(Closed) Honeymoons–I’m at a loss!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I tried a travel agent, but it ended up being more expensive than booking it ourselves, and they also sent a bunch of more mainstream options, when what we wanted was off the beaten path, private. It wasn’t for us. We ended up just google searching and literally following one link to another until we found our honeymoon spot entirely by accident.

Because our honeymoon destination was so small and private and all our communication with them had been via email, I was half convinced that we’d show up and there wouldn’t be anyone there to meet us, but I was happily wrong and we had an AMAZING time!

Post # 4
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would just use websites. The most important thing is to narrow down what kind of vacation you want: cruise, all inclusive resort, one or multiple cities, etc. Then do online research. Agents charge SO much and you can DIY these days so I don’t think its worth it. 

Post # 5
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I booked my cruise through my mom… she works for Expedia.  🙂

If you are not inclined to take care of all the little details on your own (depending on the honeymoon you choose and how elaborate) I would say to go with a travel agent and save yourself the added stress. 

Good luck!

Post # 7
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

It really depends on what type of trip you want/where you are planning to go.

If you are looking to go to a single location and be based out of one hotel/resort the whole time then you can probably do it on your own. TripAdvisor is a great website for scoping out hotel reviews and information. I think you can also do it on your own if you are wanting to do a cruise of some kind. 

If you want to do more of multi-city, multi-location, or adventure type trip then going through a tour company or a travel agent might be better. Although again it depends on location. If you are going all over the US or Europe you can probably do it on your own, but if you are looking at a more 3rd world destination then maybe having a trusted source of information (travel agent/tour company) might be better.

My Darling Husband and I are leaving on our belated honeymoon to Africa in 2 weeks. We ended up booking through a tour company just so we didn’t have to worry about hiring our own safari drivers and 1-2 night accommodations all over the place.

Post # 8
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We used a travel agent. We were back-and-forth on what type of honeymoon we wanted and in the end we chose to do a 2-week European Cruise. We def could have done this on our own, but keep in mind that travel agencies have room priorities over individuals booking a cruise online, so we got better rooms and upgrades that weren’t available to the general public.

Post # 9
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it depends on where you go and what you want to do.  If you’re staying in the US, then you can get by with expedia or orbitz and google reviews.  If you’re going out of the country and to a place you’ve never been, I suggest using one.   It won’t cost any more than booking yourself – most of the time it actually costs less, even with the TA fees.  Normally, I just book everything myself but since we are going out of the country and we also have a wedding to plan, we decided to go with an agent.  Ours is going to take care of EVERTYING – all transportation (including transportation to and from the airport), all lodging (he’ll find us the best resort for what we want and our budget), food (including recommendations on where to eat), and recommendations on where to go.  Also, TA’s typically travel to the places you’re looking to visit, so they will know which hotels are good and which aren’t and they’ll know what fun activities you should, what things you should to see, and what things to avoid.  It’s really very helpful if you don’t have time to research everything.  The additional bonus is that if somethings wrong, like your flight is delayed or canceled, you can call your TA and he/she will take care of any changes that need to be made so you don’t have to do anything.

Just out of curiosity, where are you thinking about going?

Post # 10
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@All In:  Agents charge SO much and you can DIY these days so I don’t think its worth it.

Really?  What agents did you look at?  Mine is charging a flat fee of $100.  I don’t think that’s too much unless your budget is around $500, then I could see how it’s a lot.  Plus TA’s can get a lot of discounts and deals that you probably wouldn’t get on your own.

Post # 11
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@All In:  not necessarily.  there are many who don’t charge anything. 


try beach bum vacations http://www.beachbumvacation.com/  they’re awesome (my cousin and his wife used them for their destination wedding/honeymoon)

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