All-Inclusive OR Not To Be?!



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After being stressed with life’s every day challenges, reaching the decision to take a vacation is, at most, the easiest yes you’ll ever say! After all, who wouldn’t pass up a weekend of pampering filled with spa treatment? Or, 7 whole days on the sunny beaches of the Caribbean Islands just to get away from it all? Even paying for the trip is a breeze with so many travel professionals partnering with destinations and resorts to offer unbeatable value! So you call your trusted travel professional, Wallet Happy Vacations to make arrangements for you and your family then pack and go!

Fast Forward…

What happens after you’ve arrive to your destination and, after 2 days, have already spent more than $150 on just food? Yup! That seems to be the not so new but, new thing these days. Seems like where ever I go people are asking about the true benefit of booking an All-Inclusive vacation versus being surprised by the expense of food and entertainment with choosing not to have an All-Inclusive vacation.

So, the question today is: To be All-Inclusive or NOT to be?!

Before I tell you why I recommend the All-Inclusive option, allow me to provide the meaning of All-Inclusive for those who aren’t sure.

 All-Inclusive is having unlimited access to all of the amenities and food/beverage options you would otherwise have to pay separately for while on vacation. At most, the All-Inclusive resorts include some of the following under the All-Inclusive option to every guest during their stay:

  • Unlimited Meals
  • Unlimited Beverages(inclusive of alcohol)
  • Unlimited Use of in room Mini Bar
  • Unlimited Snacks
  • Unlimited SELECT Resort Non-Motorized Activities
  • Unlimited Resort Activities & Entertainment
  • Roundtrip Ground Transfers upon arrival to your destination
  • Tips & Taxes (Yes! It will include tips as well. But remember to take good care of the servers who took good care of you!)

Although I’ve traveled where the All-Inclusive added value is not offered, both, All-Inclusive and having a food expense have worked out rather well for me and my family. But, I’ll admit, the All-Inclusive vacations were the most fun and beneficial to us! Why? Well, for start, taking a teen anywhere food is, is enough reason to book All-Inclusive! Besides not having to worry about the pricing of each person’s plate, there is also relentless entertainment from sun up to sun down and for all ages!  Remember, one of the concepts of the All-Inclusive option is to give people like you and I a break when it comes to having to pay for things we would paid for separately like food and activities. It’s a good idea to utilize this feature!

 Now, of course, we know the option to go without your family’s vacation being All-Inclusive could amount to as much as your monthly mortgage payment depending on how many your traveling with! Yup! It’s true.

The biggest question I ask my clients when vacation planning is, are you taking the kids? That pretty much sums it up! As a Travel Professional, I recommend that if you are taking children on vacation with you, you want to consider All-Inclusive packages or take a cruise. These options will cover all food & beverage expenses. Except for cruises where carbonated beverages are additional. Plus, with these options also comes unlimited activities and entertainment. The best thing about this is, the fee is paid upfront and incorporated in your package so there are no surprises!  

In sum, there are many options resorts will offer to you and your family to help make your vacation one that is memorable. The last thing you want is for your spending money to go on food for 7 days. Why not take advantage of your vacation and stay with resorts that will take care of you and your family including unlimited meals, beverages, snacks and entertainment? It’s a true money saver indeed!



Anitra R. Byers

Travel Professional/Owner

Wallet Happy Vacations

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Good Reasons to Join A Travel Club

Good Reasons to Join a Travel Club

If your like me, you’ve heard all kinds of reasons why people won’t travel. From the distance of the destination to the expense, I can’t keep up with the reasons why people put off traveling.  But, after having to put off another trip in 2010 because friends & family had backed out, I decided to start my own travel club. Travel clubs are the ultimate way of meeting new people and exploring destinations you once put off because you had no one to travel with. Joining travel clubs opens doors one would have never thought otherwise! Below, I’ve listed the top 8 reasons I feel travel clubs not only broaden your likeliness to see the world, but being an active member of a travel club also exposes you to the many diverse settings us earthlings have to offer!

8 > Budget friendly when traveling in a group. Traveling with your club members can offer you lots of savings depending on when and where you are traveling to. At most, when I’ve booked my club members on group travel to the Caribbean Islands for instance, we’ve saved a nice $100 per person. That’s enough to grab a few souvineers to tease those who backed out of traveling with you! Or even better, take the $100 and purchase an excursion!

7 > Invited to come back by city host. Well organized travel clubs whose members are on their “best behavior” are always welcomed back. Group leaders can expect friendly emails from hotel management thanking them for their business and to invite them back again. This is a plus because when you return, your almost guaranteed to get all group request fulfilled  like room upgrades.

6 > Discover personal interest. Sometimes we think we know everything about ourselves, right? Well, uh…WRONG! Sometimes you have to be exposed to things you wouldn’t do in order to discover that you like them after all. Take snorkeling for example. Being terrified of water higher than a foot, I thought I was literally going to die in Ocho Rios, Jamaica this past April when I discovered that snorkeling wasn’t so bad and that I absolutely loved it! Until this very hour, I still thank the crew for “pushing” me in the water after holding up about 20 other people who were ready to jump in the shallow end of the sea.

