Thursday, March 22, 2012 by
It was our son's 10th birthday and we promised him that we would go to Walt Disney World. We stayed at one of the wonderful affiliated resorts there in Kissimmee, Florida and ended up buying a timeshare. It was so great to be able to fix our own meals and the kids could go swimming everyday! We had so much fun and it was so relaxing. We were only 10 minutes away from the theme parks...some nights we could see the fireworks from our place too! It made our son's birthday even better when they gave him a button that said that it was his birthday and everyone at the theme parks all told him "Happy Birthday!" If I had my way we would always stay at a resort for vacation because we can cook our own food, relax, and do laundry so I don't have a whole bunch to do when we get home. It is just like being home, but near a fun place to play too!
- Valerie D. from Nampa, ID
Thursday, February 16, 2012 by
As I write this, we are returning from our first, and hopefully, our annual family vacation with our daughter and her family and our son and his fiance. We stayed at the Powhatan Plantation in Williamsburg, Va. and had an absolutely amazing time. The resort was everything we hoped it would be. The staff was incredibly helpful and we were very pleased with our accommodations and the amenities. The location was convenient for Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and the outlets. The kids had as much fun as the adults and everyone had their own unit which made vacationing together so easy. I only wished we had bought our timeshare sooner so we could have been doing this for years. Hopefully, we will have many family vacations together in the future.
- John M. from Greenville, NC
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by
I had both my daughters and their husbands together. It was relaxing even though it was in the spring and not very hot yet. Walking and riding rented bicycles on the boardwalk was relaxing. Exploring the areas together was great. The whole reason I own a timeshare is to be able to have adventures with my girls and their families and to keep all the grandchildren connected. One family lives in Maine and the other family is in the Air Force. Family time is too important! What better way to keep the family together than with a timeshare vacation!?
- Roy J. from Mansfield Center, CT
Friday, February 10, 2012 by
We became RCI subscribing members over 30 years ago when a very young family struggling to make a living after moving to Queensland for a life-change. Our daughters and then grandsons grew up loving the annual week at Don Pancho Resort at Bargara where we watched turtles laying eggs and hatchlings emerging. Over the years we have travelled the world with RCI. Now retirees, we spend much of our time planning "Where to next?" As we tell everyone - we are definitely Timeshare Junkies!- Eileen W. from Queensland, Australia
Thursday, February 9, 2012 by
When I received a brochure about 25 years ago inviting me to a free weekend in a villa at Big Canoe, Georgia, I thought there must be some catch to it. I called and asked numerous questions. Everything seemed on the up and up, so I made my reservation and packed up everything I thought I'd need, and took 4 kids with me for the 3 hour trip. When we arrived we were so impressed with absolutely everything. The unit even had games & cable TV. The kids played squash. Free. To the pool or the lake for canoeing: free again. The kids wanted to play tennis. It was free. I did rent a bucket of balls for $1. That was all I spent the entire weekend. And I bought my first time share to begin a lifetime of vacations!
- Phyllis G. from Auburn, AL
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by
Our subscribing membership with RCI began when we purchased our first timeshare at Breezy Point, MN in 1985. We made our first exchange the following year for Spring Break with our three daughters to Oceanside, CA. In 1989 we traded for a week in Cancun and purchased another timeshare. We made other exchanges to locations in Florida, California, Hawaii, New Orleans, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Greece and Canada over the years. We even made an exchange for a houseboat in Florida! We have always been able to get an exchange for the location of our choice. All trips were enjoyable, but Greece was the most outstanding. It was on the island of Crete, which has beautiful scenery and rich history. It was our first experience with Greek culture and we loved it. We have visited Greece many times since. RCI has been a winner for us!
- Norma V. from Burnsville, MN
Monday, February 6, 2012 by
I have been an RCI subscribing member for over twenty years. I have used my week to exchange and to stay at my home resort. I love my RCI membership. I have used my exchanges to travel all over the world plus many fine resorts in the U.S. I have so many wonderful memories of the places I have been with my husband, my family and my friends I could not possibly pick one. If there is ever anyone at the pool talking timeshare and RCI I am the one promoting the virtues. I would never have been able to stay at these fine resorts if I had not been an RCI member.
- Marlene M. from Nisswa, MN
Monday, February 6, 2012 by
For Joan K. from Northamptonshire, England, an RCI subscribing membership unleashed her inner adventurer and she has enjoyed two decades of travelling the world with RCI. Joan has always been passionate about travel and this independent divorcee made sure her son, Mark, grew up with the same appreciation for the wonders the world holds for the curious mind. For Joan, a week’s timeshare in Antigua was the perfect gift for Mark. “I wanted to enable him to see the world and to share the experience with friends,” she explained. “Through travel I’ve discovered that I have a real sense of adventure – not for me lying around on a beach all day! I want to get out into the local communities to experience different cultures and the different ways of life the world over.”
