he fictional tales of Phileas Fogg from the Jules Vern 1873 classic “Around the World In Eighty Days” have inspired many an epic adventure. But, can you go round the world using a timeshare? One company has just set off to attempt just that.
Using a membership of 80,000 timeshare points, eXpectations Holidays has just embarked on a virtual journey to circumnavigate the globe in no less than 80 days.
“We’re hoping this exercise will dispel a few myths about timeshares and, at the same time, inspire existing owners to get more value from their products,” said Roy Forsdick, Commercial Director of Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket, the company that has developed the eXpectations Holidays product.
“Timeshare points products can provide holidaymakers with an enormous amount of flexibility especially when it comes to the number of holidays that can be taken in any one year.”
For those who are less familiar with timeshare points and their value, 80,000 points is approximately how many would be required to book a 3 bedroom August week in Spain through RCI.
So how do eXpectations Holidays intend to stretch out a round-the-world trip from a single membership of 80,000 points?
“Our strategy is to stick to studio units wherever possible and make use of late availability discounts which can shave up to 50% off the amount of points needed to book a particular holiday. Since we are setting off on March 8th the season will play to our advantage too since the points value of accommodation is cheaper outside of the peak season. We do have Easter to consider although by that time we should have reached Asia where this holiday period has less effect on demand.”
In keeping with the concept of the original novel where fact meets fiction, whilst all bookings shall be based on real-time availability from RCI, the journey itself will be a virtual one, brought to life with regular updates via the company’s blog, facebook and twitter.
The first leg of the adventure started on Saturday 8th March with 7 nights in Italy’s Umbria region. Staying at La Casella, an eco resort situated on over 800 acres of Italian countryside and farmland, the booking was made using just 5,750 points.
About the Author: Roy Forsdick
Roy re-entered the timeshare industry following WWTH’s management buyout in 2012, having previously spent 4 years helping develop the company from 1998. A creative and technical marketeer, Roy was an early pioneeer in the mobile application space and has worked with a string of high-profile clients developing travel related apps. In his spare time Roy enjoys cooking, walking his dog, music and a frustrated Chicago Bears fan sometimes managing to make the long journey from the UK to catch a game!
Established since 1996 WWTH is Europe’s largest timeshare resale company and accredited to both TATOC (Timeshare Association) and RDO (Resort Developers Organisation). For more information please visit www.timeshare-hypermarket.com
About eXpectations Holidays
eXpectations Holidays is a timeshare points product designed to satisfy the needs of today’s travellers and address legacy issues surrounding timeshare ownership such as perpetuity and exit routes. For more information please visit www.expectationsholidays.co.uk
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