Wedding Planning is stressful. The desire for perfection is overwhelming. But the honeymoon planning doesn’t have to be. Here are my Top 5 Tips for Honeymoon Planning.
1. Use a Travel Agent
Now more than ever, it is vital to use a trusted travel agent like myself, who is up to date on travel protocols and re-entry policies. An added benefit of booking with me is the concierge service you receive. I am your single point of contact for any inquiries. I will walk you through the entire process of booking, and am available to assist you from time of inquiry, until you arrive back home from your trip.
2. Know Your Budget
One of the first things you’ll need to decide as a couple is how much you can afford to spend on your honeymoon. It is important to balance your desires with your budget. Yes, that over-the-water bungalow looks appealing. And for good reason! But if you’re looking at a $5,000 budget, you need to adjust your expectations. It is also important to understand that not all resorts are equal in amenities and service. What are you willing to sacrifice? What is non-negotiable for you? These are the questions I help you answer, to determine which resort is right for you…and your budget.
3. Determine Your Honeymoon Type
Cruise vs. All-Inclusive Resort? Sand vs. Snow? The possibilities are endless. When you picture your honeymoon, how do you imagine yourself vacationing? That is your honeymoon type and the kind of trip you should be booking…in your budget.
4. Book in Advance
Booking well in advance gives you the best selection of prices, fight times, accommodations, cruise fares, etc. With most final payment dates 45-60 days prior to travel, an advanced booking affords you the the opportunity to make regular payments on your trip. For example, if you book your honeymoon one year in advance, you can make 10 months of payments on it.
5. Purchase Travel Insurance
According to The Knot, the average price of a honeymoon in 2019 was $5,000. Travel Insurance is designed to protect your trip against unforeseen events that may affect your vacation. These include:
- Trip Cancellation
- Accident or Sickness
- Travel Delay
- Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Baggage
Further, selecting a policy with a Cancel For Any Reason clause is highly advisable. As its name indicates, you can cancel for any reason, and receive up to 75% of your non-refundable, prepaid expenses.
Here’s a bonus tip for you:
6. Check Your Passport
If you’re traveling internationally, please check your passport stat! Make sure your expiration date is valid at least six months after the date you return home from your vacation. If your passport expires before that date, you will need to renew your passport as soon as possible. For example: if you travel December 20, 2021, your passport should not expire before June 20, 2022. This is very important.
Also, your passport can NOT be damaged in any way. There can be no torn, bent, water damaged pages, etc. If there is the appearance of damage, you could be denied boarding on your flight.
If you do not have a passport, please make arrangements to apply as soon as possible. It is necessary that the legal name you gave me for your reservation matches EXACTLY with the name you put on your passport application.
If you’re engaged, and/or know someone who is, I would love the opportunity to work with them. This is such a momentous occasion in a young couple’s life, they deserve a professional who can plan a honeymoon they’ll remember fondly forever.
As a full-service travel agent, I would love to be of assistance to you. I am passionate about what I do and pour that energy into crafting perfectly planned itineraries for you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.