Say what you will about timeshares, but so far it's been a fantastic thing to have in the family. My parents bought one when I was young, still have it, and now, some 20 years later I can use it and save a bundle on my vacation!
Graf and I are going to South Africa later this year, and by trading my dad's timeshare week, we got a 3 bedroom penthouse at a beautiful resort (http://www.strandpavilion.co.za/) and it will cost us all of $250 for the entire week! To give you an idea, some of the places we were looking at were $300 per day, with the cheapest being $150/day.
YAY!!!!! This way, we'll have more money to spend on a safari and other cool touristy stuff!