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Timeshares – Worth The Opportunity?

Timeshares – pleasure and investment opportunity or waste of cash?

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     Timeshares are a controversial topic. Many are convinced that they only exist to scam and that all parties should avoid them at all costs. Then, there are plenty of others that enjoy them and insist on their value. Who are you to believe? 

The Pros

THEY FEEL LIKE A HOME

     Unlike, a hotel or similar accommodation, timeshares are much more likely to have that homey, lived-in vibe. Specifically, the benefit of having your own kitchen and laundry in the unit are huge, starting pros. 

THEY’RE AFFORDABLE

      Despite the common belief that they are scams, timeshares can actually be had fairly cheap. If you have family and looking to hang on to one for a long period of time, you’re in luck. With each vacation spent at the timeshare, you’re getting a portion of your money back from your original investment.

YOU CAN MAKE MONEY OFF OF IT

     If you plan properly and know you won’t be able to use your week at the unit, you can rent it out to family and friends! You may incur a small fee from the company that manages the timeshare, but it’s still a great way to make a little extra money and make back some of your investment.

Now, let’s talk about the cons:

NEW AND UNPREDICTABLE COSTS

     Maintenance. If you’re looking to invest in a timeshare, ensure maintenance fees are capped and will never change. Additionally, check to see if major upgrades like replacing carpets are included in your investment or if you’ll have to pay for that should it come up.

USE IT OR LOSE IT

     In many timeshare situations, you have to pick your week in advance and that’s the only week you can use it each year. So if you aren’t able to make your week or rent it to someone else it will just sit there, not being enjoyed. And you’re still paying for it. That lack of flexibility and risk of potentially not even being able to use it turns many people away from timeshares.

THEY’RE DIFFICULT TO SELL

     If you buy into a timeshare and then sometime later decide you want to sell, it can be difficult. There are many people out there trying to sell off timeshares so you will face great competition. Many management companies will include in your contract that they receive a commission if you sell. Often people trying to sell are so troubled in the process that they end up getting much less back than they originally paid for their share.

THEY’RE A BIG AND LONG-TERM COMMITMENT

     If you’re considering investing in a timeshare you better be ready to commit long-term, because it’s the only way they’re financially worth it. Not to mention most timeshare contracts require you to pay taxes and maintenance fees indefinitely. If you miss or refuse payments it could drastically affect any other debt you may have and your credit score overall. 


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Become The New York Tourist You Were Meant To Be

If you’re brave enough, throw caution to the wind – when you’re in New York, go “full tourist.”

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     There’s been a negative stigma revolving around tourists for decades now. The binoculars, the guidebooks, the constant pictures, and the overflowing questions. As obnoxious as these traits can be, don’t avoid being a tourist yourself!

And what better place to act like a stereotypical tourist than the greatest city in the world: New York City? It’s consistently packed with tourists anyway, so why not join everyone else? When you do, take a look at the best tourist attractions around. 

WALK THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

     Aside from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, this might be the most famous bridge in America. And with the long wooden path, it truly is a beautiful experience. Going from Manhattan to Brooklyn is probably the best way to do it, too, as there’s nothing quite like entering the energy and experience that is Brooklyn.

HIT SOME ICONIC FOOD SPOTS

     There are literally hundreds of famous food spots in New York. So hit as many as possible! From pizza to pastrami to Chinese food to doughnuts. New York has it all.

GO TO THE TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

     This one can definitely be a little tough. Sometimes the lines are unbearably long. But once you get up there… it’s the next level. You can see the entire city in every direction. And the fact that you’re looking at it from the top of the most iconic building in the city… nothing compares.

SPEND AN AFTERNOON AT CONEY ISLAND

     If you really want to know what it felt like to grow up in New York, visit Coney Island during the summer. You can practically taste the nostalgia. Catch a ride on the Ferris wheel and grab a classic Nathan’s Famous hot dog while you’re there.

EXPLORE CENTRAL PARK

     What would a trip to New York be without exploring Central Park? Many tourists forget that the park is a whopping 1.3 square miles. That’s a lot of valuable real estate in a city like New York! Thankfully, it’s put to good use. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and in addition to bike rentals, carriage rides, and a carousel, there’s also a zoo!

CATCH A BROADWAY SHOW

     For many people, the magic that is Broadway is the first thing they think of when they think “New York City.” It’s simply the best musical theater available in the country. So if you can afford it, it is definitely worth catching a show. Trust me, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.

VISIT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

     And of course! If you really want to be a tourist in New York City, you simply must visit the Statue of Liberty!

It’s one of the most historically important structures in the country (if not the most important) and represents America as apple pie. It truly is an artistic marvel. If you haven’t seen it up close, you should really take the detour.


