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Reasons to skip an all-inclusive vacation

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Sometimes, the lure of “everything included” isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

In an all-inclusive vacation, lodging, food, drinks, activities and sometimes transportation are part of what you pay for. But buffet meals, watered-down drinks, overeating — these are just some of the caveats to this type of vacation.

Plus, an all-inclusive vacation usually means that guests are “held captive” within the perimeters of a resort. Some may appreciate the convenience and value of this type of vacation, while others may like flexibility and variation.

Here are five reasons to skip the all-inclusive vacation and plan an a la carte trip instead.