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On the opposite end of the spectrum from the backpack-toting, hostel-staying, hitchhiking-around-Europe vacation of our collective imagination is the trip to an all-inclusive resort. Epitomized by Club Med, these establishments charge a flat fee for transportation, lodging, food, drink, and entertainment. The more than 500 all-inclusive resorts worldwide range from family venues offering water parks and nurseries to the adults-only Hedonism III, featuring body painting and complimentary weddings if you get lucky at the clothing-optional water slide/disco. In their book 100 Best All-Inclusive Resorts of the World, Jay Paris and Carmi Zona-Paris guide you through a selection of dude ranches, safaris, and idyllic Gilligan’s Island-like beach resorts where the objective is “no surprises, unless surprise is part of the package.” Paris and Zona-Paris sign copies of their book at 7 p.m. at Travel Books & Language Center, 4437 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 237-1322. (Janet Hopf)