I have done a lot of traveling in the 32 years I have been alive and been to many wonderful places, some of which I get to write journals about. I have had some okay trips, some really good trips, and some "I can’t wait to do it again" trips. However, if there is one thing I have learned in my travels, it is that you make your own experiences and vacation what it is.
You can make an okay experience one to remember by proper planning. We have found that the best two way to plan a memorable vacation are to spend hours researching and trying to find the lowest fares when booking on the Internet or giving all of your vacation likes and dislikes to a travel planner and letting them do the work for you. RCI has their own travel department, but I have to say that we have found their fees and prices less competitive than members would think.
WOMAN’S DAY magazine said,
"Save on air travel this summer by expanding your online search… look for the cheapest fares at 12:01 A.M. ET on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings."
In the past, we have stayed up late and spent several hours searching through different sites to book the lowest airline fare and car rental that we possibly could, searching the Internet for hours looking for the best days, dates, and flight times. We have found great deals with Delta, Jet Blue, and Spirit Airlines. We live in Connecticut and usually find it cheaper to fly out of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York City rather than Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, Connecticut. Flying directly into the Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the fastest and easiest choice.
However, for this particular vacation, we exchanged our timeshare from Vacation Village in the Berkshires (#6057) to Orange Lake Country Club (#0670) in Orlando, Florida. We booked the exchange through RCI but the rest of the travel arrangements through a travel planner’s website.
We have booked through this website before, and this time we were able to find airfare from JFK into Orlando with Delta’s SONG airline at a rate cheaper than what we found on the Delta website. We also booked a great weekly rate on a rental car from Budget. I was astonished to find that I was saving $33.46 on the weekly rate when I booked through the travel planners website rather than Budget.com. Although $33 doesn’t sound like much, combined with the money we saved on airfare, there was plenty of money leftover for park admission, food and drinks, or souvenirs. There was also an option for booking accommodations, but since we already exchanged through RCI, we didn’t need to use it.
When we travel, we still find that we research both options, but since this trip, we have used a travel planner to help us with our vacations when we exchange and even when we take vacations without utilizing our timeshare, as we found the rates to be more affordable.