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As we wrap up another year, many of us begin to think about what we might do better next year – to get healthier, spend more time with our families, or even just be more relaxed.   There’s one resolution we can all make that should be easy to do.  Take your vacation time!  All of it.  You’ve earned it and you deserve it!

But, that’s not happening.  According to Expedia.com’s Vacation Deprivation study, Americans were given 15 days off this year, but the only took 11.  This is even worse than 2014.  We are not moving in the right direction.  In fact, 53% of Americans feel they are “somewhat or very” vacation deprived; understandable, as Americans take about half the number of vacation days as their peers worldwide.

But, when looking at timeshare owners, it’s a different story.  A recent survey of over 1,000 vacationers conducted for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)* by research group Leger shows that an impressive one third of timeshare owners took four or more vacations in the last three years, compared to only 18 percent of non-owners.

They are taking their vacations because they are pre-paid, they are easy to plan and owners know when they arrive at their resort destination, they will have a great vacation.  So, in 2016 make it a priority to use all of your vacation time.  And learn more about timeshare as a better way to vacation.

* 2015 Leger omnibus survey


Vacations are meant to be fun, and sometimes, they can be a little too fun. Especially when celebrating the holidays or special occasion. But don’t let an excess of fun ruin your whole next day! We’ve compiled a list of go-to tips for kicking that holiday hangover and getting your vacation back on track.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Hydrate with anything and everything you can all day long—water, sports drinks, soup broth or even pickle juice—the salt and electrolytes are what will bring you back to life and get you back out the door. Coconut water has become increasingly popular recently because of its supercharged hydrating qualities and electrolytes.

Eat a banana. The potassium helps combat the dehydrating effect of alcohol.

Ginger tea. Upset stomach? Ginger has natural stomach-settling qualities.

Eat breakfast. Your best bet is eggs, which are high in cysteine, which helps your body process the toxins in alcohol. Tomatoes have lots of vitamin C (which you’ll be lacking), and if you can’t face a full plate, drink a smoothie (with lots of fruit) to up your blood sugar and replenish at least one or two nutrients you might have lost the previous night.

Go back to bed. Seriously—you’re on vacation! Sleep in a little. Sometimes just an extra hour is all you need. And don’t be afraid to take a nap later in the day. You may not want to miss out on anything, but you’ll miss out on less if you’re feeling recovered.

Not sure what you can pack for the plane? Check out our list of easy, “no-fridge” snacks that are perfect for your holiday travel. | VacationBetter.org

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It’s hard to say no to impulsively purchasing expensive snacks when your stomach is growling and you don’t have anything on hand. Whether you’re at the airport, wandering around an amusement park, or just relaxing in your unit, somehow, with nothing else on hand, you’ll convince yourself that it’s absolutely fine to spend beaucoup bucks on a quick bite to eat. But these little spur-of-the-moment purchases add up and can keep you from being able to spend a little extra on the meals that matter—the ones you spend with others.

Having snacks on hand can help combat this as well as make for a happier vacation for everyone. Throw some of these snacks in your bag and never be caught feeling “hangry” again.

Travel-Friendly “No Fridge” Necessary Foods:

  • Jerky
  • Snack bars like Larabars, Granola bars, or Cliff bars
  • Granola
  • Trail mix
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Individual packets of nut butter
  • Fresh fruits like apples, bananas, etc.
  • Freeze-dried fruit
  • Cheese crackers
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Applesauce
  • Popcorn
  • Fresh vegetables (carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, etc.)
  • Cheese sticks
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Fruit leather or fruit snacks
  • Rice Krispy treats
  • Animal crackers

Don’t feel like packing? Add them to your vacation shopping list and pick them up at a local grocery store as soon as you arrive. Just don’t forget to pack a little something for the plane or car ride there!

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. VacationBetter.org

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That’s the perk of having a kitchen in your timeshare! Enjoy the age-old traditions of holiday cookies and spending Christmas morning in your pajamas, all while starting a few new traditions of your own. | VacationBetter.org

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The best part of holiday vacations is celebrating in your own special way, with your own traditions. But there’s no reason why jetting off to someplace warm means you don’t get to enjoy traditional Christmas celebrations. Or that you have to sacrifice a comfortable and relaxed Christmas morning because you have to get everyone up and dressed in order to make it to breakfast on time.

That’s the perk of having a kitchen in your timeshare! Enjoy the age-old traditions of holiday cookies and spending Christmas morning in your pajamas, all while starting a few new traditions of your own.

Easy Holiday Treats


(From Essentially Eclectic)



(From Cooking Classy)


(From Cooking Classy)


Christmas Morning Breakfast

Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake that can feed a crowd!  Make ahead of time over the holidays and enjoy a relaxing breakfast.  Recipe at livelaughrowe.com

(From Live Laugh Rowe)


(From I Can Teach My Child)


And regardless of where you spend your winter months, hot chocolate is always the right choice.


(From One She Two She)




“What’s for dinner?”  That’s a tough one, especially when followed by, “or should we just go out?”

Fixing a meal on vacation can be easy for some and stressful for others, but the additional cost-savings makes it the choice for many families. Other times, trying new restaurants or celebrating with family is the easy choice. But, if you’re like many families, deciding which option is best for your group is half the battle!

So we’ve put together this handy flow chart that might help you decide when it’s time to stay in and cook, and when it’s time to go out and splurge.

Remember, you’re on vacation – there are no rules! It’s your vacation, how and when you want it.



Peter Roth, ARDA
202-207-1156, proth@arda.org

Christy Moran, Weber Merritt
703-299-2602, cmoran@webermerritt.com

New Infographic Shows Timeshare Vacation as ‘World of Options’

WASHINGTON – December 7, 2015 – A new infographic from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) shows that experiencing a timeshare vacation is about vacationing on your terms.  The graphic depicts the endless options of choosing when you want, where you want and how you want to vacation as the differentiating value of timeshare vacations.

According to research commissioned by the ARDA International Foundation over the past decade surveying owners why they value their timeshare, respondents consistently cite the flexibility of product types and global locations as a resounding benefit of ownership.  “Everyone wants to vacation on their own terms,” said ARDA’s president and CEO Howard Nusbaum.  “But it’s the flexibility and variety of ownership options that timeshare lets you truly create a vacation experience based on how you like to travel.”

Timeshare vacations mean there are endless possibilities:

  • More than 5,300 timeshare resorts located in 100 countries to choose from.
  • Destinations everywhere – from the beach or desert, to the mountains or country, to urban cities.
  • New places to explore, revisit favorite spots, or reconnect with loved ones.
  • A vacation experience with luxury resort accommodations and the comforts of home with elbow space for everyone to relax.

For more information and to learn why timeshare vacations make for better vacations, visit www.VacationBetter.org.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.