A tropical paradise holiday in the Caribbean is the dream vacation for many. Whether its families, groups of friends, or couples, young and old, the Caribbean is a playground for all ages. The popular small islands are St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua, Tobago, Barbados and St. Lucia.
Barbados – with more things to do per mile than any other island and a vast assortment of accommodations for every budget, is the most popular Caribbean Holiday destinations in this group. Here there are many hotels, villas, apartments, guest houses with accommodations and activities for every type of traveller. And for a growing number of people, self-catering holidays are the preferred choice. See more here
Opting for Self Catering versus Choosing All-Inclusive Packages
There are, of course, advantages to the all-inclusive packages offered by tour operators and hotels. You do not have anything to worry about as everything that you want is already planned out for you and specified in your vacation package, including your meals. While this offers more convenience, it also limits your flexibility in case you change your mind and would like to do something else, go somewhere else or eat at certain times during your island vacation. These packages are usually more expensive as well.
With self-catering holidays, you are left to take care of your own meals and your accommodations have provisions for cooking. This is the best option if you want to save and stretch your budget by doing the shopping and cooking by yourself. This also assumes that you are ready to put in the effort to do these things while you are on your holiday. If the whole point of you being on holiday is to get away from all the chores, an all-inclusive holiday would be a better option for you.
Here are more considerations for you to think about when deciding on whether to go for a self-catering or an all-inclusive option:
1. Budget take a look at the cost breakdown for your all-inclusive package and check if it truly gives you everything that you need. If it does, then perhaps it might not be necessary for you to opt to source and prepare your meals yourself. Especially if you are not very good at navigating the produce market and managing your budget, you will not really save that much when you choose the self-catering option.
2. Dietary preferences and restrictions go for self-catering holidays if you or anyone in your family has food restrictions or allergies. This is an important consideration when you are travelling with seniors, young children, babies and people who have health conditions. It would help to find out beforehand if there are markets and groceries within the vicinity of your accommodation. If not, you might have to bring some of your ingredients with you or perhaps you can ask a local for help in sourcing them.
3. Vacation activities self-catering holidays are ideal if you have a lot of time on your hands and would not be spending most of day engaged in activities outside your hotel, apartment, or villa. You can still opt for self catering even if you want to explore and discover what your destination has to offer. You can sample local dishes as you go around during the day and then prepare your own dinner when you get back to your self-catering accommodations.
4. Available equipment and amenities do ask in advance what self-catering equipment your accommodations will have. It would not be safe for the kitchen in your room to be fitted with everything that you need. The basics would include a stove, a microwave oven, and a coffeemaker. There should also be cookware, china, silverware, cups, and glasses.
There are plenty of different types of accommodations in Barbados for you to choose from. Asking around and getting as much information as you can from the internet and from people you know whove been there will allow you to tailor your vacation details according your preferences. You can actually get quotes for both self-catering and all-inclusive options. This way, you can make a wiser comparison.
You need to have a good idea of what a self-catering holiday will entail. It will require time and effort on your part but it would also be a good bonding experience if everyone in your travelling group will pitch in with the meal preparations. You can also incorporate going to the market to get your ingredients into your itinerary. It would be a great way to interact with the locals and immerse yourself in their culture.
When you manage your expectations and plan your self-catering holidays well, you can stretch your budget and enjoy great holiday experiences in Barbados.