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As newbie parents with a toddler and infant, we’ve found a new appreciation for the all inclusive vacation. Sure, endless fruity cocktails by the pool are a major draw, but there’s much more to the all inclusive experience than stuffing your face at the buffet and drinking yourself silly.
Travel is very personal, so we’re not suggesting the all-inclusive experience is for everyone. But, being a young family with a limited travel budget, we’ve found all inclusive vacations to be a great option. Here are some of the reasons why we like all inclusive packages.
Most packages use chartered airlines and offer direct flights, which is a HUGE plus when travelling with children. Nothing kills the travel buzz quite like a long airport layover with cranky kids.
Airport transfers to the resort are often included or available for a nominal charge, another huge plus when travelling with clunky car seats, baby strollers and multiple pieces of luggage. There’s also peace of mind that comes with using reputable and professional operators, reducing the chance of being ripped off or taken on a joy ride in the wrong direction.
Aside from carrying a few $1 bills for the occasional gratuity, it’s nice to have a meal or drink and not have to pull out your wallet. This reduces unwanted trips to the ATM and calculating currency conversions.
It’s also nice to know roughly how much the vacation is going to cost ahead time, which helps you budget for activities and excursions.
We’ve often heard comments that food at all inclusive resorts is not very good. Although every resort is different, in our experience, this is not true. Sure, dining at a buffet is not going to deliver the same quality as a 5-star fine dining establishment, but how often do you eat at fancy restaurants anyways?
First of all, most large resorts have “a la carte” and themed restaurants, so you’re not limited to just buffet offerings.
Secondly, children are often picky eaters with limited patience. They are not “foodies” looking to enhance their culinary knowledge; they want pizza, French fries and ice cream. Buffets mean instant access with something for everyone.
Finally, contrary to popular perception, resort buffets allow the unadventurous eater the opportunity to sample local cuisine and try new foods they likely wouldn’t order at a restaurant. Most resorts switch things up each night, so you’re sure to find something new or familiar.
Most resorts we’ve visited, particularly in Mexico and the Caribbean, offer a variety of kid friendly activities, water sports, cultural excursions, and live entertainment in the evenings.
When we travel to tropical destinations we want to get in the ocean. Whether it’s snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking or boat tours, most activities can be organized directly at the resort, with transportation included. Though you will likely pay a premium by booking at the resort, the convenience and peace of mind is well worth it, especially when travelling as a group or with kids.
This is a huge plus for travelling families. Is your toddler in need of a quick nap? Does your infant need a diaper change? Does dad need to sleep off the afternoon beers? Restaurants, pools, beaches, gardens and entertainment are typically within walking distance to your room. Go ahead, have another!
Travelling can be stressful at times, especially when you have other people to worry to about. How do we get to the hotel? Is this taxi driver ripping me off? Where is the bus stop? Am I walking in the right direction? Where is the closest ATM machine?
I know, I know, the hardcore traveller will tell you that getting lost is half the fun, but it’s certainly not with kids! We like that all inclusive vacations allow us to turn off our brains and be present in the moment. Travelling should be fun and relaxing, not stressful and frustrating.
All inclusive vacations come in many forms, from massive family resorts to cruise ships to boutique hotels in remote locales. And they’re not just for travelling families in search of convenience – there options for adults only, weddings, reunions, large groups, seniors and singles looking for a party.
Your turn! Do you like the all inclusive vacation?
Share your feedback in the comments section, we’d love to read about your experience.