@iheartcake: Once upon a time the average joe (or jane) didn’t have access to all the info we have now at the touch of our fingertips with the Internet… if you wanted to book a vacation to a far off Destination you had to use a Travel Agent.
Travel Agents sell you products, and make a commission off the sale, or sales volume (ie they sell you a spot with an AI they get a kick back… they sell so many seats with Amerian Airlines in a month, they get a kick back etc)
So altho they may know a lot of stuf* … they are also just as likely to point you to specific products that give THEM (not you) the best deal
The internet is great, if you have a bit of time, you can research and see a lot of things at once and compare at your leisure.
And more often than not the best deals can be made when you book yourself directly with a seller… be it an Airline, Hotel, etc.
I don’t use a Travel Agent for bookings… I do all my own. And I’ve found that to be quite reasonable for me…
Online services like Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Priceline etc… these are all “electronic” Travel Agents… 3rd Party Resellers.
IF you find a good deal with one of them, I highly recommend that you call Airline, Hotel, etc directly to see if they will MEET or BEAT the deal you’ve found. Most often they will.
IF they don’t… more often than not it is because they’ve sold a block of “slow moving” product to the 3rd Party Reseller to move for them… so example, their worst rooms… like the ones next to the elevator, or over the loading dock etc.
Then you have to make up your mind… is ANY room in the $ 400 a night hotel worth $ 150 a night… even if it means the room is crappy, but the Hotel is great.
For some travellers that is a good deal / trade off. For others not so much.
The thing is tho, if you don’t buy direct from the Airline / Hotel etc, and go thru an Online Reseller, you usually have little to no recourse. The front desk will most often tell you… “Sorry we have no other rooms” (even if they do)… because you have been sold an AS IS product.
Most customers using these online Resellers aren’t aware of that.
Personally… I think $ 3000 is a decent budget for Mexico… I think you will most certainly find something that works. Whether you do so on your own or go thru a travel agent is up to you…
But now you know the facts on how it all works.
* PS – Every Travel Agent will know different things depending on how much travel they’ve done or what their Agency specializes in. There are Agencies that focus on Cruising, Europe, or Caribbean & Winter Getaways. And there are Agencies that do it all. Truthfully finding an individual agent that is going to know a lot about any one specific place on the planet (ie Mexico) is going to be hit & miss. My best advice is do some reading & research on your own own on where you might like to go… Cabo, Cancun, Mayan Riviera etc… good places to start are Wikipedia (general overview) – and Tourism Websites (every Country, Region, City etc has one) – and websites like TripAdvisor. TONS of info to be found on TA.
Then at least if you do decide to go with a Travel Agent, you’ll not be going in cold, and have some basic info… or with a little more time you’ll be quite easily prepared to do it all on your own (and probably save some bucks too).
After you have an idea of WHERE… you can always post a Question here too… lots of Bees with great Honeymoon Experiences to share.