You can do research to figure out where you want to go, but i don’t know how far in advance you can book flights and hotels. I think we met with a travel agent 5 months before our wedding. We told him where and when and he figured out the best options for us within our budget. If you’re close to a liberty travel, I highly recommend going there. It took so much off my shoulders, plus I know nothing about Greece and wanted someone who had experience with the area to find us the best hotels.
We met with a travel agent 11 months before our honeymoon is planned (February 2020). We booked our all inclusive resort 9 months out and just bought our tickets this past month. We were told we were right on time, and that depending on the location and busy season, places get booked up more than a year out sometimes. I’d start talking to a travel agent now and see if that’s your case.
We are hoping to stay at AirBNBs for the most part rather than hotels, not that anything is wrong with hotels or resorts, we just want to experience more of a cultural roundedness.
Can travel agents assist just with booking transport? We just need to figure out flights (ATL-> France departure and then Italy -> ATL return) and maybe a train ticket from France to Italy, but I’m not sure we want to pre-book that in case we decide to stay in one place longer.
We are going to Paris and Bordeaux in 9 days!! We planned everything ourselves. I started tracking flights last September and I should have bought them way back then. I always thought the prices would fluctuate but they just went up, they were the cheapest when they were first released! All of our hotels I booked in February. The day trips and train tickets I have been purchasing this past month.
I also love travel planning...planning in general..so I was really happy doing all the research myself! We didn't really have a budget but we will be spending around $5000 for 11 days in France, so probably a bit cheaper than going through a travel agent.
A note about Airbnbs, I booked one for Paris last December. For the first time ever (I've stayed at them a lot), the host cancelled on me a couple months later. I decided for such a big trip, I would go with the security of a hotel. For our stay in Bordeaux, I opted for an apartment style but I found it on booking.com, not Airbnb.
Sign up for an account on Kayak.com and input your itinerary and then watch the prices on flights. If you have some flex on when you go, sign up for https://scottscheapflights.com/ to monitor for sales on flights. ATL is huge so you are bound to get a steal if you’re willing to watch for it. We’ve found flights from Charlotte to Rome and Charlotte to Tokyo for ~$600+fees each when using Kayak and Scott’s alerts. I don’t think flights open for booking until ~12 mos in advance but you certainly don’t need to book that early.
In Italy and France you can buy train tickets from an ATM-like/metro-like machine when you get to the train station. Train tickets tend to be much less expensive if you buy in advance, but I like you appreciate the flexibility.
Travel agent won’t help with Airbnb as you know, so just do some research on neighborhoods in the cities you’ll be traveling to to help pick a good spot for an Airbnb. Fodors or Lonely Planet books or website are good for this. We also did Airbnb Luxe in a couple cities on our honeymoon and it was so worth it to have a few nights in a more upscale Airbnb. 😊
We just booked our international honeymoon 2 months out haha but it was a spur of the moment decision. We were thinking about going in April 2020 so I just started planning this month and FH said he didn't want to wait.
We planned 3.5 months before our wedding. I am a fairly seasoned traveller so I am used to doing things on the fly.
You should be able to buy tickets for June 2020 by now if you want. Cheapoair and Flighthub are pretty cheap (Canada to Europe, not sure about other places). Travel agents will help with booking flights, hotels and renting cars but not AirBnBs. If it were my planning, I'd skip using a travel agent and book everything individually. Consider using Booking.com too, you can find apartments there too that are just as good if not better than AirBnB.
Try using the Hopper app to predict the best time to purchase your flights. I’ve heard however that once you find the best price it’s better to book directly through the airline instead of through hopper. That way if any issues arise you will be dealing with the airline instead of a third party.
We booked ours four months before our wedding. We used costco travel to book a package trip for 9 days to Ireland. Around the four month there was a slight dip in pricing due to airfare being somewhat cheaper, so that's why we booked then.
We are going to Turks and Caicos in March for our honeymoon! We booked our flights in April and booked our condo through HomeAway last month. We also wanted to book everything ourselves. Airlines usually only let you book flights on your own a little less than 11 months out. 😊
I'm looking around now and I'm looking to honeymoon in May of 2020. You should be able to book hotels now, but flights won't show up until around 9 or 10 months out. We've found a hotel we like, so I've looked into how far out it's booked up to get an idea of when I need to book. I also know a lot of Caribbean resorts do specials for bookings if you wait until closer to the time you want to go.
I would plan now. We are currently on our honeymoon in europe. We got married June 16th. You could do hotels now or maybe wait next month. Plane tickets were bought in december for us. Then all the hotels and excursions that were known to sell out.
We're taking a minimoon right after the wedding to Montreal. Since that didn't require much aside from hotel, we booked that right away. We're just now starting to look at packages for our big honeymoon to Iceland in March 2020. That choice really depended on our travel agent who didn't get packages until this month.
We are going to Thailand in December 2019. We live in Colorado. We booked our hotels last September ...... it is a SUPER busy time there. Flights have not been booked it’s going to be a gift from my parents but my mom checks twice daily.