Never flown overseas; help me find options!
March 21, 2012 1:24 PM Subscribe
Is an overseas honeymoon possible?
posted by Eicats to Travel & Transportation (33 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My future husband has his heart set on us having a honeymoon overseas. We're just in the beginning stages of wedding/honeymoon planning but I think the expense will be impossible... but there are so many things I don't know. So I'm hoping the hive can give me a few tips so I can plan (or not!) accordingly.
We would be flying from North Dakota (so there will be a couple of connecting flights which I'm sure adds to the price) and we're hoping for somewhere in Europe. His top-top pick is Venice, but we are both open to other places because we've never been anywhere in Europe. Ireland would also be at the top of the list. The actual wedding and honeymoon won't be until summer 2013, but when I went to check example flight/hotel packages from sites like Expedia and Priceline for an example week date range, say mid-July of 2012, I'm getting an appoximate price of $5000. Granted that includes a few days' hotel, but I will say that this price is probably-definitely out of our reach.
So I have several questions! And they all revolve around getting the cost down from the sky and maybe giving me a glimmer of hope.
1) Should we just forget about trying for summertime altogether? I know that is the prime tourist season so would be more expensive. Should we set our sights more on April-May or September-October?
2) Is it better to book in advance? How far? Or how close to departure time is the best time to book for prices?
3) Are sites like Expedia a good idea? Will they really give a good deal? Keeping in mind we know NOTHING of the area, so finding or deciding on individual flights and cute out-of-the-way bargain hotels might be way over our heads. Given that, what about travel agents? I have heard that booking yourself is usually better (i.e., cheaper), but I can't help wondering if an agent might be privvy to information or better deals?
4) Recommendations. Yes, I know the dream of Venice in summer is probably one of the most expensive ideas. So please feel free to suggest alternatives! We're aiming for someplace with original scenery, fun things to see, and good food. We don't need tourist-y gloss, but we want someplace "nice" that feels like a treat.
I am going to use this worn-out phrase because I really mean it: Mefites, please hope me.