Surprising Robin was not just a treat for him, but for myself as well as it was my first time ever booking an all-inclusive vacation! When I was younger, I used to tell myself “There’s no way I’ll do an all-inclusive until I’m 60. That’s for old people! Save the simple stuff for later!” – boy was I WRONG. I now see what all the hype is about, and I can’t wait to go on another! However, there were a few things I did good (and bad) during my stay, so learn from me with…
Shenanigans Tips For A Baller All-Inclusive Vacay
GOOD: Travel Carry-On Only
This saved us SO much time! Not just at the airport either as we whizzed by everyone waiting for the baggage and hopped on the first shuttle, but also each day. By only having a few choices of clothing, what to wear was never really an issue as we just made sure it wasn’t the same as the day before. It also meant a lot less packing when we had to say goodbye to Nassau!
BAD: Water? But I Already Have a Drink!
With the allure of bottomless piña coladas and other delicious drinks, H20 often falls to the wayside. After a day or two of not enough water and too much gut rot, I made sure to always have water with meals. This way if you do forget, at least you’ll remember 3 times a day. Try and have at least 2 glasses at each sitting for good measure!
GOOD: Half the Plate? Vegetables.
When eating at the buffet, divide your plate so that at least half of it is veggies. This will help ensure you get plenty of vitamins and nutrients to combat the alcohol. It’s also good to keep the deep-fried dishes and sweets to a minimum… but you’re also on vacation, so be sure to enjoy at least a little bit! Everything in moderation!
BAD: Sneakers? Who Needs Sneakers on the Beach?!
I did! While I mainly ran around in my Birkenstocks, having my Converse would have helped keep my feet from getting sore early on while exploring more of Nassau. Also, if your resort offers a variety of sports and activities to do, you just might need the sneakers for them – like rock climbing!
GOOD: Celebrating a Special Occasion? Tell the Resort!
It’s not guaranteed, but they just might help you celebrate! Breezes was fantastic and sent up a bottle of Rosé sparkling wine (how did they know that’s my favourite?!) and some cookies for Robin’s birthday. The staff also continuously wished him well during the entire weekend – not just on his special day!
BAD: One Bottle Of Sunscreen Should Be Enough!
cursed fortunate to have a British heritage and be a third generation Canadian. This means however that my skin has two options: pale and lobster. SPF 60 is my best friend, and I often forget just how good of a friend it is. Luckily I only paid for this on our last day as I stretched what was left of my 100mL bottle (carry-on only, remember?) and was rewarded with stellar (end sarcasm) tan lines. Learn from me: always grab that second bottle.
GOOD: Let’s Try Some Of The Resort Games!
Despite travelling as often as I can, 95% of the time I hate people. It’s an ongoing joke with many of my friends how much I hate sharing, especially when I want to relax. After a bit of persuading from Robin (and a Bahama Mama or two) we joined some of the resort’s games. At first I felt like an idiot as we were throwing huge water balloons that flopped around like a bar of soap in the shower. But then I thought why? We’re all doing it! That combined with a little liquid courage meant loosening up and making instant friends with the entertainment crew – especially one of the ladies, Adenicia. And honestly? This was my favourite day on the resort.
BAD: Shuttle Arrives at 7:30pm? We’re Right On Time!
WRONG. If they say be there at 7:30pm for your shuttle, be there at least 5-10 minutes ahead of time. While this seems like common sense, you’d think a resort shuttle would wait for you if you’re running a minute or two late… right? Nope, they’ll leave without you and then you’ll be stuck with a $20USD cab ride to the airport.
And there you have it! You can see I learned quite a few things on my first all-inclusive adventure, and I’m dying to do it again! What are your thoughts on all-inclusives? Have any words of wisdom to share? Comment below!