Travelers today are easily enticed by the all-inclusive packages that they see online. There’s a perception that for one combined low price they can get everything they need for their holiday — transportation, accommodations, food, and even a few excursions.

On the contrary, recent research published in a Huffington Post article reveals that a seven-night stay for two travelers at a European B&B is approximately £300 cheaper per person.

Here’s a little secret: travelers can actually get a better holiday value by booking their stay at a B&B.

Here’s why:

During a B&B stay, guests have more flexibility in planning their budget and saving money.

One of the most alluring aspects of an all-inclusive package is the fact that food and drinks are included. However, it’s important for travelers to remember that they are paying a premium for these conveniences. On a B&B holiday, typically at least one home-cooked meal is included in the stay, and it’s often a delicious breakfast. For other dining experiences, guests can select local restaurants or even utilize the kitchen to prepare their own meals with affordable supplies purchased from the nearby grocer.

Many all-inclusive holiday packages offer branded extras that guests indulge in once they arrive.

When booking an all-inclusive trip, travelers can sometimes be caught out by the fine print. Yes, food and drinks are often included. But do the included beverages consist of soft drinks and water? Will guests be paying extra for alcoholic beverages? Or, will they arrive and find out that the branded products they prefer are premiums they must pay more for to enjoy? Far too many travelers end up at their all-inclusive resort only to find out that not everything there is included in their original booking price. Ultimately, this makes an all-inclusive getaway more costly than a B&B holiday.

A B&B holiday provides a better traveling experience for the individual, as it allows for more flexibility in exploring the destination.

In many cases, holiday value isn’t determined by the cost of the package. It’s decided by the experiences guests have during the trip. A B&B holiday is far more valuable than an all-inclusive trip, because it gives travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local destination. They spend their evenings sipping wine with the innkeeper on the front porch and the days learning about the history of the region from a guide whose family has lived there for generations. Guests walk away feeling more fulfilled and enlightened than they would after an all-inclusive trip, which is the most valuable experience traveling abroad can offer.

A B&B holiday is a more valuable option for most travelers to consider. While staying at a small property such as a B&B, they can enjoy an authentic and intimate experience while also being centrally-located to many of the sights and attractions in your property’s destination. They aren’t limited by the activities that are available on the resort grounds, or stuck going through the same buffet-style lines every night for dinner. For many, it’s the best choice for their next trip, you just have to convince them.

By Dean Elphick

Dean is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist of Little Hotelier, the all-in-one software solution purpose-built to make the lives of small accommodation providers easier. Dean has made writing and creating content his passion for the entirety of his professional life, which includes more than six years at Little Hotelier. Through content, Dean aims to provide education, inspiration, assistance, and, ultimately, value for small accommodation businesses looking to improve the way they run their operations (and live their life).