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All inclusive or non-all inclusive
Why should you go all inclusive? Let me rephrase this question again? Should you go All inclusive or non all inclusive?
It is a big debatable question. Whether to go all inclusive or non -all inclusive. This question comes to mind all the time. Those who are experienced travelers probably know the answer to this question based on their travel experience. However, for other travelers, I think this question still haunts them. Let us share you some good, bad and ugly things about the 2 ways of travel.
The way name suggests “all inclusive” means “all inclusive”. You must be saying quietly, stop dissecting the name, we got it. The name says it all. There is no mystery here.
For you to decided between “all inclusive or non-all inclusive” read below, a few things “All inclusive” offers:
Your flights will sometimes give you the option to book separate however booking separate can cost more. However, for the best deals available you can book them here.
Airport to the hotel to airport transfers – I have paid $100 for the transfers on top of other fees. There is a money-saving possibility if all inclusive option is taken.
Breakfast – Who doesn’t like free breakfast?
Lunch – Would you like 1 or more food choices? All inclusive always offer them. A lot of times more than 1 option.
Dinner – Same as lunch, would you like a few or a lot of choices for your taste buds at night?
Drinks – Do you want to use your extra cash to pay for drinks? If you try a new drink and don’t like it, throwing that drink away means money going down the drain. You ever heard money saved is money made?
Snacks – a few or a lot? All inclusive has both options. You don’t have to think about which snack and how much you would like to eat. Just eat them all. You can start when they open and finish when the snack bar closes at the end of the day. Same price.
Still need more information to decide if you are going All inclusive or non all inclusive?
Just remove the benefits of all inclusive and you get Non-All Inclusive. Let me share some detailed information.
Your flights – hmm. Sometimes it costs more money to just book flights.
Transfers – you pay for them separately. Should you really worry about hiring a taxi or airport transfer and pay another $100?
Breakfast – If it is just 2 of you, chances are you can manage to decide breakfast options for first 2 or 3 days. After that time, it will become a headache. It is like every day we discuss what is for lunch? What is for dinner? Same way in the morning you will have this headache of deciding what is for breakfast? Do you really want to decide every day what is for breakfast?
Lunch – same as breakfast.
Dinner – same as breakfast.
Snacks – I would consume snacks only if they are not expensive. With 2 of us, it should not cost a fortune. However if 4 of us are traveling, the cost can add. If you have younger children, you need to count the wastage too. Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that all inclusive allows you to waste the food.
Drinks – This is the only benefit, I can think of choosing Non-All inclusive. If I am paying for drinks, I will be careful what I am drinking and the quantity, I am going to consume.
The above comparison will give you some basic information about the 2 options. Let me share my personal scenario when we went to the Dominican Republic earlier this year. Please see the breakdown of all expenses we paid or we would’ve paid with a non-all inclusive.
Our flight was at 8 PM but they canceled it changed the time 0020 which was almost 20 hours earlier. Are we going to spend 20 hours at the airport? Why can’t the airlines give us a hotel? What are we going to do for 20 hours was the biggest question we were asking ourselves?
These and other questions were bothering us. So we decided we will book a hotel for a day and enjoy the city. The next day onwards we had our all inclusive booked for next 5 days. When we arrived at the airport, we had to pay $40 for airport transfer.
The only benefit we received from the hotel was free breakfast. In the evening we decided to go to the city and visit a local mall.
From the hotel to mall and back we paid like $30.
Food including desert and drinks was another $40 per person.
Next morning breakfast – $0
Any drinks – another $30
Any night entertainment would’ve been another forty to eighty dollars
If I add the expenses above my tab for 5 days stay would’ve been (including night entertainment) $750 including tax but no tips.
Ticket cost – $800 each
Hotel stay – $139 a night X 5 nights = $700 + taxes and surcharge etc.
Grand total – $3130 including airport transfer and we paid for our excursions, which we in either scenario would’ve paid from our pocket.
We paid a total of $2600 + $80 for the airport to hotel and airport transfers.
Although savings is like $450 but we were able to use it to pay for the excursions.
A few things we would have preferred to receive in all inclusive
Airport transfers – saving of $100 on average
Snorkeling – at least 1 free activity besides lawn tennis, gym and swimming etc.
Coupons for Excursions – these can bring valuable savings.
A free on-site spa facility visit – another money-saving facility which can help resort make more money.
Wi-Fi – this can sometimes cost a lot of money. This should always be included in price.
There are a few other options are required in addition to the options listed above. However, the options above are typically more expensive.
At the end of the day, going all or non-inclusive is one’s own decision. We would strongly recommend all if you are going for more than 4 days, use All inclusive. However, if you are going for less than 4 days non-inclusive is the best option. Because you can enjoy city visits, local food, local activities, local drinks and everything local.
So what is your decision? Are you going to go All inclusive or non all inclusive on your next trip?
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