How to get the most out of an all-inclusive vacation

According to 2014 survey conducted by Allianz Global Assistance USA, 56% of adult Americans have not taken a vacation for at least a year. It could be because of lack of travel funds, getting tied up with work, or simply not interested. Nonetheless, it won’t hurt if you take a break with your family once in a while since going on a vacation has benefits, too.

In case you finally decided to go on a family trip, consider an all-inclusive vacation. You get to save more, especially if you take advantage of what they offer.

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Here are tips on how to get the most out of your all-inclusive vacation:

Choose a resort that fits your needs

One of the most effective ways to enjoy an all-inclusive family vacation is to book a family-friendly resort that will fit your lifestyle. Before you book, it is important that you identify what activities you would like to do as a family. Researching resorts is a big step – you don’t want to end up at an resort for only adults if you have the kids with you. If you are into eco-friendly activities, there are resorts with eco-friendly facilities like tree planting. If you prefer sports, go for resorts with indoor and outdoor courts. By choosing a resort according to your family lifestyle, you will be able to enjoy your vacation more.

Check the children’s programs

A resort or any recreational facility will never be complete without “for the kids” facilities in it. After all, it’s all for them and for the sake of experience. To make the most out of your vacation, check out your potential resorts’ family-friendly and age-appropriate schedule of activities. Make sure you discuss the activities with your kids and ask them what they like before signing them up since they will be the ones joining, not you. It’s important to let your kids do a little planningAs soon as you get to the resort, sign them immediately. Don’t let paperwork get in the way and delay the fun.

Form a group

This is ideal for big families traveling with more than 12 people. The good thing about traveling as a group is that you get to enjoy certain activities at a discounted price. Designate a group leader to keep things organized (and make sure you volunteer for it because some resorts offer free or discounted travel for group leaders). If you still want to enjoy group discount, try making friends with the other families in the resort. Ask them if they’re up for it – but make sure you won’t force them.

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Forget about your diet – for now.

Do you really want to enjoy your vacation? Then put a pause on your diet and worry about it as soon as you get home. All-inclusive vacations are about comfort food and buffet filled with various dishes that represent countries around the world. Explore these food options, check out the different restaurants, and give what they have to offer a try. Try room service, especially for those late-night cravings. Make sure you have room for dessert as well since a meal will never be complete without it, don’t you think?  

Don’t forget the drinks, too. Whether it’s alcoholic or not, drinks are often part of what you paid for. Check out the bar, in case you decide to steal a drink or two while the kids are asleep. Think about it this way: you’ll burn all those calories anyway with all the activities you will do with the family.

Make sure you participate

The good thing about all-inclusive vacation is that what you need, at least in terms of recreational activities, is at your disposal. This includes but not limited to mini-golf, sailing, yoga, beach volleyball, parasailing, and water skiing. Take advantage of those activities by joining and giving it a try. A dip in the pool or a stroll along the beach line is fun and relaxing, but you’re wasting your money (and missing out on experience) if you do only that.

Go and see a free show

Resorts offer live entertainment, which usually happens after dinner. Check it out and enjoy the show before heading back to your room. Some resorts provide comedy shows, dancing, live bands, and even exhibition shows like fire dancing, so go ahead and watch. It’s free, anyway.

Don’t forget to make friends

There is a reason why you need to be nice to the concierge and hotel staff. Aside from showing respect, being friends with them comes with perks since you get to know what the resort has to offer while you are vacationing with your family. You can also ask about the included amenities, so you get to make the most out of your stay.

Aside from the hotel staff, don’t hesitate to make friends with other families as well. It is a good way to expand your network and at the same time, you could learn something from them, which the hotel staff may have forgotten to tell you. Remember the big groups discount? This could be another reason why you need to show off those pearly whites.

With these tips in mind, are you ready to make the most out of your all-inclusive vacation?

 

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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