Thursday, April 7, 2011 by
Hiking in Saguaro National Park while staying at a Phoenix timeshare.- Betsy R. from Waukesha, WI
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by
My boyfriend and I exchanged my week in Orlando for a beautiful one-bedroom in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this August. We had planned this trip for over a year and were so excited to go. We had been dating for the past 5 years and had talked about marriage, but never made it official. Our last night there, my boyfriend took me to do this beautiful restaurant on the water. Halfway through the meal, he excused himself, something he never does, and while he was gone, the waiter moved our table to a spectacular view by the water, brought over a heart-shaped candle, and before I knew it, my boyfriend was on his knee with an engagement ring in hand, and asked me to marry him. I will never forget this vacation. We have since purchased another timeshare in Cabos, and look forward to our future vacations together as a married couple. Thank you RCI for helping to make all my dreams come true. We never would have been able to afford such a lavish vacation without this exchange program.
- Janine D. from New York, NY
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by
We had a wonderful summer vacation at the Disney Saratoga Springs Resort. Not only was the resort one of the best that we ever exchanged for but our two daughters age 19 and 14 realized how wonderful our RCI affiliated timeshare really is. They talked about how when they are married they want to vacation together and use our timeshare as a way to build onto their great vacation memories. It was so nice to hear that not only do they look forward to our vacations together but also that they see the worth of our timeshare and how they want the same experience for their families in the future.
- Ronald R. from Park Ridge, NJ
Thursday, March 17, 2011 by
My parents were RCI subscribers and put together a wonderful family trip for 10 of us to visit Ireland to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday.
While my folks are sadly no longer with us, my family uses their timeshare and RCI and every year we celebrate not only the Ireland trip, but many others that my mom put together through RCI. On the first night of every trip we make sure to toast my parents and thank them (and RCI)!
- Walter J. from Batavia, IL
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by
We had done one RCI exchange to south central Ireland years ago and were anxious to return. A friend of mine, whom I had sold on the idea of time-sharing, called me with the news that she had just gotten a call from RCI offering her a choice of 2 exchanges in Ireland. After discussing the points of interest in both areas, she decided to accept the one nearer Dublin. As soon as she called RCI back to confirm, I picked up the phone and requested the one she had turned down. We were thrilled to be able to visit in the western part of Ireland for this exchange.
Our timeshare, just over the Quiet Man Bridge, was a thatched cottage with our own private sauna. The cottage came with a complimentary load of peat so we were able to get a fire going every evening after returning home from our adventures. The living room window overlooked lush green mountains of the West and sheep wandered in and out of our backyard daily. We took day trips to Connamarra, Galway and the Cliffs of Mohr. We booked a bed and breakfast in Doolin so we could sail to the Aran Islands the next day. The mountains, the sea, the pubs and the charm of the Irish people we met made this a magical trip we will never forget.
- Beverly B. from Budd Lake, NJ
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by
We bought a timeshare in South Africa a few years ago for a great price. We use our timeshare to exchange through RCI and go to FL on spring break every year. We've always stayed at great resorts and never had any problems. The RCI online exchange is a great tool to search for your vacation and the information RCI sends to you is very helpful with detailed information on the resort. Once our kids are out of school, we look forward to many vacations at various times of the year to exchange our timeshare through RCI.
- Wendy H. from Lansing, MI
Saturday, March 5, 2011 by
When we first bought our timeshare, like most people, I was a little skeptical. After trading in our week with RCI we started looking for options for our first timeshare exchange vacation. My wife and I settled on a trip to Virginia to see colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Washington D.C. Our exchange went through and a few months later we were headed up on our first "timeshare" vacation. We were still a little hesitant and doubtful about the whole thing. Would this place be a total dump? Had we been taken for a ride? Was the whole timeshare thing a big sham?
All of our questions and doubts were answered when we checked in to our condo at Powhatan Plantation. When we walked into our unit we were pleasantly surprised. This was a million times better than staying in a hotel. We had 2 bedrooms, a hot tub, a living room, kitchen, etc. We had an amazing week of fun and relaxation, and most importantly, time together. We have been huge fans of our timeshare ever since and have enjoyed 13 years of amazing vacations since!
- Aaron Y. from Lawrenceville, GA
Thursday, March 3, 2011 by
One of our more memorable family trips was to Williamsburg with a timeshare exchange to the Kings Plantation resort. The units and resort amenities were perfect for a young active family. The children enjoyed the pool and mom took advantage of Fitness and Spa-type services.
It was easy driving to the great historical sites to visit nearby. We went back in time at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Came back to modern days for great fun and amusement at Cypress Gardens. A short drive to the coast and we were set for another grand beach day for a family reunion. That summer vacation is in our book as one of the top favorites. We'd love to go back again.
- Joseph B. from Cleveland, OH
Monday, February 28, 2011 by
I can still remember years back to when I went on a family vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia. We had received an RCI Guest Certificate from a family friend to use her timeshare, so one week during summer break we packed up our car and headed south. We learned so much that week, and had a lot of fun doing it! Colonial Williamsburg really had a way of bringing history to life for my family and me.
Years later, as I’m doing my own vacation planning, Williamsburg is near the top of my “must-see” (or in this case, my “must-return-to”) list. There truly is something for everyone. The Jamestown Settlement is a rich history lesson about the first permanent English settlement, Busch Gardens features some of the world’s most incredible roller coasters, and the Mystery Dinner Playhouse will keep you guessing “whodunit”. If you’re feeling especially brave, venture on the candlelit journey through streets of Colonial Williamsburg and listen to some of the famous ghost stories of the area.
