presentations are tricky animals. They can either be an
excellent method of obtaining expensive vacations for nothing
more than a couple of hours of your time or they can turn
into pricey burdens on your budget. Depending on your approach,
timeshare presentations can either work for you or against
you - the trick is making it worth your time.
Many travelers find themselves in a budget situation where
they have more time than money. Before you plan your next
vacation, seek out timeshare presentations in the area. Often,
these companies offer hefty incentives for attending their
presentations. These incentives can range from free nights
at luxury resorts to expensive electronics or gift certificates.
Many families choose to attend these presentations to offset
the cost of expensive attractions, such as Walt Disney World
theme parks or Universal Studios. Quite often, timeshare companies
entice attendants into their presentation with free or deeply
discounted attraction tickets. Others choose to take long
weekends at luxury resorts, often within driving distance
of their homes. When choosing timeshare incentives that deal
with free or discounted hotels or resorts, think carefully
about your proximity to the property. If the gift is four
nights at a Caribbean resort in exchange for sitting through
a timeshare presentation and you live in New England, the
freebie may not be worth your while. However, evaluate your
need or want based on your desired vacation spots. If you
are planning a vacation to Hawaii, then the presentation that
offers a free weekend in a beach-front hotel may prove quite
Before you embark on your vacation, search
timeshare presentations that offer incentives appropriate
to that area and your interests. Many timeshare companies
require reservations or only offer presentations certain on
certain days of the week. For this reason, you should contact
the company and let them know of your interest in their property
and the dates you will be in town to attend the presentation.
This is an excellent opportunity to find out exactly what
the presentation entails, an estimated time of the presentation,
and the details of the incentives. The best way for you to
escape unscathed with a positive experience of your timeshare
presentation is to know what you're getting before you attend.
Be leery of incentives that revolve around sweepstakes or
contest entries. The best timeshare presentations to look
for are ones that will provide you with something more than
a chance to win a prize.
Other people choose to use timeshare presentations as a
way to view properties they may be interested in purchasing.
Usually, the presentation gives you an in-depth tour of the
grounds, amenities, and properties available. Many individuals
interested in purchasing a timeshare may wish to attend these
presentations as an introduction to different types of properties
in the area of interest, and the incentives are perks of the
deal. The salesmen will be proficient in their job and may
weave a convincing tale. Be warned before you sign any paperwork
- these timeshare companies often grossly overcharge for their
properties. If you are genuinely interested in purchasing
a timeshare, take the time to review the secondary market.
Often, timeshares can be purchased from a current owner for
thousands of dollars less than buying the same timeshare at
The most important way to make sure timeshare
presentations are an opportunity instead of a scam is to discuss
your options before attending a presentation. If your main
reason for sitting through the sales pitch is the incentive
at the end of the talk, then keep that in mind. The salesmen
are often talented individuals who can convince all who sit
through their pitches that the best way to vacation is a timeshare.
Far too many people feel pressured into a purchasing a timeshare
when they have no need nor budget for a timeshare. If you
are interested in purchasing
a timeshare, remember the consequences of purchasing from
a high-pressure salesman.
To find more information about timeshare
presentations, just log on to the Internet and visit locations
such as www.atimesharesz.com/dir/timesharepresentations
to do a thorough search. If you conduct the proper research
and remember your expectations and budget, you can easily
turn a timeshare presentation into an excellent opportunity
for budget-friendly vacationing.
Copyright 2005 by Dana Sanders. All rights reserved.