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What does an all-inclusive deal to Mexico include

Dear Editors,

I am looking at an all-inclusive vacation deal to Mexico. What exactly does that mean in regards to food and drinks? Are we given an unlimited budget for meals and drinks – including alcohol? Would we be on a schedule for meals? The package says that there is 24-hour room service. Would we be able to order food and alcoholic beverages whenever our hearts desire?




Hi Ruth,

The Hierarchy of Hotel Tipping

Travelocity’s most recent poll of over 2,000 North Americans revealed that despite the economic recession of 2009, the vast majority (76 percent) continued to tip hotel employees as they had in the year prior. 11 percent reported tipping less while the remaining 13 percent reported tipping more.

Good news for hotel employees, especially if you’re a bellhop or maid. Why bellhop or maid, you ask? Because of hotel staff encountered during their visits, these are the two employees most likely to get tipped by guests. Who is the poor soul at the bottom of the hotel tipping hierarchy? The pool attendant. Somewhere in between fall the valet, concierge and doorman.

On-the-Road Fitness: Hotel Room Exercises

Hotel gyms run the gamut from sparkling to shoddy, and it’s not always easy to know what you’re getting into. One hotel might define “fitness center” as a muscled Olympian palace, while another interprets it as a humid single-machine cell. One offers a pool and personal trainers, while another won’t even throw in a towel. So how do you cope with the disparities? And what if there’s no gym at all?

Your best bet is to build an exercise routine that doesn’t involve a gym (or a hundred-pound suitcase). Work with the room around you and try these adaptations of standard gym exercises next time you’re on the road. And don’t worry–you don’t need to be an Olympic lifter to pull them off:

Top Secret Hotel Tips

Five tips travel industry insiders use to save big on hotel rooms

1. Book your hotel as part of a package. Many hotels are reluctant to lower their stand-alone hotel rates, but will do so if the hotel is bundled with a flight. Why? During the last downturn in travel (after 9/11), hotels slashed room rates to spark demand. The problem, however, was that it was difficult to then raise rates when things normalized because travelers had come to expect such discounted rates. Now, hotels are struggling again but don’t want to lower stand-alone rates, but will do so in a package where the customer can’t see what the hotel rates is vs. what the flight costs – they just see one total price.

Example: Travelocity conducted a study and found the average savings on booking a package vs. booking the same elements of the same trip separately was $315.