All-Inclusive Vacation Tips and Tricks

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Does paying for your vacation entirely upfront and having everything included during your stay sound appealing? If so, an all-inclusive vacation is probably for you! If you want to branch out of the typical theme-park vacation and explore somewhere new, an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation is the way to go. Knowing where to start may seem overwhelming if you’re new to planning all-inclusive vacations. That’s why our all-inclusive travel agents at Wishing On A Star Travel ® are here to help! Here are our best tips and tricks for planning the ultimate all-inclusive vacation. 

Define Your Trip Goals 

 There’s an all-inclusive resort for everyone, whether you’re looking for a secluded romantic getaway with your partner or an adventurous family-friendly vacation. Before deciding where to go for your vacation, you’ll want to figure out what kind of vacation you envision. For instance, if you’re looking for a small, quiet place off the beaten path to relax and recharge, you may want to consider an adult-only resort at a hidden gem in the Caribbean. Some resorts specifically cater to couples or families with children, so you’ll want to keep that in mind, too. By understanding the atmosphere at your desired resort, you’ll arrive with the right mindset and expectations.  

Get to Know Your Resort 

All-inclusive resorts have a variety of eateries, amenities, and activities included with your vacation package. There’s usually no need to leave your resort during your stay (unless you want to). That’s why it’s important to learn about your resort as much as possible before arriving. In some cases (like with select Sandals® resorts), you could have access to other nearby all-inclusive resorts, doubling your amenities and dining options all for one price. Most all-inclusive resorts will provide detailed itineraries or in-person orientations upon your arrival. Make sure you take time to read or attend so you know all the activities and entertainment that will be offered each day. 

Read the Fine Print to Know What’s Included 

All-inclusive vacations generally include your hotel room, meals, drinks, entertainment, and select activities for one prepaid package price. Once you arrive at the resort, you generally don’t need to worry about keeping cash on hand to pay for meals and experiences. However, not everything related to your trip is included. Meals at upgraded restaurants, off-resort excursions, premium cocktails, spa treatments, and airport transportation could come with an additional fee. Ensure you understand what you’ve already paid for to avoid a stressful surprise at the end of your trip. Also, room rates on all-inclusive resort websites don’t include airfare. However, Wishing On A Star Travel ® will include airfare in your all-inclusive vacation quote for a seamless trip! 

Understand Your Dining Options 

Many all-inclusive resorts offer a variety of included eateries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and desserts. In many cases, alcohol is also included. While you could spend your entire vacation exploring all the included eateries, you may want to splurge on an upgraded dining experience at least once during your trip. You’ll also want to keep in mind that some restaurants require advanced reservations, which you’ll want to make shortly after arriving at your resort. 

Pack for a Variety of Activities 

There is so much to do at all-inclusive resorts, and you’ll want to be ready to explore them all. Pack clothing for a wide range of activities—not just sunbathing at the beach. From paddleboarding to hiking through tropical rainforests, you’ll be glad you have everything you need to enjoy your trip, wherever your adventures take you. In addition, make sure you check the dress codes for the restaurants you plan to visit during your stay. Some may require closed-toed shoes or sports jackets during dinner. Include one or two nice outfits in your suitcase for these more formal restaurants or entertainment options.

All-Inclusive Dream Getaways with Wishing On A Star Travel ® 

Ready to plan your all-inclusive getaway in 2023 or 2024? Now’s the perfect time to book! Our Wishing On A Star travel agents are experienced in booking all-inclusive travel for destinations across the Caribbean and Mexico with resorts such as Sandals, Beaches, Planet Hollywood, Secrets, and more! Get a free quote for your trip today! 

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