Choosing an all-inclusive vacation at its core means that the prices of alcohol and food are included with the room price. However, many different resorts and all-inclusive cruises offer different amenities in addition to the alcohol and food. That’s why it’s important to do your research to see what exactly will be included with the price you pay. With that being said, people still end up asking themselves: “Is it really worth it for the price?” And with National Plan a Cruise Month this October, here are just a few of the benefits that come from an all-inclusive option when vacationing.

You can leave your wallet in your room

When you go to any of the restaurants or bars at the resort, there is no need to bring your wallet or cash to pay for the bill. You can even go one step further and book with a cruise that includes tip in your costs and fees, so you don’t have to worry about that either! That kind of convenience and freedom can be a huge deal for any traveller. With your wallet locked up in your room, there isn’t any worry of theft when you are lounging at the pool for example. Keep in mind, however, that there aren’t any benefits if you want to shop or eat local. Food and alcohol are only included when you are on the premises that offer the plan. Once you leave your resort or hotel, the deal ends.

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There aren’t any surprise fees

Unexpected costs are the worst, so you want to do your best to avoid them. There comes a sense of peace of mind when you know exactly what your bill will be at the end of the trip. If you don’t plan on venturing outside of the resort, and you have no intentions of paying for extra facilities like the spa, then you’re able to calculate your bill before you even depart. This can be super helpful to travellers who have trouble managing their finances while on vacation as well as people who want the option to drink and eat as much as they want without having a heart attack when they see the bill at the end.

There is no need to plan anything

Most of the time, when you book with an all-inclusive option, there are activities and entertainment planned out for you already. All you need to do is show up. It is in the business's best interest to schedule a variety of activities, events and entertainment that are fun and exciting for everyone, so you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy. If you do a little online research, follow the business on social media, and even download specific apps, you can stay updated on which events interest you.

It can actually save money in the end

With some good estimates and a little calculating, you can find out if the all-inclusive option will actually save you money in the end. If you intend on doing a lot of off-site exploring, eating and purchasing, then you might want to consider paying for each individual accommodation. However, if you want to stay on-site most of the time, and are expecting to have more than three drinks each day, then spending the extra money for the all-inclusive plan could actually end up saving you money. After you decide what kind of vacation you want to have, you should do some online research on prices to find out if the all-inclusive plan is best for you.

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No matter how you look at it, all-inclusive options do have some really great upsides. But before jumping head-first into buying the next all-inclusive option you see, you should really weigh those benefits against the drawbacks, in addition to doing some cost vs. savings calculations. Think about things like how many drinks you’re going to want each day and how often you’ll want to eat outside the resort/cruise ship. After doing enough research, you’ll be sure to know if choosing the all-inclusive option is right for you!