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Photo credit: Deb Jamtot / Technology TravelingMom

Are all inclusive resorts right for your family? What does an all inclusive really include? Can you get a cultural immersion experience at one? We covered all this and more on our 4/21 Monday night Twitter travel chat. Read on for a recap of the conversation.

WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE ALL INCLUSIVE TRAVEL? STEER CLEAR OF IT?

@MaryHeston I ADORE All-Inclusives. Bring your book, swimsuit, & sunscreen. They take care of the rest.

@ConnieFoggles The closest I’ve come to an all-inclusive is a cruise. And boy did I love that!

@KidsUnplugged We did Club Med years ago in Punta Cana. We all loved the fact that our wallets never came out once the whole week.

@CindyRichards OK, I’ll say it so no one else has to: Sometimes you just want to sit by the pool and sip a margarita. Is that so bad?

@weekendscount I prefer all-inclusive if the resort is not around ANY food options. 🙂

@MOMiSHStyle I’m a control freak so I like to book and plan things separately.

@kimorlando I know I am heading towards all-inclusive trips now that I have 3 teens but have not done it yet.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE CULTURE AUTHENTICALLY AT AN ALL INCLUSIVE?

@solomomtravel I left resorts, volunteered, visited a farm & went to 2 schools. You aren’t that restricted.

@ramblingstump Also contacting local charities before the trip can help make plans to foray into local culture.

@KidsUnplugged I think if you consider a cruise an all-inclusive there are ports of call that allow you to do some semi-authentic sight-seeing…

@TriWivesClub We find if you travel to a smaller resort and work with them on exactly what you want they will find it.

@KidsUnplugged …the problem with all-inclusives is that they’re usually in places where experiencing local culture is a challenge.

@weekendscount Yes, I think so. Especially if it includes a cultural eco tourism/service learning component.

WHAT SHOULD AN ALL-INCLUSIVE INCLUDE/EXCLUDE? AND HOW IS THE FOOD?

@TibsTravel Does pay to explore outside defeat the point of all-inclusive? keep your wallet in your pocket?

@brdk620 To me, no. I love paying in advance for the all-inclusive, then taking along a set amount for extras.

@CindyRichards Um, it’s called an ALL inclusive for a reason, right? Shouldn’t it include EVERYTHING?

@Teronya Include impeccable service. Exclude annoying salespeople trying to “upgrade” your experience.

@Djubilation All of your food, adult beverages, entertainment for adults & kids and excursions should be included.

@momsgoodeats Food must be excellent and not all buffet, love options and a fresh breakfast! Fresh fruit available all day.

DO YOU BRING KIDS TO ALL-INCLUSIVE OR IS IT ADULTS ONLY VACATION? WOULD YOU USE THE CHILDCARE?

@ConnieFoggles Ask if they have background check.

@TriWivesClub If kids are traveling with us we like great kids clubs not childcare, if no we steer away from resorts with kids.

WHAT IS THE BEST HIDDEN ALL-INCLUSIVE PERK? BEST OUTING OR INCLUDED ADVENTURE?

@KidsUnplugged There are all-inclusives for every budget. Ever been to @YMCA family camp? Activities, meals, lodging, childcare usually all included.

@TravelAccStore I think the best perk is being able to be adventurous with food/drink and not worry about paying for stuff you don’t like.

@MaryHeston My fav food: When I don’t have to cook.

WHAT ALL-INCLUSIVE IS ON YOUR BUCKETLIST? WHAT AMENITY WOULD YOUR DREAM ONE INCLUDE?

@solomomtravel @BeachesResorts does single parent month in Sept. with mingling events. No extra fee for being solo.

@brdk620 I would love for an all inclusive to include unlimited massages and pampering!

@bobettacj Cooking lessons would be a plus.

@solomomtravel My last one had a suite with a washer & dryer. So practical. Especially to dry swimsuits. Pack way less.

@TibsTravel All-inclusive dream would include all spa options.

*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.