Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Pros and Cons of All Inclusive Holidays

All inclusive holidays are one of the most popular forms of package holidays, particularly for families or those travelling with children. As with everything in life, there are several pros and cons to opting for an all-inclusive option.

Find out as much as you can about this type of holiday, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages and make your decision based on what option will be best for your holidays needs.

If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a package holiday but still want to visit a great location and make the most of your time abroad then an all-inclusive option can be an appealing option. All inclusive options are gaining popularity as travellers realise this type of holiday doesn’t necessarily equate to cheap and cheerful.

Similar to any other holiday type, all-inclusive options range from basic to luxury so you should be able to find an option to suit, regardless of whether you fancy a simple break in Spain or idyllic Caribbean getaway.


Controlling cost is one of the main advantages of taking an all-inclusive break. All food and drink tends to be included in the total price you pay before travelling so you don’t have to shell out for dinner or drinks whilst on holiday. This helps when it comes to keeping holiday spending under control as the cost of eating out in local restaurants every night can soon mount up. One disadvantage of this arrangement is that you don’t get to visit local restaurants, cafes and bars to sample their fares so if you don’t fancy dining at your hotel every evening then all-inclusive may not be the best choice for you.

What’s included?

For full details of what's included in your all inclusive holiday, always check with your holiday company or read the hotel description. Look out for all inclusive holiday packages which offer all meals, snacks, soft drinks, tea and coffee and alcoholic drinks at no extra charge.

You may also find that most hotel activities and entertainment are included in the overall holiday cost, which helps you to enjoy your time away without having to worry about cost.
Again, if you feel like taking part in activities outside of your hotel then remember to consider the additional cost of doing so. Some holiday makers prefer to get out and about to explore the local area so if you suspect you might get bored easily after a few days by the pool at your all inclusive resort then.

When searching for all inclusive holidays remember to check where your resort is located. If you are located some distance away from the town or city centre, the beach or other local attractions, you should be 100% certain you are happy with the amenities on offer at your accommodation.

Jennifer Adams is a part of the digital blogging team at who write about subjects like all inclusive holidays on behalf of a growing number of travel brands. To keep up to date with the latest in travel and destination news, check out my posts at Digital Crosstalk or visit my Twitter account, @dcrosstalk.

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