All-Inclusive Vs. Freestyle: What’s Your Traveling Style?

When it comes to traveling, do you prefer to stay at an all-inclusive resort or go “freestyle” and plan your vacation yourself? Some travelers love all-inclusive resorts, while others would not go near them – it’s all a matter of preference. To determine what your traveling style is, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

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Do You Prefer Comfort or Authenticity?

Would you enjoy having all of your dining and amenities available onsite, so you can simply sip cocktails by the pool and enjoy the sunshine? Or would you enjoy the challenge of navigating the streets to find a local restaurant? At an all-inclusive resort, you’ll have all of your food included, which can be very convenient and easy. However, some people thrive on discovering the local culinary scene and trying new things. Also, if you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort and you do decide to try one of the restaurants outside the resort, you’re essentially paying for your dinner twice.

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How Do You Budget for Your Vacation?

Some people like all-inclusive vacations because they can pay for everything in one lump sum, which makes budgeting very easy. However, others like to find their own food, entertainment and accommodation by looking around independently. Depending on the destination, either style isn’t necessarily cheaper than the other, so it depends on your preference.

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How Important Is Immersion in the Local Culture?

Many all-inclusive resorts are designed so the guests barely have to leave the property. If your main priorities for your getaway are rest, rejuvenation and enjoying delicious food and drink, that’s probably just fine with you.

However, if your goals for your travels are to experience the local culture, you’re better off traveling freestyle. You can sleep, eat, drink and party where the locals are and get a closer look at their way of life. If you have traveled to your destination in order to learn about the local culture, you will be frustrated with the restrictions of the all-inclusive experience.

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