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March 24, 2010

Planning The Honeymoon

Category: Honeymoon – Tags: – Matt Ward – 5:32 pm

…..the long awaited Honeymoon!

HoneymoonAs you begin the planning of your wedding…be sure you include the HONEYMOON as part of your planning!

The honeymoon is the beginning of your married life together.  A time to get away, alone together – probably for the first time in awhile!  Start your honeymoon planning early. Give it a lot of thought, and you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable one.

A few suggestions to help with your planning process:

1. Set a budget.

How much will you be able to set aside for the honeymoon? Consider a gift registry! Book early….many companies offer special discounts for booking your vacation package or cruise early.

2. Decide on a destination.

Keep a few things in mind… the weather during the time you plan to travel, travel time to the destination, off season vs. high season destinations. Be sure you decide together on the destination, very important.

3. Resort, hotel or Cruise Choice:

Look for the resort of your dreams or cruise just right for the two of you.

Before you make the decision on the resort or hotel to book…a few questions you should think about and decide together…

  • Are you looking for all inclusive?
  • Would you prefer an adults only resort?
  • A high rise with hundreds of rooms (and hundreds of people!) or maybe a smaller resort, low rise with less people around?
  • Are you looking for a resort with a beachfront?
  • Is what you’re looking for an adventure vacation with white water rafting, zip line, maybe a safari?
  • Are you thinking of a tour package?

You’ll see loads of ads for special offers…be sure you check out just what’s included in those special offers.

What amenities are included? If you’re looking at all inclusive resorts…taxes, tips, transfers, mini bar, entrance fees, tours – are these things included??  The resort and cruise line pictures you’ll see on the internet and in brochures will make you say…ahhh for sure!!

Do your research…review all resort or hotel information carefully so there won’t be any surprises when you get to the hotel.

Thinking of a cruise? Decide on the ports you would like to visit. Look for a few options, check out the departure and return dates…make sure you allow a day or two extra for travel time to the port. When looking for a cruise be sure to find one that will depart at least two days after your wedding day! Plan to fly to the departure city one day prior to the day of the cruise (at least one day early). It’s never a good idea to fly to the departure city the same day the cruise departs. If your flights are delayed, you could miss getting to the ship on time.  You’ll need to include this pre cruise hotel night into your budget. Be sure you know what the cruise cost includes. You must ask also what IS NOT included!  Cruise cost is usually just that – the cost of the cabin for the number of nights you will be cruising and most, but not all food.

4. Use a travel agent to assist with your honeymoon planning!

Your agent will work with you to select the resort, hotel(s) or cruise and best flights.

An agent will look for special offers for honeymooners, will book your transfers and advise on vacation protection.  (Very important to add vacation protection to your honeymoon booking…ask your agent) One call to a travel agent…you get someone to work with you, put your travel plans together and will save you time and most times, money too!

Many agencies offer a gift registry service and most of their supplier’s offer a price matching service…ask about it.  Meet with your travel agent, discuss your thoughts and ask for recommendations. Ask up front if there are added fees for their services. Many agents do not charge a fee; they are paid by the supplier with whom the honeymoon is booked. Ask your agent to check availability and provide pricing for a vacation package. Also ask to price the trip with air only, and then add in the resort cost, transfers and cost of vacation protection. By making this request, you’ll find which way of booking the trip will be best for you, – package or “a la carte”. Booking a vacation package, in most cases, will save you money.

A quality vacation remember, does not mean lowest price…it’s the vacation which includes the most for your money!  A travel agent will reconfirm all details for you and make sure your special requests are passed on to the airlines, resort and/or cruise line.

Booking your honeymoon online or directly with a hotel or cruise line, means YOU will need to do this double checking…an agent takes care of such things and saves you the time!

Ask your travel agent if you can make payments once the required deposit is applied and before the final payment is due. Most agents will advise you what the required deposit amount will be, when the final payment is due and will apply payments for you as you request them to be made. (Many of the online booking companies – not thru a travel agent, require full payment at time of booking and fees may be added.)

In summary:

  • Decide on your honeymoon budget,
  • Plan early,
  • Dresearch on hotels, resorts and cruises
  • Decide on your destination together.
  • Use a travel agent!

Your planning is complete…enjoy your wedding day…. and your long awaited honeymoon!

with my Best Wishes…

……Ellen Kettle ~ Kettle Travel,

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