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Travel Tips: 5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Resort

By J. Wheaton   |   Monday, 18 Jul 2016 12:30 PM

All-inclusive resorts offer a stress-free option for traveling, and demand for such vacations is on the rise. But the resorts and amenities they offer can vary widely.

Here are 5 things to look for when choosing a resort.

1. Watch the extras
— Things like phone service, Internet access, transportation to and from the airport, alcohol, and gratuities vary from resort to resort, travel writer Lora Shinn wrote for Bankrate.

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"Choose a resort based on good service and quality rather than trying to save a few bucks on the front end," Shinn wrote, citing Scott Jones, owner of travel website EZTravelPad.com. "You may be surprised by Internet fees, high transportation costs to and from the airport, tips, and alcohol expenditures."

2. Consider activities — Know what you want to do and shop accordingly. If you will be traveling with kids, many resorts offer babysitting, but services vary from plopping your kids in front of a TV to offering kayaking and trapeze lessons, Shinn wrote. Some resorts offer on-site activities such as dancing and water aerobics as part of the package but charge extra for off-site excursions.

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3. Food service — Some resorts offer room service only during certain times, and others charge a delivery fee for room service, The Huffington Post noted. Other variations occur in which restaurants and menu items are included in the resort package. Some resorts offer premium services at an additional price.

4. Timing — Traveling during off-peak seasons during times that school is in session can offer deep discounts. Those traveling to all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean or Mexico can between mid-April and November can find savings of as much as 40 percent, Holly Johnson of the website Travel Blue Book wrote for U.S. News & World Report.

5. Destination
— Choose a location that interests you, Johnson recommended. Many all-inclusive resorts are located in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Barbados, St. Maarten, and other tropical islands. While the scenery is similar, culture can vary.

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