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Travel Agents' Secrets to Success: Part 1

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Travel Agents' Secrets to Success: Part 1

Planning a honeymoon or a destination wedding can be a stressful process without the help of an expert. Nowadays, many couples are trusting online sources when choosing their destination, hotels, and vendors—however, as great as the Internet is, it can also cause a lot of problems that can really put a damper on your special day. Many honeymooners and newlyweds-to-be are also unsure of what they actually want in a destination—the place you've been dreaming of may not actually be what you were expecting. What can you do to avoid these hassles? Put your faith in a professional travel agent! We caught up with Anne DuBose from Odyssey Travel to get some expert advice about planning a successful excursion with your sweetheart.

 

What are the benefits of using a travel agent when planning your honeymoon?

When it comes to a honeymoon, the one thing you don't want to have are any surprises or anything go wrong. The benefit of utilizing a specialist is that we can think of things the couple may not even realize are important. 

Also, travel agents help to take the worry off of the couples' shoulders. We can make sure things go well for them and we have the ability to take care of things behind the scenes that the couple may not think to do. Transportation, insurance, and choosing the right resort are things that a travel agent can cater to honeymooners' wishes because we are very knowledgeable about the products we sell. You take a risk when you rely on the Internet, but with a travel agent, many times we have visited the places you are interested in.

You want your honeymoon to have a "wow" factor. You're only going to have one shot at this and you want it to be perfect and worry free. That's our job.

How should couples budget for the honeymoon of their dreams?

If they would like to spend at least four to five nights at an all-inclusive, adults-only resort they would need to budget at least $4,000 to $5,000. That covers airfare, meals, drinks, everything they could possibly need without any surprises. 

If the couple plans at least six months ahead, they can make payments. Something very helpful that we offer is a honeymoon registry. For couples who already have their kitchenware and houseware, a wedding registry may be redundant, so oftentimes we see friends and family contributing to the couples' honeymoon instead of buying them traditional registry items—there is no additional charge for a honeymoon registry.

Don't be afraid to come in and talk to a travel agent. Our job is to help you get what you want.

What are some things couples should be aware of when planning a destination wedding?

When planning a destination wedding, it's not only important for the couple to be aware of their own budget, but to also be courteous of their friends' and family's budgets. Nowadays, if it's a destination wedding, some resorts allow couples to book the wedding for free if they reserve rooms for four to five nights.

Again, it helps to talk to somebody who has actually been to that resort. What you see online isn't necessarily what you're going to get. Save yourself the extra stress and dissappointment and reach out to a professional travel agent who has made a career out of finding the best places.

Words of Wisdom

I always encourage couples to take a honeymoon. Don't put it off indefinitely. If you put it off and don't make a plan, it won't ever happen. Even if couples don't have a lot of time or money, they shouldn't automatically rule out the option of a honeymoon. See the value that a trip together holds—the memories made there are forever and that's priceless. A true professional can make travelling realistic for you. If I can help a couple achieve that, that's great.

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