Where Do I Find the Best Honeymoon Ideas, Deals and Tips?
Let’s take a break from wedding planning and talk about going on a fancy vacation shall we?
I was inspired to write about travel from this post I came across called “12 Photos That’ll Make You Want to Drop Everything and Go” and it got me thinking about how much work honeymoon planning is on top of everything else you are trying to coordinate.
Luckily, the travel industry been incredibly innovative over the past few years and there are so many cool travel tricks and gadgets and websites that are here to make our travel lives that much easier.
And so I give you, the Idojour honeymoon planning tips.
1. SEARCH EVERYWHERE. If you’re just starting out on your hunt and aren’t sure where to go, well maybe start with a search for everywhere. Literally. Get inspired by the SkyScanner “everywhere” search. Just type in your airport of origin, date and enter “everywhere” in the destination field and you’ll get a list of the top deals from around the world.
2. GET AWESOME ADVICE ON THE FORUMS. Reddit Travel has some really great crowd-sourced travel tips, resources and hacks. It’s especially useful if you have specific questions or need advice.
3. THERE IS NO GOLDEN RULE FOR FINDING THE PERFECT AIRFARE. Yes, there is some truth to these old travel tips, but they’re not necessarily true.
- You have to book on a Tuesday afternoon and fly on Wednesday for the best fare. This was research published from a study a few years ago stating that airlines published their discounts on Monday evenings, and the rest of the space would have to adjust and follow suit. The truth is, there are far too many factors involved – destinations, number of travelers, seasonality, airlines etc. to definitively say that Tuesday is the best day to book. Monitor your airfare throughout the week before making a decision.
- You need to have a Saturday night layover. Before budget airlines became popular, this was a rule used to weed out the business travelers from the leisure ones because business travelers (who are home by Saturday night), have less flexibility when it comes to air travel.
- You need to clear your cookies while searching for flight because the airlines are tracking your behavior and will raise the prices on you. Are the airlines tracking your searches and raising prices if they see you are interested in a particular flight? Some are convinced this is true, but it has actually never been proven. Then again, if it’s easy to open a different web browser or clear your cookies, it’s always worth double checking.
4. DO YOUR RESEARCH AND BOOK IN ADVANCE. The one rule of thumb, however, is to never wait until the last minute, especially if you are looking for a good deal. The below sites are great for airfare and hotel price comparisons.
- Hipmunk: A travel search engine that makes booking flights super easy. It’s more visually appealing and stylish than the Expedia’s of the world.
- Kayak.com: This has been around for awhile now, but it’s still a personal favorite and my go-to starting point for searching for flights.
- WhichBudget: If you are flying internationally, know where you want to go and are open to flying local (budget friendly) airlines, this is a neat little site.
5. BE SPONTANEOUS! Narrowed it down to two choices and can’t decide? GetGoing is a cool new site for the flexible leisure traveler who wants a deal. Their “pick 2, get 1″ offer lets couples who can’t make up their mind. The site will virtually pick one location (out of two destinations or themes chosen by you) at a significant discount.
6. GOT A LITTLE MORE TIME ON YOUR HANDS? LEARN TO HACK THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY.
- Frequent Flyer Master: One free plane ticket guaranteed using frequent flier miles.
- The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide
- WebFlyer: See how your miles convert between programs.
7. FIND SOME AMAZING HOTEL DEALS AND STEALS.
- Jetsetter: Gilt owned – it’s the flash sale site for the travel industry with dozens of romantic locales.
- Priceline: I’ve used it many times to name my own price for hotels and I LOVE it.
- Air B&B: If you’re looking to rent out a private room, home or shared space.
- Couchsurfing: It’s not for everyone, but it could be a great experience. Browse profiles and connect with hosts all around the world. Instead of staying in a hotel, experience the world like a local.
8. GO LUXURIOUS. Looking for something a little more luxurious? Check out Mr. & Mrs. Smith – an amazing guide to the best luxury and boutique hotels. They guarantee great rates, offer money back with every booking and even promise a few little extras.
9. PIN YOUR FLIGHTS. Search for flights without the headache. You don’t need to keep searching for flights over and over again. Keep track of all of your flight searches in real time with Pintrips and collaborate with your family, friends or colleagues when planning group travel.
10. KEEP YOUR ITINERARIES ORGANIZED. Tripit is the all in one travel organizer, accessible from all of your devices and keep all of your travel information in an easy to manage, easy to access place.
11. BOOK YOUR AIRFARE WITH YOUR CURRENT LEGAL NAME. Do not book with your married name! If your ID and your ticket do not match, you will have a headache of a time getting through security.
12. DELEGATE ON THE CHEAP. Why not delegate with Flightfox. If you know where you want to go, let these freelance travel experts help you plan your perfect itinerary. Fees start as low as $24.
13. HIRE AN EXPERT. Travel agents who specialize in honeymoons are fabulous resources and they just might be more affordable than you think. Moonrings.com is a great (tried and tested!) place to stat.
14. FLY COMFY. Seat Guru (owned by trip advisor) allows you to – you guessed it – see the seat map on your flight. They have seat dimensions and other info on just about every type of airline and aircraft. And if price isn’t your end all be all, RouteHappy lets you find shorter flights, more amenities, better planes, entertainment, wifi etc.
16. LET YOUR NEWLYWED STATUS BE KNOWN – IN A FRIENDLY AND CASUAL WAY. When checking in for a flight or when you book your hotel (or on their social media page), or anywhere at all – do let the hotels know that you are on your honeymoon. You just might get that upgrade or a little something special. Just don’t expect anything going into it – tthere’s nothing worse than demanding honeymooners.
17. PACK EFFICIENTLY. Don’t sacrifice honeymoon style for lack of suitcase space. There are dozens of amazing efficient packing tools to help you stay organized and maximize space that you can pack your perfect wardrobe.
- F1 Go Clean Heels – for your stilettos, of course! They have nylon pouches for just about every use too.
- Packit Compressions Sack Set eliminates excess air so you can maximize space.
- Packing Folders keep your clothes wrinkle free.
18. ORGANIZE YOUR GADGETS. Sure, your gadgets can come. There’s a place for your gadgets too with this Grid-it Med Grey organization system.
What are your favorite travel sites, tricks or gadgets?