Trolleys, Trams and Giant Stingrays!

Thank you WorldMark, Wyndham and RCI. Planning a three months odyssey across the USA and the Caribbean was made so much easier thanks to your wonderful consultants!

After an online Owners’ workshop, I was guided through the website for WorldMark SF in San Francisco and within minutes we were booked in for the dates we wanted.

Located right next to Chinatown, it has trolleys, trams and buses right outside, cafes, restaurants and bars opposite, major shopping outlets just a short walk away and such a friendly staff who ensured we got the best tours, vouchers and advice. We even had a bathroom each and free laundry facilities including detergent – much appreciated after a month travelling!

WorldMark SF  is the ideal place for spending a week in this beautiful city. There is just so much to see and do, the Golden Gate, lunch in Sauselito, Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries, Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf to explore; every day is fun filled and of course we found every Irish bar in town!

After flying back and forth across the States, marvelling at Yosemite, meeting Elks in the Rockies, checking old gangster hangouts in freezing Chicago, surviving Hurricane Irene in New York, heatwaves in Dallas, loving Las Vegas, remembering Elvis in Memphis and reuniting after 55 years with a friend in Texas, we arrived in New Orleans where our WorldMark resort on St Charles Ave again proved a wonderful choice. Nestled in the beautiful Garden Quarter and also boasting a haunted cottage at the rear, it is surrounded by amazing mansions dating from before the Civil War. Again the tram stopped right outside to take us to the fascinating French Quarter and famous Bourbon Street with its non stop music, cafes, bars, street entertainers, markets, artists, voodoo shops, museums, antiques, mule drawn carriages and wonderful locals who just want everyone to share in their joy at the revival of their historic city. Every night is party night.

After a cruise which took us to through the Caribbean to Puerto Rico we spent a brief stop in Miami and then ended our odyssey with an incredible week of Timeshare on Grand Cayman Island.

Just before we’d left Australia, an alert RCI consultant had phoned to tell me a long forgotten spacebanked week was about to expire and over the phone we perused atlases to find resorts somewhere in the Caribbean with a vacancy for the only week we had left. Fortunately, Morritts Tortuga Club had a cancellation and so we were in.

Here we discovered the Blue Iguana project which has saved these creatures from the brink of extinction, we swam with giant stingrays, snorkelled among coral, experienced dolphins up close, explored pirates’ caves and even found an Australian restaurant, “Tukka”!

Whenever we were asked how we could do such a trip as pensioners, we simply mentioned that we were ‘timeshare junkies’ and never travelled anywhere without using the benefits of our membership and the help of some wonderful consultants.

Eileen and David 

6 thoughts on “Trolleys, Trams and Giant Stingrays!

  1. What an amazing journey, there’s not one thing you’ve mentioned in your story I wouldn’t want to do(except maybe the hurricane, though another incredible experience, you simply dont do things by halves 🙂

  2. You make we want to go to San Fransisco again Eileen! New Orleans is on my “wish” list…one day. Next month we’re going to Bali with Wydham, can’t wait. It’s been about 30 years since we’ve been so doubt we’ll recognise much. Good luck.

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