All-inclusive resorts are designed for relaxation. From the moment you step off the plane, everything is taken care of. Need a drink? You got it. Want to play a round of golf? The staff will arrange it. Just want to enjoy the beach or pool? They’ll guide you to cozy cabanas complete with drink and snack service. While all-inclusives may sound like a dream vacation, consider the following before you book.

Pros

  • You’re busy and you want to relax, but don’t have the time to spend shopping around for hotels, airfare and activities. All-inclusive resorts take the stress out of planning a vacation. Book your trip, and the resort handles the rest.
  • Often your flights, airport transportation and activities are included with your booking–making your arrival and departure as stress free as possible.
  • Since you’ve paid up front, you’re less likely to stray from your budget. You won’t need extra money for tips and other typical vacation expenses.
  • Forget about cooking, grocery shopping, or figuring out where to eat; all your meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included in your booking fee. Resorts typically offer a few different dining spots for travelers as well.
  • All-inclusive vacations are great for groups and couples alike. With adult-only and family-friendly options, you can choose as much alone or together time with your companions as you desire. Plus, many family-friendly resorts have special clubs to keep kids occupied.

Cons

  • When you book an all-inclusive, you’re committed to staying on a resort, which can be claustrophobic for some travelers. If you are the type of traveler who likes spontaneity and experiencing local flavor, skip the all-inclusive option and plot out your own path.
  • Check with the resort to make sure the offerings work for you,
  • All-inclusive activities are available, but are limited to first come, first serve. You may end up spending more money on things you want to do outside of the resort.

Whether you’re an all-inclusive traveler, or are looking to blaze your own trail, the vacation you want is waiting for you.

Courtesy of Travel Tips Quarterly