I am not inherently a planner but I can plan simple things. That’s why I was thinking a week timeshare would be good because if I have time to plan then I can go somewhere different to try things out and if I am busy then at a minimum I just need to call a year in advance to book my week at my home resort. Just out of curiosity, the up front money doesn’t seem bad when buying resale but what about the MF’s and taxes? If you have 4 weeks, wouldn’t that mean paying about $5k a year? I am concerned about paying every year. Are the weeks easy to rent out?I live in Southern California and I routinely drive to locations such as: Phoenix, Sedona, Tucson, Tahoe, Monterey, Palm Desert, Newport Coast and a few others. There are a lot of "drive-to" locations that we can reach in under 7 or 8 hours. We're staying in 4 and 5 star places (largely Marriott). BUT, I plan a year in advance. BUT, this last year I made a bunch of re-bookings to avoid losing weeks. My nightly cost is a fair amount less than renting at these same places. I own 4 Marriott resale weeks. For all four I paid under $8K in total.
But, I am a planner and typically plan a year in advance.
So, if you cannot plan and are not detail oriented, then perhaps timeshares aren't for you. My personal opinion is that the people who invest the time to learn a timeshare system and who are willing to plan in advance get a lot of value out of their timeshare(s). Those that don't invest the time, effort and planning aren't going to be happy.