Now is the age of the timeshare. Some inescapable facts have ensnared me in the last few days. Tawny and I are getting married, and we are no longer hostel booking wild animals. I know, it’s hard to swallow. It wasn’t too long ago that I was running through the streets of Cape Town at midnight, half-naked, screaming “I am A JUNGLE CAT!” (A true story I’m afraid.) In truth, we have entered the age of the young professional. We have enough expensive gear that we really don’t want to get robbed and aren’t wealthy enough yet to not be ok if we do. We are officially budget hotel and timeshare people with a strong leaning towards vacation home rentals.
It’s easy to conjure images in your head of long sandy beaches and sapphire water when you think of a honeymoon. We’re no stranger to imaging ourselves drinking Chang beer on the pool deck of a hotel in Phuket or swimming with dolphins off the coast of a five star hotel in Hawaii. However, we were looking for something more special, more traditional and most importantly, more us.
As we plan our honeymoon, Europe keeps getting mentioned more and more often. What we waver more on is, how to best secure our lodging. Our first thoughts were immediately on vacation home rentals and budget hotels but then a friend of our suggested that we might register for a timeshare. Despite growing up the child of a timeshare family, I have to admit this didn’t dawn on me right away.
My whole life my family has visited two different time shares that they own. One is on scenic lake Pend Oreille in Idaho. The other has been a rotating property that has ranged from a houseboat on Shuswap lake in Canada to a variety of locations in Mexico. What I like about the timeshare lifestyle is the ease of tradition. While Tawny and I love to be as free as the wind we also like to build traditions together and what better way to do that than by having a little chateau in France to call home once a year?
If you’re curious about, “what exactly is a timeshare?” We get it, so was Tawny. Basically you own a period of time at a certain location. This can be a house, condo, or castle. For either a fixed or rotating part of every year you are the lord of the manor and get to live there. In my family we had a week every spring. Now that Tawny and I are about to embark on the journey of our own family it looks like it might be a good idea to think about investing. We looked into a timeshare in Europe and found a few nice options.
While I might be content staying in one of the tents pictured above I think I might need to save that for the bachelor party. A timeshare is looking like it would be a nice way to see Europe and to start a tradition of our own.
What do you think? Timeshare or hotel?