, the more I learn the more I can adventure. I could have chosen an RV and be an adventurer. And for some of you who watch the video, that would be a good choice. But for me and what I like...
  2. P

    FREE HICV Gatlinburg Smokey Mountain Resort 2Bd Villa timeshare

    My husband and I are wanting to give our Gatlinburg time share to someone who will use it. We are in ministry with two littles and just dont travel as much as we used to. Its a 2Bd, 1,170 square ft villa. it sleeps up to 6. its room #812. It has a fully equipped kitchen, spa tub with hydro jets...
  3. F

    Cancel Westgate Resort Timeshare

    Hello, I am new to this group but I do believe that it got my husband and I out of a 21k mistake that we made while vacationing in Gatlinburg. After we got home from vacay, I started reading through all of the documents on the CD Rom that was provided, checking into the interval international...
  4. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 119... Timeshare Winners and Losers in 2023

    Which timeshare company made the best investment in past years to gain the most in 2023. I will be reviewing three timeshare companies... Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham / Worldmark to provide you with insight based on my year of timeshare travel and my experienced gains. The impacts of the...
  5. R

    List on Redweek?

    Does anyone have any experience with posting their HGV timeshare with Redweek? We are new to using Redweek and are unsure of the process. Any help and advice is appreciated!
  6. Clifbell

    Two Bedroom Oceanfront Marriott OceanWatch in Myrtle Beach SC Review

    Located in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Ocean watch sits right on the beach. The reviewed two bedroom unit is an oceanfront view. Both the master bedroom and the living room face the ocean. There is a deck which has a great view of the ocean and a lot of the property since it is on the 16th...
  7. J

    FREE: Vacation Village at Weston, Florida

    Vacation Village at Weston Resort - Weston, Florida This timeshare is being offered for free. This is a "Gold Crown Awarded Resort" with RCI, located in beautiful southern Florida with day trip access to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys. Also located near two PGA...
  8. J

    Punta Cana timeshare financed through Mexico

    Long story short we regrettably signed up for a vacation club at Live Aqua in Punta Cana. I've come to learn the contract is via Fiesta Americana Vacation Clubs (FAVC) and financed through groupo Posadas in Mexico. I'm 2 months past my recission date, signed up in August 2022. My question is...
  9. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 102... Timeshare Hotel Comparison

    I wanted to make a video to explain the value of a timeshare as compared to staying in a hotel. This video compares the Hilton Grand Vacations Studio at Ocean Tower to the Hilton Waikoloa basic room. I go through the cost to rent each of them, the maintenance costs as an owner, and the actual...
  10. Z

    I’m an idiot - rescinding limitless/Vidanta timeshare

    Long story short - got back from 12 nights in Mexico and was checking over my statements and such when I saw the charge from a day where I and my sig other can’t even remember (it was our first vacay in 5 years so we went way too hard). come to find out I spent 10k at a Vidanta on a 10 year...
  11. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 80... Abound / Vistana Owner Update

    I just completed an owner update at a Westin Property where the discussion centered around the New Abound platform. The Abound Platform is the new name for the Combined Vistana and Marriott Timeshares. Supposedly, the new program is rolling out. You should be getting the official...
  12. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 77... Freedom, Responsibility, and Timeshares

    I have created a set of criteria that help me have successful vacation. I have categorized them into three groups... Freedom, Responsibility, and timeshares. By freedom, I mean that you have the ability to plan for a flexible vacation, but you still have to define what that means.... How long...
  13. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 74... The Frugal Timeshare with Costco

    The three main cost drivers for timeshares owners is Maintenance fees, Travel to/From Timeshares, and food. In this video, I discuss how I leverage Costco to keep food costs low. By managing food costs, I can have money for additional vacations. I use Costco for the basic food costs. The...
  14. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 73... RV vs Timeshare Depends on Travel Style

    There is no right or wrong choice between an RV or a timeshare. My travel style is just better suited for Timeshares than RV's. In this Video, I try to describe what it is about my travel style that makes timeshares better for me. My goal is to help you decide what is right for you based on...
  15. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 71... A Cross Country Trip Using Wyndham Timeshares

    One of the downsides of choosing timeshares over an RV was the flexibility to travel across the US and have plenty of places to stay. Well, I am in the process of doing my trip across the US staying in Timeshares. Although not nearly as many locations as an RV, I do finally have the option...
  16. S

    Help me understand

    Looking to buy a timeshare from eBay. What should I buy? I am a snow bird from Canada so I mainly travel from January to March for two months. I am open to different locations and every other year to Florida as driving is cheaper than flying. What are Marriott and Hilton vacation club as...
  17. D

