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Vacation Packages: European? American? Modified what?

11 Jun

When you are planning to travel you have so many options. Sometimes too many! Let me offer some guidance to help you decide what kind of packages is right for you. First, below are the different types of packages many resorts or hotels will offer:

European Plan:

A European plan generally means you are paying for lodging. You’ll get a hotel room with whatever in room amenities your specific hotel or resort provides. You know, maybe a fridge, microwave, and wireless. But that’s all. You will have to cover other expenses out of pocket as you go along including food and recreation.

Modified American Plan:

A modified American plan is lodging plus some. At Madden’s we think of it as our family plan. Or modified American plan includes lodging, dinner, breakfast, recreation, and a round of golf each day on two of our courses. Details on the modified American plan will vary based on the hotel or resort you choose, but usually it includes dinner and breakfast for sure.

Full American Plan:

This is our full conference plan and generally not available to social guests. It takes away all of the hassle of planning to pay for each meal, each activity etc. At Madden’s our full American plan includes lodging, 3 meals a day, recreation, and a round of golf a day on two of our courses. Again, details will vary based on the hotel or resort your choose so make sure to check into details before booking.

Other Planning Notes:

One thing to keep in mind when planning financially for a vacation is that most anywhere you go your plan will not include your drinks. If you are a big drinker, you’ll want to plan for that! Now this depends on where you choose to stay. For example, I visited Cancun a few years ago and they did have all-inclusive plans that covered drinks. All I can say is be aware when making your decision: when you get there you don’t want to have to worry about the details. The only thing on your mind should be relaxing.

**Have any vacation planning tips to share? Comment below or email me at blog@maddens.com**

Hope you enjoy your vacation, Elizabeth

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