Post # 1
My fiance and I are going to Ireland for our honeymoon… and just booked the flights last night 🙂 We are staying there 9/25 – 10/5.. so 11 days. We have been out of the country once before (to Switzerland) and it was basically the best experience of our lives. We’re just dying to go somewhere else and travel/sight-see all day long! Plus, my Fiance has some strong Irish genes so we’re excited to go to that country.
We aren’t getting anything thru a travel agent – we’re actually planning everything ourselves. Has anyone used booking.com? I have a bunch of hotels booked through there and so far there are no problems, but I’m a little worried about some of our reservations just for the plain fact that we’re using a 3rd party booking company.
Also, does anyone have anything they think we should absolutely see? We can change any of our booking plans free of charge, since nothing is paid for yet 🙂
I’M SO EXCITED!!! 😀
Post # 3
Why wouldn’t you use a travel agent if you’ve not been to the destination yourself? Any agent “worth their salt” who has been to any destination that you’re looking to go to would be a great resource! They would know what to recommend (or not) based on personal experience & your “wish list.” Plus, the suppliers (for hotels, excursions, insurance, etc.) would pretty much ensure that you have a worry-free honeymoon, instead of fretting about whether or not your reservation at XYZ hotel is guaranteed. Plus, if you have any extras like driving a car vs. getting a chauffeur to drive you vs. just doing trains on your own, a good agent should be able to facilitate all of that for you in order to minimize your travel planning stress. (But, yes, if you speak w/a travel agent who tries to deter you from your original destination [Ireland] & talk you into a tropical vacation, then, for sure, run for the hills!!) 🙂
Post # 4
OMG I am just about to book a hotel through booking for our hotel in Rome for the honeymoon!! Hope you have a fantastic time!
Post # 5
@StephieBee: How exciting! I havent used booking.com, but I usually book my hotels through hotels.com if it’s about the same price or better than other sites. (I’ll have to check booking.com now to see how they compare) I use hotels.com cause they have the welcome rewards where you stay 10 nights and get 1 free. Even if you dont get to use the free night this time, it’s nice to have for the next trip.
I’ve never used a travel agent before either,and in this day and age of research, I think trips are pretty easy to plan yourself.. why pay extra for the agent, espeically since I know I won’t just take their word for it and research everything myself anyways.
Post # 7
Yeah!! We leave for Ireland TOMORROW!!!! Can’t wait!
We booked all our hotels through hotels.com, though. Also, used the book by Rick Steves for additional recommendations for sites, pubs, and hotels/B&Bs.
Are yall renting a car? At first we weren’t going to, but EVERYONE told us that you get to see sooo much more renting the car, and that we would miss out on some great views of the countryside if we didn’t. So we bit the bullet & did!! SOOOOO Excited!!
Post # 8
YAY! You’re going to love it there! Darling Husband and I spent three weeks in Ireland for our honeymoon and loved it! We also did a self-planned driving tour, swinging from Dublin all the way around to the west coast. I posted a thread about it, with the overall favorites here.
We actually had a lot of fun planning and are glad we didn’t go through a travel agent. It would have been WAY more expensive through an agent, a shorter trip, less customized to our wants, and we wouldn’t have had the same kind of flexibility. Half the joy of visiting Ireland is wandering through the countryside and deciding you like the looks of a little town and want to stay there for the night.
My suggestion would be to take advantage of the B&Bs and castle resorts, and don’t just stay in hotels. You can find hotels anywhere and they’re all pretty much the same. 🙂
We didn’t use booking.com, we simply booked through the individual places.
Post # 9
Yay thanks so much for replying, ladies 🙂
@AnnieAAA: Wow!! That’s so exciting! You’ll have to let me know how your trip went when you guys get back! 🙂 I would love to see pictures, get tips, etc.
We will be renting a car, also. We haven’t done that part yet, though. We’re staying in Dublin the first 2 nights, and then all over the place after that – so we won’t be needing a rental car until we leave the Dublin area because we plan to use public transportation 🙂 We did that on a previous trip we took somewhere else and it was the BIGGEST adventure trying to figure things out as we went (Which is saying something, bc I hate not knowing where I’m going!) Anyway, that being said, not sure where to rent the car from since we won’t be picking it up from the airport.
@Minutiae: Wow. Your post is amazing, haha! That’s going to be soooo hugely helpful. I just started glancing thru it and plan to read everything… wow you guys sure had an amazing trip! 😀 The pictures are amazing. We are doing mostly 3-4 star hotels and B&B’s… we’re a little limited by budget in that respect. We’re doing a hotel in Dublin (both when we arrive and when we leave; we’re flying in and out from the same place, so we’re doing like this around the country trip), and in Kilkenny. We’re doing one night in a castle (because, let’s face it, WE HAVE TO. It’s insanely expensive – and we’re not even staying in the highest priced castle there! It’s a castle nonetheless though, and still way more expensive than any single night anywhere else.) The rest of the time we’re staying in B&B’s and are SO excited about it!
Last time we took a trip, we learned that eating a huge breakfast totally paid off, so that we only really paid for one big meal a day (dinner).
I can’t wait to share your thread with my FI!!! 😀
Post # 10
Yay so exciting!
Personally, I never use a travel agent for my travels. I enjoy getting to research the country and what it has to offer myself and then figuring out what I’d like to do. By doing the research yourself, you gain a better understanding of the country and I love to have that knowledge!
Post # 11
@Miss Orchard: I agree with you! 🙂 That’s why we didn’t get a travel agent.. We went to Switzerland last year (out of luck!) and got to do tons of research to figure out where to go and what to see and kind of just figured out the rail/train systems. The best part was when people only spoke french, or signs were only in french/german, and we had to decipher where we were and how to get from A to B. It was amazing!
A friend of mine is getting married and his fiancee insisted on using a travel agent.. when I started telling him about how much my trip was costing by comparison, he was a little apalled, bc they’re going to Hawaii and we’re going overseas! Haha.. but hey, there’s so much less for him to worry about, and I know that’s more important for him.
What places have you visited?
Post # 12
@StephieBee: My fiance and I just decided we wanted to try to go to Ireland for our honeymoon as well. I’m wanting to use a travel agent and maybe do a guided tour, but I’m not certain which we would enjoy more – self guided or being driven.
While we are there, I’m wanting to see The Burren most. Do you plan on seeing that?