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Coachella 2013 – Roaming Gnome’s Top 10 Moments

He came, he danced, he conquered. Here’s a photo tour of the Roaming Gnome’s top 10 moments at Coachella 2013.  Follow @Travelocity_Roaming_Gnome on Instagram for more travel moments from Coachella and beyond.

Five Perks of All-Inclusive Hotels

While all-inclusive hotels are not for every traveler, when it comes to convenience and great value, the pros far out-weigh the cons!  And with many all-inclusive hoteliers pushing the limits of luxury and creativity, the appeal of these  properties is wider than ever.  Here are five perks of all-inclusive vacations.

1 Less planning, more relaxing
Much of the stress that comes from a vacation is tied to the planning of it. Where should we go for dinner? Which activities will the whole family enjoy? Can we afford extra excursions?  With an all-inclusive, much of the planning process is done for you, giving you the chance to relax and focus on making memories with your family or friends.  For the ultimate in relaxation, try Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.  The all-inclusive rate includes all meals, anytime snacks, gourmet dining, brand drinks, airport transfers, fitness center, water sports, scuba diving, childcare, video game center, entertainment, and all taxes and gratuities.

photo courtesy of Beaches Turks and Caicos
photo courtesy of Beaches Turks and Caicos

2 Easy to budget with one bill
Vacation spending can really add up. A four-course meal here, a snorkeling excursion there.  Before you know it your credit card has racked up thousands of dollars in charges and sometimes even international transaction fees. At an all-inclusive you can keep track of everything on one bill and stash your credit card away.  Try the Now Amber Resort and Spa All Inclusive in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Here guests enjoy Unlimited-Luxury service including full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day, theme parties and entertainment, unlimited international and domestic premium brand alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, and live nightly entertainment.  No restaurant reservations are required, no wristbands required and all taxes and gratuities are included.

Photo Credit:  Now Amber Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive
Now Amber Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

3 Ideal for families – Kids stay, play, eat free
Family-focused all-inclusive hotels are a dream for Mom and Dad. Many of them offer a full schedule of free activities for the kids, kid-friendly performances and menus.  With the cost of airline tickets getting more expensive every year, families are being asked to pay more for vacations than ever so any budget break is a welcome one.  Often kids even stay for free.  A great option for families is the Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The property, accommodations and services are all geared towards families — Lucy’s Kids Club, separate kids swimming pool and water park, suite accommodations for whole family, breakfast/lunch/dinner included as well as all sporting activities.

Photo Courtesy:  Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Photo Courtesy: Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4 Party-friendly
Looking for a great bachelor or bachelorette destination? All-inclusives are easy to plan, easy to budget and there are many all-inclusives geared towards party-goers with great perks like top shelf alcohol, swim-up bars, nightclubs.  The Hard Rock Hotel All-Inclusive Cancun is a good bachelor/bacheloretet pick!  The all-inclusive package offers top shelf liquor, all meals, numerous bars, clubs, entertainment and a 24/7 party atmosphere. Perfect!

Photo Credit: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Photo Credit: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

5 All-inclusives are becoming more luxurious and creative than ever
Forward thinking hoteliers are re-inventing the all-inclusive experience with details that appeal to a traveler who might have previously avoided all-inclusives — Things like your own personal butler, extracurriculars like unlimited Scuba and exclusive private islands!  The Secrets Wild Orchid All-Inclusive in Montego Bay, Jamaica has an “Unlimited Luxury” program with includes gourmet meals, luxury accommodations and unique activities like Euro bungee, cooking classes, dance classes, a batting cage and bike tours.

For up to 50% off your summer all-inclusive vacation hit Travelocity’s Memorial Day Vacation Sale!

Tax Day Deal Alert – Travelocity Travel Refund

Right now, use Travelocity’s promo codes “TAXDAY25″ or “TAXDAY50″  at checkout and receive and extra $25 or $50 refund on your hotel or vacation package booking!   Here are the details:

“TAXDAY25″ – Minimum 2-night stay and minimum spend of $200.

“TAXDAY50″  Minimum 3-night stay and minimum spend of $400.

The promo codes are only valid until Wednesday!  For all the terms and conditions go to travelocity.com/offers.