Agent vs. DIY: How to Book Your Honeymoon Travel

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
How to Book Honeymoon Travel

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Whether you're planning a destination wedding, a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, or feel like making a romantic escape with your love, picking where to go and how to get there can feel pretty daunting. From budget-conscious brides to regular jet-setters, fully planning any trip requires coordinating a lot of moving parts. If you're more traditional, you may consider hiring a travel agent, while the tech-savvy couples may turn to the hoard of online booking resources available. Should you book your trip or leave it to a travel agent? Here are a few guidelines:

Call an agent if:

-You're planning a complicated itinerary with lots of moving parts—like a South African safari or a tour of Thailand.
-You need an in. A top agent can tell you which hotel in Paris has the best Eiffel Tower vistas, then score you a room.
-You want backup. An agent can troubleshoot if a flight gets canceled or your hotel loses your rez.

Do it yourself if:

-You're traveling somewhere easy. If you're going to spend most of your time shuttling between the beach and your bed, you can probably handle booking your trip online.
-You're on a tight budget. Elite agents often charge a planning fee (typically $75 to $500).
-You really, truly love planning. Let your super-organized self go nuts mapping out the sexiest trip of your life.

And no matter which method you choose, make sure to nail down a gorgeous place in the world (or in the domestic U.S.!) to travel to with your brand-new hubby!

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