Pros And Cons Of An All-Inclusive Family Vacation


All-inclusive or non-all-inclusive? Each family faces this question when choosing the type of the upcoming vacation.

If you don’t have any experience traveling on your own or going to all-inclusive resorts, you may benefit from learning a few things that might not be obvious for first-timers. Use the following guide to learn the pros and cons of all-inclusives and make an informed decision about where to go on your next family vacation.


You Know What You Are In For

Before booking a family vacation, especially when you are bringing young kids, you have to do a lot of planning. Going to another city or country is always somewhat stressful. Add a fear of the unknown and your vacation planning might turn into a disaster.

All-inclusive resorts usually have detailed descriptions of what you are getting – food, room cleaning, the number of pools, and children’s facilities. Such approach can substantially simplify your planning.

You Don’t Have to Worry About Safety

Going to another country with its own rules and laws is always somewhat risky. If you are wandering the streets, visiting the markets, or trying to catch a cab without speaking the language and knowing the local specifics, you could find yourself in trouble. This is especially unfortunate when you are traveling with kids.

An all-inclusive resort is a “closed ecosystem.” Everything is created to cater to the tourists. The staff speaks English and the security is at its best. After all, they want you to come back and recommend the place to your friends. You don’t have to worry when your kids are running around the area or worry about any strangers coming to the grounds.

You Don’t Have to Think About Meals

All-inclusive resorts offer a great variety of food and drink 24/7. You don’t have to worry about finding a restaurant or feeding a fussy little rascal. Such resorts cater to people with different preferences. You can try some local food or eat your favorite hamburger or even spaghetti. The kids always have a choice of mashed potatoes, French fries, pizza, etc. Meanwhile, you have access to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Plus, some resorts have incredible food all around.

You Can Enjoy A Big Entertainment Variety

Most all-inclusive resorts have a big variety of entertainment options for kids and adults. Casinos, bars, karaoke, and beach parties are within your arm’s reach. All of them are free too. You don’t have to wonder about sway to entertain yourself in the evening.

The children can take advantage of special kid’s clubs and entertainment. At many resorts, parents can leave their children in the clubs under adult supervision and go enjoy some free time at the beach.

You Know How Much Money You’ll Spend

When you are buying an all-inclusive package, you know exactly how much your vacation costs. Going to such a resort means that you don’t have to spend an extra penny. Everything you need for a great vacation is included.

Yes, there may be some additional expenses for entertainment, such as horse or camel riding, but it’s not compulsory. Usually, all-inclusive vacations end up being cheaper than any other options.


You Lose The Element Of Surprise

If you are going on a vacation to an all-inclusive resort, you are bound to spend most of your time there. In many cases, you won’t find anything other than similar resorts for dozens of miles around your hotel. If you want a sightseeing vacation, the all-inclusive package may not be the right choice.

You Can’t Immerse Yourself Into The Local Culture

Staying at an all-inclusive resort in Turkey doesn’t seem much different from staying at one in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, or Egypt. The staff speaks English, the hotel rooms are squeaky clean and the beach is fantastic. If you want to feel the local atmosphere, you have to leave the resort and travel for some time.

You Experience a Lack of Activity

An impressive abundance of round-the-clock food and drinks coupled with lazy time in the sun leads to a big lack of activity. By nature, people are lazy creatures. Most of the time, once you get inside an all-inclusive resort, it’s hard to get out. Even though they offer gyms and group exercises, it’s often close to impossible to gather the willpower to do anything besides eating, watching the shows, and sunbathing.

You Can’t Enjoy The Solitude

Going to the all-inclusive resort is similar to living in a closed community. Hundreds of people are wandering around, sharing the space with you. You have to eat with a group of people, sunbathe with a group of people, and watch the sunset with a group of people as well.

If you like enjoying some quiet time, all-inclusive resorts might not be the best choice for you. Loud pool parties during the day and even louder beach parties in the evening are great for some but may be a nuisance to the others.

You Feel The Time Passing By Fast

When you are on an all-inclusive vacation, all your days seem to flow into one. The same activities day in and day out makes the time pass by very quickly. The reason is the lack of variety. After a few days of enjoying the innovations, you work out a certain schedule and follow it. The days zip by in a flash. All-inclusive vacations always seem shorter than other types.   


Ellie Darbyshire