What Type of Holiday is Best for You


Choosing the kind of holiday that best suits your needs can be a daunting task. Nobody wants to spend their hard earned money and limited vacation days only to find that their struggles to plan their own itinerary have left them short of activities, or that the structure of an organized tour group leaves them feeling overly regimented and unable to relax. So in order to decide what type of vacation is the best for you, here is a select list of options and what they all entail.

1. Independent

An independent holiday is for those who want to plan and execute their own vacations, giving them the freedom of doing what they want when they want to. Some important things to keep in mind however, are that even the most spontaneously planned trips need to have some structure behind them, including a booking base accommodation, from a range of hotels, hostels, or apartments, and creating a general plan for travel between your major destinations.

2. All-inclusive

If you’re after one of the more relaxing options of travel than all-inclusive is a great way to ensure a hands free holiday where everything will be taken care of. The majority of activities that focus around all-inclusive resorts tend to be beach and water based, although many will include night clubs and music events that can be fun for those looking for some late night festivities.

3. Cruise

Perhaps combining the best of both the independent and all-inclusive options, cruising is a combination of a planned itinerary between ports, and the cruisers choice of activities both on the boat and during shore leave. One major advantage of cruises are that they allow you to see multiple destinations in a hassle-free way, and the massive cruise liners of today provide a wide array of cuisines and on-board events.

4. Tours

The all-inclusive tour is great for people who are worried about planning their own vacation, or who are travelling to a destination where the language can be a barrier. The itinerary is set in advance, but you are given some opportunities to explore on your own. Tours are also a fantastic way to see many historic and archaeological sites, as there are groups designed and hosted by guides with intimate knowledge of the local area.

However you decide to travel, be sure to book a vacation that will allow you the type of holiday atmosphere you’re looking for, whether its relaxation, exploration, or a party.


Images by Abir Anwar and Grand Velas Puerto Vallarta used under the Creative Commons. 

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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23 responses to “What Type of Holiday is Best for You”

  1. Soozle — July 30, 2015 @ 4:43 am (#)

    I think I am more of an independent traveler as I like the freedom, but there is something to be said about an AI and having everything there for you!

  2. loriag — July 30, 2015 @ 5:40 am (#)

    We are definitely an independent but would try others.

  3. Laurie P — July 30, 2015 @ 6:54 am (#)

    I’d like to think we are all about being independent, but an all exclusive just seems more easy lol

  4. Dandi D — July 30, 2015 @ 8:07 am (#)

    We are definitely in the independent category for vacations!

  5. Anne Taylor — July 30, 2015 @ 9:45 am (#)

    I’m an all inclusive type of girl myself!

  6. kathy downey — July 30, 2015 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    I think we are all about being independent

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen — July 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    I’m not really one for organised holidays as in tours and I definitely don’t want to go on a cruise. All inclusive sounds like a good deal but I rarely drink alcohol and don’t eat much so it’s probably not for me either. Guess I’d better be an independent then eh?

  8. mrdisco — July 30, 2015 @ 8:02 pm (#)

    this was a really good post

  9. Treen Goodwin — July 31, 2015 @ 8:00 am (#)

    i an a big time all inclusive type of girl … great post thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Melinda L. — August 5, 2015 @ 6:54 am (#)

    For me it depends on who I’m traveling with. My friend and I are planning an independent holiday next year, with a mixture of tour tossed in. I love cruises cause there’s so much to do in one place

  11. Stephanie LaPlante — August 8, 2015 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    They would all be wonderful. I think I would most enjoy the tours.

  12. kathy downey — September 15, 2015 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    some tours are worth doing,you see so much

  13. kathy downey — September 24, 2015 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    Beautiful photos i wish i was there right now the weather here is cooling so fast

  14. Kristina — October 22, 2015 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    Independent for me, but I’ll take any vacation 🙂

  15. kathy downey — November 3, 2015 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    All-inclusive would be my choice.

  16. Elaine Buonsante — January 3, 2016 @ 7:26 pm (#)

    Thanks for the travel tips…we are just beginning to discuss our holiday plans for 2016.

  17. kathy downey — March 1, 2016 @ 10:56 am (#)

    I have shared all these with my daughter she loves traveling

  18. Darlene W — June 25, 2016 @ 7:26 pm (#)

    Hubby and I travel all inclusive if we can

  19. DARLENE W — September 13, 2016 @ 10:20 am (#)

    yep, it would be this type of holiday, sun, sand beach all inclusive

  20. Janet M — October 9, 2016 @ 3:56 pm (#)

    Thanks for the info. We like all inclusive.

  21. Cass A — November 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    Looks like a place I would enjoy vacationing after a few hours of soap on t.v.

  22. DebH — April 11, 2017 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    I have done a variety of holiday travels; depends what suits the mood!

  23. Debbie White Beattie — September 18, 2017 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    I want to go anywhere that it’s hot preferably Hawaii, Australia or the Caribbean and I don’t want all inclusive because I want to see the whole island and travel around and eat in different restaurants

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