Back in 2008 I went on a family vacation with my mom, sister and brother – our last family vacation with it being just the four of us and it was one of my most memorable vacations. We got along great and did so many things in Florida.
One of the days while we were wandering around, my mom got sucked into an offer – come visit our resort, listen to us for 2 hours and we’ll pay you 200! Why the heck not, right? The entire drive over to the resort my mom made us promise, multiple times, to not let her say yes to the offer. We agreed we wouldn’t.
While she spent the couple hours in the office listening to salespeople, the three of us lounged by one of the many pools in the Florida heat. They came and got us on a golf cart and took us back for a complimentary lunch on the veranda. Afterwards, the sales guy came up and was talking to my mom, practically begging her to sign the papers. She looked at us and asked if she should get it. We shook our heads, but said yes!
As she signed hundreds of papers, we laughed at her because we knew she would want it. She bought a timeshare for Westgate Resorts and there are a bunch of them throughout the United States.
In 2010 we went back to Westgate Resorts in Orlando and the place was gorgeous. It was my mom and her boyfriend, his two kids, my brother, and my boyfriend and myself – so there were 7 of us. Our place had a master suite (complete with a jacuzzi), a second room with two queen beds, and a loft with two double beds, plus a living room with a pull out sofa. We were styling. Our balcony over looked a pool and hot tub which we used daily. The main building had a movie theatre, complimentary breakfast and a lot of activities.
In 2011 we went to the Westgate Resort in the Smokey Mountains and it was even more gorgeous. The log cabins were on the mountainside and we had the top floor to ourselves. The layout was similar but different. Instead of the layout like a house it was split into two different rooms – so there were two bedrooms, two living rooms, two kitchens (thank goodness, cause we needed an entire fridge just for our alcoholic beverages). This year it was my mom, my boyfriend and me, my sister and her boyfriend and their son, and then my moms boyfriend and his kids drove out later. So there were more of us, but we still had a blast and everyone had their own space.
Timeshares may seem like the’re more expensive in the long run, but you really do get what you pay for.