You’ve read the brochures, searched the internet for cruises and vacation packages –all advertised as “all-inclusive.”

With all inclusive vacations becoming the hot ticket these days this term has become more confusing and misleading. Does it really mean it includes ALL costs and is it really an affordable alternative to an a la cart vacation?

When you hear all-inclusive you think: pay one fee, one time, and your vacation is covered; from airfare, accommodations to drinks, meals, and activities.

We all hate being on vacation and constantly having to dig into our pockets to pay additional costs to enjoy the vacation you thought you planned but in today’s world, there is no such thing as an entirely all –inclusive vacation. And more importantly, each travel supplier interprets the idea differently.

You can count on your rate including your room and three meals per day, which you can expect to be decent…and abundant. Beyond that, it simply depends on the supplier.

Be sure to read the fine print of the brochures, and when in doubt pick up the phone and call.

Be sure to keep your expectations realistic to what fits your budget. Then look carefully at each all-inclusive package to determine if it offers what you are looking for. If it doesn’t, move onto the next package. After all, no all inclusive package is truly wonderful unless it’s what you want.

Remember, you get what you pay for. Resorts don’t give their services away!