TODAY   |  April 02, 2014

Is an all-inclusive vacation the way to travel?

Travel + Leisure’s Jacqui Gifford joins TODAY to lay out the pros and cons of those popular, all-inclusive vacation packages.

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>>> if you're planning a vacation, you may be looking at the all-inclusive resorts.

>> a lot of times you do need to read the fine print .

>> here with what to look out for is the senior editor at travel and leisure . good to see you.

>> good morning.

>> thanks for having me.

>> big advantage, obviously, to go to an all-inclusive resort. you pay one time. what else do you like about them?

>> yeah, basically with an all-inclusive, your meals, drinks, certain activities, tipping is all included. so there are no surprises at checkout. you know what you're paying up front. also, if you were to itemize what you were spending at another property on breakfast, lunch, dinner meals, you'd actually see that sometimes by staying at an all-inclusive, you're going to save a lot of money.

>> keep your eye on hidden fees as we mentioned. some of them being, perhaps, alcoholic beverages. if you're going to buy the high-end drinks.

>> yeah.

>> it's a good rule of thumb . always read the fine print . so typically, you know, house drinks included, but you'll have to pay extra for the fine wines, premiums, champagnes, spa services are usually extra. sometimes with meals, they might charge you to dine at one of their specialty restaurants, certain activities, a good rule of thumb , the nonmotorized sports are included. you can take out a kayak, but pay for a jet ski .

>> let's start with the dominican republic .

>> yes. this is in the dominican republic , one of the top hotels really there for adults. rates start at $193 per person per night, you're there to sit out on the beach. 700 yards of prime ocean front. absolutely gorgeous. right from the beach, you can go sailing and snorkeling and kayaking. they have so much to offer in terms of activities, too. you can take dance lessons, movie nights on the beach.

>> little closer to home here in the states, family resort in vermont.

>> this is actually located in high gates springs in northern vermont. it's seasonal, open may through september. and it's great because for both kids and adults, there are tons of activities, zip lining, guided hikes, canoeing and every guest gets their own bike to use throughout the course of the stay.

>> and for those who like the dude ranch experience, the white stallion ranch in arizona.

>> this is great if you love horseback riding , but they accommodate all skill levels. take a horseback ride out through the winding trails and experienced riders --

>> sign me up for that one.

>> thank you.

>> we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.