Holiday club and vacation exchange timeshares may look good on paper, but don't go packing your bags too quickly. This style of accommodation may end up feeling more like a nightmare than your dream holiday.
From crashing on a free couch to renting a holiday mansion, there are plenty of alternatives to staying in a hotel.
We show you how to book a bargain and avoid a dive – no matter what your travel budget.
Check in with CHOICE before you check in at your chosen accommodation, and rest easy.