Whilst people opt for all-inclusive holidays to avoid any nasty surprise costs whilst abroad, a study by Post Office Travel Money has found that it is actually making families spend an extra £139 a week. It was also revealed that travellers could be spending up to £735 more on trips, especially if they head to long haul destinations.
Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: "This year's report found that the number of families splashing out on extras has risen for the eighth year running and while this may reflect a growing acceptance that all-inclusive has its limits, the extra costs continue to catch people out. One-in-10 of the holidaymakers we spoke to expressed surprise at the prices they were charged for extras in their all-inclusive hotel.
"If you are going all inclusive this year, do your homework and find out as exactly what is and what isn't included as soon as you arrive in your resort. Avoid falling into financial pitfalls like charges made for drinks late at night and limited periods when ice creams are free. Learn the rules of your resort and save yourself cash.
"If you are going to venture away from your hotel into local resorts, it is also important to factor in the costs you are likely to incur. Eating out in local resorts will offer a real flavour of the destination but it is best to be prepared and take enough foreign currency to cover the costs - particularly as some restaurants are reluctant to accept credit or debit cards."