The Best Christmas Movie Ever

All of us I’m sure have our own personal favorite Christmas movies, but to me so many of the new movies focus on the trappings of Christmas without dealing with the meaning of Christmas. I loved National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and last years Home for Christmas with Ben Stiller but again they both deal with peoples lives at Christmas not Christmas it self.

Of course we have reminisces of A Christmas story Ralphy’s desire for a Red Rider BB gun a wonderful film about growing up and childhood Christmas memories but what does it say about Christmas?

To me the ultimate Christmas movie is Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life the story of George Bailey of Bedford Falls New York. On the surface it’s the story of a selfless man putting the desires of family above his own. Then when disaster strikes being granted the gift of seeing what the world would be like without him and his personal redemption.

In reality it is not about George’s redemption at all it is about our personal redemption. George Bailey was the suffering servant of Bedford Falls a Christ figure he doesn’t require redemption. As a boy George sees old man Gower putting the wrong ingredients in a prescription George goes to his fathers office and steps in between his father and Mr. Potter arguing and George speaks truth to power, George is filled with the spirit of righteousness. After his fathers sudden death George preaches to the board about saving the building and loan and casts out the demons on the board who would side with Potter. By this act like the marriage at Canaan George performs his first miracle and has been anointed as his ministry begins.

But George longs to see the world and to travel yet the subtle message is, he is seeing the world in Bedford falls. George marries Mary Hatch while learning that life is what happens to you while your making other plans. He loves Mary and they begin a family, but George watches while others gain wealth and do all the great things that he longs for. Yet George has only his wife and children just as Christ had only his cloak and staff George’s reward is not to be in material things. When the stock market crashes George performs another miracle and saves the building and loan. With a speech that compares in content to the Sermon on the Mount.

Mister Potter in the character of the devil strives to destroy George and finally decides to try and bribe him. In a scene that compares with Christ’s temptation in the desert Satan offers the Lord dominion over the whole world if he would only abandon the will of his father. Likewise Potter offers George everything he ever wanted in life money travel and wealth if only George will abandon the will of his father.

As George loans money to Violet Biggs the fallen woman of Bedford Falls he parallels the forgiveness of Christ to the woman at the well. Then through no fault of his own he is eight thousand dollars short in his accounts. Potter Satan attempts to use the organs of government to crucify George. George prays alone on a dark snowy bridge as he contemplates suicide as Christ prayed in the garden alone in the garden in the dark both asking is there not some way to take this cup from my hand if it be your will.

Through his guardian angel George is shown the world, as it would be with out him just as Christ looked down into hell and both men saw the value of their ministries. But this is a story of hope and redemption as George is rescued by an outpouring of love by the people of the world. This Christ is rescued and redeemed, this time the people realized all that George the messiah did for them and they rallied to his cause and denied Satan a victory. This time we got it The Messiah need not die for us this time, because WE as a people were redeemed not George. For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son. In It’s a Wonderful Life we so loved the Lord we rescued his only begotten son and placed him up upon his throne.

An Alaska Vacation – Try an Alaska Cruise

When dreaming about an Alaska vacation you may
envision the romantic essence of yourself reeling in King Salmon, roaming the Alaska wilderness shooting wildlife pictures or simply observing the awe-inspiring beauty…but there’s more.

Alaska still remains one of the last frontiers on our
. Its harsh extremely rugged environment can put any well-equipped adventurer to the test. Yet for the wise, you can engage in a thrilling Alaska vacation, experience the rugged Alaska environment, the awe-inspiring beauty and participate in Alaska’s beckoning adventurous surroundings as much or as little
as you want. And you can do it all from the safety of your home away from home!

Your Alaska vacation setting, your home away from home, is
aboard one of the most spectacular means of transportation known today, a luxury cruise ship. Granted, these cruise ships are monstrous in their own right, dwarfed by jutting mountain peaks and colossal glacier ice fields. Yet, you have the opportunity to experience some of Alaska’s finest, right from the luxury and comfort of your home away from home, a cruise ship. What a
romantic way to travel!

Advantages Of Living In The Northwest…

For those living in the Pacific Northwest, you have the ease and
advantage of experiencing a wondrous Alaska vacation by driving a vehicle to your departure port, either Seattle, Astoria
or Vancouver, B.C.; making your Alaska vacation that much more of a vacation.

