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All-inclusive Vacations: The Good and The Bad

Aug 17, 2007
Looking for a cheap vacation? All-inclusive vacations vary greatly but a truly "all inclusive" vacation should consist of your airfare, hotel, taxi from between airport and hotel, as well as meals and drinks. These types of all-inclusive vacations can be very appealing to a family looking to get away on the cheap. Particularly, the meals come in handy so you don't have to be concerned with keeping the kids fed.

All-inclusive vacations may include some extras such as a free tour or other land based adventure. The packages will vary greatly from deal to deal so be sure to read all the fine print outlining what is and is not included.

Some of the biggest advantages of all-inclusive vacations are the hassle free atmosphere and not having to worry about having cash or how much cash you are spending. One price takes care of your whole vacation so you know how much it cost you up front. The mystery is gone.

The food on all-inclusive vacations is typically buffet style which can be a big plus when it comes to variety. Buffets on all-inclusive vacations are typically catering to a wide range of people so the choices may seem endless at times.

Another major benefit to all-inclusive vacations is the amount of activities for the family, particularly if you are visiting a large theme park like Disney. There are typically many choices for children and adults to keep the whole family very busy on an all-inclusive vacation. Be sure to book activities in advance if you can, for many of them will fill up before you even arrive!

One of the biggest caveats to booking an all-inclusive vacation is to know exactly what you are getting into. The sales pitch on the website is meant to do just that - sell you on it. Be sure to check all the details before paying for anything. Keep your eye on deals that may demand you go to a seminar to buy a time-share or something similar. They may say that it will be a quick presentation, but you can be sure it will take more time than you expected. Not all cheap vacations are good deals!

Another issue to be concerned with on all-inclusive vacations is tipping. Although some places may claim that tips are included, many service workers will expect tips and your service will suffer if you don't come through. This is particularly common on cruise ships.

Be sure you are comfortable with the amount of activities that are available at the resort. Keep in mind that once you step foot out of the resort you will be paying for everything. If you want to explore other areas, everything from transportation to tips will cost you.

The bottom line is to do your research in advance of paying for an all-inclusive vacation or any cheap vacation. Read all the fine print, understand exactly what is included, and seek advice from others that have experienced the same cheap vacation.
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MJ Batta writes on various aspects of travel and hosts a cheap vacation website at http://www.cheap-vacation.researchthisstuff.com
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