We have been following the plans of our blogging bride and groom, Rebecca and James, who are due to tie the knot in March 2016. Here Rebecca tells us how they chose their honeymoon destination, and we have to say it sounds completely fabulous!
“Choosing our honeymoon was a big deal for us. We had talked about what kind of honeymoon we wanted and both agreed that we wanted to ‘go all out’ (budget permitting of course!)
We have always talked about going to Thailand as we both love the food and the culture, but we didn’t want to limit our options and jump on the first idea we had so we decided to do some research first.
We both agreed we’d like part of the honeymoon to involve a beach, but that it might be nice to do a multi-centre holiday so that we could also visit a city/do something exciting before settling down on the beach.
We visited a few high street travel agents before we came across Gretchen at http://www.holidaysplease.com
Gretchen and I spoke on the phone for half an hour all about the kinds of things James and I enjoy doing together, the most important aspects of the honeymoon (relaxation, luxury and good food!) and of course budget.
(One thing I hadn’t thought about was the time of year – it never occurred to me that we may not be able to fly to certain places or that the weather might be dreadful in Spring…so bear that in mind when you’re planning to go away)
Gretchen went off to do all the leg work and came back with several ideas for us such as St Lucia, the Maldives, Dubai and Thailand.
We fell in love with the ideas for Thailand – we managed to fit in so much and could mix the city experience, cultural aspects and relaxing beach elements all together.
In my experience, using a honeymoon specialist travel broker has worked so well for us; Gretchen has done all the hard work and was able to use her knowledge to give us suggestions for things that we would never have even thought of.
I can honestly say we are both incredibly excited for our trip to Thailand which includes Bangkok, Phuket, glamping in an Elephant sanctuary in the jungle and finally relaxing on a secluded beach in the south of Thailand.
My top tips for honeymoon planning would be to talk to friends and family about their experiences, do your research by speaking to professionals who can advise on different places/activities and to make sure that you are doing something you both want to do; this is your first holiday as a married couple so it should represent the kind of people you are and be symbolic of all the fun times you have to come.
Most importantly of all – enjoy!!!”