As more families choose all inclusive packages, new research for the Post Office Travel Money All Inclusive Holiday Report reveals that those who stick to what is included in their package could make significant savings.
For example, they could save over 25% in Marmaris compared with the cost of a week’s B&B holiday in the Turkish resort with meals added.
Similarly, in Majorca the cost of a week’s all Inclusive package without any added expenditure was £508 (24%) lower than the equivalent B&B trip.
However, all inclusive holidaymakers who spend in local bars and restaurants could find their trip sets them back hundreds of pounds more than they bargained for – and the majority of families do that.
Almost two-thirds of parents spent an average of GBP271 on meals, snacks and drinks in resorts outside their packaged hotel including GBP67 on eating out.
Seven-in-10 families admitted spending an average of GBP321 on long haul all inclusive holidays.
Despite having to dig deep into their pockets to pay extra on their holiday, the majority of families were happy with their all inclusive experience and only 6% said they would not go again.
However, a third disliked some aspects of their holiday. Over half (55%) complained about the poor Wi-Fi signal while a third (32%) were annoyed by charges made for internet use.
Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “All inclusive holidays are becoming increasingly popular with families because of the potential to control spending. In fact our research shows that 11% of families travelling abroad this year will be taking an all inclusive holiday for the first time. However, holidaymakers should also be aware our report reveals that spending on top of paid-for packages is on the increase.”