You’ll experience the joys from NOT having to deal with the anxieties of a possible flight delay or flight cancellation and no additional strain on the pocket book requiring additional money for flights or possible hotel stays.

If you’re driving, the ideal is to find a friend or family
member to drop you off and pick you up. You do, however, have the option of parking at the Bell Street Garage located directly across from Pier 66, the cruise terminal in Seattle.

Fee: $12.00 per day.
On-line reservations are available through Republic Parking.
Location: 9 Wall Street. Enter at the corner of Alaskan Way and Wall Street.

  • 25 handicap parking stalls.
  • No oversize or RV parking is available in the garage. Vehicles must be less than 6’6″ high.
  • Republic Parking operates the garage. Questions? Call the garage staff at (206) 783-4144.
  • The ability to leave home and drive to your cruise ship
    is truly remarkable. We took that opportunity to engage in an Alaska vacation with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) the summer of 2004. Previously we’d explored Alaska by air; vehicle, foot and most recently the favorable moment came, to explore Alaska by way of a cruise ship.

    Past Vacations Were Work…

    In the past, our Alaska vacation required an immense amount of
    planning, organization, and ultimately, “work”, yielding very little time for some true relaxation and quality time with loved ones. An NCL Alaska Cruise allows you to truly relax and spend the necessary quality time with loved ones. The cruise gives you options. If you want to engage yourself into an intense schedule, you can. If you don’t want the intensity, that’s your option.

    Cruising With NCL…

    We elected to cruise with NCL for various reasons:
    they’re very competitive in price, they offer “Free-Style Cruising”, they have fabulous children programs (we could spend some quality romantic time together while the kids were fully involved in the children programs), superb entertainment, an international crew and they were the first cruise line in Seattle. We had to check them out…and that we did!

    Six of us, 2-adults and 4-children, set off to explore the
    qualities of NCL on an Alaska vacation. Our vessel, the “Norwegian Spirit” was docked at the Port of Seattle, the Pier 66 Terminal. Our scheduled departure was a Saturday afternoon allowing us the relaxing time to get some last minute things together. We were in no rush whatsoever. We could arrive at the ship between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. How soothing this was to all the family members.

    Arriving at the terminal was a little confusing; it appeared as if every passenger descended on the ship at the same time. Amongst the confusion we found a courteous NCL employee who directed us to the appropriate baggage check-in and ticketing lines. We were impressed how quickly and orderly the lines
    flowed. NCL did a fantastic job of getting us through the baggage check-in, ticketing and on-board the ship.

    Each passenger is issued an ID card before boarding.
    This ID Card serves as your room key, boarding pass and credit card for any onboard shopping. It’s imperative that you guard it like your credit card, do not leave it unattended. You’ll need it in ALL ports of call for departing and boarding the ship.

    Before the ship left the Seattle dock, on to our Alaska
    vacation, we were exploring. The Spirit carries 1,996 passengers with a crew of 920. That’s nearly 1-crew member for every 2-passengers! And we have to say; the crew was there to serve us and make sure we had the absolute best Alaska vacation. We appreciated all of the nationalities represented on the Spirit. It’s truly a vessel of international flair.

    Our kids, of course, loved the stern section of the ship,
    the Kids Club. It’s amazing, an entire mini-amusement park with tunnels, tubes and balls, a pool with slides, fountains and a mock pirate ship yielding water-spouting cannons that make up the upper portion of the stern section. This is a kid’s heaven. When our kids were tired of the water games (that rarely
    happened), the arcade was only steps away.

    The restaurants on board were numerous from fine dining to
    buffet style and fast food offered 24-hours a day. You’ll never go hungry. If you’re dieting to lose weight, put the diet on hold for the duration of the cruise. You’ll want the flexibility to enjoy all the fabulous food entrees.

    The Many Options…

    We especially enjoyed the many options of simply watching
    whales spout, the beautiful scenery passing us by, picking up a movie in the theater, dining, playing cards, trying our luck in the casino, listening to some live entertainment at one of the many bars, lounging on the deck by one of the pools, pumping iron at the gym, shooting some hoops on the basketball court…the
    list seems endless. This is the ultimate Alaska vacation; you can do it all, part or nothing.

