Last week I listed five reasons I don’t like all-inclusive travel. Today, I’m giving the five reasons I like all-inclusive travel. We’ve only stayed in an all-inclusive resort one time, for our honeymoon. We chose this beautiful resort in Jamaica because it fit our needs for our honeymoon. We considered spending a week in Italy, but sightseeing a beautiful country like that wasn’t what we had in mind for our honeymoon. We wanted a place we could relax, not have to worry about the next place to see, and spend a week of romance together on the beach. Here are five reasons I like all-inclusive travel.
A romantic getaway
So we spent a week at Sandals Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We had decided we wanted our honeymoon to be about relaxing at the beach and spending time with each other in a beautiful spot. So that meant seeing Italy or another cool European destination was out, even though it probably would’ve been cheaper to do so. We had traveled to Europe the year before, spending three weeks in France and England. This trip would be all about a romantic getaway. Having an awesome room overlooking the Caribbean with tons of great food and an awesome beach worked well for our romantic honeymoon.
To be pampered
I’ll never be confused with someone who wants to be pampered. I don’t need room service, valet parking or even help carrying my luggage to the room. But lots of people love to have the little services. At an all-inclusive resort, you’re likely to have people pampering you. The resort staff is there to serve you. And you’ve already paid for it, so no need to worry about what that extra service might cost you.
No cash necessary
When we stayed in an all-inclusive resort on our honeymoon in Jamaica, I never touched the local currency. I think I had a dollar in my wallet. I’m not a fan of carrying cash, although I do make a point of going to the ATM before I travel. It’s always good to have cash on hand for those little needs. We’ve learned that not everyone takes plastic, especially in other countries. But when we were on our honeymoon, I never needed cash. The staff wasn’t allowed to accept tips and since I already had paid for everything on the front end, I had no financial worries on this trip.
Nothing to plan
If your idea of travel is to sit, relax and never leave the property, an all-inclusive vacation is probably for you. Everyone has a different travel style, and while sitting around doing nothing at a resort is not my cup of tea, it might be yours. And I know as a parent that sometimes we just want to escape for a few days and have no worries except what the next beverage will be. If you’re looking for a stress-free vacation, an all-inclusive property is probably for you. There are no restaurants to figure out, no need to worry about train schedules or when is the least-crowded time for a certain art museum.
Nowhere to go
In this busy lifestyle society has created for us, it’s hard to not want to just sit around and relax more. We’re all so busy these days, especially parents of children involved in too many activities. An all-inclusive resort gives you that option. I don’t know about you, but if I’m spending all of that money to stay at an all-inclusive resort, I want to spend my time there enjoying everything I’ve paid for. That’s why on our honeymoon I probably gained 20 pounds. The only hours of the day food wasn’t available was from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. I ate probably five or six meals a day, plus consumed gallons of awesome drinks. When we were at Sandals for our honeymoon, I didn’t really have an appreciation of being on a vacation to get away from a busy schedule. But since we’ve become parents I definitely can appreciate having nowhere to go. If I ever make it back to an all-inclusive resort, I’ll definitely have a better appreciation of experiencing it without a schedule holding me down.
With last week’s reasons why I don’t like all-inclusive travel along with this week’s reasons I do, hopefully you can be better armed to make the decision that’s right for you. My final verdict? I’d rather NOT stay in an all-inclusive resort. I love planning my adventures while seeing everything a destination has to offer instead of all the “perfectness” found at an all-inclusive resort. People need vacations. I really do get that. But I don’t travel to take a vacation from life. I try as much as possible to make travel part of my life.