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All-Inclusive Vacations That Won’t Break the Bank

Are you ready to travel, relax and enjoy without having to dig too deep into your savings? Here are some of the best inexpensive all-inclusive vacations.

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The best vacations are the ones where you can just get away and enjoy. All-inclusive vacations make this easy, taking the guesswork out of enjoying an exotic locale. When you book all-inclusive vacations, you’re bundling your hotel, food and drink, and if you’re lucky, airfare and ground transportation.

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Jewel Dunn’s River Resort & Spa

A resort designed with couples in mind, the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort & Spa, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, is an adults-only resort in Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Be it dining in style, soaking up the sun, partying until dawn or relaxing at the full-service spa, this luxury resort has it all. AAA members get a 10 percent discount year-round.

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Barcelo Aruba

Set in the beautiful shores of Palm Beach, Aruba, the Barcelo Aruba resort brings both fun and luxury in one all-inclusive package. This family-friendly resort offers water activities such as snorkeling, sailing and kayaking, with supervised activities for kids ages 4-10. It has seven restaurants and four bars, more than enough to service guests staying in the 373 rooms, should the resort reach full capacity.

Chic Punta Cana

Ultra-modern rooms, chic decor and lively pool activities have made Chic by Royalton Luxury Resorts one of Punta Cana’s most sought-after spots. Designed with Vegas and South Beach in mind, this adult-only resort is best for beachgoers looking to paint the town red. The whole place is Wi-Fi connected so you can instantly upload snaps of you taking a dip in the mermaid pool.

Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun in Puerte Morelos, Mexico, definitely lives up to its name. This AAA Four Diamond Rated resort features six swimming pools, five whirlpools, 10 international restaurants and 11 bars among its amenities. It’s no wonder that it has been recognized by several popular travel websites and publications. An all-inclusive stay starts at $296 a night for two in the junior suite.

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Though all Dreams resorts are the stuff made of, well, dreams, there’s a reason why the Tulum resort in the Riviera Maya is the top rated among all of them. Besides the large rooms that are great for families, the resort does not hold back on its signature Dreams Unlimited Luxury experience. Guests can experience unlimited access to gourmet food and drink, treatments, daytime and nighttime activities and more. The resort is near to the ancient Mayan ruins and the Xel-Ha natural aqua park, both attractions the whole family can enjoy.

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Caribbean cruises

As most Caribbean destinations are surrounded by water, why not enjoy them in the same vein? Cruises make for some of the cheapest all-inclusive vacations.

Carnival

Carnival cruise lines offer several Caribbean trips, including the Bahamas, Western (Mexico) and Eastern (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos) Caribbean. For Carnival, prices start as low as $179 per person for a multi-day cruise.

Norwegian

Norwegian is another popular cruise line that offers several Caribbean trips including mostly the Bahamas, Western and Southern Caribbean. Like Carnival, you can snag a trip starting at $179 per person.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is one of Cruise Critic’s top five luxury all-inclusive cruises. Fares include roundtrip air, open bar (including a minibar in your own suite), access to all restaurants, unlimited shore excursions, 24-hour room service, unlimited Wi-Fi, and even butler service. Suites are your only option as far as accommodations, with pricing beginning at $3,399 per person for a 7-night tour.

Crystal Cruises

This cruise line is known for having a great reputation as the most formal of the luxury lines. The all-inclusive gratuities include wine, beer, spirits and one evening of dining in specialty restaurants. You also get 24-hour room service, fitness classes, and butler service. Pricing per person starts from $1,800 per person.

Celebrity Cruises

This premium cruise line offers luxury service and all-inclusive packages, as well the occasional cheap deal. Regarding the latter, pricing starts at $199 per person for a three-night tour.

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The Celebrity Eclipse in the Caribbean. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises Inc.)

Saving money before a vacation

They say vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but it’s hard to relax when you think about how you’re going to pay for it all. Here are some tips to save money while booking a trip.

    • Make your goal concrete. A goal without a plan is just a wish, so if you’re eyeing travel to a certain destination in the near future, you should prepare. Determine what kind of vacation you want to have – a budget trip or a luxurious vacation – and list all forecasted expenses such as airfare, accommodations, meals and so on. Know how much you need to meet your goal.
    • Open a bank account solely for your travel savings. It can be hard to save money when you’re using one account for everything, so arrange to automatically transfer a portion of your savings to a separate travel fund account each month. When you receive a large chunk of extra money, like a tax refund or bonus, set aside a portion toward your travel fund as well.
    • Write down all your expenses. Monitoring expenses will be easier when they are written down. This practice also makes it easier to identify areas to cut down on, like downgrading phone plans or cutting down on eating out or shopping trips. The Mint app can help you do this in a more high-tech way.
    • Find ways to add income. There are two ways to save money: spend less or make more money. It can be easier to save rather than find new income streams, but doing so will help speed up the process. There are a lot of things you can do to make some extra travel spending money: hold a garage sale, find a part-time job or take on freelance gigs.

Saving money while on vacation

By booking all-inclusive you’re already saving money, but you can continue to save throughout your vacation.

    • To gain extra culture without having to spend too much, look for free activities or excursions that are off-site from your hotel such as self-guided tours or hikes. 
    • Bring your own snacks and water bottles during outings, especially when you plan on visiting theme parks. Kids will always be hungry or thirsty, and being prepared will save you some serious cash.

The good news is that a relaxing vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. Time your vacation strategically during a vacation off-season for even better savings.

 Have you found deals for any other awesome all-inclusive vacations? Share the details in the comments below!       

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