How To Vacation Like The Jones

By: Audrey Daniels

School is out and for parents reeling from the housing and mortgage crisis; they now have to deal with what affordable activities to do with their kids. With ever increasing gas pricing soaring through the roof and their finances taking a hit, the summer fun for many have taken a turn for the worse.

Many who usually packed the kids up and went away for a week or two, are now finding that idea pretty much out of the question. Factoring in heavily, the cost of gas, they must pretty much plan every detail down to a science, even the exact route they will take. And plan they must, for every gallon of gas they blow through is a gallon they must return on, so every ounce, counts. Some families had timeshare ownership but because of the present economy have found that luxury no longer a viable option. They’ve either been foreclosed out of their timeshare or they've simply had to cut their losses by selling their prized vacation location.

So, now what is a vacationer to do? Settle for the $99 pool from Wal-Mart and some suntan lotion?

Many are fast finding out about a whole way to jet off with friends and family (without breaking the bank). In fact, they are making their vacations pay for themselves and their newfound lifestyles. In fact, they are making their vacations pay for themselves. It is called, referral vacationing. It is becoming so popular that it has become the next ‘big’ business. The referral vacationing livelihood that is fast becoming a new way of income generating life, that for some, it was not deemed a necessity to even sniffle at, before the economy took a hit.

Now, ‘referral vacationing’ has become a popular pastime. Members upload their vacation videos online to show other potential members where they stayed, how much they paid and just how much fun they had. Some who view the videos become consciously ill; for that cheap weekly rate they are watching someone else enjoy online, is at the very same luxury resort they once belonged to but could no longer afford. Many wishing this cheaper referral club would have existed before they were lured into their overpriced, timeshare market.

Many long time timeshare owners are quickly finding out that they have been ‘duped’ these last 20 or so years. That instead of paying twenty, thirty or forty thousand dollars plus monthly resort maintenance and other fees, ‘owners’ are finding that others are paying less than three thousand dollars for a 100 year membership with no fees, for complete and unrestricted access to the very same timeshare amenities they too, once enjoyed.

Past and current owners are also finding out that these new occupants are not subject to all the rigid and restricted requirements associated with a timeshare purchase. Case in point; Referral Club members have access to the same timeshare resorts, to the discount cruises and all of the other amenities; All year long, not just some penciled in time on a calendar. Club members just book and go. Members can also pass down their membership to their children or other loved ones, (something completely unheard of) within the resort timeshare industry. It’s enough to put many former and even current blind sighted timeshare owners on permanent bed rest.

For soon-to-be brides however, many are happily finding that a referral club membership helps defray the cost of either a honeymoon or a wedding, since rates are so low, they find a tropical wedding in the Caribbean is more affordable, exciting, (and more importantly) in reach, when they find it is included as part of their resort stay. Many resorts in the Caribbean specialize in resort style weddings and make it a part of their accommodation to attract guests.

Wedding planners, co-coordinator’s and even bridal shop owners are making referral membership information an integral part of their business. Instead of bride’s only coming to them for one service, they now can save them money time and gas by showing them the added value of owning a membership themselves.

For many a bride to be, a referral membership just makes perfect sense. Not only can they get the wedding and honeymoon of their dreams, but can invite guests along to share in their day of celebration while having a way to financially ensure a financial lifestyle, later on, when they need it.

As more and more families find out about the affordable benefits of ‘clubbing,’ many are happily opting in for this new way to stretch their bottom line while taking their families on wonderful holidays, several times a year. By joining and sharing club benefit information with others, they have not only found a saving’s haven but a whole new way to increase their financial bottom line. They can now, not only envision their familys’ financial success, they can readily ensure it for generations to come.

They are realizing that that old adage of “It takes (a lot of) money to make money” is simply not true. What it does take, as many are finding out, is, it takes ‘knowledge’ and the right vehicle. In this case, the knowledge is a club membership. For those in the know, it’s almost like being on a permanent vacation with the added benefit of being able to pass their enthusiasm and passion (for travel) along to a whole new audience of excited listeners.

For many families and individuals a referral club membership is fast becoming an exciting and enriching way to a lifestyle they happily and enthusiastically embrace.?They have finally found the relaxing, soothing,?financial answer they have long since been looking and searching for. These are the newBusiness Management Articles, club millionaire’s next door.

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