reunite the extended family on vacation

reunite the extended family on vacation

Using The All Inclusive Package To Transition From Backpacking To Resort Life

by Katie Hart

If you are an avid backpacker or shoestring solo traveller, then you might turn up your nose at the idea of staying at a resort for a week. After years of hostels and unknown bed and breakfasts, the all inclusive packages might make you laugh. Why would you want to experience something that has been planned out by someone else? Whatever preconceptions you might have, resorts can provide the perfect home base for an unforgettable vacation. You should try the all inclusive resort package at least once and here's how to make the most of it. 

An Introduction to Resort Life 

Many budget travelers have never stayed at a resort, and the constant service and classy surroundings can be intimidating at first. An all inclusive vacation will give you the confidence to thoroughly explore your resort, with the knowledge that you have already paid for everything, including tips. 

While you are exploring you will likely discover that resort life can include a lot more than fruity drinks at the pool. Your resort may offer snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing or even bungee jumping. When booking, you should make sure that the deluxe activities are included in the all inclusive deal. 

Freedom to Explore 

Just because you are staying at a resort does not mean that the resort should be your vacation destination. With years of experience as a backpacker, you should continue to behave like the savvy traveler you are and spend time exploring away from your resort. Instead of trying to get the most out of your money, consider that you have already paid for a safe space to lay your head and a constant supply of food and alcohol when you need time to recharge. You should try to spend the majority of the day away from the hotel. Eat away from the hotel and if the chance presents itself, you may even sleep away from the resort. In other words, make the resort work for you instead of feeling like you owe it your time and energy. 

Meet Travel Companions 

All inclusive deals tend to attract a variety of people from families to young singles that have a large desire to party. Among them, there is a high likelihood that you will find a cool travel companion who is up for an adventure. 

To meet other travelers, join in a few group activities such as a fitness class or dance party, and eat your meals in the dining room, as opposed to relying on room service or take away. While you are at it, make sure to order simple, local foods as these tend to be better than the fancier dishes at all inclusive resorts. 

Leave Your Expectations At Home 

If you are used to gritty, intimate travel, you may not want to spend your free time at a resort. Perhaps you find them too clinical and safe compared to camping on the beach or sleeping in a tent. However, if you view them as their own micro-culture, they can surprise you by providing interesting experiences with unique people. Of course, if you approach your vacation with the idea that you will not enjoy resort life or fit in with the resort crowds, then it is likely that you will not have a good time. 

While a backpacker will probably never transition to staying solely in resorts, it is important to get comfortable with the idea of resort travel. Sometimes, resorts will be your only option to reach the locales you want to see and you may find that resorts make traveling with young children much more manageable. Why not check out a resort at, book an all inclusive package and give it a try? 


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reunite the extended family on vacation

When was the last time your entire family was together. If your family is anything like mine, you have siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles spread across the United States. Having so many people scattered across such a distance can make family gatherings nearly impossible. Have you considered having an extended family vacation? This is one way to get everyone together and and you can actually save money on some of your travel needs. My site is loaded with information about how to get group rate discounts at hotels, restaurants and events in different areas. These discounts may make what seems impossible, a possibility.