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Timeshares as Vacation Rentals

Lisa Edwards

There are many different types of vacation rentals out there, and each has its advantages depending on what you are looking for in a vacation. Timeshare rentals are a great way to experience a foreign city or country at an affordable price. You can find some really great deals on timeshare rentals in some of the most fascinating places, not only throughout the United States, but around the world. Plus, timeshare rentals are available at some of the top brand name resorts like Marriott, Wyndham, Disney and many more well-known vacation companies. There are a lot of great options out there for timeshare vacation rentals, and the prices are not too bad either, especially for what they offer.

The Advantages of Renting Timeshare Over Hotels, B&Bs, etc.

There are many advantages to renting a timeshare vs. a hotel, motel or inn for your next vacation. Here are just a few of the things that make renting timeshare worth looking into.

Save Money

Something that many people do not realize is that a timeshare can not only be purchased, but it can also be rented. It can be rented through the resort, or, it can be rented through the individual owner, and often at a much lower cost. By renting timeshare through the owner and not the resort, you can save a considerable amount of money on your next vacation.


Timeshares have many features that hotels, motels, inns, cottages and some condominiums do not offer. When renting a timeshare, you are not only getting a room to stay in, but you are also getting everything that comes with the timeshare unit, which often includes on-site amenities like swimming pools, spas, restaurants, fitness facilities and more. Plus, timeshares often provide cooking facilities and/or an eat-in kitchen for comfortable in-room dining, so you do not have to spend all your money on eating out at expensive restaurants. This allows you to spend a little more money on seeing the sights or enjoying the area's greatest attractions. (Alternatively, you can always just pocket the money you save for your next vacation.)

Timeshare Pool

More Space

Staying in a hotel or motel for longer than a night or two can often leave you feeling cramped. Many timeshare units also offer a separate dining and living room, and even private balconies or patios in some cases, so you have plenty of room to spread out during your stay. Timeshare units are a great choice for families or those traveling in groups, as they are often more spacious than the standard hotel, motel or inn room, which may consist of a small room with a mini-fridge that is only big enough for last night's leftovers and a couple of bottles of water or soda from the vending machine. (This can get old really quickly.)

Wyndham Bonnet Creek - Dining Area

Wyndham Bonnet Creek - Dining Area

Higher Quality

Renting timeshare can be an extremely affordable and relaxing way to travel, and without having to give up style and comfort on your list of vacation rental "must-haves." The rooms are often well-decorated and are sometimes equipped with basic supplies such as simple kitchen utensils, silverware and table settings. Concierge services are also available through the front desk, and there are typically a wide range of activities and attractions located nearby the resort, so you do not have to travel far to find something fun to do.

Why Timeshare Rentals Exist

Simply put, timeshare rentals exist because timeshare owners cannot use them for one reason or another. Sometimes timeshare units are rented because the owner is planning on selling their unit, but has not been able to do so yet. Owners are sometimes unable to take their annual vacation for reasons such as work priorities, financial setbacks, unforeseen events, etc.

Timeshare rentals are not only a great solution for the vacationer, but they also solve a real problem for the owner that is unable to use their unit. Even when an owner is unable to use their timeshare unit during their allotted time, they are still responsible for paying their annual maintenance fees. These fees vary by resort and a few other factors like unit size, type, etc. By renting out their timeshare unit, the owner is able to recoup some or all of the costs associated with these maintenance fees, and therefore does not feel they are throwing money away in the event they cannot use their timeshare.

Finding the Best Deals

When renting out their timeshare, the owner is most likely looking to make some or all of the money associated with any maintenance fees back by renting out the unit to cover these costs. Because of this, they are often willing to rent out their timeshare for less than the actual value of the property on the rental market. Plus, in the case of a fixed week, as it gets closer to the time that the timeshare is allotted for, the price often goes down considerably, as the owner is just hoping to get something rather than nothing at this point. There are some incredibly priced timeshare rentals available at the last minute for smart deal-seekers. You just have to know where to look.


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Lisa is a Copywriter at SellMyTimeshareNOW, LLC. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking and of course, traveling.

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