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    First Choice holidays will make all its holidays "all inclusive" from 2012, claiming it will save money. Is cost the most important consideration when booking a holiday?

    From next summer it will become the UK's first mainstream holiday company specialising in all-inclusive holidays.

    Flights, in-resort transfers, hotel accommodation, three meals a day and unlimited local drinks will all be included in the price.

    The move bucks the trend of the past decade's popularity of building your own holiday.

    Have you been on an all-inclusive holiday? What are the pros and the cons? Have you saved money by going on an all-inclusive break? Do you prefer them to other types of holidays? Do they 'dampen the appetite to explore' or encourage to try new things? What are the implications for local businesses?



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    Not a fan, personally. Why anyone would venture to a new country and only eat at the hotel is beyond me.

    Include breakfast at a decent hotel and I'm sold.
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    3 meals a day? but that limits you soooo much. What if you want to go out, or have a picnnic for lunch or something... Obviously you still can, but you'll be paying twice as much for food..
    Silly move
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    I have been on all inclusive holidays, self catered, half board, camping trips, climbing holidays and all I can say is that it really depends on what your looking for! AI are perfect for when you want a low stress relaxing beach holiday with set costs but are NOT right if you want to really explore an area!

    Of course they have an impact on local businesses to the point that people will be less likely to go out and buy food from local places, however most of the hotels tend to be exclusively one or the other and AI is NOT a new concept so I don't see it being a major problem!
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    The only remotely "inclusive" holiday I would go on would be a decent cruise, and that's because the right cruise can be an amazing, relaxing way of seeing lots of places in a short time.

    All-inclusive is pathetic. I've found it's generally cheaper to put holidays together piecemeal as you want to, and it's also a lot more fun!
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    Im going on a half board one this june, we really wanted it to be relaxing and not have to worry about food too much but as were not there for lunch/snacks, we'll still go to the local town and get bits to eat best of both really and for what we've paid i wouldnt be too annoyed to miss a hotel dinner to go to a restaurant

    Wow loads of smiley faces! woops XD
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    Im going half board to tenerife I get dinner at the hotel but dosnt mean I wont eat out.
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    (Original post by Aphotic Cosmos)
    The only remotely "inclusive" holiday I would go on would be a decent cruise, and that's because the right cruise can be an amazing, relaxing way of seeing lots of places in a short time.

    All-inclusive is pathetic. I've found it's generally cheaper to put holidays together piecemeal as you want to, and it's also a lot more fun!
    This.

    Cruises are :sexface: all inclusive is sad as you'd be restricted or you have to pay twice for meals
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    Not a fan of all inclusive holidays - I like to see and go places on holiday so why anyone would want to eat in the same hotel their entire holiday is beyond me.
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    I have only starting going AI recently, if you make the most of all of the food, drink, and facilities its well worth it in the long run. We saved so much money last year. Also the all inclusive fod was really good! And our hotel was on the beach so we could go back for lunch or take lunch and drinks to the beach. x
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    No. My parents never took me on them and I don't go on them.


    I suppose it's worth it for people that do the generic staying in one place crappy beach and drinking holidays but I can't stand that.
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    Our last holiday was an all inclusive one ( in Bulgaria) and we still ate out at local restaurants too at Sunny Beach down the road from our resort.I prefer all in holidays because although they cost more initially, you dont have to worry too much if your spending money gets low at the end of your holiday.I think my next holiday is going to be an all in one too.
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    No, it's for scum.
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    Not a big fan and neither is our family, we've never had any all inclusive holidays, package tours etc. and tbh they seem a little low class and restricting.
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    Never would go on one- it can be a good part of the early evening to be walking in an area seeking out a different place to eat each evening.

    Only good reason would be if it meant you needn't leave your hotel for the whole holiday, and that's definitely not for me.
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    I just realised that i've never went on holiday...
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    I've never actually been on an all inclusive holiday, heard too many bad things about them to ever want to try. Plenty of them seem to close shop as well and you lose your money

    Food wise, tbh I hate being told where and when I must eat.

    The thing I hate the most when I'm on holiday is rushing, many of them especially on city breaks they rush through the itinerary so the tour guide can bring you shopping at the souvenir shop where he or she makes a big commission.... no thanks.

    Last holiday I went on out of the country was 1 week in Zurich. I took a direct flight there on BA, landed picked up the rental car and drove straight to the hotel. When I was there I just looked up my Lonely Planet guide to see what was nice and what are the must sees, then I decided if I wanted to see it. On the weekend, I drove to Lugano on one of the nicest ever road trips I'd been on.

    Generally tend to go on trips which are unplanned as I've enough of plans and appointments when I'm working, don't need it while on holiday as well
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    I've been on two.

    One to Rhodes and one to Malta.

    Its a lot more expensive then self-catering and I don't know if its worth it, might be for a family. The food was awful in both, always the same buffet everyday. Loads of salads and cheap things. The desserts were all tasteless and horrible.
    The alcohol was all locally produced stuff, so it was undrinkable wine, etc.

    The entertainment was also very, very boring.

    And I agree, it attracts a lot of chavs.
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    Hmm, mostly I would say no, I hate the thought of all inclusive, but I went to Cuba over christmas. The first four days we were independant in Havana and then for the next ten it was at an all inclusive resort. I think it was a nice mixture, especially as the resort was very good. But I wouldn't even consider all inclusive in Spain or somewhere. :/ Snobby maybe, but valid.
 
 
 
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