Tracie Bushell lives life to the full and uses her RCI membership to get the most for her family from timeshare ownership.
Platinum member Tracie bought a week at Holiday Inn Orange Lake – West Village in Orlando in 1996. Using her RCI membership, she has tailored her holidays to suit the changing needs of herself and her family.
“That first stay at Orange Lake really opened my eyes to how I could be holidaying, “ she says. “After hotels, the accommodation seemed luxurious and I really enjoyed the feeling of security.
“The early years were about my daughter Shellie. She loved the theme parks and the pools; I enjoyed the freedom to relax which you just don’t get in hotels.”
Tracie, from West London, has a full work schedule. Since buying timeshare she has enjoyed a variety of holidays – and more of them.
“Europe was my next adventure,” said Tracie, who now takes her mother Joan on holiday with her. “Mum and I found Ibiza to be a truly beautiful island and the Ses Fontanellas Plaza resort was very relaxing.”
Tenerife has a special place in their holiday hearts. “We have been back more times than I can count. We love The Regency Country Club Tenerife. The pool, the accommodation and guest areas are all amazing. The staff always remembers us and I consider them to be like family.”
Tracie and Joan have combed every inch of Tenerife during their visits. “We eat in the local restaurants, take in the views on Teide and listen – you literally can hear a pin drop.”
Last year Tracie, Joan, Shellie and her boyfriend, along with Tracie’s brother and his wife, took their first holiday as a complete family at The Villas at Chayofa.
“We had a huge villa with three bathrooms, our own private pool, a basement sauna and wine cellar. It was ideal for a family party and it was my membership that made it possible!”
“People just don’t realise what you can get out of RCI membership. I’m now looking at using exchange and RCI Extra Holidays for New Zealand and New York.”
“I absolutely love my holidays – they are worth putting in that bit of groundwork to get all the fabulous breaks I enjoy.”