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Studies show that the average person visits more than 38 different websites when planning a trip. It's no wonder, then, that planning a honeymoon can be a source of anxiety at a time that's already stressful. These nine websites (also available via app) help take the pain out of planning your perfect honeymoon.
To Fund Your Trip: Honeyfund
The premise of Honeyfund is simple: the site lets your guests give monetary gifts to help fund your honeymoon. Using the site is simple too. Just create a registry of each item you need for your honeymoon, along with an associated cost. You can break it down however you like. For example, guests with more to spend can spring for a $300 couples massage or $100 for a night of hotel, while guests with a smaller budget might opt for sunset cocktails for two for $30, or a $50 snorkeling excursion. In the end, you get cash (minus about 2 percent in fees) to spend however you wish.
To Find a Great Flight Deal: Airfare Watchdog
Airfare Watchdog can not only help you snag the best deal to your chosen destination, it can actually help you decide where to go. If you have your heart set on Hawaii, for example, you can create an alert for when the price dips below a certain amount. However, if you just know you want sun and sand but you're flexible on options, you can sign up for a daily or weekly alert for the best deals from your local airport. You'll get a list of both domestic and international options, so you can consider destinations you had not considered before.
To Make Sure Your Hotel is as Promised: TripAdvisor and Oyster
A once-in-a-lifetime trip like your honeymoon is no time to just book a hotel and hope for the best. Once you've selected a hotel or narrowed down your choices, always double-check them against TripAdvisor reviews. Sure, you need to take the reviews with a grain of salt (you probably don't want to trust the opinion of someone who complains that the beach is "too sandy") but if you look at the overall averages you get a good sense of the quality of the hotel.
Oyster.com also provides in-depth reviews from people who've been there, but in this case the reviewers are hotel experts who've seen some of the best and worst hotels in the world and really know their stuff. The site also features dozens of professional photographs that will show you the good, the bad, and, sometimes, the frighteningly ugly truth about each hotel.
To Find a Hotel Alternative: Airbnb and BedandBreakfast.com
If you'd rather stay in an apartment (for more space, a kitchen, a bit more privacy, or the chance to live like a local), there's no better site than Airbnb. With more than 2 million listings in more than 191 countries, Airbnb covers the world and offers a variety of accommodations ranging from single rooms to entire villas. If a bed and breakfast is more your style, check out BedandBreakfast.com, which offers over 12,000 properties in the US and around the world.
To Find Things to Do: Viator
Viator is the worldwide leader in tours and activities, covering more than 2,000 destinations and offering everything from traditional bus and walking tours to exclusive and VIP tours that take you behind the scenes of the world's most popular attractions. They're also the go-to place for booking activities like snorkeling, horseback riding, cooking classes, and wine tastings. In-depth descriptions tell you what you need to know about each tour and there are plenty of photos, videos, and customer reviews to peruse to make sure the tour is right for you.
To Keep All Your Info in One Place: TripIt
TripIt won't make your travel plans for you, but once you've booked your flight, transport, hotels and activities, all you need to do is forward the confirmations to TripIt and the app will keep everything perfectly organized and available at your fingertips. TripIt automagically puts all the information together and transforms your emails into a master itinerary so all your plans are in one place, accessible from any device and available offline. You can also collaborate with your spouse so both of you have access to the itinerary.
To Make the Trip Planning Process Easier: TripCreator
TripCreator isn't a typical booking site. The interactive travel planner offers a suggested itinerary for your trip, based on your preferences and interests, and then allows you to fully customize it to your needs. Once you have the suggested itinerary you can swap out rental cars and hotels, change your activities and move days around until it's perfect. The program searches real-time availability and takes driving distance into account so the trip works in real life, and you can easily view the trip on a map or day-by-day in a calendar. Once the trip is perfect, you can book it all with one click.