VIDEO: Tips for Booking All-Inclusive Vacations

Just because a vacation claims it's all inclusive, doesn't mean you won't have to pay for extras. discusses our top tips for booking an all-inclusive vacation that offers it all.

Tips for All-Inclusive Vacations
All-inclusive resorts dominate the landscapes of many popular vacation destinations, and there's no denying they can offer an unrivaled combination of convenience and affordability. For those travelers going all-inclusive, here are some tips to help you book your next dream vacation. 

The first rule of thumb is to book ahead.  Ideally, the all-inclusive vacation-planning process should start a few months, even a year, in advance.  All-inclusive resorts are known to have decent last-minute deals, but the high cost of airfare can outweigh the benefit. 

Second, remember the travel seasons.  If you're looking for a bargain on an all-inclusive vacation in the Caribbean or Mexico, travel during the summer low season, or the spring and fall shoulder seasons, when many resorts slash their rates. Also avoid major holidays, when you are less likely to find availability or deals.

Third, do your homework and find honest reviews.  You'll eat, sleep, and play for most, if not all, of your trip at the resort you choose. So do thorough research and weigh traveler reviews to make sure the resort fits your wants and needs. 

And finally, read the fine print. All-inclusive can mean different things at different resorts.  Some resorts cover everything from sit-down meals, drinks, and water activities, while others cover only buffets and make you pay for extras, like beach chairs.  So before you book, find out what you're paying for.

Published: 18 May 2012 | Last Updated: 7 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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