Hotels’ all-inclusive option

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If you are going to mainland Europe and are concerned about the cost of extras, such as drinks and snacks during the day and wine with your meals, why not do as my wife, Vivien, and I did on our trips to Crete and Tenerife in late 2009, early 2010: choose the “all inclusive” option that is now offered by quite a few decent-quality holiday hotels.

The increased cost over half-board was not much more than what we usually spend on coffees and teas, which we were buying about four times a day, and the option included wine with our meals, excellent lunches, and snacks and drinks through the day. Even our late-night tipple was included, as long as it was imbibed prior to 11 p.m.

Of course, another way of saving on refreshments is to drink beer instead of coffee or tea; it’s usually half the price (though not very healthy).

We tip at the end and can spend our hotel time around the pools or in the lounges and exercise rooms without worrying about carrying any cash.

PAT ERRICKER, West Wimbledon, London, U.K.

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If you are going to mainland Europe and are concerned about the cost of extras, such as drinks and snacks during the day and wine with your meals, why not do as my wife, Vivien, and I did on our trips to Crete and Tenerife in late 2009, early 2010: choose the “all inclusive” option that is now offered by quite a few decent-quality holiday hotels.

The increased cost over half-board was not much more than what we usually spend on coffees and teas, which we were buying about four times a day, and the option included wine with our meals, excellent lunches, and snacks and drinks through the day. Even our late-night tipple was included, as long as it was imbibed prior to 11 p.m.

Of course, another way of saving on refreshments is to drink beer instead of coffee or tea; it’s usually half the price (though not very healthy).

We tip at the end and can spend our hotel time around the pools or in the lounges and exercise rooms without worrying about carrying any cash.

PAT ERRICKER, West Wimbledon, London, U.K.