Does a particular travel deal sound too good to be true? Well, guess what — it probably is! There is perhaps no better time to remind you to put everything on a credit card and get everything in writing than when you make travel arrangements. No one needs to have a bad experience at such an important time as his or her honeymoon. It just sours everything to find that you've been gypped.
Be wary of any travel deal that is too aggressively marketed by a telemarketer or someone who represents himself as a travel professional. If he stresses urgency in booking, it's probably a scam. Take the time to check a company out with the Better Business Bureau or an accredited travel agent.
Finally, check out what kind of weather is usual during the time period you'll be honeymooning. There's nothing worse than arriving in the Caribbean for two weeks of sun and sand only to have to turn around because a hurricane is bearing down on your island. Look into the weather and then make sure you have travel insurance.
Make sure your travel agent is a member of a recognized professional organization such as the American Society of Travel Agents (703-739-8739), the National Tour Association (606-226-4444), or the U.S. Tour Operators Association (212-599-6599).
Know the Add-Ons
A bargain room rate won't seem so great if you discover lots of little charges you hadn't expected. Advertised prices might refer only to the base rate; hotels can tack on tourist-trap surcharges and taxes that inflate the final price. Even if extra charges are legitimate, it's important to learn the total figure in advance to avoid price shock later.
Room service is a great perk — no need to go out when you don't want to, and it's understood that honeymooners usually don't want to the first day or two. But if you're watching your budget, you'll want to be very careful to use room service and the little minibar in the room judiciously.