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All inclusive holidays Vs Half board

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There are so many decisions to make when choosing your perfect holiday, especially when children are involved. Do you go long haul or choose a closer destination? What types of children’s activities and kids clubs are there? Do you choose all inclusive or half board? If you’re weighing up the benefits of all inclusive or half board holidays, we’ve got details on what’s included in both and the typical prices you can expect to pay.

All Inclusive

All inclusive holidays are becoming more and more popular, especially for those on a strict budget.  They’re an extremely cost effective and easy option, as you don’t have to worry about taking a lot of spending money. They’re good if your finances are tight, as all your food has already been paid for, so there’s no risk of you running out of money before the end of your holiday.

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These holidays include all your meals and local drinks, with some offering snacks and ice-creams as well. This makes them an excellent option for families, who can find the costs of food and drinks during the day soon adding up. Meals tend to be buffets, but some resorts offer different restaurants. If you prefer to drink branded soft drinks and alcohol you’ll have to pay extra.

The downside of an all inclusive package is that you can feel fairly restricted in your movements. You’ve already paid for all your food, so when you leave the resort to explore you have to pay again for any meals you take.all inclusive vs half board

Half Board

On a half board holiday you generally get a breakfast and evening meal each day included in the price. Some resorts may allow you to swap the dinner for a lunch instead. You’ll have to pay for all your drinks and snacks. The type of meals you have will depend on the resort you’re staying in. Some larger ones have a buffet style where you can choose from a wide variety of cuisines, whereas a smaller resort might have a standard restaurant service.

Half board is usually a cheaper option if you’re likely to eat in the resort restaurant every night. It offers more flexibility than all inclusive, as you can choose to leave the resort during the day and have lunch somewhere else. You might not feel like eating three meals every day, but if you’d paid for them as part of the package you’d feel you had to.

This is an easy option for families, as it allows you to relax or explore during the day. However, you don’t have to worry about where to eat at night and whether they’ll serve children’s meals. It’s also a good choice for people on more active holidays, providing you with the opportunity to relax in the resort on an evening.

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Typical Prices

The prices of both all inclusive and half board holidays will vary, depending on the standard of accommodation, resort and time of year. However, for a typical 7 night break to Majorca at the start of the school summer holidays, a family of four would expect to pay around £2,000 for all inclusive and £1,500 for half board. For a family with one child under school age, a 7 night holiday to Lanzarote at the start of September would be on average £1,500 for all inclusive and £1,300 for half board.

With the costs of some food and all drinks extra on the half board package, all inclusive can be a good way of sticking to a budget, but it lacks the flexibility.




About Catherine Stern

About Catherine Stern

Catherine Stern is a freelance writer with a background in marketing and PR. She currently writes web content on a range of subjects, from finance and business to travel and home improvements. As a working single mum of two young boys she understands the pressures that today’s working parents face and the topics they want to read about.

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