    Our family of six always had something to do, there was
    never a dull boring moment. Each one of us had the option to choose what we wanted to do. My wife, for example, read a book in the library while I watched a movie in the theater, our oldest hung out with some new found friends and the other three played on the water slides. Our Alaska vacation was unlike any other,
    there was literally no sacrificing the wants and likes of other family members. And above all, we didn’t have to drive to any of these recreational activities!

    One of our favorite functions were the evenings live
    high quality professional entertainment in the grand Moulin Rouge showroom. It’s unique in that the Moulin Rouge utilizes two decks, with theater style sitting. You ultimately get a great view from every seat, including the seats in the balcony! On our
    particular cruise, the Cruise Director, Adrian Lewis, did a fabulous job organizing all of the professional entertainment. The picture depicts a special attribute to all the crew who made our Alaska vacation an unforgettable experience.

    Ports of Call…

    And of course, there are the ports of call: Ketchikan via the Inside Passage from Seattle, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert with a sneak into the Sawyer Glacier. The ports are all awesome. You have the choice of departing the ship and venturing out into the Alaskan territory or stay in your second home, onboard the Spirit. It’s your choice to expand your Alaska
    vacation to meet your adventurous needs and desires.

    On shore you can experience nearly any level of excitement
    you so desire. You’ll have at your disposal helicopter flights, fishing opportunities, river rafting, guided tours, shopping expeditions or simply strolling around on a self-guided walking tour. The ports of call, on our Alaska vacation, were relatively small. This enabled us to walk around the towns to capture the Alaskan lifestyle. Granted, our stay in each port was limited but it did yield enough time to get a taste, an experience of Alaska. The ports were showcased enabling us to see the highlights and if so desired we could return at a later date.

    Ketchikan was our first port of call after cruising through the majestic Inside Passage. Ketchikan is a
    shoppers dream, an added feature to experience the ultimate Alaska vacation. The historic downtown and specialty shops are within minutes from the cruise ship docks. You’ll find a wide selection of native art, jewelry, sporting goods and even the Alaskan themed toys.

    We especially enjoyed walking around town, watching the
    salmon run through a stream in the center of town and riding the
    city bus to Saxman Village, a native village 2-miles south of Ketchikan. The village is literally a totem pole park revealing the native’s culture. Returning to the ship we decided to walk the 2-miles back along a fabulous waterside walkway that portrayed the beauty of this Southeast Alaska area.

    Juneauwas the second port of call. We were amazed how much the city had changed over the past 10-years. The
    cruise ship industry had a great effect on the coastal Alaskan towns. Shops literally sprung up overnight to accommodate the thousands of passengers descending upon Juneau and the other coastal towns.

    Juneau is the capital of Alaska, nestled between
    towering mountains. The enormity of the cruise ships makes for an awesome sight as they cruise between the mountain ridges.

    Juneau is also home to the Mendenhall Glacier. This is a sight to be seen, especially if you’re not familiar with glaciers. We took the city bus to the Mendenhall Valley and walked about a mile to reach the glacier. Of course, there are other options to get to the glacier via helicopter or one of the many bus-guided tours.

    If you plan on visiting the glacier bring along your
    National Parks Pass. This will entitle you free entrance to the visitor’s center.

    Our third Port of Call was the infamous little town of
    . Our route to Skagway took us up the Tracy
    Arm to the Sawyer Glacier. We cruised past icebergs and gushing water falls. The captain brought the cruise ship near the spectacular ice-flow, a sight you have to see. Our kids continued playing on the water-slides as we cruised along
    the towering pieces of ice, truly an amazing sight.

    Skagway welcomed us with open arms. It’s here that
    the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began. It’s hard to imagine more than 30,000 gold seekers set out from this once tiny village. And now, Skagway is experiencing it’s second gold rush. Approximately 5- cruise ships visit Skagway every day during the months of May – September, that’s 10,000 visitors per day bringing money into the community!

    The town is very easy to get around; it’s about 7-blocks
    long all encased with specialty shops. The prices are extremely competitive yielding some good quality products. Regarding the tours, you can always sign up for a tour aboard the ship; however, if you didn’t make previous tour arrangements you still have ample opportunities on shore.

    Skagway is known for the famous scenic railway. It’s a
    3-hour ride out of Skagway following the gold rush route into the Yukon. We decided against the train ride and hopped aboard a personalized driving tour with the Skaguay Tour Company. We like the added edge a personalized tour gives. The tour consists of a historic city tour and a drive to the summit of White Pass, essentially paralleling the train route but only half the cost. We also had the opportunity to stop at various points of interest along the way, unlike the train. Before you go to Skagway check out Skagway Tour Company. Be sure to bring your passport, you’ll cross into Canada and may need the identification for re-entry into the U.S.

