These days, it's easy to get a feel for what destinations around the world are like. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? The internet makes it possible to virtually travel between countries with a few clicks of your mouse. No matter how advanced technology gets, though, there is nothing like the experience of exploring world offline. These are the moments that cement to our memories. About Vacation Ownership When did vacation ownership become a ‘thing'? The concept of vacation ownership has deep roots. Sometime in the 1960s, in Europe, a travel trend started to emerge among friends. Instead of renting out hotel rooms, it became popular for friends to buy into a vacation home together, then share it. Each friend had exclusive use of the property for one of the four seasons. It wasn't long before this idea made its way to the United States. By the 1990s, many of the most trusted and well-known brands in the hotel industry took notice and started developing vacation ownership resorts. For adventuring families who want to explore the world without sacrificing comfort or convenience, vacation ownership offers many benefits. Here are some of the reasons why Club Exploria members choose to vacation this way. #1. People who take vacations regularly are healthier and happier In study after study, research shows that people who take regular vacations are physically healthier compared to people who don't. Vacations help you disconnect and relax. A relaxed state is good for your heart health, reduces stress, and can even improve the quality of your sleep. Traveling with friends and family members--spending time with people you care about--brings you closer in your relationships and friendships. People who own a timeshare are motivated to use it every year, ensuring that they use their vacation time at work and create valuable experiences while they travel. #2. Vacation ownership costs less and provides more value If your family takes regular vacations, purchasing at a vacation ownership resort will cost you less over the long haul than if you rented a hotel room each trip. Let's say you take a one-week vacation every year. Add up the cost of a typical hotel room for seven nights, multiply that by the number of years you plan to continue taking vacations, and you're going to get a large number just for the accommodations. Then, think about your food budget – three meals a day for everyone in your family. With Exploria Resorts, you can enjoy breakfasts on your balcony and sit down for home-style dinners in the dining room. If you had to eat out for every meal, then food alone can add up to hundreds of dollars for every vacation. You can still enjoy your nights out by splurging on a nice restaurant. The difference is, with vacation ownership, you have multiple options to choose from. #3. You can travel the world with vacation ownership Just within the Club Exploria Resorts portfolio, you can experience dozens of unique and exciting destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe. Many of the most desirable and popular U.S. vacation destinations are within reach for Club Exploria members, including Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Honolulu, New Orleans, and Washington DC, as well as the Smoky Mountains and the Florida Keys. Destinations in the Caribbean include Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Plus, you'll find luxurious resorts in Costa Rica, as well as Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, and Mazatlán in Mexico. It doesn't end there! Because the resorts affiliated with Club Exploria are known throughout the world for their desirability and luxury, you can easily exchange your vacation ownership privileges through our exchange partners, RCI and Interval International, to travel anywhere in the world! If you've ever wanted to see the great cities of Europe, you can do it with Club Exploria. Maybe you've dreamed of taking an African safari or exploring the Outback of Australia. Or perhaps you've always wanted to visit Japan and see Mount Fuji. All these dreams can come true with Club Exploria! #4. The amenities at vacation ownership resorts are amazing Staying at a vacation ownership resort is a far better option than the alternative: checking into a cramped hotel room with two beds and a small bathroom. It wasn't too long ago that this was the only option, even for a family of four. With Club Exploria, you have plenty of room to stretch out and relax! Depending on the model you select, most of our resort-style vacation condos have a separate living room that's beautifully furnished, as well as a dedicated dining area. There are separate bedrooms, including a master bedroom, where you can close the door for privacy. Fully equipped kitchens are a favorite among many Exploria Resorts Club members. Our kitchens at Exploria Resorts are roomy and offer plenty of counter space with high-end appliances such as a full-size refrigerator, range with oven, dishwasher, and microwave. This gives you the option of making a trip to the grocery store and stocking up. You can even prepare a meal or two while you're on vacation. In addition to the amenities in your condo, there are also plenty of amenities throughout the resort. Most resorts offer a variety of dining options, ranging from the concession stand by the pool to family style dining at some locations. Depending on the resort, you may have several pool decks to choose from, as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, walking trails, and more! The Exploria Difference Ask any member of Club Exploria and they'll tell you that, when they visit a Club Exploria resort, they are made to feel important. They are made to feel like family. In addition to the beautifully appointed resorts, the spacious luxury vacation condos, and the relaxed environment, we work hard to make all of our members feel special. We want you to feel well taken care of, as if you are part of our family. Every vacation is a special event and you are the guest of honor. Learn more about Club Exploria and see getaway offers!