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Was wondering which one is a better idea for planning a honeymoon? Any advice is welcomeStacie and Dennis10-21-11
Honestly it depends on your comfort level planning your own trip. The first time I went to Europe, I was very unfamiliar with train schedules, discount carriers, and where to stay within the cities. My TA(family friend) was able to plan a trip that was easier on the nerves for the first time.
That being said, there is much more freedom and adventure in planning your own trip. You become knowledgable through the research, and will be more prepared than if you were to hand it off to a TA. TA's will put you in Americanized hotels - very standard rooms with little local flavor. That may suit you, but some of the greatest gems I've ever found was through my own research.In terms of price, I think the TA can get a comparable price to the current rate a Travelocity/Expedia charges. If you do your own research, you WILL find a better deal than a TA over time. Just depends on the level of effort.Here are the sites I typically use:www.travelocity.com (plane/train tickets & cruises)www.tripadvisor.com (hotel ratings by users, very important info like "is there a train station nearby?", also users submit their own pictures)www.vbro.com (global apartment rental website)