After joining RCI in 1991 when she bought a week at Club Tarahal in Tenerife on the Canary Islands, Joan immediately exchanged for a week in Acapulco in Mexico and loved it so much she bought a second week of timeshare, there and then at the resort. Joan shared some of the most exciting and memorable moments of two of her RCI exchange holidays in the European edition of Holiday, The RCI Magazine. Her story (read it here!) sees her on safari in South Africa where she witnessed a ‘kill’ first-hand, and sharing a quiet bathing spot in a hilltop lagoon with monkeys in India. Of course, she got some much needed R&R in fabulous RCI affiliated resorts along the way to recharge her batteries!
This week on the RCI blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from those of you who have been RCI subscribing members for 20 years or more. Be sure to check back to hear about all the great places our members have traveled over the years.
Friday, January 20, 2012 by
Our timeshare has been in the family for 3 decades. Our most cherished time is spent in the Poconos at Shawnee. We love the feel of the cold, crisp air as we enter River Road. The beauty of the Inn and its surroundings gives us a peaceful feeling. The townhouse near the river is the best. We light a fire, take walks along the Delaware River and spend time with family. The smell of the turkey cooking on Thanksgiving while we play board games and converse with each other is so relaxing. After our rather big meal a family favorite is to walk to the Inn and to sit by its fireplace. The kids love going swimming and then partake in the best hot chocolate around. We go back the next day and sit by the fire, read our books and watch the employees of the Inn put up the Christmas tree. It is grand and stands by the winding staircase. This vacation is one of peace and tranquility!
- Denise M. from Lower Merion, PA
Thursday, December 29, 2011 by
My wife and I went to the local lake by our timeshare to go fishing. She calmly [not so] put a fat worm on the hook and made a short cast, only a few feet from shore. Her response was, "Honey I'm snagged again," but as I looked over both of us shared a beautiful moment. A huge salmon grabbed the worm, jumped out of the water, and spit out the hook with a great splash. I guess it doesn't' matter that she did not catch the fish, but that forever will be one of our great moments together on the shores of Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire.
- Frank O. from South Hadley, MA
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by
Our family usually vacations with our good friends. Our first trip to Mexico, was at a spot of their choice. We decided to go back in 2007, using our RCI deposited time. The wife was very hesitant about staying at a "timeshare resort" as her past experience was poor. However, we stayed at the Mayan Palace on the Riviera Maya. Well, safe to say, she was very impressed and no longer worried about the timeshare horror stories. Our friends were also on hand for our 2009 Cancun visit to the Moon Palace Golf and Spa, which was also an exchange through RCI. I do not think we will be able to go anywhere now without them. Thanks RCI, and our friends thank you too.
- Lee J. from Redding, CA
Monday, October 17, 2011 by
In May 2008, my husband, daughter and son went to the Grand Mayan at Riviera Maya. We had coordinated our trip with my brother-in-law and his wife and daughter who also exchanged a room for their timeshare week. The Grand Mayan had large rooms for ourselves and our adult children to share. There was plenty to do at the resort. We explored the Riviera Maya activities, and even enjoyed some spa treatments. The highlight was celebrating our son's 21st birthday...The most difficult part of the trip was navigating the Mexican highways. I'm just glad that my brother-in-law did all the driving instead of my husband. I also came to understand what a terrible backseat driver I am. Both couples came away from that trip appreciating our own spouses. We had a great time and enjoyed the pampering of a luxury resort. Now to plan another trip...
- Jane K. from Denver, CO
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by
Thanks to RCI we were able to exchange our timeshare for a two-bedroom unit at the Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta which allowed us to bring our whole family on vacation with us. We took our twin boys who were 11 months old at the time and their grandparents and two aunts with us so we were able to have adult time, as well as share the boys' first experiences playing with the sand and waves. All of us had a great time. It was truly an unforgettable and beautiful vacation.
- Felicia D. from Los Angeles, CA
Monday, October 10, 2011 by
During October 2008, we went on an RCI exchange vacation to the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. It turned out to be the best vacation exchange we ever took. It was the most beautiful timeshare resort we had ever seen and their lazy river around the resort was the longest we ever had been on. We did end up buying a timeshare at the Grand Mayan.
- Margy L. from Lady Lake, FL
Thursday, September 22, 2011 by
We celebrated Canada Day at a wonderful timeshare outside of Ottawa, Canada. We were able to drive into Ottawa to enjoy all of the sights and festivities. A great experience!- Allan R. from London, ON
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by
This was our first real trip using our timeshare. We were told by everyone that you have to trade Gold for Gold, Silver for Silver, and so on, that is so not true. With RCI on your side the world is open...We traded for Cabana Beach just outside of Durban, South Africa, the top RCI affiliated resort in the country. WE GOT IT! What an adventure we had. The resort was wonderful, right on the water with spectacular sunrises over the Indian Ocean. Cabana was home base to a week of once-in-a-lifetime day trips. We went diving with sharks, saw a recreated Zulu Village in the day of King Shaka and went on a game drive. Sharks withstanding the game drive ended up giving us the biggest threat of all. Halfway up the mountain we were met head on by a young bull elephant. Nowhere to turn around and he started walking right towards us! We had to back up down the road all the way, with the elephant flapping his ears and swinging his trunk. We later learned from the rangers that there was a new born calf and he was being big brother. Loved it!
