I have just returned from a great holiday on the white sand beaches of Hilton Head Island, SC. Hilton Head is one of the premier vacation destinations of the southeast; offering wide, sandy beaches and first class golfing. Many timeshare owners vacation on Hilton Head and other tropical hotspots, but most won’t get a one bedroom condo with a full kitchen, on or near the ocean for $398. Instead of timeshare ownership, there is another option that allows for travel discounts to the beaches and golfing areas.Membership in a luxury travel club with an international renown company allows its members to stay at global luxury resorts, worldwide for $298-798 per week for a one or two bedroom condo. These fully equipped, high-end condos are discounted by the travel club and offer luxury timeshare resorts without having to own and without the fees. A one time membership fee will allow a family to stay in over 5000 global resorts for 30-90% off the retail price when booked through Travelocity or another travel search engine.A week of golf and beach at discounts not normally available to the general public is a secret worth sharing. No need to own a timeshare with the annual fees to receive rates like $199 per week. It doesn’t stop there, belonging to a discount travel club allows members to receive discounted prices on cruises, airfare and more. The most impressive part of a membership is that you pay only a one time fee and there are never any monthly or annual fees to retain the membership. Lifetime travel memberships offer extraordinary accommodations in condos, luxury cruises and more to its members in high end properties worldwide. Most people pay tens of thousands of dollars to own a timeshare, so that they may travel to these destinations. These timeshares come with blackout dates and annual maintenance fees and usually are very difficult to book and use.With a global travel membership [joingrnnow.com] you can simply log into the search engine and look for vacation condos, cruises and air from the convenience of your computer. Once you find your resort for the discount price you book and pay right to the club. Membership never leaves its members wondering if they got the best price. The members interviewed for this article are most excited about being able to travel on more than one holiday because of the huge savings. Many members are so satisfied with the discounts that they become affiliates by referring members and work from home earning 6 figure incomes. This membership has helped thousands of families afford vacations across the globe.
Travel is a multi-billion dollar a year business. Why? Because it is a passion. People love to travel. The problem that many face is that they want to enjoy nice hotels and resorts, but often need to settle for locations that they are not really comfortable, simply because the nicer places are too expensive. Timeshares claim to be the answer to this problem. Are they the best option? This article will compare them to the rising trend of Travel Clubs.Timeshares claim to fame is that you “own” the property. I personally own a timeshare, so I will share my detailed experience. I went to a timeshare presentation in November of 2008. After a 2 hour presentation that I was told would take an hour, I was brought to a small room. The person that gave me the tour went through a speech about how hotel costs are rising, and how great timeshares are because you own. After I turned him down, a second person joined him. This person added new information, and gave me a full sales pitch. After I turned that person down, they brought out the manager. This person offered me some incentives, and made some promises, and I eventually bought the timeshare. They told me that I had to purchase it on the spot. If I did not do it then and there, I would not get another chance. Talk about a high pressure sale. Why wouldn’t they let me go home and do some research first? Anyways, the cost? $7,995 (I bought for every other year), financed at 17%. The maintenance fee? $502, but it can go up at any time.Using the timeshare. Thanks to some broken promises, and fine print, I have not used the timeshare yet. I did speak with one of their representatives about using it soon, but he explained that since they participate in a points program, it is almost impossible for me actually use it at the place that I purchased it. Confused? I still am too. Basically, I was old that the timeshare that I “own”, and even the week that I “own”, mean nothing. My purchase is turned into points, which I need to use through another company that they are partnered with. So, I paid $7,995, plus thousands in interest, to be locked in to paying a maintenance fee every other year, and I may not even be able to stay where I purchased the timeshare.Travel ClubsUp until January of 2010, I had never heard of a travel club. A friend of mine mentioned one to me, so I checked it out. Here is what I discovered. Travel clubs work like this. You pay a fee to join the club. Different clubs have different membership fees. Once you join, you gain access to exclusive deals that your specific travel club has. With most clubs, you can vacation as often or as little as you would like. You pay for the weeks that you travel, and nothing else. You can research the company, and are not pressure into an on the spot purchase. You do not have required fees, such as maintenance fees with timeshares.