5 Honeymoon Woe’s and How to Avoid Them

The word Woe means to have distress.  Distress and Honeymoon should not be in the same sentence if you ask me!   Honeymoons are mean for you to enjoy as a couple to get away from the stress of all of the wedding planning you have been doing.   However, 8 out of 10 couples stress over their honeymoon.  From deciding, planning to even being there.

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Here are my top 5 ways to avoid honeymoon woes!

  1. We can’t afford a nice honeymoon                              1572063

Creating a budget for the honeymoon should go in the budget with the wedding.  The honeymoon is part of the wedding. Determine what and who you want to spend your money on. You may find ways to cut cost from the wedding that would be better spend towards you and your fiancé.

Another way to help make honeymoons affordable is by having a honeymoon registry.  This is just like a wedding registry however instead of gifts your guests give you money towards your honeymoon.  You can use the money to pay for the honeymoon or pay for excursions while you are on the honeymoon.

 

  1. We can’t decide where to go                           1678146

He wants the mountains; she wants the beach.  What you do not need is to argue about this, you have enough to worry about with the details of planning a wedding.  There are a couple of ways to narrow it down.  There is a download provided with 25 questions you should ask each other before planning a wedding that you can refer to.

What is really recommended is that you communicate.  Have an open mind when listening to the other person.  Ask questions about why they want to go there, ask what they liked most about where they have already traveled.   Dwell on the topic of traveling together and where you dream of going.  Really spend time on this.

Research and look on the internet and then seek the advice of a travel professional.  Especially one that specializes in honeymoons.  They know this is the start of your happily ever after and they want you to have the best honeymoon every.  They will make sure you are choosing the right destination to fit your needs and wants.

  1. We don’t have time to go on a honeymoon Hourglass.

Only 1 in 4 couples go on their dream honeymoon.   Those 3 couples that do not go on their dream honeymoon live to regret this decision.  Just like scheduling the honeymoon in with the budget schedule the honeymoon when you do have time to enjoy the start of your lives as Mr. and Mrs.   This is an imperative time of your new marital relationship.   Making the time to be alone together rather than jumping back in to the day to day life of work is something that will strengthen the foundation of your relationship.

 

  1. We don’t have time to plan a honeymoon. Business.

No, you don’t.  You are planning a wedding and having fun being engaged.  Planning a honeymoon does involve much time and research.  This is why you hire a travel professional to do the planning for you.  There is no reason you need should have to plan this all on your own.

The only thing you need to find is a travel professional that specializes in honeymoons and that you get along with.  You can do that by asking for referrals, googling honeymoon travel professionals in your wedding area.  Another excellent way to find a travel professional is by looking on the Knot and wedding wire.

 

  1. We are afraid to go somewhere new or out of the country.1672533

There are legitimate concerns for traveling out of the country this day and age.  Living in fear though is not how we grow.  “Borders divide.  Travel Unites.”  A very powerful quote.  Travel unites us as mankind.  Traveling to foreign countries also unite couples even more.  The experience as a couple is even more profound when you travel in love.

Traveling out of the country is exciting.  When you have a travel professional to guide you along the way you will be safer.  You will have someone to call should anything go wrong and they will be there for you.

 

There are many components to honeymoon planning and the woes should not be a part of it!

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Honeymoons: What’s Trending

According to Wikipedia the history of honeymoons is:The period when newlywed couples take a break to share some private and intimate moments that helps establish love in their relationship. This privacy in turn is believed to ease the comfort zone towards a physical relationship, which is one of the primary means of bonding during the initial days of marriage. The earliest term for this in English was hony moone, which was recorded as early as 1546.

Honeymoon traditions have surely evolved since 1546.  Honeymoons are still that time to share intimate moments to build the foundation of a couple’s relationship yet there are a few new trending things happening in the world of honeymoons.

