Notice: This entry was published 5 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
This weekend I attended a timeshare presentation for an acquaintance. She “won” a free trip to Disneyland, on the condition that she attend the presentation. The snag was they were looking for married couples, so she turned to me and Michael. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about it, but she promised us free dinner so I agreed to go. I will do almost anything for free food.
For those wondering, and this is from what I understand, a timeshare is real estate ownership divided among a group of people for use at their appointed time. For example, I could own a resort unit in another country for two weeks in December, and I could only use that unit for those two weeks. All the other weeks of the year, that one unit will be occupied by other people who also own it, at whatever timeframe they chose.
There’s a whole system behind timeshare. There’s the concept of trading, where you can “trade” your timeshare with someone else if you can’t make it to your unit for whatever reason, and you can occupy their space in return at the time they have it. Some companies providing timeshares might also have a points system, similar to frequent flyer miles, that you can spend on a vacation to slash monetary costs. Again, this is from what I understand and glossed over after the presentation. I don’t know much about it, and obviously the presentation would paint timeshare in the best possible light, so don’t quote me on any of these.
I do love traveling, and I think if you’re definitely planning to travel every year, a timeshare might be a good idea. Nowadays it seems to be more flexible, or at least they made it seem easy to trade timeshares. If you find yourself grounded to one place for a number of years, I’d say save your money. Much like owning a real property, there is a down payment plus a monthly membership fee on top of an annual maintenance fee for the unit, regardless if you vacation that year or not.
We weren’t going to agree anyway, we just wanted the free gifts.
So my acquaintance got her Disneyland tickets after we declined three times. They said there was no pressure to join, but they continued to slash the fees to make it seem more appealing (not gonna lie, I was tempted). Pro-tip: if you find yourself in a timeshare presentation, always say no first to get a good deal! For our trouble, Michael and I got free tickets to five comedy shows on the Strip, plus $100 gift card for Restaurant.com which I was very excited about! And we still have free dinner lined up sometime before we leave. Worth it!
We made good use of the gift card already. Here’s some Cold Tomato Ramen from Fukumimi! We just had it tonight. It was my first time there, and the dishes were so delicious. The cold noodles were perfect for the hot weather and it’s affordable too! Very clean and the staff was great as well.
I don’t consider myself a food blogger, but I do love dining out and having the restaurant experience. I thought I could share some of my experiences here so you can all get an idea of what Vegas is like outside the Strip. Really, the tourist area is such a small part of Vegas albeit one that brings in a lot of money. By all means, gamble away and give us locals jobs, but do check out what else we have to offer when you’re here!