Timeshare Travis is a timeshare-focused business located in New York, NY, that may be able to help you get out of a timeshare. Rather than presenting as an exit company, Timeshare Travis claims to be able to provide resources for people that will help them decide what to do with their timeshares.
An overview of Timeshare Travis’s website showed a very similar, if not identical, presentation to recently-reviewed advisory company Timeshare Tracy. Like Timeshare Tracy, Timeshare Travis states that they “help who [sic] owners who need advice for their timeshares! Travis will help you decide whether to keep it or cancel your timeshare.”
The website looks good and very professional on the whole. The design is clean and colorful. It has a very simple setup and navigation, with just a few pages apart from the Home page: About, Discover a Way Out, Assessment, and Contact.
All of that said, it is hard to ignore that it is essentially a replica of the Timeshare Tracy website. The pages themselves, and the claims in their copy, appear very similar as well. The About page in particular is a standout in this regard:
- “Let us help you make the right decision! Travis has great advice and knows how to help you out of a major bind with your resort. Travis doesn’t like it when owners are taken advantage of and harassed by calls from debt collectors. Travis is on a mission to bring justice to owners who have been deceived, misrepresented, and flat-out lied to.”
The key difference is that, while his name was not mentioned on the about page, we were able to figure out that Timeshare Travis is managed by someone named Travis Wood. You can keep reading to learn more about what we discovered regarding Travis and his other business ventures.
On the Assessment page, there is a quiz that, again, looks like the other website’s quiz. Essentially they ask about your timeshare situation, which leads to a landing page related to “Travis’s Timeshare Freedom Program.” It does not ask for any personal information until the end, where there is a form for those interested in working with Timeshare Travis. There, we also found that this program includes a free consultation with one of Timeshare Travis’s partners. This gives a much clearer idea of how this company works: that is, by sending people to actual timeshare exit companies, and helping generate business for them.
The section Discover a Way Out is presumably going to be a blog. It promises to deliver “Everything you need to know about the inside information to getting out from your timeshare contract,” but this area is still under construction and does not actually have any content. This makes it difficult to evaluate how much expertise Timeshare Travis really has in the area of timeshare exit, and whether they actually have timeshare exit partners yet.
Though Timeshare Travis has a few active social media pages, there are very few reviews available online for them, including on Facebook and Google. We couldn’t find a designated page for Timeshare Travis on the BBB or Trustpilot (in spite of a watermark on the website that seems to indicate that they have good reviews with the latter).
What we did find in the way of reviews and review-esque content were a few PR-style articles about Timeshare Travis and some comments on a RedWeek post about timeshare exit companies in general.
The RedWeek comments were both from the same person and stated:
- “Kindly do not work with … Timeshare Travis. I have a personal experience of they [sic] scamming people. Initially they do some efforts and later on they leave you hanging in between and say we can’t do anything about it.”
- “This is the client named Travis. That person is scamming everyone by providing fake promises and services. Initially he hires workers for couple of months and then all of sudden he starts delaying the payment by saying that I am waiting on my clients. In reality he doesn’t have any valid thing and even he doesn’t have any big team. He himself manages everything and yet tells my team will do it.In terms of the leads, he has a bot which generates fake leads and he delivers fake leads to his clients. Once the client receives the leads and pay, he don’t offer further services and if client threatens him, he puts all blame on his employee.”
Since this is only one person’s experience, it’s important to take it with a grain of salt. That said, it’s just as important to take the more positive, glowing PR articles with some measure of skepticism as well. Those articles cited that Travis Wood, the owner, operates a lead-generation business called More Leads More Conversions; while we were able to find a license for that company, the same could not be said for Timeshare Travis. An OpenCorporates search did not bring up an LLC corresponding to this company, either. A business with so little information online is not one that is easy for us to recommend that you work with to get out of your timeshare.
As mentioned, the initial consultation with Timeshare Travis is free, should you choose to move forward with them based on the assessment. It was not clear if moving forward with the Timeshare Freedom Program would come with a cost.
Working with one of the exit companies, of course, will not be free. Generally speaking, whether you look into one of Timeshare Travis’s partners or another company, you want to not only be sure that you’re able to pay via escrow, but that you know what to expect in terms of general costs. You can learn more about why escrow is important on this page.
General Advice on Avoiding Scams Online
While it’s not entirely clear whether or not the RedWeek user’s evaluation is correct, and Timeshare Travis is a scam or not, it’s still helpful to know what to look for when keeping an eye out for fraudulent companies. When doing business and researching timeshare exit online, there are specific red flags you should bear in mind so you don’t work with the wrong company.
- Don’t believe everything you read. Many scams rely upon using common industry phrases, but fail to use them properly or back them up with information. They often can make outlandish or exaggerated promises, too. A reputable company will not overpromise in this way, and will give you real details on their processes.
- Be careful of upfront payments and nontraditional payment methods. Requests to pay via wire transfer, for example, is a common red flag. So is any request for an upfront payment that does not use escrow. No money-back guarantee is enough to actually promise that you will get a refund should a service not proceed as planned.
- Resist the pressure to act fast. A trustworthy business will not try to push you into anything before you are ready to move forward. High-pressure sales tactics and hounding potential clients are huge red flags and indicate a business you want to avoid.
- Ask about licensing, identification, and insurance when it comes to local businesses. Working with a local company is typically a good idea, but to further pare down who is trustworthy or reputable, always be sure to ask about whether they are licensed and insured. Checking their identification is good to do as well, especially with any business dealing with your money or personal information.
It’s difficult to say one way or another whether Timeshare Travis is a trustworthy company, but fortunately, whatever partners they might have are probably the kinds of companies you can find on this website, so researching them here is, in theory, an option. We created this site in order to connect people like you with timeshare exit companies that are reputable and capable of successfully releasing you from your contract. If you’d like to learn more about them, you can explore our recommended companies on this page.
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