I spent a good deal of my day off in various travel agents around Manchester. Far more of my day off than I would originally have liked to be honest. It may have come to about 5 hours altogether. I finished my day off more tired then when I started! But my single-minded determination paid off and I did in fact book a honeymoon. I also discovered an important money saving tip.
Here it is:
If you are in town and don’t have to be anywhere for half an hour but really, really need a cup of tea then go to a travel agents! You get a free cuppa and you get to look at places where there is SUNSHINE (for British readers ‘Sunshine’ is that weather state where there are few or no clouds, I know, scary isn’t it?).
Ok so that was a little cheap of me but since I was genuinely shopping for a holiday I had no objection to having a cup of tea at each place I went to. Having had very little sugar for a week due to starting my Wedding ‘healthy eating’ (my mother-in-law to be said she never uses the word ‘diet’ it is simply healthy eating) I was feeling a little high after my 4th cup of sugary caffeine.
But onto the more important point of honeymooning. Now I am one of those women who has know various things about her wedding since the age of 10 and one of the things I decided long ago was that I wanted to go to Rome for my honeymoon. Fortunately it is also somewhere Chris really wants to go to so that wasn’t a hard sell :)!
Where in Rome became a bit of a problem though… unsurprisingly there are a lot of hotels in Rome. So I did some pricing online but thought I would try some travel agents to see how it compared to a package deal. As it turns out the package deal was much better because we got a couple of freebies/discounts in the end and I don’t have to arrive in Rome and try and work out their public transport straight away since they have arranged pick up for us.
However because there were so many hotels to choose from it was a bit overwhelming. Each travel agent works with different hotels so you can’t just go in and say ‘I want that one’ but they also each work with so many it would take all day to look at each and every one. So I had each travel agent price up and recommend a couple then went home and checked them out myself. I am really glad I did this since one place that looked really good on paper turned out to be pet friendly and have 4 dogs when I looked it up at home!
In the end we found a 4 star hotel in the centre of Rome for a very good price (as I said with discounts from the travel agents and a free room upgrade) and we also ended up being able to afford to go for an extra day just by going mid-week instead of straight after the wedding. Added bonus is that we will have some time to rest and empty the camera memory cards.
So the lesson here is (not just how to get free tea) to check out the travel agents. Even if it does work out cheaper to book each bit yourself it is really fun and they may give you some ideas. Also, if you are having a honeymoon tell EVERYONE! It gives you a chance to talk wedding a bit and they will try and get you upgrades and free stuff, great! It also meant that I spoke to a woman who’s daughter got married on the 29th of June last year, how funny.
After much thought and searching Chris and I went with the River Palace Hotel. Aside from having a cool name the location is great (my top priority) and the decor is classy but Italian (my second priority). The breakfast also looks pretty good which can’t hurt and it has 4.5 stars out of 5 after nearly 1000 reviews. I look forward to showing you pictures in July!
I also bought Chris’ wedding ring but that will be another post-wedding picture, I don’t want the guests to see it before the day!
Next weekend Dress fittings and flowers! It is very busy being a bride-to-be but I love it 🙂