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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by uggboy, Mar 11, 2014.
All-Inclusive Vacations Are Good for Everyone But Local Businesses
Makes sense. Another factor I look at is the added stress to have to think about what and where to eat every day, along with varying costs, which makes the trip difficult to budget.
When we are on vacation, we want to reduce the amount of stress associated with the trip, an all-inclusive really helps with that.
Very true, it's actually good to know upfront what the cost will be and it's already paid for when people arrive at an all-inclusive resort. Peace of mind.
While we seldom do an all inclusive now that the kids are grown, we always wandered around to a few local establishments even though we had the food included if we stayed on the grounds. I always like to try some of the highly rated local establishments to get a feel for the community, and I wouldn't be surprised if many others do the same. People who are looking for all inclusives are not likely to stay elsewhere, so whatever little business is generated outside of the all inclusive is more than would have been generated otherwise.
All inclusive holidays definitely minimize some stress levels, for me it's the transfers, knowing that once I've landed there is a coach/taxi of some form waiting for me to take me to the hotel that's already been sorted and paid for makes the airport experience a little easier to manage.
All-inclusive vacations aren't good for me, and I'm not the "Local Business" they have in mind. Eating the local fare in a myriad of places can be a lot of the fun of a vacation.
If you are a non drinker it is not always a good idea, and the food and booze sometimes leaves a lot to be desired...
It pays to shop,around, but then a cruise is much the same thing...with out the booze..
All inclusive holidays aren't for everyone, I've done a few all inclusive, then I've also prepared my own holiday packages- as I have this summer for example. The only thing I've opted for in an 'inclusive' fashion is to have breakfast included with each hotel that I will be staying at, otherwise I've chosen to explore the various destinations restaurants and bars. Although it won't apply to people on this forum, if you're not an experienced traveler, or there are destinations you've never been to before and aren't sure how to go around planning a holiday to that place, it makes sense to have an all inclusive package!
If predetermined costs and budget were a major factor, then AI would have thrived in major tourist cities. AI have been most popular in islands and remote locations, where the main attraction is the nature (Beach, river, jungle, safari etc.) and the local amenities are barely diverse. Many hotels in "The Bahamas" and many caribbean island towns, have experimented with both options. And, the results are all over the map.