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There are many decisions that need to be made when you’re planning a vacation. One of these decisions includes determining whether or not you should book an all-inclusive trip or an a la carte trip. While money is indeed a factor when you’re trying to figure out if you should pay for your amenities and more upfront, there are other factors to consider, too. For example, if you’re someone who likes to book a vacation where your #1 goal is to kick back and relax, then the all-inclusive choice just may be your best bet. But if you’re someone who prefers to tour and explore, then the a la carte choice is more apt to give you the freedom you’re looking for when traveling.

What Does an All-Inclusive Vacation Mean?

Booking an all-inclusive vacation means the accommodations, taxes, meals, drinks, entertainment, special activities, tips, airport transportation and possibly more is all included in the total cost of the vacation package. The main reason why travelers choose the all-inclusive option is because it’s extremely convenient, with the second reason being that it tends to save travelers money. Additional amenities provided could include spa services, golfing fees and free access to watersports.

Great for travelers who:

  • Enjoy convenience
  • Are on a budget
  • Don’t need to see a food menu

What Does an A La Carte Vacation Mean?

Booking an a la carte vacation means you’re choosing the pay as you go option. When travelers choose the a la carte option they’ll be paying for their food, drinks, entertainment, etc. separate from their hotel accommodations. While an a la carte traveler will have more options because they can choose what they want and when they want it, these expenses are not included in the overall price of the vacation, which often requires travelers to make a traveling budget before they go.

Great for travelers who:

  • Have families and therefore often bring their own food
  • Have special dietary needs
  • Don’t mind paying more so they can have access to the foods, drinks they want
  • Like many options, enjoy flexibility

All Inclusive or A La Carte? 

While not all vacation packages give travelers the option to choose between taking an all-inclusive vacation or an a la carte vacation, most do. The ultimate decision on whether or not you should choose a vacation that’s all-inclusive or one where you can choose to pay a la carte is truly up to you and your particular traveling wants and needs. Know that even though the majority of all-inclusive resorts tend to offer travelers similar all-inclusive options, it’s necessary for you to check each individual travel package in order to know exactly what’s included.

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