travel


Doesn’t it seem remarkable and worth talking about, that after all these years, timeshare purchases are still going strong?

It seems the next generation is among the most widely sought after for such purchases and for good reason.

I quote – “According to the newly published AIF Next Generation Study: Shared Vacation Ownership 2015 Edition, the next generation of timeshare owners represent the greatest advocates for the timeshare product.
This may seem like a bold statement, but in 2015, it is evident among Millennials—the largest consumer group in the United States—who account for approximately 80 million people and spend more than $200 billion in goods and services annually. With more than eight out of ten Millennial owners (23-33 years old) having a positive perception of the timeshare industry, they are stronger advocates for the product when compared to the next two older age groups: the younger Generation X segment (34-44 years old, 78%), and the older Generation X segment (45-54 years old, 64%). Non-owners have a more neutral impression.

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For me, driving to San Francisco International for our appointments to be interviewed for a Global Entry Card, seemed like the last thing I wanted to do. What a waste of time, right? It was truly quite a headache from my perspective.
Then, as we get there the whole thing seemed like an unnecessary hassle as we don’t travel all that much (well, this year we actually have) and we can’t wait now in a few lines, good grief? This felt like we were being total what’s the expression, “prima-donnas” to say the least!

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One can always count on Cabo to be colorful. With its natural desert beach setting to it’s vibrant tourist economy. It’s the most popular tourist destination in Mexico. The newer terminal, at the Los Cabos International Airport, is clear evidence of this.

Walking downtown is quite fun and mixed with a sort of ambiguity for what Cabo once was – a small fishing village. From a tourist perspective, it is a competition for the tourist dollar and yet such a simple life. It’s all that we expect when we get here and with it comes to a peace we love.

The sense of peace, contentment with life and non-competition are such aphrodisiacs. It’s what sets Mexico apart. The sunsets and sunrises remind me of Arizona and are second to none! The people we’ve met, while in Mexico, are family oriented, loving, honest and loyal. They embrace life, each other, and we feel at home in their company. For several years, we had a nanny from Mexico, who was warm and fantastic with the kids. My love of all food Mexican came from arriving home from work to a pot of homemade pinto beans. It was all I could do to grab a cereal bowl and consume them.

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After an approximate two and a half hour train ride from Paris through Brussels to Brugge we arrived at this “Venice of the North,” one of Belgium’s most popular tourist attractions.
We didn’t stop in Brussels, but if you do, here is a helpful guide for what to do in and around Brussels, Belgium: 10 Best Things To Do In Brussels. Both the EU and NATO headquarters are located in Brussels, as well.
From the medieval architecture in Bruges to the horse drawn carriages, it was all sort of magical. You almost felt as if you were in Central Park but then again, of course not! Bruges, with it’s romantic cobblestone streets, unique artisan shops and restaurants with roaring fireplaces, was a place that felt as if you had stepped back in time to the days of Hansel and Gretel. With a population of around 117,000 and a plethora of waterways and canals, it is truly a unique and mesmerizing place!

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Should 2014 be about resolutions to ourselves or a letting go of expectations and feelings of entitlement? Should we stop and quit looking for where life leaves us short, but as the dying speak so succinctly, look for where life leaves us litterly speechless and grateful? One of the kindest things about aging is a measure of letting go of worry from fitting in. Of course, one still cares about appearance, health and success, but how we measure that or if we bother anymore becomes less of a priority. Time mellows our need to prove ourselves to anyone period and oh, what a relief! Maybe I’m rambling here, but it seems to me children and the elderly have it all figured out. They explore what’s in front of them, not what’s happening tomorrow or in twenty years. They don’t feel entitled to happiness, but they sure swim in it when it floats by! Maybe everyday life should be what we tune into versus the latest and greatest TV reality show.

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At this time of the year, we tend to be in our homes feeling close to family and our loved ones. The weather’s changing around us and the new year has well begun. Sure, many of us don’t dare contemplate thoughts of travel right now with the things looming, work demands and life with its myriad of twists and turns. But still, wouldn’t it be ideal if we could travel more often no matter what our age or economic standing, and also afford to stay away longer? Aren’t their countries you’d love to visit and plant yourself to live like a local?
But still, wouldn’t it be ideal if we could travel more often no matter what our age or economic standing, and also afford to stay away longer? Aren’t their countries you’d love to visit and only plant yourself to live like a local?
Aren’t their countries you’d love to visit and only plant yourself to live like a local?
What if we could do it because we’ve cut down on 3 of the biggest expenditures of travel cost? If we had to pay for the cost of our airfare, wouldn’t it be terrific? If we could have the same expenses of entertainment, groceries, dining out, etc. while home swapping, and then all of us could travel more frequently. Sure, we’ll still eat out occasionally, but we all do that anyway at home! But if we are in someone else’s home, we can continue to cook and enjoy the same privileges.
Think about this whole concept of home exchange, why not save mega-bucks every time you travel?
If we only had to pay for the cost of our airfare, wouldn’t it be terrific?

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