5> Experience places you never thought you’d go. Travel clubs open the door for endless travel opportunities. Many people seek to fulfill their bucket list while being travel club members. After all, the only reasoned they joined was to travel, right? Being a member is where you discover your interest for South Africa or Costa Rica.  These are places you’ve always turned down because you just couldn’t picture yourself being there.

4 > Brush up on your social skills. Believe it not, being a member of a travel club also helps you brush up on social and networking skills! Meet and greets are popular in my travel clubs. Knowing how to communicate and get along with others is critical. Good social and networking skills makes it that much easier to choose travel buddies and plan your next adventure.

3 > Exposure to diversity. Knowing who else lives in the world and how they live their lives is, for many, a very high interest, hence, creating a historical and culturist traveler. As a member of a travel club, you are exposed to various cultures and backgrounds worldwide depending on where you are traveling to. Learn how to say hello in Swahili or good bye in Mandarin. How about how are you in Spanish. The locals will love you for it!

2> Make new friends and go places! Travel clubs are all about meeting like minded people and traveling the world! I’ve met many good people since organizing my own clubs. Lots of people who live and breathe to see the world. They are passionate about traveling and are offered endless travel options as members. No matter if it’s a day trip to our nation’s capital or a 10 day journey to South Africa, you can find buddies and go!

#1 reason to join a trave club…

Endless travel opportunities. That’s right! The opportunities for travel are endless when you’re a member of a travel club! While you may not always be available to travel with the group, there are always options posted for another time. In my clubs for example, I have a large trip which consist of 7 + days and an extended weekend trip posted for each month from January to December. With over 700 club members combined with all of the clubs I organize,  there are always options available and it helps keep everyone motivated to travel.

Next time you have the travel bug but your friends don’t, find a travel club and join in on the fun of exploring the world! I invite you to join me and my travel clubs on Listed below is a brief description of my travel club, The Globe Trotting Divas of Philadelphia and to our presence on meetup.up so you can join us!

The Globe Trotting Divas of Philadelphia – The Globe Trotting Divas of Philadelphia is a Travel Club designed especially for women professionals ages 30 and over! Our Travel Club was born in August 2011 with one simple goal in mind; to form a club with like minded women professionals who loved to travel and were tired of putting off their travel plans for one reason or the other and who were tired of traveling alone. We are a full service year round Travel Club hosting on average 6 Worldwide Travel Events and over 20 local social events each year! Our goal is to provide group travel around the globe and social events through out Philadelphia and its surrounding areas to bring women travel enthusiasts together offering the opportunity for women to clear their bucket list without worrying about having to travel alone. That’s in addition to hosting fun and rewarding social networking events where club members can meetup and network with other members of our Travel Club!

Don’t put your travel plans off. Find a travel club and go places!

Anitra Byers

Travel Professional/Owner

Wallet Happy Vacations

“The Family & Group Agent”


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Helpful Ways to Save For Vacation


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Real Tips for Saving for Vacation

As a travel professional I often hear how people will put off going on vacation due to financial reasons. In fact, some people won’t take a vacation because they think it’s too expensive. Well, that’s where I come in!

Indeed some vacations, depending on where you are traveling to can put a dent in your wallet. But, if your swift, flexible and willing to sacrifice, you can laugh at the dent while adding some extra cash to your wallet for spending.

Travel is all about being flexible. If you are willing to travel, for instance, from week day to week day, you could possibly save as much as $500 on your vacation depending on where you are traveling to.

Try these tips for your next Disney or Caribbean Vacation

When traveling to Disney World, try to stay from Wednesday to Tuesday(or any week day to week day). Doing so will save you a nice amount of money. Plus, you still get a weekend in the trip and won’t be charged for weekend rates. Another great way to explore Disney World is by staying off of the onsite hotels and resorts.  For instance, rather than staying at Disney All Star Resorts, stay off site in Down Town Disney area, Lake Buena Vista or Kissimmee for more valuable resorts. You can still take advantage of the park hopper passes by doing so. If you stay off site, you could easily save up to $1000, depending on your family size.


Traveling to the Caribbean Islands? Try an All-Inclusive package! These packages are rewarding and you don’t have to worry about food, beverages or even activities. This is a plus for families, especially where the family size is greater than 4 persons. At most, an all inclusive package will always come with hotel accommodations, all food, beverages, all non motorized water sports and activities, tips & taxes. Air can be added but, is not part of the All-Inclusive value that resorts offer. So you don’t have to worry about anything. Even tips are included!

Like many other things, travel too, requires sacrafices. Soooooo, you may have to limit or temporally give up night life, frequent dining out or even the mall and start sending those hard earn bucks to your travel professional for payments on your trip. Easier said than done, but at the end sits the ultimate reward of a much deserved vacation with family or friends.

Anitra Byers

Travel Professional/Owner

Wallet Happy Vacations

The Family & Group Agent


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