Here are the top 3 Trends in Honeymoons:
1.     Unplugged


No cell phones, no laptops, no tablets.  Couples are allowing themselves to be in the present moment with each other while spending time on their honeymoon.  Enjoying each other’s company as well as be completely aware of their surroundings brings relationships to another level.  By having real conversations with each other, meeting new people, reading real books while relaxing at the beach or by the pool the reality of the real world seems to fade away.  You become more relaxed, you feel a freedom that you may have not felt in a long time as an individual and as a person.  This freedom allows you to grow as a person and a couple by being able to allow thoughts and feelings to surfaces with that little ding constantly going off with some sort of notification to distract you.
2.     The More The Merrier


Invite a few other couple friends.  This is happening more often especially with older couples that may already live together, on second marriage or with couples that are doing group destination weddings.  They are inviting 2-4 couple friends along for the trip.   It is a celebration, why not celebrate with some close friends.  Keeping in mind to still allow for alone time during the honeymoon.  This is great for each couple.  Spend the day playing together and dine separately at night or vice versa.  This gives you the best of both worlds, a trip together as the new Mr. and Mrs. For the romance and having friends along to have fun with!
3.     Professional Photo Sessions


Yes, you have taken engagement photos, bridal portraits and how many at the wedding?  The honeymoon is just as important as all of those listed so it is very important to preserve these memories as well.  The selfie stick will not hold a candle to having a real professional photographer do a photo session with you on the honeymoon.  Most resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico have photographers on site that will be more than happy to schedule sunset sessions with you, some even complimentary (you pay for the images you purchase).  Other resorts will have professional photographer referrals at their concierge desk.

Where to Get Advice When Planning a Honeymoon

I recently read an article providing tips for planning a honeymoon that caught my attention. The first tip was to not use a travel agent. The advice was based on the writer’s own bad experience and not based on knowledge of the travel industry and how it really works.

Blogs are often opinions and are not always neutral in presenting the facts. However, advice should be fact based. When giving advice, I feel it is irresponsible to base it off of one experience and not research it by talking to other travel agents and couples that used a travel agent.

I have no doubt that the writer had a bad experience with the travel agent that she chose. Her bad experience has led her to her misperception of an entire industry. A bad experience does not make her an expert in planning honeymoons or qualified to advise others!

One travel agent that may not have done her job properly does not mean that all travel agents are bad at booking honeymoons.   I am sure this blogger is an expert in writing since she is an assignment writer for the Huffington Post. The blog she wrote makes me want to say don’t listen to bloggers when planning a trip. However, that would be hypocritical of me to insult all bloggers because one upset me. I follow a few great travel bloggers that know what they are talking about and would not put down an industry of travel professionals. Reading the misperceptions about travel agents can also educate us in correcting those misperceptions.

I have been a professional travel consultant and an expert at planning romantic honeymoons for over 14 years. My husband and I have been on several honeymoons because you can have more than one! I am an experienced authority on romance travel. Here are three tips to help you when it comes time to plan your perfect honeymoon.

1.   Talk About It.
 

Talk about where you want to go. You may have different ideas of the perfect honeymoon. A honeymoon is not a vacation. Your soon to be significant other may not want to lay on the beach for seven days. Ask each other these questions:

  • What is our budget?
  • Do we want relaxation or adventure?
  • What are our expectations of this trip?
  • What are our priorities?
  • What have you always dreamed of doing?

This conversation may continue for a couple of hours or a couple of days. Remember this is how you are going to start your happily ever after.

2. Research. Research. Research.
 

The internet is a powerful tool but be careful with the resources you are trusting.   Remember that bloggers often give opinions that are not based on researched facts; they often base opinions on singular personal experiences. Trip advisor is can be helpful but keep in mind that you are reading reviews from people that you don’t know. One person’s definition of a 5 star resort may not be the same as yours. Ask around and see what others have experienced.   Thoughtfully consider all of your research and your options.

3. Find a Professional Travel Consultant.
 

There are travel consultants that specialize in certain areas or types of travel. Travel professionals have knowledge, experience and resources that the public does not have access to. A good travel consultant is often invited to resorts and is allowed to experience everything the area has to offer.

Here are some suggestions on what to look for when talking to a travel agent.

  • Ask the travel consultant for resources and testimonies.
  • Talk to another couple that has used the consultant services.
  • Ask what professional associations they belong to.
  • Find out if they have visited the resorts they are recommending.
  • What trips do you specialize in? Family, couples, adventure, European?
  • Are you available if we encounter problems such as missing a connecting flight?

