Nov 23, 2009
Mar 01, 2010
Where I stayed
Long Point State Campground
We continued along A1A with some ocean views on both sides. At sundown, we rolled into Long Point campground, located on the water and consisting of several inlets. Wood storks and gracious ibises walked fearlessly around the open areas in search of unguarded people food or fish and insects. We pitched our tent and struck up conversation with couple from Michigan, Den and Nancy. They have been coming here for years. They introduced us to a friendly Dutch couple, Harry and Kitty who, like them, come here for 6 months out of the year and have a large 5th wheel. Harry and Kitty, both in their 60’s, invited us into their comfortable and cozy air conditioned “home” for a glass of wine. They go back to Holland for the other 6 months of the year and visit friends and cat or dog-sit for people who go on vacation. They have travelled extensively in a smaller camper from Alaska to South America. Happiness radiates from their faces, they are living a dream.
We arrived at the Global Vacation presentation at 9 sharp, hoping to be out of there in an hour or so. Yeah right! First we got the slide show with a group of other rubes, then the one-on-one pitch with the sales lady trying to convince us to part with $8000 in return for lifetime benefit of resort vacations at too-good-to-be true prices. When we didn’t jump off our chairs from excitement, we were joined by “the closer”. The good looking fast talker didn’t give up on us easy!! Michelle asked for a copy of the contract to read. No, it is only available to those planning to buy it. Dave asked for a 30 day ‘return’ period, like at Costco. No, you don’t get to return a car once you drive it off the lot. It took us 3 hours to convince the guy that this great deal was just not for us. We have to speed that process up a bit if we want to make a living at this!! We got our $50 debit card, a voucher for 2 night- 3 days vacation and a $500 on-line shopping spree card. The debit card was difficult to activate but appears to be valid. The free ‘voucher’ requires a hefty ‘fee’ and a deposit payment, up-front, before finding out if which ‘Days Inn’ or similar accommodation will be booked. The shopping spree for low value merchandise requires shipping and handling charges that total to the approximate value of the products (a la home shopping network). If the ‘free’ gift experience is indicative of what it is like to deal with the vacation club, we are happy we declined. The sales pitch makes the club seem like a great way to save money. And we can see why people would feel miss-led by the grandiose promises once they get hit by the fine print