Just because you no longer own a timeshare, doesn’t mean that you have to stop travelling. If you have said goodbye to your only timeshare, it’s still important to travel or spend time in the places that make you happy. Taking some well-deserved time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, whether on your own or with your family, has proven results in lowering stress levels and benefitting mental health.
Here are some non-timeshare travel options for you and your family to consider planning for the summer:
Camping or Glamping
Maybe it’s in your backyard, maybe a site that’s 15 minutes away, or a national park 15 hours away. Near or far, camping is a national pastime that most people have done at least once in their lifetime. Roasting marshmallows, cooking over an open fire, swimming in the lake, walking amongst the trees; the great outdoors have a lot to offer. Thanks to Pinterest and some imaginative campers, glamping is another option for those who would rather sleep with the comforts of a home. Yurts with queen-sized beds, running water, and non-dirt floors might be a good alternative for those that prefer a less rustic or old school approach to sleeping outside.
Staycation the right way
Depending on where you live, you might have to venture out of town a little bit, but if you are in a major city like Toronto or Vancouver, your staycation might include visiting a different borough. Not much of a night owl? Maybe your staycation includes sightseeing in your town or city during a different time of the day. Maybe you try some activities in the early morning, like a hike at the crack of dawn on a trail that offers the best views or a nightcap at a local upscale hotel. Staycations don’t have to consist of you, your couch, and Netflix. Think outside the box, but inside the city limits. Want to turn your home into the ultimate luxury staycation spot? Check out this article from This Old House for tips and tricks.
Airbnb offers millions of apartments, houses, spare rooms, and other bucket list worthy places right at your fingertips. It’s a cheaper alternative to a hotel stay, especially if you are travelling in large groups. And beyond that, when renting a home or apartment, you have a full kitchen, which means you don’t have to eat out at restaurants for every meal during your stay. The other nice thing about staying in someone’s home is the fact that you feel like you’re in someone’s home. Fully-furnished residences with extra pillows and blankets (that you won’t get charged for). The other advantage of Airbnb is that you can travel to more remote places - any place where people live, you might come across an Airbnb location. As much as it offers convenience and variety, it can also work in your favor - away for a weekend or two? List your house on Airbnb and cover some of the cost of your trip.
Much like Airbnb, HomeExchange allows you to find a place to stay no matter where in the world you would like to visit. How is it different? You signup and register your house, apartment, or cottage and literally exchange places with the person who’s house you wish to stay at, at no cost to you. HomeExchange does charge you a minimal membership fee, but exchanges literally cost nothing. All you would have to cover would be the cost of flight or travel to get there, and any money that you would spend on food or shopping once you arrive at your destination. A good option for anyone who doesn’t mind renting out their space, and for anyone who is nervous leaving their home empty during the time that they are away.
European Bucket List
No longer having to pay those annual maintenance fees means that you have some extra money to spend on the things that are more important to you at this stage of your life. That might mean saving those extra pennies for a rainy day, finally being able to renovate your kitchen or put that extension on the back of the house that you’ve been talking about for years, or maybe it’s about time you crossed off one of those items on your bucket list. A nighttime gondola ride through the romantic city of Venice might be on there. Maybe you’ve often found yourself daydreaming about eating pastries and sipping espresso at a cafe by the Eiffel Tower? Whatever your European dream may be, start thinking about it in terms of when, not if.
Enjoying travel life after timeshare? Let us know the different types of vacations you have taken in the comments!