When it comes to holidays the all inclusive is an option that many people consider. Having all the hard work taken away may seem like the way to enjoy a hassle free holiday, however the all inclusive holiday will not suit everyone. Before you go ahead and book there are several things you will need to consider carefully to work out if this deal is really the right kind of holiday for you.
- Paying for your holiday in one go now means more than just bed, food, flights and transfers. All-inclusive packages include your entertainment and if you shop around you can even find packages that include sporting and other activities. This can be reassuring in the present economic climate where people are sticking to budgets and want to know exactly what they have paid, it means there is less chance of nasty surprises later down the line.
- Many people find that having to find somewhere to eat each day and night a hassle and certainly a great expense. Knowing that you will have all your meals and drinks provided in one place can be reassuring and also knowing that you have already paid upfront for your food means you can eat and drink as much as you like!
- If you choose an all inclusive package that is protected by ATOL you will be protected from losing out if your holiday firm folds. In the present economic times this has been a problem so this is another way to take out some of the stress planning your holiday.
- All inclusive holidays have recovered from their bad press from a few years ago. Often associated with endless boozing and rowdy behavior along the Costa del Sol many tour operators have added a lot more all inclusive destinations and options to their summer programmes. Long haul destinations that are often expensive can be more affordable if you choose an all-inclusive option.
- Many popular European holiday destinations have been hit by the rising cost of living making them less of a bargain when it comes to eating and drinking out. With an all in holiday you won’t be affected by the price hikes at local restaurants and bars.
- Something you need to be clear about is where exactly your hotel is going to be. Some all inclusive packages are at hotels that are set a distance from any main town or city and you may end up spending a lot on taxis if you want to venture out of the grounds of your holiday complex. If you don’t mind staying in one place for the duration of your holiday this will not be a problem but needs to be considered if you like to get out and about.
- Make sure you check out exactly what you will be getting for your money when it comes to the food and drink included in your all inclusive. Some hotels offer a choice of restaurants but others only have one buffet style restaurant to eat at. Be prepared for the possibility that you may have a somewhat narrow choice. Try to find out if you will also have a choice of international beers and wines – your deal may only include locally produced drinks.
- The final thing to consider is whether you really are the type of person who will enjoy the all inclusive experience. For some people having all the hassle taken away is the perfect recipe for a relaxing holiday in the sun. For other people they will find the terms and conditions too restrictive. If you are the type of person who prefers to be more spontaneous on holiday then this kind of holiday may not be the one for you.
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