Well, nothing. But maybe it is sometimes worth it?
Resort holidays have never appealed to me; there’s no local culture to speak of, and I burn in 2 seconds in the sun. We used to be backpackers, we love road trips and camping!
When we in December toured New Zealand, we had a great holiday. We saw loads of the country, family and friends. But we also enjoyed the couple of days in between with just our family doing nothing special. We swam, looked around, played some games. It was lovely to be free of a schedule and just have time for each other. So we booked more time for each other and ourselves.
It cost a fair bit but was cheaper early May, before the high season. Also, compared to buying all meals, drinks and activities separately, i think it was a good price. The buffet tables were plentiful. The drinks were included. We certainly made full use of the opportunities: thanks to the intensive swimming both kids learned to swim 25m. They also got to try new sports like basketball and tennis without us getting the equipment for it, they went to the kids disco and we tried a family fitness class. I participated in morning yoga most days, tried aqua and dancing classes, my husband went for morning swims and runs etc.
It was easy. It was relaxing. No need to think of meals or spending as everything was payed for, where as, whenever you tour, you may have costy surprises. We enjoyed our time together and I enjoyed my opportunity to excersice and have an occasional coffee on my own.