The benefits of all-inclusive holidays

For the past couple of years we have heard plenty of talk about staycations, daycations, palidays and other holiday fads that try to keep a check on our dwindling finances, but could 2012 be the year of the all-inclusive holiday?

All-inclusive holidays have certainly increased in popularity over the past few years, and they are no longer just confined to luxury holidays or far-flung destinations.

Their popularity has grown to such an extent that First Choice holidays has recently announced that it is to become the first UK holiday company to offer all of its hotel and resorts on an ‘all-inclusive basis’.

According to the latest research from Mintel, in the five years between 2004 and 2009, the all-inclusive holiday market increased by 32%. In fact, all-inclusive holidays now account for a staggering 65% of First Choice holiday sales.

So what makes them so popular, and what are the benefits of choosing an all inclusive holiday?

Budgets
If your finances are tight, an all-inclusive holiday is a great way to set a budget and stick to it. You have the advantage of knowing at the outset what your holiday is going to cost as the price of an all-inclusive holiday usually includes: flights, in resort transfers, hotel accommodation, meals and unlimited local drinks.

Prices
The price of an all-inclusive holiday is now very competitive when compared to the price of a traditional package holiday, either self-catering or full board.
New case study research from First Choice shows that a family of four can save a whopping £511 on a week’s all-inclusive break when compared to a week’s bed and breakfast.

Currency exchange rates
You no longer have to worry about fluctuating currency rates, because everything is included in the price. It really doesn’t matter whether the price of sterling goes up or down.

Everything is taken care of
You can really relax on holiday knowing that you don’t have to worry about anything as all your food and drink is taken care of.

Family holidays
If you’ve ever travelled with children before you know how expensive it can be – the price of ice creams, snacks and fizzy drinks can soon mount up, but you don’t have to worry on an all-inclusive holiday – your children can have as much or as little as they want, and if they spill a drink, it doesn’t matter as they can easily have another, at no expense to you!

Things to watch out for:

    • Most all-inclusive providers only offer local drinks, so if your favourite tipple is a branded drink and you don’t like the local version, you will have to pay an additional charge for your branded version – sort of defeating the purpose of an all-inclusive deal.
  • You are restricted to eating in your resort / hotel, so if you wish to explore the local area and choose to eat outside your resort you will have to pay for your own meals.

Bookings
If you plan to take an all-inclusive holiday, check to see what is included in the price before booking. There are now different types of all-inclusive holidays: ones that include activities, ones that include late-night, out-of-hours snacks and some that even include branded drinks. Ask your travel agent or check online.

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