All inclusive holidays see increase in popularity

In these tough economic times it seems that our budgets are being squeezed from all directions. The rising cost of food, fuel and limits on wage increases mean that there has never been a more important time to keep control of our spending, particularly when it comes to taking a holiday.

When you book flights and accommodation you know what the price is, however, it can be difficult to know how much the rest of your holiday will cost. It’s hard to know how much spending money you will need and how cheap or expensive food, drink and activities will be at your resort. While you can always take a look at online resort reviews and talk to travel agents, a good way to keep control of your holiday spending is to take an all inclusive holiday.

All-inclusive holidays have been around for many years and originally were only available to far-flung destinations and luxury destinations. These days, there are many types of all inclusive holidays available. In fact, the market for all-inclusive is expanding – recent research by Mintel showed that between 2004 and 2009 the all-inclusive holiday market had increased by 32%.

So what are the benefits of all-inclusive holidays and who are they suitable for?

  • All-inclusive holidays are suitable for all sorts of budgets, from economy to luxury, and many types of travellers including families and those looking for activity holidays
  • When booking an all inclusive holiday you know at the outset what your holiday will cost as the price usually includes flights, in resort transfers, hotel accommodation, meals and unlimited local drinks
  • As most things are included in the price of the package, you won’t be affected by fluctuating currency – it won’t matter if the value of sterling goes up or down
  • With meals included, you don’t have to worry about where you are going to eat, you can just relax and enjoy your holiday.

Things to watch out for:

  • Be aware that most all-inclusive holidays only provide free local drinks – usually branded drinks are available at an additional charge
  • Although you may have a choice of on-resort / in-hotel restaurants to eat in, if you do venture outside your resort and wish to eat there, you will have to pay for food and drink if you choose to eat outside your resort
  • In a growing holiday market, there’s a whole host of companies providing all types of inclusive holiday packages, so when booking an all inclusive holiday, check what is and isn’t included in the price – some packages include activities, some include late-night, out-of-hours snacks and some packages even include branded drinks.

Always ask your travel agent or check online before booking an all inclusive holiday.