Honeymoon As one of the most romantic vacations you will ever take, the honeymoon is something to look forward to after all that wedding stress. Read our ideas on planning the honeymoon and romantic honeymoon places around the world and next door. Honeymoons: Planning a Budget-friendly Getaway The Editors of Perfect Wedding Guide (04 Dec 2009) Back In a perfect world, immediately after toasting champagne with family and friends at the wedding reception, you and your new groom are whisked away to an exotic locale for two weeks of sightseeing, beach bumming and cuddling. But, for many couples, the reality of planning a fairytale (i.e. budget- busting) honeymoon just isn’t in the cards. So what to do when you want to get away without going in debt? Here, five ideas for planning a budget-friendly getaway for your honeymoon. 1. Stash some cash Even though during this time the majority of your money will go toward paying for the wedding, you can still set some funds aside for a post-wedding vacation. It doesn’t have to be a large sum, but saving a few dollars here and there to use only for your honeymoon will help cut down on some travel costs. 2. Retreat from the world (sort of) If you can’t go on vacation, bring the vacation to you. Schedule some alone time together where you don’t answer the phone, check emails or receive visitors. Your focus should be on connecting with your mate with little distractions from the outside world. So even if you’re not island hopping in Hawaii or sailing along the Mediterranean, a few days of uninterrupted couple time can be quite gratifying. 3. Hit the open road Save on airfare by traveling by car to your honeymoon destination . . . which, of course, presents another budget-friendly option—planning a stateside rendezvous. There are plenty of great beaches, mountainsides and impressive landmarks within the U.S. So pull out your road map for more ideas on where to go. 4. Monitor mid-week deals Airfare and hotel prices are typically less during the middle of the week. For a quick getaway, book your accommodations Tues-Thursday to save a few bucks. 5. Reconsider Hotel Reservations Forgo the five-star digs for a quaint (and less expensive) bed and breakfast. Some things to consider when searching for B&Bs are accessibility to great attractions, updated decor, and private accommodations (bath, temperature controls, etc.). These are just a few ideas for planning a budget-friendly getaway for your honeymoon. If skimming back isn’t an ideal option for your first official getaway as husband and wife, you can always postpone your trip, allowing time to save up and take the honeymoon of your dreams. How to Choose a Travel Agent for Your Honeymoon With all the effort couples put into planning a wedding, the honeymoon is a welcomed retreat for newlyweds to unwind and spend time alone. However, planning the honeymoon can often be just as stressful as planning the ceremony and reception. Why devote endless hours on the computer delving through hundreds of options to locate the perfect honeymoon destination when you could work directly with a travel agent? Travel agents can give expert advice and provide outstanding service that you just can’t find through booking online. Here, we share with you tips on finding a travel agent to plan the honeymoon of your dreams. What can a travel agent offer you? Travel agents can give expert advice and provide outstanding service that you just can’t find booking online. They can find the best pricing available, upgrades, set up special requests (i.e. chilled champagne, flowers), arrange transfers and take care of numerous time consuming small details. Their service is invaluable. Travel agents develop close relationships with suppliers and when needed can pull strings that someone booking on the internet can’t. Why use a travel agent The question should be why not use a travel agent? You’ve heard tales of vacations that were booked at online only travel sites that turned out to be nightmares. If you book everything yourself online you don’t have an advocate that is working for you should a problem arise. With a travel agent, you have access to an actual person who can answer questions and make accommodations changes on your behalf. How to find a reputable travel agent One of the best ways to choose a travel agent is to ask friends/family for a recommendation. Any travel agent worth their salt considers a referral the highest compliment and will provide their clients with a level of service that will ensure return business and referrals. If you come up empty with asking friends/family, use Internet search engines by utilizing key word specific requests in your area, like “travel agency Los Angeles, CA.”