    Our last Port of Call, before returning to Seattle, was
    Prince Rupert
    . This cosmopolitan city encompasses
    many cultures and is the home of the First Nations people for 10,000 years. Near the cruise dock is a native museum with a variety of shops nestled along the waterfront. Compared to the other ports, we found the various gift items expensive even with the good U.S. dollar exchange rate.

    There are tours that you can participate in; however, we
    took advantage of the walking tour along the waterfront visiting the sunken gardens. It made for a nice walkabout; however, our kids were anxious to return to the ship and engage in the many wonderful activities. That’s the beauty; you have a home away from home, a comfortable place to return to creating a relaxing and enjoyable Alaska vacation.

    Seattle, our off-boarding port, came far too soon. None of us were very anxious to leave the ship; we were ready to do the cruise again, back to our Alaska vacation. But the reality, we had to disembark. NCL made this an extremely easy process.

    Each passenger is given a color-coded baggage tag depending upon your on-shore schedule. For example, if you had a morning
    flight scheduled out of SeaTac Airport, your color-coded baggage tag indicated early ship disembarkation. You’d simply listen to your color tag announced over the loudspeaker system and proceed to depart the ship.

    NCL makes it a relaxing experience even when the ship has reached its final destination. You can sit
    back, relax and continue to enjoy your Alaska vacation while eating breakfast looking out at Seattle’s skyline.

    Foremost, the things we bring with us from any vacation is
    the memories, the experiences. It, therefore, makes sense to have a memorable vacation. Unfortunately there is a cost to it, any vacation or anything we do in life will cost in some form, either money, time, material things, etc. A cruise costs money. If money is a concern to you then we can show you how to save money before you purchase your cruise tickets.

    The Alaska cruises book-up quickly. We encourage you to get the most of your Alaska vacation by booking early. You will not be disappointed. And we’ll help you through the booking process, your memories are a keepsake; therefore, book early.

    We do not sell cruise tickets, airline tickets or any travel tickets, we simply reveal the Facts so you can make an informed decision and get the most for your hard earned dollar.

    Step out into the exciting, adventurous, and romantic wonderlands our planet has to offer…make your Alaska vacation an Alaska Cruise.

    Some Things To Remember Before Leaving The House:

  • Cruise Tickets
  • Passport
  • Camera/Film
  • NCL Luggage Tags on your bags
  • Craig Dahl – Senior Editor

    How to Promote Your Vacation Home Rental

    In the past, promotion of the availability of a vacation home rental was limited to a few local avenues – print advertising, flyers handed out or hung up around town, postcards left in local establishments, and word of mouth. With the advent of the Internet, a new option has been created for marketing vacation rentals. You can now promote your rental home across the globe relatively inexpensively and easily. You can create your own website or you can take advantage of listing sites that draw the traffic in for you.

    In this first part of a forthcoming series of articles, you will learn the basics of how to promote a vacation rental home. Each additional installment in this series will go into more detail about marketing vacation rentals in a variety of ways.

    Marketing Vacation Rentals with Individual Websites

    It has become very easy for anyone to buy a domain and hosting package and promote a vacation home rental online. Plus, you don’t have to know HTML or be an experienced web designer to take advantage of marketing vacation rentals in this way; there are many programs that have been created that make the creation of a slick-looking website easy. You want to make sure that your vacation home rental site looks as professional as possible and contains pictures of the inside and out as well as details about all of the amenities available. You can also include information about price and availability if you wish, or you can require that interested parties contact you for more information. And make sure that you have a way for visitors to contact you!

    At its core, your vacation home rental site should serve as an online version of a glossy brochure that you might hand out to prospective renters. You will learn more about ways to create great sites for marketing vacation rentals and how to get them noticed in future articles in this series.

    Vacation Home Rental Sites

    Whether you want to create your own website for your vacation home rental property or just want an easy way to advertise your home, you may be interested in looking into the benefits of vacation rental websites. These sites make marketing vacation rentals easy by compiling listings of homes for rent by owners and/or companies to help bring the renters to your door. Many vacation home rental sites charge a small fee for your listing but allow you to incorporate photographs, text, and a link to your own site. These sites may also make it easy for renters to get in touch with the owners of homes. Future articles will teach you what to look for in a vacation home rental site and how to promote a vacation rental alongside the many listings that are available.

