Definition of a Package Holiday

Package holidays let you relax and enjoy your trip.
Package holidays let you relax and enjoy your trip. (Image: Jack Hollingsworth/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A package holiday, also known as a package tour, can be an excellent way to enjoy a destination or travel the world. You pay upfront for a package tour, so there's no worrying later about where you'll stay, how you will get there, where you'll eat and what you'll do. This frees you to enjoy your trip without stress.

What's Included

These tours normally include airfare and lodging. Meals may also be part of the package. Some include all meals, others include a single meal, usually breakfast. Always check for any hidden costs you’ll be responsible for, such as tips, baggage handling, taxes or resort activity fees. If you can, get a list in writing of what your tour will include so you won't be surprised later.

Upgrading Your Package

If you want to minimize the cash you spend on your trip, ask the vendor about upgrading your package. Some packages can be upgraded with all meals, attraction and show tickets, on-site transportation such as rental cars or buses, and transportation to and from the starting airport for your tour.

Where to Buy It

Traditionally, package tours are sold by travel agents or tour operators, but they can also be sold by the destination itself, such as an all-inclusive Disney World package. No matter where you purchase your package, ask for a contact if you have questions before or during your tour.

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