. Once you find a company, you should ask if they have a honeymoon specialist, how many years of experience, what destinations have they personally visited and if they can provide client references. A reputable travel agency will look at your budget, interests, what amenities you are looking for and make recommendations based on your input. They will also talk to the bride and groom together, listen with an open mind and give honest feedback. How to get the best deal on your honeymoon Timing is everything. Since airline and resort/cruise rates can fluctuate daily, the earlier you plan the more chance of saving money you have. A professional travel agency is able to save you money with early booking discounts, special fares, and resort discounts that are not advertised to the general public. Consider departing from an alternate airport—you can save hundreds by simply departing from another gateway. An “adults only” all inclusive resort is another wonderful option for honeymooning couples, and since all of your dining, drinks, airport transfers and some activities are included, you do not have to worry with carrying tons of cash to pay for items out of pocket. Many of these resorts have strict no tipping policies as well. If you choose a cruise you can prepay gratuities, purchase excursions and drink coupons online before boarding the ship. The most important advice to couples is to remember that your honeymoon is one of the most special times in your life. You want it to be everything you imagined—and utilizing a travel agent is a smart decision that will reward you tenfold. Top Honeymoon Destinations of 2008 Shelly Alker (04 Dec 2009) Back Stumped on where to stop for your honeymoon? We gathered a list of the most popular vacation spots visited by newlyweds in 2008. From romantic and remote to lush and luxurious, learn why these locales made the top of the list. Riviera Maya (Mexico) The Mayan Riviera, a natural paradise that merges with the waters of the Caribbean Sea, is a coastal strip that stretches more than 75 miles. The white sand beaches with turquoise seas are dotted with many all-inclusive, adults only resorts that cater to honeymooners. Here you can relax or enjoy recreational activities at luxurious resorts nestled in the jungle. From shopping, eco-tours, snorkeling, hot night life and world class dining, the Rivera Maya has a little of something for everyone. Best for: More active travelers Jamaica Jamaica--just the name brings visions of a tropical paradise filled with crystal blue sea, waterfalls, white sand beaches, and friendly smiles. Jamaica boasts over 200 miles of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. An abundance of sight seeing opportunity awaits you here, from Lovers Leap to Negril’s Seven Mile Beach. Windsurfing, snorkeling, fishing and diving are just a few of the watersport activities to enjoy. From sophisticated luxury to no shoes, no problem, Jamaica has a charm uniquely it’s own. Best for: Any traveler Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) Punta Cana is a fabulous place to do absolutely nothing and spend your days on uncrowded powdery white sand beaches. The Dominican Republic is a very beautiful island with dense tropical rain forests, clear rivers and waterfalls. Punta Cana is the largest and fastest growing tourist destination in the Caribbean and it’s the largest single destination for golf. Horseback riding is another popular activity on the island, with the option of riding on deserted white-sand beaches, making for great photo ops. Best for: Beach bums The Bahamas This vacation mecca is home to fabulous resorts, beautiful beaches and plenty of action--all at an unhurried pace. The islands of the Bahamas are best known for sparkling ocean waters, making it one of the worlds best areas for snorkeling, diving, surfing or just relaxing. Renting a scooter is a great way to explore your area and enjoy a round of golf at any of the world class golf courses. Elegant dining, upscale resorts and casino action await you on Paradise Island (home to the famous Atlantis Resort and Casino). From Bimini to Great Inagua, the Islands of the Bahamas offer unlimited choices for your honeymoon. Best for: Any Traveler The Islands of Hawaii If ever a destination inspired romance it's the Hawaiian Islands, strolling along a white-sand beach, enjoying an island cocktail at sunset, and the relaxing melodies of Hawaiian music. Where else can you walk on a live volcano, watch the Haleakala sunrise above the clouds, learn to surf and swim with manta rays in once place? The allure of the islands beckons from the moment you arrive. Hawaii is more popular than ever with couples seeking that very special place for that very special moment. Steeped in rich history and the Spirit of Aloha, Hawaii is like no other place on earth. Best for: Romantics that don’t mind traveling a bit further for their piece of paradise.
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