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Which Board Basis is Best For You?

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When it comes to booking a holiday, the choice of destinations on offer alone are enough to send your head into a spin, and if that’s not enough, you then have to decide what type of board basis you want.

All of this, of course, is down to your own personal preference, your budget and what suits you, however, there are a few important factors to consider when choosing your board option.

Let’s have a look.

RO – Room Only

What you get?

Room Only is basically somewhere to sleep with a bathroom, however, meals and cooking facilities are not provided.

Good for…

There are some fantastic bargains to be had on a Room Only option, and if you’re the type of traveller who likes to get out and explore all day, or rarely spend time in your room, this could be a great choice for you.

Things to consider…

Budgeting for this type of holiday can be difficult, as depending on your destination, eating out can be costly.

Top Tip

Do you research, and see if there is a good choice of restaurants available, and how much it would cost you to eat out in local restaurants.

Room Only

SC – Self Catering

Self Catering can come in the form of a studio or an apartment with multiple bedrooms.

What you get?

Although no meals are provided, your studio or apartment will have some cooking amenities  – these facilities can sometimes be basic, however, there will be an area for you to cook and prepare food.

Good for…

Like Room Only, Self Catering often has some really good prices and can be a great choice if you have a fussy eater, as this gives you the option to cater for yourself.

Things to consider…

If you do decide to cater for yourself, make sure you check that your choice of destination has local supermarkets available in your area.

Top Tip

If you have room in your suitcase, it’s always worth taking a few bits away with you such as coffee and tea bags and for the fussy ones, it may be worth taking a few of their favourite foods too.

Self Catering

BB – Bed and Breakfast

What you get?

This is exactly what it says on the tin. You get your bed and your breakfast in the morning.

Good for…

Bed and Breakfast is another great choice that just like Room Only and Self Catering, gives you freedom.

Things to consider…

You will still need to budget into your spending money the cost of eating out your lunch and evening meal.

Top Tip

Make use of the breakfast, as this will fuel you up for the day ahead.

Bed and Breakfast

HB – Half Board

What you get?

Half Board includes your room, your breakfast and evening meal.

Good for…

This is a great choice if for example you prefer to spend your day on the beach or like to get out and about.

Things to consider…

You could be out exploring the local area and may feel you have to cut short your day to get back for your evening meal.

Top Tip

Some hotels will allow you to swap your evening meal for lunch, giving you the freedom to eat out on an evening and no need to rush back.

All Inclusive

FB – Full Board

What you get?

Full Board will provide you with your breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Good for…

If you don’t like to venture far or are less mobile, Full Board could be a great choice for you.

Things to consider…

As all your meals are provided for at the hotel, you may feel the need to stay in and dine, rather than exploring dining options in the resort.

Top Tip

Some hotels include drinks with your meals, although it’s always best to check this with the hotel before you travel.

All Inclusive

AI – All Inclusive

All Inclusive usually includes all your meals, snacks, soft and alcoholic drinks.

What you get?

This can vary on the standard of hotel you book. For example, some hotels offer 24-hour All Inclusive whereas some will be for a minimum of 12 hours a day.

Good for…

All Inclusive is great if you are on a budget, as all your meals and drinks are included. So all you need to take with you is spending money for those all-important souvenirs.

Things to consider…

You may feel a little restricted as you will want to make the use of your All Inclusive hotel.

Top Tip

All Inclusive can be a great choice for families and with most hotels serving up buffet style options at meal times, it offers you a great variety even for the pickiest of eaters.

All Inclusive

What is your favourite board option on holiday?

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