Saturday, July 09, 2011

Timeshare Vacationing and 2 YEAR Membership Giveaway!

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For about 20 years, we have enjoyed staying in timeshares for family vacations.  Up until recently, we spent every single 4th of July in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, in a timeshare.  Depending on how many family members would go, we could have up to 4 timeshare units. There was always something for everyone; a club house with pool tables and video games, a large grassy area for squirt gun fights and rocket launching, a playground for the littler kids and a river and Olympic size swimming pool close by.

Last year we also stayed late in the summer at a canyon timeshare and had a fabulous time with a dam nearby.  The photo is of my youngest as we stopped by Devil's Slide, a natural rock formation in the area.  

The advantages to vacationing in a timeshare are many.
  • You get a kitchen so you can cook your own meals and save money.  Plus, when someone's hungry they can just eat rather than having to "go out".
  • Timeshares have bedrooms which means that everyone can have more privacy than a traditional hotel room.  If someone wants to stay up watching TV, they can do that without bothering everyone else.
  • Often there is more than one bathroom.  Definitely a plus when getting ready in the morning!
  • Great value for the money and you can really find spectacular deals on a timeshare rental.
  • Doorstep parking is usually a perk of a timeshare.  With a hotel, you often have to park farther away and walk to your room.
  • Timeshares are usually within walking distance or a short drive to all the activities and excitement of the area.
  • A lot of timeshares have hot tubs, swimming pools, club houses and other "community" amenities which you can take advantage of while staying there.
    We were recently introduced to which is a hub of timeshare rentals goodness.  With over 1.5 million members, RedWeek is a marketplace for those looking for a timeshare rental as well as owners looking to rent their timeshare out.  Guests can view resorts and timeshares for free as well as participate in the forums. Members get to read reviews, contact owners through the RedWeek system and use the Want Ads all for a low price of just over $1 a month (paid in a one-time annual fee of $12.99).

    The giveaway portion of this post is now CLOSED.  Congrats to our winner... nicolesender!!

    So, you're sold?  You want to rent a timeshare for your next family vacation and avoid the chaos?  Wonderful!  The fabulous folks at would like to give one Artsy Chaos reader a TWO YEAR membership to their site, a $29.98 value!  Here's how to enter...

    MANDATORY ENTRY (2 parts, leave 2 comments)
    *1)  Visit and have a look around.  Leave a comment and answer the question, "What is your favorite part of the site?".
    *2)  Find a resort with a budget-friendly timeshare rental and list the resort name and the lowest rental cost in a comment.

    EARN EXTRA ENTRIES, complete as many or as few as you like:
    *3)  Follow @RedWeekTravel on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name.
    *4)  Follow @ArtsyChaos on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name.
    *5)  Like on Facebook.  Leave a comment with your facebook name (first name, last initial). 
    *6)  Like the Artsy Chaos Facebook fan page.  Leave a comment and include your facebook name.
    *7)  Follow Artsy Chaos with Google Friend Connect (in the right sidebar--->).  Let us know you follow.
    *8)  Tweet this giveaway.  Leave the URL to your tweet!  You can tweet once daily if you'd like, just come back and leave a comment to let us know.  Or, if you'd prefer, share on facebook or another social networking site. Just leave the URL in a comment and let us know (once daily).

    Sample tweet:
    I want to #win a 2 YR membership to @redweektravel #Timeshare site!! #travel #giveaway #lodging #vacation @artsychaos

    Good luck to everyone!  Giveaway ends Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm MST.  Be sure to leave your email or have it in your blogger profile so we can find you if you win.  All entries are verified.  Open to the US only, 18+.  Winner will be selected by a true random generator.  Winner must respond to winning email in 48  hours or a new winner will be selected.  This giveaway is in no way associated with Twitter and/or Facebook.

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