For the bride and groom, planning the honeymoon gives them a chance to focus on something after the big day. And, it’s also a way to relax and unwind after months of planning! Ten years ago, Tom and I had the DREAM honeymoon…we went to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. While the 9 hour flight from LAX to Tahiti did leave a lot to be desired, the experience once we arrived was amazing!! At that time, I didn’t have THE person to go to ask all of the questions, so I ended up using a friend’s advice for where to go — and luckily she didn’t steer us wrong. But, now I have Christi from Travel Bug and I never have to worry about a vacation again! She has planned every trip for me since…Riviera Maya, Key West, Orlando, Disney…and they were all perfect!!!! Today, I want to share my interview with Christi, along with some pretty pictures of tropical locations. I feel the need to fly away….right now!
Q: When did you start Travel Bug and why?
I started TRAVEL BUG, LLC in January 2005. I had worked in the travel industry for approx 10 years (9 years at AAA) prior to opening and really wanted to branch out and offer a more personalized experience for my clients and a business that I could call my own.
Q: You have to have a love of travel, so I want to know your #1 favorite vacation destination?
WOW..I LOVE to travel and there are so many wonderful places…I would have to say that St. Lucia has been my favorite place. It is so beautiful and lush and very romantic. I did not want to come home from that trip.
Q: What are your favorite destinations for honeymoons and why?
The most popular destination that I book honeymooners to is St. Lucia. I also have booked a number of clients to Tahiti, Antigua, Jamaica, Italy and yes…there is usually at least 1 Disney honeymoon.
Q: With websites like Orbit, Tavelocity and Kayak, why should brides and grooms use a travel agent to plan their honeymoon or other vacations?
When people ask me the ‘internet” question….I always tell them that if you connect with a good travel agent, you will not only have a professional that knows the destination, you will have someone that you can count on to get you the best value for your money (not always the cheapest price) and to be there to assist you prior to and through the vacation. Try calling one of the well known travel internet sites at 8AM on a Sunday when you have a problem or situation that you need assistance with and see who you get. I also email the resort managers prior to my clients arrival to notify them of my VIP clients for possible upgrades or amenities and I always mail the clients a Welcome Home card and follow up a week later with a phone call. I do not think that the internet companies offer those extra services…..personalized travel services.
Q: What are the top three things a bride and groom should ask a travel agent?
When I talk to my honeymoon couples I ask them if they have passports, as most places now require them. Most brides will not change their last name on documents until after the honeymoon, so I almost always book the travel in her maiden name. I recommend resorts that are “adult only” especially for the spring and summer honeymooners because the regular resorts will be full of children and though you may like kids…you may not want to see them while on your honeymoon. The third thing that I would ask would be what type of experience are they hoping to have…there are many great.
Q: If money and time were no object, where would you recommend that a bride and groom on their honeymoon?
If money (and time) were no object, I would recommend the Tahitian Islands…Bora Bora and Moorea
Q: Describe Travel Bug in 5 words
I couldn’t agree more…now to decide on a second honeymoon….hmmm…where to go this time and when should we go???