- Richard S. from Houston, TX
Monday, August 30, 2010 by
When you received your last copy of Holiday magazine you may have noticed we’ve had a bit of a revamp. Like it? We hope so, because many of the ideas came from you!
At the end of 2009, we sent out some member surveys, and we got so many great ideas and feedback from you that we decided to incorporate them into the magazine (updates were also made to RCI North America’s subscribing member publication Endless Vacation® Magazine – you can check those out here) . And as someone who is very involved in the management of Holiday magazine, I can tell you that feedback is always very helpful!
One of the things you told us is that you find travel and vacation tips, RCI information and hearing from other members very useful. So we now have an all-new, revamped member section called Your Holiday. This is where you’ll find details about your membership, all the latest RCI news, new timeshare resorts for you to try, exclusive offers, recommendations and stories from other members, and much, much more.
We’ve also introduced a new regular feature, Ask the RCI Experts, where you can send us your vacation queries and travel questions to be answered by us.
From the October issue we will be including a Member Travelogue featuring interesting travel tales from RCI members (we’ve already heard from one member who slept in the same bed as Bill Clinton on holiday – albeit two weeks apart!).
And we’ve introduced regular food features as you told us you like eating out and trying new foods on holiday. (Who doesn’t!?)
We hope you love the new-look Holiday magazine and we’re really keen to hear your opinions and feedback. Let us know what you think by commenting below.
Friday, September 10, 2010 by
I might be slightly biased, but I think Australia’s Gold Coast is the best place on Earth.
Don’t get me wrong, we live in an amazing world filled with exotic destinations, enriching experiences, and unique cultures. But every time I return from an international jaunt or interstate getaway, I’m happy to be back home in Australia (which is where I work as a Communications Officer for RCI).
Bordered by a 70-kilometer ribbon of soft sandy coastline snaking its way along the east and a lush green veil of world heritage-listed rainforest to the west, topped off with 300+ days of sunshine, it’s not hard to see why 10.5 million people make their way to the Gold Coast every year for a wonderful vacation.
And I’m lucky enough to live here.
My weekends usually consist of scanning the beach for the perfect spot to drop my towel before splashing in the turquoise water. As the sand squelches between my toes, I always feel warm and fuzzy inside as I look around at all the smiling faces of tourists on vacation and locals alike enjoying another perfect day in paradise.
Then it’s usually off to a restaurant or café where my friends and I spend the afternoon with a gourmet treat and a glass of chilled wine. Even though we do have our favourite places to dine, we like to mix it up, be it the view, the menu, the atmosphere, or the price. So it’s lucky the Gold Coast has more restaurants per square kilometer than anywhere else in Australia!
It’s not all about the beach and dining out, there’s always a walking trail, broadwater cruise, winery tour, mountain drive, theme park, or shopping expedition to keep everyone entertained. If you ever thought about a vacation in the Gold Coast, we have a lot of vacation rentals and timeshares available through RCI.
Have you ever been to Australia’s Gold Coast? If so, let us know what your favourite part was by commenting below.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 by
San Juan turned out to be a great town. My plans were to cruise for a week then stay in Puerto Rico for 6 more days. The Sol Melia Resort turned out to be the most beautiful place we could have chosen. It was a very modernly designed facility from the check-in areas to the rooms themselves. The pools were magnificent, huge, clear, blue, and the perfect temperature. The most special part of staying in this timeshare was that we were in such close proximity to the only rainforest in the U.S. National Park Service. It is worth a million dollars to see and experience this magnificent treasure only in Puerto Rico. We had such a fun and adventurous time. I recommend it to everyone. It's only about one hour from San Juan and the airport.
- Angela G. from Middle River, MD
Thursday, August 11, 2011 by
We stayed at the Royal Villas and loved every minute! It was all inclusive with really great food at all times. Some days at the pool, my kids would order up to three large pepperoni pizzas with no issues, then order room service for dinner or go downstairs for the seafood platter. Ask for the breaded shrimp! The omelet station was wonderful as were the pancakes. My daughter dropped her fork and three servers instantly handed her another one. The drinks were strong and plentiful. Our beds were pillow soft! Pool slide was enjoyed by the children. Nice glass elevator. Easy check in and check out. No timeshare hassle. The malecon was wonderful. The statues in the water and the tower at sunset were unreal. Beautiful fountain too. Carlos'n Charlie's was fun and loud, danced on the tables. One of the best trips ever!
- Ginger R. from Dalton, GA