Congratulations, bride and groom! You made it through the big day and are now ready for some rest and relaxation on your honeymoon. Maybe you want to sip margaritas on a beach or not worry about a thing on an all-inclusive cruise. Maybe relaxing on a beach isn’t really your thing, but you would love to go backpacking through Europe or explore a city in Japan.
Planning your dream honeymoon in addition to planning a wedding can be a lot of work, but you don’t have to figure it out alone. Local travel agencies can help find the perfect vacation to fit your lifestyle.
“A common misconception is that it costs more money to use a travel agent. Especially younger people [think this] because they may not have used an agent before. In many cases, especially honeymoons, most travel agents would be compensated from the hotel and the travel supplier, often having no additional cost to the traveler,” said Valeri French, owner of French’s Worldwide Travel.
French’s Worldwide Travel in Newington and Globe Travel Service in Bristol work with couples to help navigate through all of the vacation options to find the perfect match.
Both companies first find out what their clients envision for their trip and what their budget is.
“Everyone has a different lifestyle and there are travel choices people pick that connect with their lifestyle,” said French. “People nowadays like to look online and do their own research, so we help direct that research. The travel world online is overwhelming and very hard to differentiate. That’s where we lend assistance.”
“It really depends on what their needs and expectations are. We try to make their expectations realistic,” said Jeff Sonenstein, president of Globe Travel Service.
Finding a good travel agent is just like choosing any other service, French said. Look online and read reviews.
French’s Worldwide Travel agents have been working in the industry from 16 to over 25 years, and each agent travels to many of the places they recommend personally. This is also true for Globe Travel Service agents, who have worked 20 to 25 years in the business.
French recommends finding a travel agent that is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, which has a strict code of ethics. Agents often have access to tools that allow them to book trips with preferential pricing.
Couples should start planning their honeymoon 6 to 10 months in advance, but French’s agency has planned a honeymoon with only two days notice before when a couple no longer had a work obligation.
“A lot of people will contact us will already have some pricing that they’ve seen. Every single day we beat the internet with our pricing,” said French.
Beyond planning for a honeymoon, travel agents can help if anything were to go wrong, such as cancellations or delays.
“To have somebody that you can call locally on their phone number, not wait in line at the airport for the cancelled flights to try to get yourself rescheduled, one call to us and we take care of everything. I hear time and time again, ‘how can people not use travel agents.’”
For more information about French’s Worldwide Travel, visit www.frenchstravel.com or call 860-666-4625.
For more information about Globe Travel Service, visit www.globetvl.com or call 860-584-0517 or 800-922-8040.