With so many destinations available to newlyweds these days and so many means by which a dream vacation can be arranged, booking a honeymoon has never provided couples with so many options. This article explores the wide range of choices open to couples booking a honeymoon and provides some expert hints and tips to help them get the most bang for their buck.
Just a short while ago, an article entitled 'Booking a Honeymoon' would certainly have led to some raised eyebrows! In the past, your good old high-street Travel Agent was pretty much the only option open to honeymooners with only the brave or foolish venturing elsewhere. However, with increased competition and unprecedented improvements in technology, the options these days are significantly greater.
Great deals can be had if you shop around and don’t simply snap up the first price you get offered, and to counter the competition, travel agents have struck back with smaller profit margins and greater levels of customer service – put simply, on all fronts the customer has benefited.
Before we take a closer look at the various options available, it is wise to just quickly mention a couple of points that you should not lose sight of when booking a honeymoon.
Stick to Your Guns
Take a look at all the articles within our honeymoon section here on Weddingsday, get advice from friends family and colleagues, do your research and develop a clear picture of where you want to go and what you want to do before proceeding to make the booking. Don’t be swayed by price and opt for relaxing on a Caribbean Cruise ship if what you always dreamed of doing was going on safari to Kenya. The idea is that you get the best price for what you want rather than booking something simply because it is a good deal.
Mention the 'H' Word
Drop the phrase ‘we will be on our honeymoon’ into every conversation you have. From discounts to free upgrades, you may be surprised how far the 'h' woud will get you!
Even if the person you spoke ‘was really nice’ or the website you went to ‘was well laid out and easy to use’ it doesn’t mean that you should have any loyalty to them. In fact, on the contrary. Don’t be afraid to play companies off against one another to scramble to get a little extra discount – it may not be something you are particularly comfortable with, but just remember that every pound, dollar or euro you save on the booking equates to extra cash you can spend while your away.
Book as early as possible
Last minute deals are possible, but often they are only as good as those attained when booking within weeks of a brochure being published. An early reservation will give you time to shop around and free up valuable time nearer the wedding for other matters.
Some deals include insurance, whilst others bump you up to a room with a sea view. Pay close attention to the small print as sometimes things aren’t always what they seem.
Follow your instincts
Nothing is certain in life, and things can go wrong in even the largest companies, so when booking trust your instincts. If ‘The Dodji Travel Co.’ come back with a great price but you have concerns that they may not be in business come the time of the honeymoon, then steer clear of them. Likewise, if a reputable and long-established company who you have used before and trust provide a competitive quote, then it could well be worth paying the few extra quid for the peace of mind you will get booking with them.