2017 has been a bit of a year for me for many reasons. I’ve worked my butt off for exams, I’ve lost some really important people in my life and lost a lot of sleep over things which in retrospect, were not worth losing sleep over. Therefore a week in the sun, being waited on hand and foot honestly sounded like a dream come true. And it was! But, in all honesty it just wasn’t for me – and that’s okay!
Whilst I got the rest and relaxation that I so desperately needed, I didn’t get that sense of adventure that I usually get when I visit somewhere new. This got me thinking, in the past I have hailed the all-inclusive as the pinnacle of all holidays, but what if some people are just not made for them.
What if some of us need to explore to our hearts content, get lost and find the wonder in a new place.
See below for my all-inclusive pros and cons:
- There is always something going on – Whether it is a poolside fitness class, to a cookery workshop to evening entertainment all-inclusives tend to have a jam packed activity schedule to keep you amused 24 hours a day!
Whether it’s a cerviche workshop to a Carribean themed evening, most places have you covered.
- So good if you are sticking to a budget – as the name suggests, if you aren’t planning to head out of your resort you will probably struggle to spend a lot of money!
- Great if there is a group of you – this way there’s no arguing over how to split the bill, who had an extra glass of wine or who had a starter and who didn’t.
- You can make new friends extra quickly – The way I see it, all inclusive resorts are like a grown ups holiday camp. A bunch of you arrive at the same time, sit around the same pool in roughly the same seats so you become familiar with everyone really quickly!
- The experience is seamless – from booking your flight to arriving at the hotel and all those steps in between. Everything is taken care of, meaning more time for you to relax and know that everything is under control
- You will never see as much of a place as you would if you were self catered – As everything is literally on your doorstep you don’t have to think about where you are heading the next day or later that afternoon. This is fantastic, apart from you will never stumble upon the magical places you find when you’ve taken the third wrong turn and no map nor sat nav can send you in the right direction.
- You can get stuck in bad habits really quickly – I promised myself that I would hit my 10,000 steps everyday as I didn’t have an excuse not to. By Day 2 that had gone to pot with the allure of happy hour cocktails.
- Excursions can be really expensive – when you are having to book through the hotel. Often they will sell these to you as a great deal, however when you factor in that if you were to do it solo you can negotiate on price as well as arrive and depart at your own leisure.
- Cabin Fever is REAL! – by about Day 3 I was DYING to see something else other than our pools or small bit of beach we had. We managed to combat this with a beach side walk up past the other hotels, but it didn’t quite satisfy my craving for a change of scenery.
What do you think? Are you an all-inclusive addict or a self-catered wanderer like me? Or are you a bit of both? I’m very much of the opinion if you come back from somewhere and you have had a chance to relax your body and mind then its a job well done!