Unexpected mishaps are almost always avoidable. Planning and preparation are key when it comes to your longed-for break, so avoid these seven rookie mistakes, and enjoy your dream All Inclusive vacation.
Many of these points are simply common sense, but in your eagerness to taste your first All Inclusive vacation, you might need a few little reminders, so that you don’t get caught by these rookie errors.
1. Not doing your homework
Let’s face facts; the internet is the best tool you have at your fingertips. You can research everything via your laptop, at home, so why not do it? Research the resort, fine tune your wish list, whittle it down to the best place for you to visit. Read informative articles and blogs about the all-inclusive resort you’d like to visit. A first time All Inclusive vacationer needs to be aware that preparation is the key to a happy holiday.
2. Not reading the reviews
There are reviews, and there are reviews. Some folk seem to spend their time as wannabe travel critics, don’t they?! But, personal opinions are highly useful too, seeing real vacationer’s real photos, and discovering genuinely helpful comments, hacks and tips are just some of the advantages of reading the reviews. Don’t disregard them, listen to public opinion.
3. Choosing the wrong resort ‘type’
You arrive to find that you and your kids have landed in a mostly adult, tranquil resort, or a romantic honeymoon location. Oops. By that time, it’s too late to do anything about it except have a large cocktail, but the kids certainly won’t be happy, and your teen will pout up for a marathon sulking session. They would love some of the family friendly all-inclusive resorts, of which there are many. Just spend a little time when choosing, and check the resort type before you eagerly offer up that credit card.
4. Expecting too much from a sell-off
Yay! You have picked up a bargain, last minute deal with a really cheap sell-off. That’s always a good thing. BUT, please don’t expect miracles too – this will not be the royal penthouse bells-and-whistles suite. Well, not likely anyway. All Inclusive resorts have all sorts of rooms, and that sell-off is quite likely to be a budget or smaller option, sometimes offering fewer amenities — still very nice, but not the sort a Sultan would book.
5. Not getting ‘covered’
No, we’re not talking about high SPF sun-cream – although tanning safely is a really good idea too – we’re talking about travel insurance. Failing to get the right coverage, or worse, not enough coverage, and your holiday may incur a much bigger cost than you had anticipated or budgeted for. If you are the victim of a robbery, have an accident, fall ill, or have to extend your vacation for any reason at all (it happens!) – please make sure you have the right sort — and enough — insurance before you travel.
Generally speaking, the cost of travel insurance is minimal, and small compared to the cost of a last-minute trip cancellation, or worse – paying for an out-of-the-country medical emergency. If in doubt, check it out.
6. Not allowing for seasonal weather
Hurricane season – would you travel at that time? In its favor, during hurricane season you might get a really great deal, and it can be a better, and less crowded time to take your annual vacation. But then again, while hurricanes are not common, it may also live up to its name and you may be caught in the eye of the storm. So, research the weather first, and the season of your chosen destination, and see whether this influences when you choose to go.
7. Not listening to the experts
Expert help is there to help you make the best choice, to answer all your questions, and to guide you towards a memorable vacation that you’ll surely want to repeat in the years to come. You may have questions such as “Is everything really included?”
There are many places to find expert all-inclusive travel advice, be sure to ask all of your questions before you book!
Have you made any of these rookie mistakes? We’d love to hear your feedback, especially if you have anything else to add, so drop us a comment.