Whether it be sun, sea and sand, or an adrenalin-filled adventure holiday, there's a destination out there for everyone, and as it's the beginning of the year, now's the time to get researching your next amazing holiday escape. And RCI is here to help.

You work hard all year, so making sure you have an amazing holiday is important. To make sure your work/life balance is in good shape, holidays are a great way to reconnect with your family by spending some quality time together, having fun and making memories. The best way to combine a holiday with family time is by planning as early as possible and getting organised to ensure you get everything you want from your holiday.

There are so many great bonuses to timeshare holidays, especially for family groups holidaying together, that you'll be wondering why you didn't do it sooner!

One of the most significant differences to that of a usual hotel room is that superior quality, spacious self-catering accommodation and home-from-home comforts all come as standard with timeshare. The accommodation is usually much larger than standard hotel accommodation, which is brilliant for holidaying groups. The fact that quality accommodation is expected is one of the best things about timeshare holidays with RCI - and it is one less thing to worry about when choosing a holiday.

As a parent with a very active toddler, space is definitely a plus for my family - the more the better in fact. I have really come to appreciate the extra space that comes with a timeshare. There’s more room for my little one to run around and enough room for all the extra things we need to take along with us to keep her entertained. It means we’re not tripping over anything - or each other - and it makes for a much more relaxing and stress-free holiday. Bliss!

Holiday Club Katinkulta (2247) is a spa resort set within beautiful lakeland countryside in Vuokatti, Finland. Katinkulta provides you with comfortable and spacious apartments available to timeshare owners and RCI members, this makes the perfect family holiday hideaway.

The extra breathing room isn’t the only plus of a timeshare holiday. Rooms come fully equipped with everything you'll need to ensure your holiday is fantastic, including a kitchen. Being set on fabulous complexes, the RCI-affiliated resorts are very secure, which makes it easier when the children dart off to play or to explore the extensive gardens many resorts have to offer. There are often kids’ clubs and some locations even offer crèche facilities for younger children, which means the adults can indulge in a bit of well-deserved 'couple' time without having to worry about the little ones too much. Nothing gets in the way of relaxation more than worrying, after all!

RCI membership offers many benefits, and by exchanging your time in your home resort - the one you bought your week at - for a selection of the fabulous resorts signed up to the RCI Exchange Holiday programme, you can literally travel the world in comfort, either as a couple or as a family group. RCI offers its members the biggest choice of resorts and holiday experiences for holiday swapping, having more than 4,300 resorts in our Resort Directory. As an RCI member, the world is your holiday oyster. So, what are you waiting for?

Anfi Beach Club (3081) has many facilities that characterise your timeshare holiday experience. Swimming pools, on-resort bars, cafés and restaurants, all set within beautiful landscaped gardens. If you don't feel like moving off resort, you don't have to when holidaying in a timeshare resort.

RCI makes holiday planning easy and fun. As an RCI member, the best place to start looking for ideas for your next holiday is by using the search facility on RCI.com where you can narrow down hundreds of possible holiday destinations to find your perfect holiday happy place.

Using the online search facility, you have the option to search by either the part of the world you want to visit, or by a particular interest or activity that you enjoy as a holiday pursuit. So if you’re looking for a family destination, or you want to check out some world-class golf courses or ski resorts, click on that particular search icon and it will take you to all the destinations where you can enjoy your favourite holiday activities.

Searching in this way, by using an interest, hobby or holiday type as a key search filter, you will be surprised to find that there are many amazing places worldwide where you can do whatever it is you love doing while away on holiday - places you will never have considered visiting before. Not only will you be able to spend time golfing, skiing, walking or whatever it is you like to do, you will also get to explore a part of the world you may never have seen before... Places that may well become future holiday favourites! The options are endless.

You don't have to be an RCI member to visit the online RCI Resort Directory to see where you might be holidaying... Above is the opening page of the Directory, together with an example of the search icons you will use to focus your holiday planning journey of discovery on not just the places you think you might like to go to - but the type of holiday you most enjoy. It's a fun and efficient way to plan a getaway.

However, don’t just take our word for it! RCI member Stephen McGregor and his family are keen skiers, and have been for many years. However, as Stephen has a very demanding job and children at school, his window of opportunity to travel is very small. Consequently, he has found the search facility on the RCI.com Resort Directory has introduced his family to new holiday destinations that he never realised were an option for ski before.

“I’ve been using the RCI search facility for years now and have noticed improvements in that time. Now I can search so efficiently, I think I may as well crack on with it myself rather than ring RCI. Because my wife, Rachael, and I have to be very specific in what we look for in a holiday it is a tremendous help to be able to narrow down our search,” he explained.

“Importantly the other members’ feedback helps to managed expectations. For example, if a resort is miles away from anywhere, with no restaurants or attractions nearby and you need to rely on car hire, you really need to think about those things, especially with young children to consider.”

Stephen McGregor and his family have been enjoying their timeshare ownership with RCI membership for many years. Keen skiers, Stephen has been pleasantly surprised to find great new ski destinations using the RCI.com Resort Directory search filters.

Stephen and his family have been RCI members since 2004, so he knows the benefits of using timeshare very well and, specifically, he values the flexibility and spacious accommodation it brings to his family holidays.

“We love our timeshare. We bought it wanting extra space and flexibility - even just to sit down to a plate of beans on toast when the children aren’t up for another restaurant visit! It is a real home from home way to holiday.

“More than that, it's an adventure and has taken us to so many new and fabulous places. We enjoyed a skiing holiday in Hinterzarten in the Black Forest, which was beautiful. We hadn’t even realised the area had skiable mountains - it was the RCI search filter which flagged it up to us.”

Whether you are an RCI member or not, take a look at the online RCI Resort Directory to get some holiday inspiration. It is easy to navigate and fun to use. It will definitely start you wanting to get away on holiday to your perfect happy place - wherever that may be in the world. With more than 4,300 resorts signed up to the RCI Exchange Holiday programme in over 100 countries, you're sure to find something to excite your wanderlust!

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If you own timeshare and like the idea of using an RCI membership to widen your holiday horizons and experience more of the world, you can sign up to RCI membership in a few simple steps... It's a new year - start as you mean to go on and look for holiday inspiration with RCI.

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