In my BC (Before Children) travel life, I never would have
considered an all-inclusive resort. It seemed too… confining. But
once I started traveling with kids, particularly a picky eater kid,
I discovered the joys of the all-inclusive buffet line and plethora
of things to do.
Being a mom is wonderful, yes. But it also can be exhausting.
And the idea of a vacation during which I would do all the things I
did at home, but from the confines of a small hotel room while
paying restaurant prices for a meal my son wasn't likely to eat,
did not feel much like a vacation for me.
Still, my travel snobbishness kept me from investigating
all-inclusives until I was invited to visit a Beaches resort in the
Turks and Caicos with my picky eater son. The minute we stepped
foot on the property, I knew it would be a vacation we both would
There was no lack of things for the active boy to do and I could
park on a pool lounge chair while he did them. Then, when we got
hungry, we headed to the buffet line where I encouraged him to take
a spoonful of anything he thought he might eat and, once he tried
it, he could head back for a full helping of anything he liked.
What a relief for both of us not to be fighting over every
Our next all-inclusive experience was at the Club Med Ixtapa in
Mexico. Same great service, wealth of activity choices, extensive
buffet and relaxing time for mom while still being fun for
And, the coup de grace: Because, by definition, pretty much
everything is included, you know going in how much you'll spend. No
penny-pitching, dollar counting or budget keeping necessary.
If you're interested in giving an all-inclusive a try, both
Beaches and Club Med are offering deals reight now. Check out
here and Club Med deals here.
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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