Vacation Rentals vs. Timeshares–What’s the Difference?

Going on vacation can be expensive when you stop to consider the costs of a hotel. This is what makes the idea of renting or owning a vacation place somewhere so desirable. The basic difference is that a vacation rental belongs to an owner who rents it out to guests, and a timeshare is a property with shared ownership that is divided up between the owners. Beyond these, here are some of the major differences that you’ll need to take into account if you’re deciding between a vacation rental or a timeshare.

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Association Fees

A timeshare has association fees that are due on a yearly basis. This is what covers the maintenance and staffing of the resort in which your timeshare is located. As costs go up, so too does this amount. In order to remain in good standing with your account, you have to pay these fees on time. If you don’t pay them before the deadline, you risk incurring additional penalties and not being able to use your timeshare until you’ve taken care of them. In contrast, a rental property does not have association fees, but you do not have ownership and may have difficulty communicating with the owner if they don’t live nearby. Continue reading “Vacation Rentals vs. Timeshares–What’s the Difference?”

Nature in All Its Glory: Connecting With the Great Outdoors on Vacation

Taking a vacation with the kids should be fun for everyone, but there are only so many theme parks that you (and your wallet) can cope with. When you need a break from the pool, and the kids need a break from the museums, there is a big world out there waiting to be explored. All you need to get the kids to come along is an angle.

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Safety First

Nobody is going to enjoy a hike if they are anxious about safety, so take sensible precautions. Ensure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be back. Find out from local sources what hazards you might encounter on the way and how to deal with them. Continue reading “Nature in All Its Glory: Connecting With the Great Outdoors on Vacation”

Poets’ Villas in Tuscany and jet set: welcome to Versilia!

Poets, celebrities and sportsmen can be found in Versilia, a region famous for some of the most luxurious villas in Tuscany and a lively nightlife.


Among the wonderful locations in Tuscany, one is particularly famous for its fashionable life: Versilia. This part of the region is located in the north-western part of the Lucca province and is named after the Versilia river that runs through it. Continue reading “Poets’ Villas in Tuscany and jet set: welcome to Versilia!”

Seven Cities to Live in Before You Turn Thirty

Your twenties are often a time when you have the most freedom to explore and live on your terms before settling down. As a single adult in the United States you have probably already explored the city closest to home, but don’t forget there are still many more out there you haven’t visited yet. Each of the seven cities listed in this article are great places to live out your twenties to the fullest.

Austin Texas

Austin, Texas

Austin’s city slogan isn’t “Keep Austin Weird” for nothing! The capital of the Lone Star State is one of the most unique cities in the nation. Known for its local music and amazing Tex-Mex, Austin is a great location to “get weird” in your twenties. Continue reading “Seven Cities to Live in Before You Turn Thirty”