    Marketing Vacation Rentals with Print Advertising – From Flyers to Newspaper Ads

    While the Internet is an extremely important tool in marketing vacation rentals, traditional marketing venues still can make a difference if you are looking to attract renters. You can create flyers with pictures of your house, prices, and a list of amenities that you can post in the town where your vacation home rental is located. This is an extremely inexpensive way to get noticed, but it is important to design your flyers with eye-catching images and easy-to-read text. You can also create postcards with this information that can be mailed to local households or placed in local stores for visitors and residents to pick up.

    Another option for marketing vacation rentals is to run advertisements in the classified section of any local newspaper. The downside to this is that you may wind up paying a lot for an ad that will only be seen by a limited number of people, but that same ad will be specifically targeted in the area for your vacation home rental and may get strong results.

    Preparing Your Vacation Home Rental Property

    No matter how you choose to go about marketing vacation rentals, you will need to have photographs of your home taken to put on the web, in the newspaper, or in a flyer. Make sure that you prepare your home so that it looks its best – that the lawn is trimmed, that the pool area is tidy, that the windows are clean, and so on. Then, take a series of pictures from several angles of the home so that a prospective renter knows exactly what he or she will find. If you can, add something to your home that will make it stand out. For example, use brightly colored curtains, or take your photograph at night. Above all, make sure to give people a reason to look more closely at what you have to offer in a vacation home rental.

    Word of Mouth

    The simplest and cheapest way for marketing vacation rentals is by word of mouth. Tell anyone and everyone that you have a home available. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell the people at the bank and at the grocery store. While the person you tell may not be the next person to rent your home, he or she may have a friend or relative who is in the market for a vacation home rental.


    Above is just a small sampling of options that you have for marketing vacation rentals so that they are booked around the year. Future articles will give you more in-depth information about these options as well as additional tips and ideas about how to promote a vacation rental successfully.

    How to Get Your Child Ready For Your Vacation

    A vacation can be a memorable time for the entire family that will last for years to come. It is an opportunity to get away, to relax and to experience new things. While going on the vacation is thrill in itself, preparing for the vacation can add additional pleasure in preparing a child for the vacation.

    The first step that may seem obvious or even ridiculous to some is telling a child why the family is going on vacation. Adults look forward to vacations to relax, experience new things and thrills or to get away from everyday life. A child does not know these benefits and it is hard for them to identify with why vacations are great without anyone telling them the facts. Sit down with the child and tell them the reason and purpose for the vacation. Perhaps it is to see family members. Perhaps it is to visit a location that the parents had always dreamed of or perhaps it is to see a sporting event or work on a hobby. It can be anything. Whatever the case may be, tell the child about why the vacation is necessary and how it will be exciting.

    Next, take time and discuss with the child where the vacation will be. A vacation can by any number of places such as a stay in the Minneapolis area with stops at the Mall of America or the Water Park of America or down south in Alabama to Gulf Shores next to the warm Gulf of Mexico or to Colorado for a ski resort vacation at the Rockies. Whatever the case may be, take time and explain to the child where the vacation will be. The reason for this is to create excitement about the trip. A child does not know where the vacation will be at until they are told. Once they know where they are going, they can begin to think about the destination.

    When the destination has been identified, spend some time as a family to go over possible places to visit while on the vacation. Perhaps a father wants to visit a golf course and a mother wants to go shopping. That is fine, but find out what a child would like to do. It can be very helpful to research ahead of time places that a child would like. Perhaps there is a zoo or a children’s science museum that would be fun to visit. If the child is interested in visiting such a place, definitely make plans to visit it as a family. Choosing places to visit beforehand can enable a child to picture where things will be at and what the vacation will be like. Their energy and excitement level for the vacation will go up significantly, as they understand that there will be places that they will really enjoy while visiting a different place than home.

