Planning a wedding is hard enough, and now you have to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to cap off the most amazing time in your life? Hello pressure! So trust us when we say leave it to the pros to handle this one. This way you don’t have to stress and all you have to do is pack and show up!
Meet pro travel agent, Linda Dancer, below and hear her best tips, need-to-know info, and her bucket list travel destination!
A Little About Linda
“My name is Linda Dancer and I have been working with Honeymoons, Inc. since 2001 –– married to my best friend for over thirty years, I am an incurable romantic – so choosing to focus on the romance travel market was just a natural move for me. Years before I became a travel agent full time, I worked for an airline so I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and love sharing my travel adventures with my clients. I chose to focus on romance travel long before it became the popular thing to do.“
“I love the challenge of putting together itineraries to unique destinations that some clients are asking for these days like Iceland, Maldives, Croatia, Iceland and so forth – but I am most passionate about the Hawaiian Islands and the Caribbean, and book many clients yearly to Greece, Italy, the South Pacific, Costa Rica as well.”
What is her expertise in?
“I have personally visited all the Sandals and Beaches Resorts and am a Best of the Best Chairman’s Royal Club Specialist and Sandals Platinum Wedding Specialist, I travel to each of the resorts yearly to keep up with the changes and improvements that are constantly happening. This allows me to best help my clients choose their destination, resort and room category.”
“I am a Hawaii Expert – holding the distinct honor of being a master specialist for each of the island tourist boards, have visited the islands many times so can personally share with my clients to put together their custom itinerary.”
“In addition, I am a St Lucia Expert, Top 50 Agent with the Jamaica Tourist Board as well as other certifications with many popular resorts and destinations tourist boards to provide my clients with the most accurate information possible. In my many travels, conferences and training that I do on a regular basis I have a vast roll-adex with contacts to make sure my clients are well cared for upon arrival to their destination.”
Her Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon
- “Discuss what you want your experience to be like, tropical or beach vacation can mean something totally different to the two of you.”
- “You have to have a discussion of your target budget, I am really good at my job but I can’t send you to the Four Seasons Bora Bora for $3000, no one can do that.”
- “As you discuss destinations, you have to consider the logistics of getting to the destination, length of flight and so forth –– you must know your travel window the day you want to leave and the day you have to be home. You may have a total of 7 days off work; this is great for some destinations but for others, by the time you arrive at the destination you might only have 5 actual nights in said destination.”
Considering a Destination Wedding?
- “Know your guests! Just the two of you for an intimate elopement? I do lots of these especially for second weddings. Are having an adult only wedding or will there be children under the age of 18 years at check in at the resort? This determines if you will need a family friendly resort or if you can consider an adult only wedding.”
- “Other things to consider – total cost if you are inviting guests. You know your guest better than anyone, so keep the guest total out of pocket cost in mind to ensure everyone who you want there can attend.“
- “If you are on a tight schedule, you need to consider the residency requirement for destination weddings, so that you can actually get married. Things like how many days in advance the bride and groom need to be at the resort, are blood tests required, translation of documents to another language. These are all things that can add to your overall wedding cost too!”
A Must-Pack for Honeymoon/Destination Weddings
“A converter! While many resorts will provide a hair dryer for local electrical currents, many of us will also have curlers and straighteners and we all need to charge our cell phones! Many resorts in other countries will not have the same wattage so I have a converter I keep in my suitcase so no matter where I visit.”
Quick Q&A with Linda!
Go-to coffee order? “Just regular coffee with cream.”
Where’s the next location on your bucket list? “Back to the South Pacific!”
Favorite place to travel to? “Saint Lucia (Sandals Grande St Lucia) or Kauai (Grand Hyatt Kauai)”
What type of person at the airport are you: always early, hitting up the bar, almost late? “Having worked for an airline for many years and knowing all the behind the scenes stuff, I always get to the airport early.”
What do you not travel without? “I can’t travel without my hydro flask water bottle –– it keeps water cold forever!”