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Honeymoon Travel Advice

Ever since September 11, the way in which the world travels has changed. People are much more cautious, paying closer attention to the alerts and travel advisories set forth by the government and travel agents. When planning your honeymoon travel, whether domestically or internationally, take time to learn important ways to travel safe. After all, this is the beginning of your new life together and you want to stay safe and enjoy the occasion and not fear it.

Unfortunately, many newlyweds are so overcome with excitement of travel they simply forget to consider some of the costly and sometimes dangerous things that can happen. The great thing is that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) puts valuable information together for all travelers so they are not blindsided with unpleasant experiences. The following recommendations will help you, as you prepare for your honeymoon adventure.

Always work with a reputable and qualified travel agency. One of the most important things you can do is find one that is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, the United States Tour Operators Association, the National Tour Association, or if going on a cruise, the Cruise Line International Association. These professional organizations have very strict guidelines and rules that the agents must follow, which gives you more security in knowing they have the appropriate expertise that will be passed on to you. It is common for people to receive special travel packages through some over the phone sales or some type of advertisement but you should never do business on the phone with an unknown company. Like the old saying goes, If it seems too good to be true it is.

Whatever type of honeymoon you decide on, always get everything in writing. This means you want all the fine detail such as cancellation and refund policy, blackout dates, deposit, payment price, and so on. In addition to these details, you want the name, address, and phone number of every hotel, airlines, cruise ship, train, restaurant, and other accommodations/events that you are paying for as well as the travel agency, again in writing. You should also insist that all confirmation numbers are listed.

Although it might be tempting to use cash, the honeymoon is one time when using a credit card is preferred. The reason is that if you were to be overcharged in another country, once you hand over cash, you have lost. However, with a credit card you can always go back and dispute any charges. Just remember that no matter who asks for it, you should never give out your credit card number on the phone or send the number through the internet. Now, there may be an occasion when you are in another city, state, or country and need to provide your number to your travel agent, which is why working with one that is both reputable and certified is so crucial.

Once you know your travel destination, learn as much as you can about words that might need to be used in the case of an emergency. This would include words for police, fire, hospital, and so on. Learning travel vocabulary is also beneficial. This will help you understand what you are buying to help you get the best deal for your money.



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