Is it really worth booking an All-Inclusive Vacay?

Read a lot when you’re on vacation, but nothing that has to do with your business.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr

There are many things to consider when planning a vacation. How will you get to your destination? International or domestic? How long will you stay? When is the best time of year to travel to your chosen destination? These are just a few of the questions you’ll ask yourself when planning your next vacation. Another big question to consider, especially when traveling abroad, is whether or not you should opt for an all-inclusive resort. Going all-inclusive sounds great but depending on your travel style and the occasion you might want to skip the all-inclusive resort fee and stick with traditional (or less than traditional) lodging. We’ve broken down a few of the pros and cons you should consider before committing to an all-inclusive vacation.

 

Convenience vs Adventure

 

Booking an all-inclusive resort is great for those who want to show up and relax without lifting a finger. However, for those who are planning on adding a little adventure to the trip, all-inclusive might not be the best way to go. If you plan on exploring the area outside of the resort you’ll end up spending cash on food and drinks during your outing on top of the daily all-inclusive fee you’re already paying. So, before you book, think about your main goal for the trip. If you plan on relaxing without much sightseeing, all-inclusive might be your best bet and if you plan on exploring outside of the resort, skip the all-inclusive fee and save your money for your adventures.

 

Local Cuisine vs Comfort Foods

 

Sure, you’ll likely get a taste of the local cuisine at an all-inclusive resort but nothing beats the cultural experience that comes along with visiting the local eateries outside of the resort. Depending on your pallet and plan for the trip, food is one of the number one deciding factors when it comes to choosing whether or not to book an all-inclusive resort. If you aren’t a fan of new foods and would prefer to stick with what you know than all-inclusive is probably right for you. If you’ve been looking forward to experiencing new foods at your destination, skip the all-inclusive package and visit a new eatery each day.

 

Cost

 

Typically, the all-inclusive resort fee sounds like a killer deal BUT are you really going to be getting your money’s worth out of that fee every day? You’d be surprised at how much less money you’ll spend when choosing to forgo all inclusive. However, this isn’t true for everyone and some people enjoy the what you see is what you’ll actually pay rate versus the unknown of how much your total trip is actually going to cost you. Before you decide which type of lodging to book check into the fine print of the all-inclusive resort fee and make sure that it’s going to be worth the cost. Does it include food and alcohol? Does it include resort activities? Think about what your end goal for the trip is going to be and factor in a rough estimate of how much you think your trip will cost in order to make the best choice.

 

Simon Hailwood