Most travel consultants want to make your experience wonderful and better than you imagined. A good travel consultant will take time in getting to know their clients and qualifying them to the best resort that fits the couples wants, needs, priorities and budget.

5 Reasons Why The Caribbean is a Romantic Destination

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The sounds of the waves crashing into the shore. The clear blues skies matching the blue waters so close its hard to tell the sky from the sea. The sound of steel drum music enticing you pat your feet and nod your head to the beat. The temptations of the exotic food, the tastes of delicious rum and feeling the soft sea breeze is all a perfect mixture for a romantic Caribbean escape.

Top 5 reasons why the Caribbean is a romantic destination

  1. Spectacular Landscapes

One reason people choose the Caribbean as their Paradise is because it offers some amazing landscapes that are unique all around the world. Lush tropical gardens, exotic plants, rainforests, bluffs, mountains and even a volcano in some island locations.  There is so much beauty to be found in nature and our surroundings.  When we take the time to appreciate the beauty around us we can easily see the beauty with in ourselves and with in our special loved one.

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  1. Turquoise blue water

Refreshing, rejuvenating and relaxing. The moment you see the clear blue waters from the window of your plane you are tempted to just jump right in. The water is inviting and fun to play and have fun in as a couple.

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  1. Blissful Beaches

There is something romantic about a beach. It may have been romanticized even more because of the 1953 film From Here to Eternity with the ever popular image of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr exchanging a hot sexy kissing scene with the waves crashing on them. Make sure you are cuddling under an umbrella, searching for sea shells or creating your own hot and steamy kissing session on the beach with someone special!

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  1. Dreamy Sunsets

Colors from so many palettes paint the sky at sunset time. The warm colors that create a magical atmosphere. It is like being in a fairytale. For a moment you both stare in awe at the sky and then at the each other. Things that have this type of beauty make you appreciate the beauty in each other and in your life.

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  1. Tranquil Nights

Lovers from all over the world enjoy long walks during the night. There is something about the stars and the moon that can create the perfect setting for one of the most romantic experiences in the Caribbean. The moonlight gives a beautiful soft glow over the water and each other. The stars are countless. The sounds are tantalizing, the sounds of waves, the wind are the perfect setting for a romantic night.

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  1. Captivating food and drinks

The Caribbean is full of tempting foods and drinks. Foods full of flavor, aromas, and textures allow you to have fun and enjoy new cultures. Experiencing dinner by candle light with a picturesque setting of the Caribbean and sharing food with your loved one is the perfect way to start off a loving night in Paradise. The rum, the wine and spirits flow generously in the Caribbean creating a mood like no other.

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3 Things You Need To Know About Travel Professionals. Especially me.

3 Things You Need To Know About Travel Professionals. Especially me.

Back in the day (not that I am that old wink wink)  travel agents were basically the only way people were able to book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars, and vacations.  Store front agencies were all over.  People would walk in, sit at the desk and tell the “agent” they want to go to (fill in the blank with your favorite destination).  Then the travel agent would get up and go to the “brochure rack” and  hand them to the client to look at. They would book airline tickets and PRINT them , call up Disney world or a Cruise line to book the reservations.  This was kind of like going to a “record” store and buying a new album.  Wow, have times changed.

 
Fast forward 25 years, the internet is here, there is an APP for everything.  There are people out there that have never heard of a travel agent!  There are people out there that do not realize the benefit and the value of using a travel professional.  I like to call them travel professionals or a travel consultant because we are more than an agent now! I’ll admit while this article pertains to most travel professionals this is truly about my personal passion for my job. Here are 3 things you may have not known about travel professionals.

1- Excitement…yes. They (well I am and most are) are just as excited about this trip as you are.  You are not just data that is being entered into a search engine.  You are a real person and we are so excited to make this dream trip come true for you.  Personally, the favorite part of my job is “when I meet with a client to go over documents before they leave.  I feel like I’m going on the trip too!”-Shannon
 

2 – Connections– I make it a point to create relationships with resort managers, vendors, suppliers and other agents.  I have access to information that is not available to the general public. What does this mean to you?  Better customer service, better knowledge of products and destinations from real people that can be passed along to you to make your trip even better.

