Deciding what vacation option is best for you and your family is often the first step in the planning process. When you’re traveling abroad, every hotel is different and knowing the lingo is important when trying to weed your way through the endless travel options. One big distinction in vacation packages is the difference between All-Inclusive and European Plan Resorts.

  • All-Inclusive typically means that all meals, all drinks (including alcohol) plus taxes and tips are included in the total price.
  • European Plan means that normally, only the accommodations are included.


The Difference between All-Inclusive and European Plan Resorts

All-Inclusive vs. European Plan (EP)

All-Inclusive resorts offer the most bang for your buck. These resorts provide everything you want out of a vacation. From delicious food and refreshing cocktails to glittering sand beaches (with beach wait service!) and even water sports or daily activities. While many travelers prefer an All-Inclusive resort because of the convenience and endless amenities, for some people the benefits of the European Plan are more suited to their vacation style. With an EP hotel the cost is normally less up front and means that you can choose where you eat every day, but you need to factor in food and activity cost in your stay. For some travelers, experiencing the local culture and food is their favorite part of the trip.

…but what about Optional All-Inclusive?

Another designation that may be confusing is “Optional All-Inclusive”. While these properties do offer an All-Inclusive plan, you need to be sure to select an All-Inclusive room type when booking to get it. Read carefully through the room details to figure out which plan you’re selecting.

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