Friday, January 31, 2014

The Secret to a Budget-Friendly Family Vacation is Easier than You Think (Review + Giveaway)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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Ah the family vacation.....

I bet if you are snowed under 5 feet of snow right now, you're thinking about this picture, aren't you?

kid in sand

Course if you were in the South this week, you were wondering if a 'Winter' vacation with LOTS of snow would be a good thing, weren't you?

kid in snow

And then you looked at flight costs and hotel costs and you sighed, right?

I have THE solution for you!

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When owners can't use their timeshares they rent them out, giving families, like yours and mine, the chance to vacation at luxury resorts for less. AND Redweek literally covers timeshares AROUND the world!

Why are time share resorts great for family vacations?

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And frequently they are quite doable for driving, saving you lots of cash on those airline tickets (not to mention luggage restrictions and bag costs!).

Check out a few great resorts I found:

grande villas orlando

Grande Villas Resort in Orlando, FL, you know: a stones-throw away from Disney, and minutes from Sea World and Universal Studios! one-, two- and three-bedroom timeshare villas. One bedrooms sleep four, two bedrooms sleep six and three bedrooms sleep ten. Now those are adults, you might be able to double up on small kids! All of them feature either a jacuzzi tub or Roman tub, for Mom after a long day chasing kids at Disney, and the kids (and adults!) can can splash in either of the two large outdoor heated pools, soak in the two whirlpool spas, or hang out with the kiddies at the children's wading pool. Oh and did I mentioned the lIghted tennis and basketball courts AND a miniature golf course AND kids swing set play area? The two and three-bedroom villas are equipped with a full-size kitchen (mini-kitchen available in one-bedroom units), and washer/dryer, so you can SAVE SAVE SAVE by having breakfast and dinner at the time-share, not to mention having snacks and desserts!

Best part? $64 - $143 per night, based on how many rooms (and time booked).

 Can I get a WOW? 

When was the last time you could sleep 10 people in Orlando for only $143 a night, and have access to all those great amenities?

Want some snow?
How about Lake Tahoe?

marriott grand lodge lake tahoe

At the base of Heavenly mountain in Lake Tahoe, Marriott Grand Lodge it has not one, but three grand fireplaces with roaring fires in the lobby alone, to make this cozy retreat the perfect place to curl up with a good book, or discuss the day's adventures with friends. studio, one-, and two-bedroom unit sleep 2,6 or 8, respectively. Fully equipped kitchens  in all, and whirlpool baths in the 1/2 bedroom units, allow for downtime in the rental. Marriott's on-site spa with massage therapy, facials, and body treatments for Mo and the teens,  and the The outdoor year-round heated swimming pool will make everyone happy! Beginning at $93 a nite, this location is great for Winter and Summer fun!

Want the Atlantic beach and a chance to see the wild horses of Virginia/ NC?

barrier islands ocean pines

Located in Duck, just North of Kitty Hawk, Barrier's Island Ocean Pines, is a beach front property is located among 100 acres of pristine Maritime Forest that adjoins 700 acres of wildlife preserve. Both the resort and the preserve are home to all types of waterfowl, deer, fox, and raccoons. A 2 bedroom unit sleeps 8 easily (possibly more if you have small kids). Each unit has a whirlpool tub and/or hot tub! Plus on site there are tennis courts and an indoor pool, in case the weather gets bad and the ocean is off limits. At ONLY $100 a night, it's a true bargain to bring your kids to nature!

Or want to be farther North Atlantic:

How about Montauk, NY?

gurneys inn resort

Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and 1,000 feet of private beach! Horseback riding, bird-watching, hiking, and boating are popular activities in this area of the Hamptons on Long Island. Their spa, rated by Vogue as one of the world's best, combines European treatment techniques with healthful exercise and individual pampering. Other resort facilities include an indoor pool, three restaurants, room service, and a game room. Championship golf and tennis facilities are only three miles away. Rooms sleep 4 per night at a $200 rate (which is a really great rate!)

I found all these locations with simple clicks and navigation around the Redweek website! It is super easy to locate timeshare rentals, timeshare exchanges and even timeshare sales (if you come home and want to buy a time share in the area you vacationed!). Once you're a member you can see full reviews and more pictures of the different locations and they make it super easy to rent one of the timeshares as well! There are no middlemen to go through, and no having to sit trough a 2 hour lecture of buying one of timeshares! WHEW! Redweek's forums offer great advise for timeshare owners and travelers alike! The Redweek blog offers more information on top destinations and travel options in the areas of the resorts! So don't miss it either!

So if are thinking family vacation this year, check out Redweek Timeshare rentals- it just might be the solution to allow for a luxury vacation on a shoestring budget!

One lucky BTHM reader is going to win a Free 2-year membership to Redweek,
to start planning their dream trip!

Thanks for reading this post and entering this giveaway! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


  1. I'd love to go to gatlinburg, TN!


  2. The Williamsburg Plantantion looks awesome. I love anything historical.

  3. Kahana Villa Vacation Club in Maui would be nice.

  4. I'd love to vacation at Palace Resort at Moon Palace, Cancun!


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