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How many times have you had friends talk about their honeymoon disasters?  Your honeymoon can be an amazing trip which marks the beginning as husband and wife, or a stressful and disappointing trip that disrupts the focus of why you’re there.

There are several purposes of a honeymoon.  It is a time for rest and relaxation after the hectic months prior of planning and ……your wedding.  It is a time to be alone with your new spouse, a time to adjust to your new marriage. 

Having someone who specializes in honeymoons can really help you to avoid problems.  It is often heard that the honeymoon did not go as hoped.  That problems occurred due to unexpected issues.  When you are so busy planning all the necessities for your special day, planning a honeymoon may seem like the easiest part.  You look at some pictures, talk to some friends, read a few reviews and mostly go with your budget.  So often, when not planned well, the cost is much higher than expected.  Shuttle service was not there, some restaurants at the all-inclusive cost extra, call brand drinks were not included in the ‘package’.  Entertainment was extra, and the list goes on.

Using a travel agent is free, and will save you money.  They are well traveled, educated on the destinations as well as the resorts.  Knowing what the differences in resorts are can save you money and frustration.  Looking at the pictures online, resorts can often look similar.  But the truth is, there are huge differences.  From the menu selection to the activities, from the free amenities (shuttle service, water sports) to the ratio of staff to the guests.  Resorts also cater to different types of guests, and you want to make sure you are one of those.  If they cater to Europeans more than Americans, their menus might be a little challenging for those less traveled.  Many cater to honeymooners, but not as well as others.  Why pay for something you are not going to partake in? 

 

Just as important as the resort itself is, is the destination.  Ask the travel agent if they have traveled to the different locations you are considering, and if not, find another agent!  When a destination is visited, it gives the agent an idea of what the airport, transportation and logistics are.  Not always important facts to know, but priceless if there are things you need to know specific to that location.  These cannot be found reading a brochure.  Also important is to find out if there are any language barriers young couples might encounter.  A well informed traveler is going to have a much better time and get much more out of their vacation.  By knowing the location, the agent has experienced things like monetary differences, cultural and service differences. 

Why not find the destination you are looking for, then choose the resorts that best fits your personality, vision and budget?

Travel agents also help you with timing of your vacation.  You don’t want to leave the day after your wedding in most cases.  You want to plan a honeymoon that fits your energy level.  Starting with your flight schedule, you don’t want long layovers when you are already exhausted from the weeks prior.  You also want to make sure the honeymoon you choose fits your energy level.  Many couples want a relaxing, ‘don’t have to think’ vacation.  That is when the all-inclusive honeymoon options fit the best.  Other couples want to explore, lots of excursions, ‘can’t wait to experience things together’, and that is when the destination is more important than the resort. 

When you tell a travel agent about yourself, they start to get a feel for what you like, dislike, and are comfortable trying.  A honeymoon is your first trip as husband and wife. You don’t want to feel nervous, confused or upset when it doesn’t go as hoped. 

Everyone has that picture perfect honeymoon vision; let us help you find it!  Contact me to get started!

Lisa Ritz
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