Sometimes you don’t want to lug a backpack around with you on your vacation. Sometimes, all you really want is to curl up by a pool in the sunshine with your favorite book and relax. This is where an all-inclusive vacation can help you.
All-inclusive is exactly what is says on the can. Everything you want is included in the price you pay upfront. That means all your meals and drinks are included, and usually so are the resort’s facilities. The main benefit of this is that you aren’t hit with a hefty bill at the end of your stay. Everything is already taken care of.
Although all-inclusive vacations can save you money overall, they still don’t come cheap, especially for up-market resorts. And, paying such a huge chunk of money in one go, rather than spread over the course of a vacation, can sting you. Fortunately, there are ways to save money when you book all-inclusive vacations.
Book a Last-Minute All-Inclusive Vacation
There is an element of risk involved when booking a last-minute all-inclusive vacation. Occasionally, in the last three weeks before departure the price of an all-inclusive package drops by around 25%. Sometimes you can even find saving of up to 50% off. This can mean a pretty juicy saving.
Why does this happen? Hotels and airlines want to fill up and the closer it gets to the day the less likely people are to buy flights and book rooms. In order to entice people to buy, so they can fill their hotels and planes, they drop the price.
Of course, the flip side is that the price doesn't always drop. In fact, sometimes it can go up. So, you are taking a gamble, but if it pays off you could bag yourself a last-minute all-inclusive vacation for a delightfully low price. Worth it? I think so.
Travel Off Peak
It is no secret that airlines and resort owners hike the prices of vacations up through the roof during busy holiday periods. If you want to travel over Christmas or in July and August, you are going to have to pay a premium for it.
However, if you can get away during November or February, or any other off-peak month, you’ll find prices dramatically reduced. Often you will be able to find off-peak all-inclusive packages for a fraction of the cost.
Bundle Up Your Purchases
Quite often vacation providers will offer discounts when you buy more with them. Consider buying your flights, resort, and activities all with the same company. You will probably find that the total is much cheaper than independently sourcing everything yourself, and you bag some great travel deals.
What’s more, booking everything as one package means you only have one company to deal with. This gives you some peace of mind, as everything is likely to work in tandem.
The Bigger the Group, the Better
Do you have a bunch of friends who all want to go on vacation? Group together and you might get your all-inclusive vacation much cheaper. Usually the minimum required for a ‘group’ is ten.
So, start calling your friends and family and see who wants to spend a week or two in a luxury resort abroad – I’m sure you won’t have to do much convincing.