Five Cheap (But Quality) All-Inclusive Vacations

Skip the hassle of budgeting every last detail of your trip—all-inclusive vacations are an ideal way to keep tabs on your finances by paying for your trip in one swipe of the plastic. Here are the pros and cons of going all-inclusive, as well as some resort deals to consider for your next vacation.
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Aerial view of Cancun, Mexico
Aerial view of Cancun’s resort-lined beach  (Hemera)

Saving pennies but still dreaming of exotic locales? Aren’t we all? You should consider an all-inclusive vacation package, where a set price covers all your accommodations, meals, drinks, activities, and sometimes even airfare. When browsing for an all-inclusive resort package, remember that you can also save by booking early (and getting exactly what you want) or last minute (when options are limited, but prices are low). Here are our tips on picking the perfect package for you, plus our current favorite all-inclusive vacation bargains to get you started on your search.

The Pros
With an all-inclusive vacation, everything is paid for and planned in advance. One run of the card and you’re done. You can relax and enjoy yourself without taking out your wallet or consulting a tour map. Accommodations and dining tend to be cheaper when bundled together, making an all-inclusive a great way to stretch your vacation dollars. If you were to separately price out all the things in an all-inclusive package, you’d find the package deal offers significant savings. Plus, when you book an AI you don’t have to spend hours researching and planning all the details of your trip. All-inclusives can also be customizable. You might try new activities because they are included in your package, or you might get to really enjoy the things you love by tailoring the package to suit your interests.

The Cons
When booking an all-inclusive, remember that you’ll be limited to one resort or hotel. Any spur-of-the-moment decision that deviates from your plan will cost extra. Since you’ll have little room for change, read the small print so you are fully informed about what is and isn’t included in your set price. The biggest complaint travelers have about all-inclusive vacations is that they often assume that something really important to them is included, when, in fact, it costs extra. A good example: liquor. Read the fine print and research your resort online before you book. Since you’re locked into a single resort and price with an alI-inclusive, you want to know in advance that you’ll like the digs.

Published: 16 Oct 2012 | Last Updated: 14 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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