There’s tremendous pressure for a honeymoon to deliver a flawless experience—after all, this trip sets the tone for your life together. As a Romance Travel Specialist, I’ve planned honeymoons for two decades and I can help you avoid all-too-common honeymoon-planning mistakes like these:
Putting Off Your Planning
Waiting to make arrangements narrows down availability and choice, for everything from your seat on the plane to your treatments at the spa. This is one time when it doesn’t pay to be spontaneous. Instead, make all your arrangements six to nine months in advance to enjoy for the greatest options in elements like room type that can really make or break your honeymoon. I also recommend booking this far ahead because it opens up the possibility for you to pay for your honeymoon in installments.
Not Being True To You
The best honeymoon is like looking into a mirror: It reflects the two of you. Don’t be influenced by a friend’s fabulous honeymoon or a super-trendy destination you keep reading about. The whole point of a honeymoon is to enjoy being where you are, together, and you won’t do that in a place that doesn’t reflect your travel style and interests. While it’s certainly wise to talk with friends and get inspiration from all around you, it’s most important to be honest with what you both want, and tailor the trip from there. After I get to know you, I might recommend a honeymoon experience you’d never considered (or never even heard of!) based on your shared preferences and interests. Be open to anywhere in the world—from a European city to a Caribbean island to a cruise around Alaska—and be open to surprises.
The level of detail in planning the perfect honeymoon is staggering—there is literally a world of options at your fingertips. From destination to activity level, you two have a lot of decisions to make. Speak up and be specific about what’s important to you. And define what you mean: “Relaxing” for you might mean cliff-diving and not lounging in a hammock, as one would assume. I know just which questions to ask to help you narrow down the choices to your one perfect experience.
Pretending To Be A Travel Agent
The Internet has turned many people into (frustrated) travel agents. But just because you have access to lots of information doesn’t mean you have access to good information, or any genuine insight. Yes, a travel agent does make her or his living by booking trips for others, but you’re not necessarily going to pay more for your honeymoon by using a travel agent; in fact, you might even save money… and you’ll certainly save time and energy, while enjoying a much more personal, customized experience, utilizing their first-hand knowledge and their contacts around the world. As a Romance Travel Specialist, my job, my passion, is matching couples with their just-right trips. (See how this process works, and the many benefits of using a travel agent.)
You have a lot of decisions ahead of you as you plan your honeymoon, and I hope you see that one of your best decisions is to work with me. I will be your invaluable asset—my job, my passion, is making travel dreams come true.