    Cancelled upgrade

    I’m wondering if anybody else has any experience with something like this but we bought a Westgate timeshare one year ago, went back to the same place and put in for an upgrade however…. Upon discovering the room infested with bedbugs we decided to cancel it. We were told that when you upgrade...
  18. B

    Free Cape Cod Timeshare - Free closing fees

    Located at the Holly Tree Resort in Cape Cod Massachusetts. (West Yarmouth) Fixed Week (19): Mid May Fixed Room #222 https://holly-tree.com/gallery/ Exchangeable on Interval International and others. Sleeps 4 1 bathroom Maintenance Fees: 697.79 per year. I will pay for the closing fees.
  19. Clifbell

    Review of the Wyndham Kona coast Resort two bedroom in Kona Hawaii

    This is a wonderful resort located about 15 minutes south of Kailua Kona on the Big Island. The two bedroom unit is very spacious with a nice kitchen. You can book this room as a WorldMark owner via Club pass or as I did for this visit using Wyndham Rewards. I was in building 30 on the...
  20. Clifbell

    Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy One Bedroom Review in Kapaa Kauai Hawaii

    I enjoyed the Club Wyndham Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy (formerly Shell). It is in the Small town of Kapaa on the eastern shore close to the airport. There is a lovely beach with trees near the ocean. You can't really swim there because of the currents, but it is still lovely to listen...
  21. Khanfuzed1

    Has anyone bought a non-resort timeshare/fractional condo in Mexico?

    Hey guys looking to see if anyone has gone the non-resort route for like a timeshare-esque ownership arrangement for a nice apartment or condo in the center of town. Maybe Playa Del Carmen or Tulum? I'm very curious what your experience was like
  22. Clifbell

    Review Club Wyndham Bali Hai Two Bedroom in Princeville Kauai Hawaii

    About an hour drive from the Lihue Airport in Princeville Hawaii on the Island of Kauai sits the Club Wyndham Bali Hai resort. Today's review is of the two bedroom unit. The building are two stories tall and have lush tropical plant throughout. There are two pools, a fitness center, plenty of...
  23. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 46... Why I chose Timeshares over Airbnb

    Both Timeshares and Airbnb can provide great vacations. I have used both but have tended to focus more on Timeshares. For me, making a purchase of a timeshare was making a commitment to taking a vacation. I am very active in a lot of projects, so making a timeshare a project was my way of...
  24. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 42… Living 6 months in Timeshares

    There are several questions one would ask about living in a timeshare for six months. 1) Why would anyone do this? 2) What are the economics? 3) What are the possibilities? 4) How can I do this? Why would anyone do this? Two weeks a year to vacation and see the world is not enough anymore...
  25. Clifbell

    Review of one bedroom Ocean View at Grand Pacific Palisades by Hilton Grand Vacation Carlsbad California

    Last week, I reviewed the non ocean view room. But, if you stay here ask for an ocean view. It is so worth it to sit on your deck in the afternoon and watch a sunset. Or have early morning coffee and stare at the ocean. Located about 40 minutes north of San Diego California in the beach town...
  26. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 41… What happened to the Vistana / Marriott Merger?

    Originally announced in May of 2018, The Marriott Vacation Club purchase of Vistana promised a vision of a high end and extensive network of quality timeshares. As an owner of both Vistana and Marriott Vacation Club, I was excited about the proposed merger. I even went so far as to upgrade my...
  27. Clifbell

    Review of One Bedroom Plus at Grand Pacific Palisades by Hilton Grand Vacation in Carlsbad California

    Located about 40 minutes north of San Diego California in the beach town of Carlsbad California sits the Grand Pacific Palisades by Hilton Grand Vacations. There are two good sized pools, a fitness center, a restaurant, several hot tubs, and much more to enjoy. There was a special pool for kids...
  28. Clifbell

    Review of the Liki Tiki One Bedroom By Diamond Resorts Near Orlando Florida

    Located near Orlando Florida in Kissammee, Florida sits the Liki Tiki Resort by Diamond International. It has three different pools plus many activities which makes it a wonderful place for a family to vacation. The one bedroom I was in can sleep 4 people and has a full kitchen. The full...
  29. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 35 Using Airbnb with your timeshares

    In this video, I highlighted that AirBnb can be an excellent opportunity to expand your travel options. In my case, I rented a one bedroom in Phoenix during the peak period of January. If I rented timeshares for that same period, it would have cost me much more than the $1300+ I paid for the...
  30. T

    New to the Timeshare Game- Help and Advice appreciated!

    Hello all, I just returned from La Pacifica in Los Cabos and I have to tell you I was absolutely enchanted. I was seriously considering buying the timeshare on the spot when I learned that HGVC uses a points system in order to make reservations, but the upfront retail prices scared the crap out...