Adventurous types may prefer to go it alone. Because all-inclusive resorts provide guests with (almost) everything they need, from meals to bars to beaches, travelers looking for more of a challenge may not like it. "Booking an all-inclusive can take away a lot of the spontaneity and serendipity of a vacation … the ability to go off and find a unique restaurant or beach or meet a local artisan. Or trying and failing and ultimately succeeding in learning a bit of the local language or mastering public transport," says McGinnis. Those parts, he adds, can be the most memorable parts of a trip, and if that's not what you're looking for, you may want to avoid all-inclusive deals.
On the other hand, first-time travelers often prefer all-inclusive options for their security and predictability.