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Congratulations to Daniel Collins of Marana, Arizona!
In our most recent Share Your Story Contest, we asked: How has becoming a WorldMark® owner changed the way you vacation?
"I don't recall who said it: 'We have to do something different.' What I do remember is our discussion, the decision that followed, and the welcome discovery of WorldMark.
It was March of 1993. We were on the drive back home to Sacramento from a 10—day road trip in Arizona. The reference to 'something different' that my wife or I made was the whirlwind of a family vacation we had just experienced. We had packed as much as we could into that week and a half: the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, MLB spring training, Sedona, the Sonoran Desert.
Exhilarating? Yes. Exhausting? Even more so! For what we had also packed and unpacked every morning and evening were six bulging suitcases for two adults and four kids. Each day's long drive ended at a different motel with the same routine — check in, lug the aptly named luggage to the room, load everyone back in the car to find a restaurant for dinner, return to the motel where six bodies filed one—by—one into a single bathroom to take showers and brush teeth before falling wearily into bed. Mornings were the same cycle in reverse.
At the end of that discussion on our drive back home we had made our decision: We would plan our family vacations around a 'home base.' Hmm … maybe it had been the baseball game that inspired us. That home base would literally serve as our home away from home. From there we would make half—day trips — either morning or afternoons — visiting nearby local attractions. The remainder of the day and evening would be spent recreating and relaxing back at our new home. Most meals would be home—cooked also, saving substantially on vacation costs.
That decision seemed the answer to our problems of costly and chaotic vacations, but at that time is was just a vision. Then we discovered WorldMark — a timeshare where we would be owners, not merely members. Where we could choose among many destinations, and stay for short weekend jaunts or long, lingering retreats. We have done both and more, from romantic weekends for just the two of us, to extended family reunions utilizing four separate condos.
Our vacations started on the West Coast — Washington, Oregon and California — but soon expanded to destinations as far away as Hawaii and Australia. Palm Springs, though, was always our favorite getaway. There, warm and calming Mojave Desert winds conducted lulling choruses among palm fronds, shushing away the stresses of harried lives.
Years later, when the kids were grown and gone, we would return to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, staying at WorldMark Rancho Vistoso. There, another discussion occurred, and another decision made. Just over a year later, we would relocate nearby."
Interested in reading more stories about WorldMark Owner experiences? Check out past Owner Corner features.
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