(LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2011) – Between selecting a venue, booking a caterer, hiring a photographer and ironing out hundreds of other wedding details, most engaged couples have little spare time left for one of the most important aspects of wedding planning: the honeymoon.
The Automobile Club of Southern California recommends that newlyweds-to-be visit a travel agent who will work at no charge to ensure they will enjoy a worry-free honeymoon they’ll remember all their lives.
“One of our favorite jobs at the Auto Club is helping engaged couples to create an outstanding, customized honeymoon that will serve as the perfect start to their marriage,” said Pamela Shepherd, the Auto Club’s vice president for branch operations. “Whether it’s a cruise, a dream trip to a tropical locale or a European tour, we anticipate all the needs of each trip and make sure each detail is covered so that our clients can concentrate on everything else involved with their wedding.”
AAA, which operates the largest full service leisure travel agency network in North America, is able to provide unmatched access to the travel industry's leading cruise, tour and lodging companies. Their services are available to everyone, although members are frequently entitled to special services and benefits. Most of AAA's travel partners cater to newlyweds and honeymooners with special packages and services designed to elevate their experience.
The Auto Club’s AAA Travel Agency offers the following tips to engaged couples to ensure the best honeymoon experience:
- Discuss honeymoon options before setting the wedding date, if possible. You may want to make an initial visit to a travel agent for assistance with researching the best times of year for various destinations and types of trips, and to ensure that your dream trip is available to you right after the wedding.
- Look into destination weddings that combine the ceremony and the honeymoon. “Since many weddings frequently involve travel for invited guests already, couples may want to consider holding their wedding at their honeymoon destination,” Shepherd said. “This can be at a chapel in a themed resort, on the grounds of a luxury hotel, or on board a cruise ship. Most resorts, hotels and ships are staffed with wedding specialists who will work with couples to handle all the details.”
- Set aside money in the wedding budget for the honeymoon. The start to your married life shouldn’t be an afterthought. If you splurge on every other aspect of the wedding, you may find out you can’t afford your ideal honeymoon.
- Don’t leave anything to chance. Flights can be cancelled. Hotels can overbook. Passports, visas and/or International Driving Permits might be needed. If you don’t have a travel agent to handle details for you, create a list to double-check that every aspect of the trip is planned and that you bring along everything you need. Call ahead to confirm airline, hotel, tour and cruise reservations. Keep copies of all confirmation numbers and bring them with you on your trip.
- Consider travel insurance. Honeymoons can be expensive. In the event of a medical or other emergency, you could be forced to postpone, cancel or cut short a trip and incur additional expenses. Travel insurance, available through the Auto Club when booking a trip with AAA Travel, can reimburse all or most costs of a cancelled or shortened trip. Several levels of coverage are available – ask your travel agent.