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Falling For These Seasonal Resorts

The best fall resorts are astoundingly beautiful – enjoy the harvest season surrounded by nature’s beauty.

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     Going on vacation in the midst of Fall is a mesmerizing idea. Leaves change color and the gluttony of Summer has finally tapered off. You can cool off and relax while living amongst absolute beauty. At these specific locations, you can appreciate the best reds, oranges, and yellows that this world has to offer and do it in style. The best fall escapes are astoundingly beautiful so you can enjoy the harvest season the way it was meant to be enjoyed, surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa: Highlands, North Carolina
     This Inn and Spa are located in North Carolina but you will feel like you’re across the Atlantic, deep in Europe when you enjoy your bliss-filled trip to the Old Edwards Inn and Spa. The spa is absolutely glorious in this beautiful resort. You can go to the saunas, steam rooms, and even a solarium. If you’re staying in the hotel you can roll straight from the Inn to the Spa. Now that’s what I call convenience. The Inn is also spectacular, as it has some great clay tennis courts, spectacular golf course and an unbelievable restaurant that has fantastic farm-to-table meals. When you stay here you should really experience the beauty that you are surrounded by. Go off grounds and hit one of the many hiking trails that go through the beautiful destination that is Highlands, North Carolina.

Lake Placid Lodge: Lake Placid, New York
     If you’re looking for the absolute finest in the color-changing experience, head to Lake Placid Lodge, located… on Lake Placid in New York. If you’re going to watch leaves change color then you might as well do it while also enjoying a wonderful lake. Here you will be amidst the Adirondacks which is an unbelievable protected area that is seriously big.
The best part about this lodge is it is the only hotel on the shore of Lake Placid which means it is exclusive. You can hit the lake in a boat super easily or just enjoy some brilliant hiking that surrounds the scenic body of water.

Lumière Hotel: Telluride, Colorado
     This is a fantastic option for pet lovers. Here is a spectacular resort that allows you to bring all your furry friends along as well. You can take advantage not only of the pretty sites but the hundreds of hiking trails all over the Telluride Ski Resort. Your dog will get it’s own bed, bowls and treats so you know they will enjoy their stay almost as much as you do. There are 11 rooms in this resort, but if you’re more than one family you can get one of the “residences” which can have up to 5 bedrooms inside. Now you’re not only traveling with your dogs, but you’re traveling with your dawgs as well. Nice.


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The Spooky Haunted US Cities

Halloween is right around the corner, will you be able to make it through these haunted US cities alive?

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     Halloween is just around the corner which means it is time to start getting spooked. Maybe your local haunted houses just aren’t cutting it anymore. You know when the mummy is going to pop out, and it’s not just that, you actually know the mummy. His name is Frank and he works at the furniture store. You had a beer with him last night. When the mummy at the haunted house calls you by your name then you know that you need to go somewhere else to find your frights. It’s time to stop heading to Frank’s haunted “house” aka his bachelor apartment and time to take a vacation to someplace that’s really scary. But where is the scariest place to travel to? How about a place that is actually haunted? Head to a place where the unexplained continually happens, where questions are left unanswered, a place that is truly haunted. We talked to our travel team and put together a list of the most haunted cities in the United States.

New Orleans, Louisiana
     New Orleans is an obvious place to start when it comes to a truly spooky town. This is the home of voodoo magic which has been the fare of countless movies and has lead to some pretty mysterious things happening. There were also massive Civil War battles so that should make for ghosts-a-plenty. IF you talk to any New Orleans native you will quickly hear some pretty spooky tales about the goings-on of this city that is sure to shake you to your bones. You can hop on a ghost tour if you really want to get low-down and visit the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 where Marie Laveau is buried. Marie Laveau is known for being a priestess of voodoo.

Savannah, Georgia
     Here in Savannah, you don’t just have ghosts floating around from Civil War battles, but also from the Revolutionary War. The haunted tours are all over this city and you are sure to see some spooky stuff while you visit this place. Savannah is said to have been built on an Indian burial ground, which would make sense because this whole place seems eerie and we all know that building something on top of an Indian burial ground has always been bad news.

Charleston, South Carolina
     The Old City Jail in Charleston is well known as one of the most haunted places on Planet EArth. The jail held runaway slaves, pirates and Civil War prisoners. Their spirits may account for the people who have heard chains dragging on the floor and have seen doors slam. The prisoners most talked about are Lavinia and John Fisher who are said to still haunt the jail to this very day.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     Philadelphia is known for a lot, but not necessarily recognized for its unbelievably high ghost population. The Eastern State Penitentiary is a super scary place that is one of the most haunted places around. This was the prison that started solitary confinement which was sure to make the living mad and lead them to haunt this place for eternity. People have been grabbed by ghosts here so watch out on a tour and hopefully, you can come out with your pants still dry.


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