    Before going on the vacation, take the child shopping for clothing and other vacation supplies. A child, especially a teenager, does not want to look ridiculous when on a vacation by having clothes that does not fit in with everyone else or clothing that looks shabby. If the vacation is to the sunny beaches in California, purchase some swimming suits as well as appropriate attire such as shorts and t-shirts. Sunglasses and sunscreen are terrific accessories that can preserve the skin as well as the wallet, since prices at a hotel or tourist destination can be much higher as compared to at home. If the family is going on a fishing trip, be sure to purchase a pole and fishing equipment for them. A good idea can be to have a child select a fishing lure or a particular item that will be used specifically for the vacation. This can help them look forward to the vacation as well as prepare them for what is coming.

    Getting to the vacation destination can be one of the most challenging aspects in preparing a child for the vacation. In fact, it can bring additional stress and even anger to what should be a pleasant experience. Keep in mind that a child likes to be active and it can be extremely difficult to stay in a vehicle with nothing to do for hours on end. While it may cost extra money, go to a retail store and purchase some activities for a child to do. If the travel on the vacation is by means of a plane, be sure to purchase books or games that can be played. Smart phones and other electronics can be perfect for a plane ride. In fact, if a child gets bored with one game, there are plenty of others that can be downloaded free or for a small fee. When driving in a vehicle, a DVD player may be an excellent option. While some minivans and sport utility vehicles have a built-in DVD player, many vehicles do not. Portable DVD players are not as expensive as they were five years ago and are easily installed. Besides this, computers or other electronic devices can play movies as well. Whatever the case may be, be sure there are movies or television shows that they would be interested in watching. Books on audio can give a child as well as adults the opportunity to be entertained while going on the road. In addition to this, be sure to take frequent breaks. Frequent breaks at rest stops, running around the vehicle and other similar activities can be perfect to keep a child fresh and pleasant as the family is in the process of going to that vacation.

    A vacation can do wonders in strengthening the relationship between a parent and a child. Taking time in getting a child ready for the vacation can make the overall process extremely sweet and satisfying. In fact, this preparation can add anticipation as well as excitement for adults. It may take some time, but it is worth it for everyone involved.

    Vacation Rentals – Is it An Alternative Way to Get Access to Vacation Destinations?

    There are several ways to access the top 10 vacation destinations around the world. The most cost effective way I know is through affordable luxury vacation membership. It offers different options for vacation rentals that can save money and let you visit places that others only dream of.

    This membership allows you to have vacation rentals at the top 10 family vacation destinations. It is available for islands, theme park destinations, the beach or some faraway exotic location.

    Travel clubs or networks are a great place to find these kind of access packages. Many of the accommodations are timeshare or fractional weeks at condominiums, villas, or luxury hotel rooms. The price of these vacation rentals is considerably cheaper than renting regular hotel rooms. Typically, a member pays a membership fee to join and then pays a small fee for the week. Some of these clubs offer unlimited weeks and other memberships offer a week or three weeks, depending on what level of membership you choose.

    Many of these vacation rentals are located in the top 10 vacation destinations and certainly you can find many of them in the top 10 family vacation destinations. Because these travel memberships offer a volume purchasing power, they can obtain bargains at wholesale prices on luxury getaways. For the most part, they are weekly vacation rentals that include 8 days and 7 nights in some of the most luxurious places in the world.

    You can visit a mountain hideaway in Peru, or a quaint village in the Australian Outback. Of course, there are many oceanfront and beachfront accommodations which are among the top 10 vacation destinations, including Hawaii, although you might have to pay a slightly higher weekly fee.

    If you like to travel, the travel membership clubs are the best deals. Of course, you can also find individual affordable luxury vacation memberships at many of the resort destinations, although it is easier to get access to a vacation rental at the top 10 family vacation destinations by belonging to a wholesale travel club. Many of these timeshares and fractional ownerships are popular trading weeks that are put in the rental market, when not in regular use. Individuals will sometimes put up their vacation homes as well.

    Many of the hotels are offering deep discounts on hotel rooms throughout the world, due to the slowing economy. Even with the deep discounts, some of the luxury hotels are still very expensive. A wholesale travel club or a resort network handles many of these vacation rentals in the top 10 vacation destinations, it is often a cheaper option therefore, even when you consider the price of the membership to join, along with the weekly fee.

    Many of the members of these clubs report they can book accommodations that others cannot even get access to. Because of the exclusivity of the vacation rentals in the top 10 vacation destinations, the general public might not be able to stay there, but members of affordable luxury vacation memberships can. If you love to travel, and have plans to visit the world’s best locations, you may want to consider signing up for the travel networks that offer thousands of luxury vacation rentals at the best destinations in the world.