The Inside Guide to All-Inclusive Holidays

Travel can be a minefield of extra charges that sometimes, even the most meticulous planning won’t prepare you for. Sure, you might have found an amazingly cheap air ticket to some gorgeous city on the Mediterranean coastline, but after reading the fine print, you’ll work out that the airport is located miles and miles away from the city (as you often do with discount airlines), and the price of a train into town will end up costing even more than the flight itself. Then you have to think about what to do each day – you want to see and do as much as possible without breaking the bank. Ideally, it would be nice to enjoy fine dining options rather than ending up being one of those tourists who just eats at McDonalds. It’s little wonder that the all-inclusive holiday has proven to be so popular; it’s an easy way to ensure that the vast majority of these hidden charges are no longer an issue, since they’re already taken care of.

Getting the Best Price

Corporate competition is one of the cornerstones of the business world and yet it can sometimes be a little annoying for the consumer. You can pay for a flight or holiday and begin planning your relaxation, only to discover that the airline has subsequently released a whole lot of new tickets for substantially less than what you paid. This is not an issue when it comes to the majority of all-inclusive resorts, since the earlier you pay, the less you pay and you can begin planning and saving well in advance, knowing that you’ll get the best possible deal.

All Inclusive Holiday

When to Go?

Naturally, family groups all over the country have to travel when the children get enough time off school, so no matter how cheap you were able to get the holiday you may find the resort and nearby towns to be overcrowded during peak summer months. If possible, travel in what are known as the “shoulder seasons,” which are late spring/early summer and late summer/early autumn. You’ll still get wonderful weather, but won’t have to fight the crowds.

Where to Go?

Sure, you won’t be at a loss for things to do while at the resort and the vast majority of activities are included while on Club Med luxury breaks, including child minding (meaning parents can relax by the pool without interruptions). But there’s more to the area than the resort, so perhaps choose a resort in a country you’ve always wanted to visit, allowing you to get out and about and enjoy what the surrounding towns and villages have to offer. This is unfortunately an area of the trip that is not all-inclusive, so you need to be mindful about where to eat, how to get around and whether or not you need to tip (although it’s best to follow the example set by the locals).

When paying for an all-inclusive holiday, you’re essentially paying for peace of mind and knowing that everything is taken care of, meaning you can rest just a little bit easier as you sit by the pool and sip a cold beer…

Alex Norman is a freelance writer blogger who enjoys sharing his experiences and advice on traveling in general as well as specific destinations.

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