Spoiler Alert! 2020s Little-Known Travel Destinations

Posted by Tracey Leduc on 10:11 AM on November 4, 2019
Tracey Leduc
 

Let me tell you.

As an analyst and manager of resort inventory exchange supply, I’ve got the privilege of having an insider’s vantage point into what locations and which times of year timeshare owners are all depositing, and what hidden gems for timeshare swaps remain untapped.

 

The scenic, verdant river beside Trading Places Resort: The Timbers, near Yellowstone

 

Timeshare exchange, if done with an open wanderlust and a pinch of planning, can be as transforming as a pop-up book to a child!

Here are a few secrets.

Take the Road(s) Less Traveled

Go against the grain. Follow your heart. Insert all the other witty adventure sayings and you’ll land at the same principle for a truly unique vacation experience: “Don’t do what everyone else is doing.”

If the masses are following the pack to coastal vacation destinations to warm up in the winter, and mountain or desert retreats to chill out in the summer, you can take that road less traveled and have a great, much-less overcrowded time!

Literally. Hot Destinations

Weekend prices are brow-raising and even midweek bookings offer better deals for desert destinations in the warm months. With poolside amenities and the almighty blessing that is A/C, you can enjoy awesome desert timeshare exchange locations at lower prices and wider booking availability.

There are a surprising number of desert pastimes during summer months. My analyses of hot ticket, untapped availability include the following resorts to bookmark now:

  1. Desert Breezes in Palm Desert, California
  2. Lindo Mar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  3. Club Cascadas in Baja California

In addition to the Palm Desert activities above, travel blogger Maria Inês Pinto recommends leaning into the heat with the fun in the sun down South, including:

      • Riding a quad bike
      • Sand surfing
      • Spa day
      • Stargazing
      • Spotting wildlife
      • Watching the sunset
        (or sunrise!)

 

 

Go against the grain. Follow your heart. Insert all the other witty adventure sayings and you’ll land at the same principle for a truly unique vacation experience: “Don’t do what everyone else is doing.”

Brrr-eak Away From the Norms

According to an article on TripSavvy, so-called “Dead Weeks,” the weeks directly following holidays, peak travel periods, and/or during the coldest months, can be your magic ticket to the lowest prices and unexpected respite.

Timeshare exchange for dead weeks show up on your calendar:

      • The first week of December, immediately following the long Thanksgiving weekend
      • The first two weeks of January, after New Years and most major religious winter holidays have ended
      • “Mud Season,” when the powder is melting and giving way for Spring: February-April. Keep in mind to dodge your local and your destination’s Spring Break calendar dates for educational institutions.

During these times airfare is the lowest, resorts are the quietest and timeshare exchange is underutilized.

From my vantage point, this is your best bet for affordable winter vacations. In the past, three resorts come to mind that are clean, rustic and will warm up your wanderlust:

      1. The Timbers at Island Park, in Idaho, is near the entrance of Yellowstone for those who’d prefer to glamp or visit the natural wonders of the park during the less-impacted months. (Be sure to research when certain Yellowstone entrances will be open.)

         

        Secluded Trading Places Resort – The Timbers at Island Park, near Yellowstone

         

        The Timbers has a full front desk staff ready to welcome you in its delightfully authentic cabin escape; as well as a newly remodeled clubhouse just this past 2018.

      2. The Multi Resorts at Branson, in Missouri, offers lodging and activities as colorful as the robust Fall foliage. It’s super popular in the summer and with units ranging from 1-to-3-bedrooms, in the winter months, you’ll feel like your getting your own condo!
      3. Surfcrest Condominiums, in Washington State, offers timeshare exchanges or rentals put forth by the Homeowners Association (HOA) Board of Directors. The resort sits on Connor’s Creek and is a skipping stone’s throw away from Copalis Beach.

         

        In the winter, you can imagine why the vast openness surrounding the pockets of dense trees and waterfronts—when blanketed with snow—has been described as a “Twilight-type scene;” reminiscent of the Washington-area filming locations for the vampire movie saga. If you want the quiet serenity for contemplation, or perhaps creative artistry of some kind, this place is ideal.

 

During these times airfare is the lowest, resorts are the quietest and timeshare exchange is underutilized.

 

From my vantage point, this is your best bet for affordable winter vacations.

3 Tips to Hack Timeshare Exchange

 

1. Keep Calm and Tarry On

So you know, across the timeshare exchange industry, reservation reports (the list of who’s coming to one’s particular resort) are typically sent to the resort about 3 weeks in advance of your travel. Just because you may book up to a year in advance, doesn’t mean the resort is privy to your trip that far out. If you call them and they don’t yet have your confirmation, check your calendar. If it’s more than 3 weeks out, be patient and you can try again in about a week or so, only if necessary.

Which brings me to my next insider tip.

2. Call me (or someone like me)

If there is a hiccup with your timeshare exchange vacation, call the company you confirmed your reservation with first, rather than the resort. This will help prevent frustrations as the resort is simply the happy recipient of your presence.

The company you originally booked your exchange with will take steps to clarify or smooth out any wrinkles.

 

Read more: Extend your vacay?! Here are 2 Simple Ways

 

3. When to Call the Resort

If you need a special accommodation, say for a wheelchair accessible timeshare exchange resort unit, this is the time you’ll want to contact the resort, as well as the company you originally confirmed your vacation with, to be on the safe side.

The number one regret timeshare owners have is not utilizing exchange services available to them. If you’re paying annual maintenance fees responsibly and sitting on an annual vacation destination, you might as well put requests in to deposit and exchange for destinations never-before explored. It’s a fun and safe way to pick your happy place!

Topics: Exchange Destinations, Timeshare, timeshare exchange, timeshare deposit, best timeshare destinations, timeshare swaps, destinations

Tracey Leduc

Written by Tracey Leduc

Trading Places Supervisor of Inventory Control – 19 years

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