Five Reasons I Don’t Like All-Inclusive Vacations

 

All-inclusive vacations

sunset in paradise, Montego Bay, Jamaica

 

I’ve never been on a cruise, and I’ve only stayed at an all-inclusive resort once. So I’m not an expert on travel experiences that require one to pay a large lump sum up front to then enjoy all the experiences without a care in the world. But I have traveled enough to know why I love NOT staying at all-inclusive resorts. Here are my five reasons I don’t like all-inclusive vacations.

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Red Cat House: A Haven in the Heart of Taos

Taos

Before traveling to Taos, N.M., I had heard the mountain town is full of character … and a few characters. Taos isn’t on the way to anywhere, unless your destination is a town with a cool vibe and beautiful mountains all around. And that’s why we were excited to spend a couple of days in this beautiful and laid-back mountain town. We wanted to discover the unique Taos character. When we arrived in Taos we quickly met our host for the evening, and one of the community’s real characters. We had arrived at the Red Cat House, where we found a carefree, artsy, cool and eccentric lady who quickly came to represent everything Taos means to me.

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Celebrate Special Occasions With Travel

Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture sits on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. (Photo Courtesy Of: Kevin Foster)

Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture sits on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. (Photo Courtesy Of: Kevin Foster)

I can’t imagine how much money Hallmark and other businesses roll in when it comes to couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversaries and even birthdays. Obviously people can buy whatever gifts for their loved ones that they choose. I’m not here to judge. The mission is simple: convince you to at least consider traveling together instead of buying a box of chocolates, dozen roses, cards and an expensive meal at a forgettable steak house. Here’s why I believe it’s important to celebrate special occasions with travel.

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Romance in Paris While I Sit Nervously at Home

 

A city of romance, the perfect final destination of a two-week European honeymoon.

A city of romance, the perfect final destination of a two-week European honeymoon.

 

It’s a moment of truth for Trips By Lance. You want to know pressure? Try planning┬ásomeone’s two-week honeymoon to Europe, a trip ending this week with what I hope is lots of romance in Paris.

Will the newlyweds be satisfied with the apartment in Rome, their first destination of this three-country tour? Will they be happy with any of the restaurant recommendations in Paris? Will they follow the long list of London attractions I advised them to walk to, only to end up collapsing from exhaustion?

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