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Tips for Traveling With Kids at All-Inclusive Resorts

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Traveling with children can be a financial challenge, but all-inclusive resorts are an amazing budget-friendly travel option. These tips for traveling with kids at pre-paid resorts will ease the stress of paying for your family travel adventures.

Kids = Free Perks

There are tons of free perks for kids. It’s a fantastic way to lure families and underlines the location’s family-friendly factor. Do some research by searching for accommodations using terms like “kids stay free resorts.” For free food while traveling in general, do a bit of digging before your trip with search terms like “kids eat free.” Narrow down your options and check out your chosen locations by reading up on reviews on sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor. Keep in mind that while some resort chains boast kids stay free options, it might only apply to certain locations. Single parents – make sure you read the fine print! Some offers only apply to one freebie per paid adult.

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Fee Factor

Also, keep an eye out in that fine print for surcharges. It’s not uncommon for resorts to charge a fee for kids even if they boast specials and freebies. These charges might also depend on age. Check resort policies for their terms. Some resorts may deem those 15 years and over an adult, while others may be more flexible.

Family of Five or More

Also keep in mind that if you are a larger family, you might be charged for extra space. Two double-beds in a room just won’t cut it for a family of five or more, so be prepared to factor in paying for a second room. Some locations and resorts offer family suites that can accommodate bigger families, so make sure you compare rates for the family suite and two separate rooms.

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The benefits of all inclusive resorts for family travel are an amazing opportunity to reduce the stress of traveling on a budget. Having your meals, accommodations, and entertainment pre-paid can reduce the chance of surprise fees. Keep in mind often overlooked expenses like parking, insurance, baggage fees, and taxes.

Do you have a tip for traveling with your family at an all-inclusive resort? Please share your tips and suggestions in the comment section below!

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8 Comments

  1. Joline says

    We travelled as a family (more than 10 people!) last year and we just made sure everyone (at least the heads of each family) knew the details of the booking. That way everyone is on the same page and there are no nasty surprises at the end 🙂

  2. Neely Moldovan says

    I was amazed at how many free perks there are for kids when traveling! This is great to know!

  3. Liz Mays says

    Great points! I think researching ahead of time to find out about potential free perks for kids would be a good idea. Those can cut costs immensely.

  4. Heather Johnson says

    I always look for places that offer free things for kids when I travel. So many places offer such great perks for families!

  5. christine says

    Sounds great. I hope to take the kids to an all-inclusive resort in the future. I’ll be sure to look into perks.

  6. Jennifer says

    Great tips, Cara, traveling can get expensive and it pays (no pun intended) to know insider info when people are traveling with kids and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg and still have a great trip!

  7. Janella Panchamsingh says

    We travelled back in 2012 with my kids for an all inclusive and it was great because we had a babysitter while there

  8. Courtney says

    Oooo great list of things to keep an eye out for! I love all inclusive resorts! Especially with kids. My daughter is picky, so if she doesn’t like something she eats, I don’t have to be mad about it lol

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