(Closed) Booked the flights to Ireland! :D

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
746 posts
Busy bee

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!!)  πŸ™‚

Post # 4
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@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 # 6
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Excellent! have fun!

Post # 7
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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. πŸ™‚

We didn’t use booking.com, we simply booked through the individual places.

Post # 10
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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!

Have fun!

Post # 12
25 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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? 

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