The 1 Way to Save Money on Your Honeymoon You Haven’t Tried
It’s easier than ever to be a savvy bride these days. With the power of the Internet and all your smart devices, you have *endless* tools at your fingertips to bring your dream wedding to life. Yet even with all the apps, eBudgets and guides, brides still hit a wall when it comes to planning the honeymoon. Finding that sweet spot between dream destination and responsible budgeting can discourage even the thriftiest bride. But it doesn’t have to be that way! The secrets to getting your ultimate dream vacation and staying on budget are within your reach. The secret solution? A travel agent. We chatted with Frank Baquero, a travel agent at Beverly Hills’ elite Mansour Travel Company, and got the dish on travel secrets that not even your favorite Instagram wanderer knows.
1. Go off the beaten path. A quick Google search for honeymoon spots will show a trend in results — lots of tropical locations, lots of European destinations. Bottom line: If it’s a popular place, it’s going to have a high price tag. Think outside the box for your destination(s). Does it have to be a tropical island, or can you try a cool new continent? “Some amazing places that aren’t yet over-priced are Portugal, Greece, Thailand, Argentina and Croatia,” says Frank. Iceland in summer or winter is another affordable and completely amazing place to visit. Get creative! And when in doubt, ask your travel agent. Part of their job is to make personal recommendations, which means they travel a lot so that when they tell you a tiny hotel is great, they really *know* it is. Don’t forget, the US is enormous too, and if you haven’t seen much of it, picking a new city can be a fresh, fun and affordable alternative to somewhere foreign.
2. Know the best time to buy your tickets. “[It’s] never too early, but there is no magic bullet. Normally, 6-9 months prior is best.” Airfare prices will surge and dip based on a number of factors, including time of year, oil prices and airline stock prices. Availability of seats on flights will also drive prices up, which is why it makes sense to buy tickets way in advance if you’re planning to go somewhere popular like Europe in the summer. A travel agent will also be able to help you figure out if flying is the best option price-wise, too. A combination of driving or taking the train (talk about romantic!) may be more cost-effective, and your agent will know the ins and outs of getting you from point A to point B.
4. Beware of online travel sites like Expedia or Priceline. You know those amazingly cheap fares on discount sites are often too good to be true. Discount sites often show you only select options, meaning you could be missing out on a better deal or route and have no idea. Many don’t even offer full exposure to LCC’s (Low Cost Carriers) either. “LCC’s may not be the lowest total fare,” Frank adds, “after adding in all the fees (booking fees, seat fees, etc).” This is where the travel agent can *really* be useful, as they will know when to wait and can provide direction.
5. Have a disaster plan. Travel problems happen to the best of us. If the weather suddenly decides to extend your trip by a few days, trying to get a discount website to help you will be close to impossible. Make sure someone at home has a full copy of all your travel arrangements, and have a back-up plan, even if only vaguely sketched out. Most travel agencies have 24-hour availability, so you’ll never be more than a phone call away from help if disaster strikes.
Are you ready to start dreaming up that epic honeymoon? Go forth with your newly informed self and slay that honeymoon planning!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)