Whether booking a trip to magical Majorca, beautiful Bulgaria or sunny Spain, most people these days opt for the package holiday option – it takes all the fuss out of holiday planning, meaning you no longer need to stress about the little things like hotel transfers. There are three main types of package deals available – self-catering, half-board and all-inclusive. Which is the best deal for you?
Self-catering holidays are perfect for people who want to cook for themselves, yet this type of deal also leaves the option of sampling the local cuisine open. With proper planning, you can save a lot of money this way, but you need to be organised and know where to buy the cheapest groceries. Self-catering gives you the freedom to choose what you eat as well as when and where.
A popular option found in hotels, this is the modern day equivalent of the B&B. Your breakfast is included and will usually be offered buffet style. Once you eat your fill in the morning, you can head out and about for the day and probably skip lunch. Then you only need to pay for your evening meal. This is a great way of sampling the local cuisine, but remember that you won’t have cooking facilities available, so you’ll need to eat out or in the hotel every night.
Full-board (or all-inclusive)
All inclusive deals are brilliant for those who don’t want to worry about money while they are travelling. Every meal is paid for, and you can eat as much as you like (within reason). Most all-inclusive deals include soft drinks and sometimes even alcoholic beverages. All meals are generally served buffet-style. The downside of this system is that you may feel somewhat tied to the hotel – it’s hard to justify paying for a meal in a restaurant when you have already paid upfront for meals in the hotel.
Whichever option you choose, plan accordingly. Happy holidays!