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If you enjoy seeing the world, but prefer leaving the organizational details to others, all-inclusive vacations can offer a one-stop-shop for holiday planning. No vacation, however, is foolproof and deals can become duds if you don't know what to watch out for. Here are some things to consider when booking an all-inclusive vacation.
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Resorts for All Types

If you’ve avoided all-inclusive resorts in the past or if you’re a newbie, you may not realize how modern all-inclusives now cater to specific niches: high-adventure families looking to zipline, foodies and locavores, eco-tourists, singles, couples without kids and more. All-inclusive resorts that offers activities and amenities that match your interests beyond the sun and sand. Some properties will even offer guests the option to transfer between properties, either for the day to enjoy the different amenities or to divide their stay between two different properties.

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Seclusion vs. Convenience

Once you’ve selected the country and region you want to visit, consider if you would benefit from a resort close to a city or town rather than one that is more secluded. Believe it or not, you may get bored lying on a beach all day and might want to explore the local culture, restaurants and shopping opportunities.

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What’s Part of the Package

One key to ensure you get the most from your package vacation is to be completely clear about what you get for your money. In general, all-inclusive packages feature accommodation, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, meals, transfers from the airport and some non-motorized water activities (like snorkeling or paddle boating).

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What’s Excluded

Common non-package perks (often referred to as extras or a la carte purchases) can include premium liquor, motorized water sports or activities like golf, spa treatments, off-site excursions, room service and even Wi-Fi. Tips for staff are also usually not included in the vacation price. The important point is to read the fine print. Resorts differ in how clear they make exclusions or resort fees to potential guests. It’s up to you to be informed — if you’re not sure, ask.

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Finding Deals

The most popular time to travel to an all-inclusive getaway tends to be from December to March. However, if you can hold off and go on vacation from April onwards, you can save a significant amount. For deals, consider up-and-coming destinations like Columbia or Honduras that offer picturesque beaches and welcoming properties at a lower price point. It’s also worth looking into new or renovated properties that may be offering deals to fill their rooms. Just be sure to do your research and find out whether your hotel’s renovation may mean putting up with noisy construction or a lack of amenities like a pool or restaurant choices.

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When to Consult an Expert

A professional travel agent can be useful if you’re new to all-inclusive vacations. They can help tailor property picks to your specific needs and offer money saving advice.

Package vacations can be ideal getaways as long as you put in the initial effort to find the best resort for your needs.

 

Tip: Did you know that RBC Rewards® has an exclusive travel sponsorship with Carlson Wagonlit Travel? So not only can you earn bonus points when you book with CWT, but you can also redeem towards exclusive all-inclusive packages!