I’m interested in reading about some of your own memories from vacationing in Williamsburg or hearing about places I should visit or activities I should do next time I return. Comment below and share a story of your own, or check back throughout the week to read other subscribing members’ tales of history and adventure in this great destination!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by
While planning my wedding, my husband and I were trying to figure out how we could afford to go on a nice honeymoon. My father then gave us their RCI week as a gift to use for our honeymoon. We were so excited that we would actually be able to go somewhere beautiful. We decided on Maui, Hawaii. Our timeshare unit was perfect! We even had a waterfall in the pool. We were close to Lahaina, our favorite spot and Whalers Village.
We had the most romantic trip ever and we will forever remember how special that week was to us. We owe special thanks to not only my father but also to RCI for providing the opportunity to exchange our timeshare week in CT for an amazing and romantic place in Hawaii!
- Dana A. from Middletown, CT
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by
What an amazing week we had in Seapoint! The resort was fantastic, could not do more to be helpful. One evening we sent my daughter down to ask if someone could open a bottle of wine for us as we had no corkscrew - she returned with the bottle opened and in a silver bucket of ice!
We did not need a car - the resort shuttle service was better than any we have ever experienced before in our 21 years of timeshare ownership!
The highlight of our week was Table mountain, I did the trip up in less than 10 minutes by cable car, my husband and daughter age 11, did the 3 hour climb to the top. The views were amazing.- S. Gilfrin from Ruislip, Middlesex, UK
Monday, February 7, 2011 by
This week marks the 37th anniversary of RCI. 37 years! We have definitely come a long way since 1974, when our exchange requests were kept on index cards! Since then we have reached so many milestones, some of them including the launch of the resort directory (1975), our website (1996), the RCI Points® program (2000), and Enhanced Search Online (2008). And during the last year alone, we introduced the RCI Points Platinum® membership tier, enhancements to the RCI Weeks program with more transparency, and a bunch of ways to stay connected with RCI in social media including a Facebook page, a YouTube channel, a Twitter handle, an iPhone® app, and this blog. And trust me, there will be more to add to this list this year!
First of all, we’ve already launched a cool new version of our “Share Your Vacation” Facebook app. This version allows you to compete against your friends and other users and to earn fun online trophies – all based on the information you enter about vacations (you can check out the app on our Facebook page by clicking on the “App” tab). Also, the RCI app is now available on your iPad® (with the RCI Affiliated Resort Directory, RCI TV and RCI SnapBook features) and you will see the Endless Vacation® magazine app for the iPad in a few weeks! This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to come as we continue to completely transform your timeshare experience.
This week on the RCI blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos with you from RCI subscribing members who traveled to celebrate an anniversary. Be sure to check back. And if you have an anniversary story of your own, please feel free to share it by commenting below.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011 by
Murry River from the balcony of our timeshare in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.- Betsy R. from Waukesha, WI
Thursday, January 20, 2011 by
I took a camel ride along the beach near Port Macquarie in Australia. The timeshare gave me a screaming deal that allowed me to take my dream vacation! One of the best weeks of my life!- Donna M. from San Diego, CA
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by
We stayed in a one bedroom timeshare at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. A bus picked us up at the timeshare and took us to the dock where the boats took us our for scuba and snorkeling experiences.We had a wonderful pool at the apartments and bright sunlight each day. It was an awesome place!
- Phyllis R. from Blacksburg, VA
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by
At The Australia Zoo, near the timeshare I had in Caloundra- Paula Z. from Blue Springs, MO
Friday, January 14, 2011 by
I used my timeshare exchange to take my family to Las Vegas (my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids). It was so thrilling to see the excitement on their faces and hearing their reactions. They had never been there and no idea it was so beautiful and exciting. We stayed at the Grandview at Las Vegas. WHAT A GREAT RESORT. Location was terrific. Away from the hustle bustle of the strip but close to everything. Shopping, restaurants and a new casino right next door...We took day trips and drove to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Another EXCITING DAY.
I have been an RCI member for many years but always went with friends..One of the best things for me this time was to be able to see my family enjoy the BEST vacation they have ever had. Thanks to RCI and the opportunity to be able to exchange my resort for any place I want to go...They are always helpful...Thanks for giving me the change to let others know...
- Patricia C. from Dunedin, FL
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by
We went to Las Vegas and stayed at the Grand Desert Resort. The accommodations were super. The room (large king size bed), large Jacuzzi tub, large bathroom, living area with dining room, and equipped kitchen were awesome. The resort had an adult and a family pool, great food and we even used the work out room. We utilized the outside hot tub every morning. The area was so pretty and clean. We were close to the strip but it was so great to get away from the hustle and bustle and have some quiet time. The free shuttle was clean, air conditioned and believe it or not ON TIME!!
The only thing that would have made this trip better would have been to win some money! I love my timeshare. It has enabled me to stay in places I would have never stayed and travel much more often. The quality vacations I have gotten to take because of RCI have been numerous. I can't wait to plan my next trip!
- Kelley B. from Winchester, KY
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by
Our daughter and son-in-law were married in June 2008 and decided to honeymoon in the winter. They stayed with us for a week on our catamaran in the Virgin Islands and then we got a timeshare for them to use while my wife's parents joined us on the boat. All three couples spent the next week between the timeshare and the boat doing lots of exploring. The "honeymooners" had a wonderful 2 weeks. Pretty nice considering the "extras"--- parents and grand parents. Thanks RCI!
- Warren H. from Chisago City, MN
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 by
Last year we went with my parents to Cornville, Arizona. It was the best timeshare we had exchanged for. Very well laid-out and great pool for the grandkids to play with their Granna and Papa. We saw great Indian ruins, the Grand Canyon, relaxed, hiked in Sedona, and enjoyed the warm weather away from the cold Alaska winter. Thanks to RCI for providing great resorts!
- Leo G. from Stillwater, MN