3- Knowledge– I went to school for travel and tourism for 14 months.  I learned the ins and outs of the travel industry.  I continue my education by attending conferences, classes, seminars, and webinars on a regular basis.  Travel is a passion and I have knowledge and expertise that will guide you along your travels to make your trip as smooth as possible.

Now you know…. now you can help spread the word and make more people aware of how beneficial a travel professional is.  Share this with someone you know that is engaged, thinking of a destination wedding, wanting to plan a romantic getaway.  I would love to make their DREAM come true!  It’s my purpose and my passion!

Contact Shannon

shannon@paradisevacatinescapes.com | http://www.paradisevacationescapes.com

 

Don’t be a honeymoron: make the most of your honeymoon

Honeymoons are a joyous time in anyone’s life. They follow the other happy event of marriage, and are a period when a couple can focus just on each other. The best honeymoons allow you to explore somewhere that at least one of you hasn’t been to: the exotic and the new help the romance build, and provide wonderful memories for the two of you as a couple. So, just like a wedding, a honeymoon is important for setting a marriage out on the right foot!

 

            For that reason and others, it’s important not to withhold on your honeymoon! Why do people skimp on their honeymoon, and compromise on the dream romantic vacation that they actually had in mind? While we can’t give definite answers that would apply to every single newlywed couple, one major reason couples skimp is because they spent too much on their wedding! Of course the wedding is important to, and is the more public celebration which includes friends and extended family. But, while you plan your wedding, you should also have your honeymoon in mind! What fun is it to sacrifice the activities, restaurants, and places to see on your honeymoon, just to have a fancier caterer or a bigger chandelier at your wedding reception? It’s my firm belief that the honeymoon is just as important as the wedding, and you shouldn’t sacrifice one for the sake of the other!

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            Furthermore, this might seem obvious to some, but: this is YOUR honeymoon! It’s a special trip, celebrating the beginning of your life together, not just a one weekend getaway! On smaller trips, sure, get the economy hotel room and eat at a chain place instead of a fancy and unique restaurant…but not here! Go all out, including on the little things in the accommodations, dining, and travel. Why have your great memories of each other, the beach, the big city, and the mountains, spoiled by memories of a crappy and stressful airplane ride, or smelly hotel room? Go all out for the person you just married!

 

 

            Another reason skimping on your honeymoon is unwise is that it will often mean sacrificing one partner’s desires to the others. That’s not a good way to start out your marriage! While there are financial and temporal limits to where you can go and what you can do in total, don’t cut out one partner’s ideas just to save money. If you can’t decide between two options, do your absolute best to do them both! This way, you’re starting things out on the right foot in your marriage by making each of you feel important and listened to, and acting on each other’s’ ideas in a combined way that satisfies you both. The alternative means one partner getting more of what they want than the other, and that can often lead to feelings of bitterness and resentment going forward. Avoid that trap early, by not skimping on your honeymoon: encompass both your ideas!

 

            You also want to make sure you can have the best experiences on your honeymoon possible, and those often cost money. We all like saying that the best things in life are free, and, there is a great deal of truth in that! Tender moments with your significant other, enjoyment of nature, sharing a laugh with a friend: all priceless, and don’t cost (at least directly) a single cent. But, the hard truth is that many great experiences do cost money. You need to pay to transport yourself to different interesting locations, you need a place to stay, you need to eat, and various tours and travel planning cost money well to get useful expertise from others. Why skimp on any of that, and miss out on fascinating sights and experiences? You could even risk having a poorly planned or even dangerous trip if you don’t book things with a reliable travel agent, who can guide you through the process of trip planning.

 

            In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons to not skimp on your honeymoon. Special occasions like that need to be done right; they’re unique, and you want happy and unique memories, not stress and dissatisfaction. Don’t sacrifice your time and money that could be spent celebrating your marriage with frivolous extras at your wedding. Don’t sacrifice each others’ happiness; incorporate each others’ ideas.   Keep these points in mind when planning your wedding and honeymoon. I wish you a wonderful marriage, and a wonderful start to that marriage! Happy honeymooning!

If you are looking for a travel professional to create your honeymoon contact Shannon LeBlanc

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Tel: (844) 538-2727 Ext 700 | Mobile: 225-303-2240

shannon@paradisevacatinescapes.com | http://www.paradisevacationescapes.com