It’s been a while since we’ve posted about pet-related timeshare travel, so here’s a quick refresher for those of you who can’t bear the thought of leaving your pet at home. Unbeknownst to many, there are actually quite a few timeshare resorts that cater to guests with pets and aim to make your vacation a comfortable experience for all involved. The most important thing when planning on traveling with an animal is to do your research. We’ve created an easy to-do list for you here:
- Make sure to clarify exactly what “pet friendly” means. Some resorts only have on-site kennels and do not actually allow pets into the rooms or elsewhere on the property.
- Book early. Call the resort in advance to find out about the possibility of extra fees, pet size restrictions, or other guidelines/rules.
- Consider your pet’s needs in terms of actual travel time. Long car rides can be taxing, and flights can even be traumatic. Consider traveling somewhere a little closer to home to give your pet the most comfortable experience possible.
- Pack accordingly, taking into account any special dietary restrictions, favorite toys, identifying documents, and medications.
- Look into nearby restaurants, stores, trails, parks, and other areas that welcome pets so your furry companion can get some exercise and you can enjoy the surrounding space together.
- If you plan on being away for long periods during the day, you might think about enrolling your pet in a local daycare program or kennel stay.
With a little planning and research, there is no reason why your pet shouldn’t be able to join in on the fun.
For specifics on which RCI resorts accept pets:
List of Pet Friendly RCI Resorts in the U.S.
List of Pet Friendly RCI Resorts in Canada
List of International Pet Friendly Resorts
One of our users posted this comment in response to our “Timeshare Rescission Period” article:
“And what can you do to rescind the contract or mortgage AFTER that cooling-off period?? In my case, me and my family were on vacation in Orlando, FL and we unfortunately bought a timeshare from westgate resorts.. when we went back to Brazil we started paying the mortgage but due to the bad economic crisis going on in the country we cannot afford it anymore and we need to cancel or rescind the contract, but we signed it on April this year.. PLEASE, DOES ANYBODY KNOW HOW TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM????”
The easiest way to get out of your timeshare is during the rescission period, but if you missed the deadline, you still have several options.
- Sell–This can be difficult to do, but it’s worth a shot. Try to sell the timeshare yourself by listing it on sites like Craigslist or eBay. You can also list it through the developer or through a timeshare resale broker.
- Transfer–You may be able to transfer your timeshare to a third party, but here’s the catch: the third party won’t pay you for it; they’ll simply take ownership and start paying the maintenance fees.
- Donate–There are a number of organizations and charities that will accept timeshares if they are paid in full and up to date with annual fees. Charities can use the timeshare weeks to generate revenue, and you may even get a tax deduction.
Unfortunately, none of these options will be hassle-free, but they are all legal and will ensure that you don’t run into any legal and/or financial consequences.