Planning a vacation can create a significant amount of stress. You must choose and budget for accommodations, meals and activities throughout your stay. All-inclusive vacations remove vacation planning stress by offering a packaged deal that contains most of what you need for a relaxing vacation for a set per-person price. Package options at all-inclusive resorts include those catering to singles, couples and families, depending on the resort you choose.
Booking an all-inclusive vacation takes much of the stress out of planning your trip. Your resort provides most of what you need for your vacation at a predetermined price. As long as you stick to included activities and dining options, you will know exactly how much your vacation will cost before you leave. The Family Vacation Survival Guide indicates that all-inclusive vacations can cut the cost of your trip by as much as 25 percent when compared to paying for things as you go.
By staying at an all-inclusive resort, you eliminate the need to have a rental car. Most of your vacation activities occur on the resort. If you wish to travel away from the resort to see the sights of your destination, simply use a resort shuttle service or hire a cab for a short drive. Often tour companies pick vacationers up from the resort as well. In major tourist areas, resorts send shuttles to the airport to pick up guests and bring them to the hotel, completely eliminating the need to pay for a car.
When vacationing in a foreign country, knowing the proper amounts and times to tip becomes challenging. All-inclusive vacations often include necessary tips and gratuities in the cost of the trip. This not only helps you budget, but it also keeps you from facing uncomfortable social situations with your service staff at the resort. "US News and World Report" cautions vacationers that tips may be expected by certain types of staff members, even on trips labeled as “tips included.” Always ask as to what tips are included before you go.
The dining packages in all-inclusive vacations vary from resort to resort. At some resorts, such as Sandals resorts, all meals are included at resort restaurants. Other resorts include snacks in these packages, while some have all-you-can-eat options. Before you travel, ask about the drinks offered with the dining package. An unlimited soft drinks package may cost a little more, as might an alcoholic beverages option. Consider this additional cost, because it will likely be less than buying drinks as you go.
Not only do all-inclusive resorts include food and lodging, but they also include on-site activities. Resorts on beaches give guests snorkeling gear, non-motorized watercraft, and even sand pails and shovels for the kids. Cooking, yoga and fitness classes may be included as well. If you have your children with you, access to supervised children’s programs, camps and clubs may also be included. Some resorts even provide their guests with off-site tours as part of their vacation packages.
According to a study published by "US News and World Report," the pain center in your brain is activated when you make a purchasing decision. This means that every time you pull out your wallet and pay for a meal, drink and activity on vacation, you struggle to actually relax. By pre-paying for an all-inclusive vacation, you gain more pleasure out of the activities by removing the painful purchasing decision. When you pre-pay, your mind and emotions respond to the activities and meals as if they were free, making them more enjoyable.
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