Planning a honeymoon while planning a wedding can be overwhelming. There are so many destinations and so many details to consider. Working with a travel agent is an excellent way to ensure you have a fabulous honeymoon.
There are many travel agencies out there to choose from and unfortunately, some will push you to certain trips based on incentives, making for a cookie cutter experience. Be sure to get personal references from friends or wedding planners to ensure you pick the travel agent who will make your honeymoon about you and your fiance! It is YOUR honeymoon, after all!
We love The Travel Mechanic. Their proven history planning amazing trips combined with their boutique and concierge services make them a travel agency that will make your honeymoon the trip of your dreams, tailor made to suit your travel preferences. We recently asked Lauren Doyle, VP Sales and a member of the family that started The Travel Mechanic, to share some tips that will make your honeymoon as incredible as your love story.
Five Ways to Plan a Fabulous Honeymoon:
- Use a travel agent!
Travel agents are experienced professionals who book vacations and honeymoons everyday…they know the right questions to ask and they know when a good deal truly is a good deal. And even better? Most travel agents are completely free! The resorts, suppliers and wholesalers pay the travel agents. It is the same as using Expedia, Hotels.com or another Online Travel Agency (OTA). But for a travel experience like your honeymoon, wouldn’t you rather speak to a live person? When looking for an agent, make sure you have a phone consultation or meet with them in person. This allows you to make sure the agent understands the type of traveling you and your fiancé are looking for. Many times a honeymoon is the first big trip a couple takes together and a good travel agent can match couples with their perfect destinations. Using a travel agent gives you the best honeymoon at the best value.
- Be flexible with dates.
If your schedule allows, flexibility can save you a lot of money. Try to travel in the shoulder season (in between high and low season) or low season of the destination. Obvious times to avoid are holidays and spring break. Shoulder and low seasons vary by destination, so do your research or speak with a professional travel agent.
- Go for an all-inclusive.
If you are looking for a beach destination, all-inclusives can save you a bundle of money. They might appear more expensive, but as their title denotes, they include everything…all of the transfers, taxes, drinks, meals, snacks, activities and most water sports. All-inclusive beach vacations offer other luxuries like excursions, a la carte dining, room services and other perks. Be aware that not every all-inclusive resort is the same, so work with an experienced travel agent so you know exactly what you are getting.
- Buy a honeymoon package.
When booking a honeymoon in an exotic location, it pays to get a package. When you combine airfare, land, excursions and tours, there are far more discounts available. Hidden value can make a big difference while traveling. Also, many couples find that if they are traveling to Europe, for example, travel agents can get the “skip the line” museum passes, rail tickets and other perks…saving you not only money, but valuable travel time.
- Don’t be shy about upgrades!
This is your honeymoon after all! Many couples find that when you upgrade to the next category, hotels are willing to throw in resort credits, private dinners on the beach and many even more honeymoon amenities! Your honeymoon is a special time and the little perks go a long way to making it not just a vacation, but an experience that will bring you joy for years to come!
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