An all-inclusive vacation-one that rolls the cost of the room,
food, airfare and sometimes even drinks into one price at a
resort--is a travel concept that makes real travelers scoff. But it
is a travel concept parents ought to love. Especially parents of
kids who are picky eaters.
As a veteran traveler, I was one of those people who would scoff
at the very idea of taking an all-inclusive vacation. Why would I
travel to some exotic locale--Jamaica, for example--and then never
step foot off the grounds of some high-end resort?
Now that I'm a parent, I know why: Because it means parents can
have a vacation too. Here's why:
1. There is far less planning involved. If you never leave the
property, there's little need to research beyond choosing which
resort you like best and which dates you want to travel.
2. If your kid is a picky eater, those buffet lines are the
answer. The first time I visited an all-inclusive resort, the Beaches in
the Turks and Caicos, I took my then-9-year-old son, a
notoriously picky eater. Our travels were often consumed with
discussions of what he would order at a restaurant and then
fighting to get him to eat what he had ordered. That didn't happen
at Beaches. I encouraged him to take a spoonful of anything that
looked good. Then he could taste each thing and go back to the
all-you-eat buffet line and fill up on the few things he liked.
Sometimes that meant he only ate fruit. But at least he ate
something. And I didn't have to pay for a second dinner just to be
sure he would eat something.
3. It's nice to know how much the vacation will cost ahead of
time and not watch pennies the entire time you're gone. With the
one-price-covers-most-things approach of an all-inclusive, it's
pretty easy to know going in how much it will cost you when it's
If you'd like to try an all-inclusive vacation, head over to TravelingMom.com, where
we're giving away an
all-inclusive family vacation to the Azul Beach Resort in
Riviera Maya Mexico for a family of four, including airfare. There
are lots of ways to enter and several smaller prizes, but you'll
need to join us at 8 pm CST April 18 for the TMOM Monday Twitter
party to be eligible to win the grand prize.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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