Affordable Travel Guide to What's Included in All Inclusive Resorts

Taking inventory of the “package” in package deals

What's Included in All Inclusive Resorts

All inclusive is a commonly used travel term that means different things to different people; the tour package company might see it through business eyes where the vacationer will see it through rose-colored glasses. Getting the most from a vacation package deal means the same thing as almost everything you sign-on for: read the fine print.

If you have booked a package deal to a tropical locale in the cold winter months, and all you want to do it enjoy the beach and be pampered, never having to open your wallet or leave the perfect resort you have chosen, then do your homework to avoid potential disappointment. Ask the tour operator representative or your travel agent key questions to ensure everything will measure up. Be sure to ascertain the following things:

  • does the price include all taxes and transfers
  • are all meals and beverages included, or only non-alcoholic drinks
  • are tips and gratuities included
  • will use of sports equipment (such as water skis or fishing boats) involve and extra charge
  • on cruse ships, for example, is room service extra

It’s wise to ask for an itemized account of what is included in your package deal, and just as important, what is not included. If you are taking a package deal as a family vacation and children under a certain age are “free”, get your tour package operator or travel agent to define “free” specifically and clearly.

No matter what is included in your package or how thoroughly you have set forth your expectations, remember that accidents and mistakes can happen; never travel anywhere without at least a small sum of cash (you may want to go shopping!), or preferably, travelers’ checks, and a credit or debit card (keep those safely stored; your wallet may not be the safest place). Always buy travel and/or health insurance.

Remember that the companies offering travel package deals are in business; you are heading off on vacation. Do your due diligence to make sure the two elements merge seamlessly and you’ll have a great time enjoying the freedom of a terrific package deal.

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