Everyone knows one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is the honeymoon. It?s a much-needed respite after months of organising, preparation and designing. But for many couples, it?s also the trip of a lifetime!
However, while the actual honeymoon is heavenly, planning it and deciding where to go can get stressful. That?s why at Signature Living Weddings, we have an in-house Travel Expert who can give you the insider knowledge on how to plan your dream honeymoon.
We sat down with our Travel Expert, Christopher Kelly, to learn more about his job, why couples should choose to consult an expert like himself and reveal a few of his all-time favourite destinations!
Hi Christopher, to get things started I think we should start with a bit about you! How long have you been a Travel Expert and what made you want to become one?
Hi guys, okay great! Well I?m Christopher and I began my own travel expert company in the first quarter of 2018. I had always had a huge passion for travel and amazing experiences, I spent most of my spare time travelling the world and searching for unforgettable destinations. Using Dubai as my headquarters for 8 years, I embarked on ten long haul adventures every year!
I decided that I should put this unique knowledge into practice and help others achieve the incredible experiences I had been lucky enough to be a part of around the world. I obtained the relevant licences and financial protection and now I can offer my customers spectacular holidays at industry rates, so it is both affordable and excellent value for everybody.
Wow, that?s amazing! What would you say is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is definitely the feedback from clients when they return from their trip. I actually get excited when presenting customers with holiday offers, as if it was me going myself! Being a travel consultant means I bring joy to people?s lives, I like to think I give them something positive and exciting to look forward to, when maybe they are experiencing a stressful day. Certainly, when I talk to couples who are planning their honeymoon, it?s nice to put them at ease so all they have to worry about is their wedding and what to pack!
Why should people use a Travel Expert?
There are many reasons why Travel Experts are important. Firstly, our flights are ATOL protected, this means that should an airline not provide the service they promised, your finances are protected. For example, when Monarch went bankrupt overnight, those that booked independently lost their money. Secondly, the holiday itself is ABTA protected, so you won?t need to worry about losing money that way.
A Travel Expert also saves the customer endless hours searching for their perfect holiday. Just a few hours looking, twice a week, can add up to over 24 hours at the end of the month. It?s stressful and often confusing, whether you know what you?re looking for or not.
We have the expert knowledge on hotels, flight paths, airlines, locations, time of year, transfers and especially, offers. A normal travel company can only provide you with what they have been given to sell, an independent agent can personally tailor a package or an offer just for you.
However, I believe the most important thing is the point of contact. If you book with a large holiday supplier, it is incredibly difficult to contact them about queries you may have. A Travel Expert like myself is always on hand to help with any questions you may have, extras you?d like to add to the holiday or just simply chat about what you might expect from your trip.
What do you think makes you different from other Travel Experts?
I am completely independent, so I am never under any pressure to provide you with offers from particular holiday consolidators. I also have over 200 suppliers that are contracted to me, so the choices are just about endless!
I am extremely passionate about travelling, I see every new client and their holiday as a project. So, whereas a travel agent will usually allocate around 30 minutes to finding a deal for you, I will happily dedicate a number of days to filter through every supplier and guarantee you have a fantastic offer presented to you.
Due to my extensive knowledge, it is very likely that I will have visited either the country or definitely the region you want to visit. This means I?ll be able to give you some great first-hand help and advice!
Why do you think Signature compliments you as a travel expert so well?
I think, as a brand, Signature Living Weddings share a similar ideology. You are unique and offer personalised luxury at affordable prices. Like myself, Signature is all about creating unforgettable memories by being innovative and taking the lead within the industry. Our clients both look for a high standard of customer service and seek a personalised bespoke experience, together we do that very well!
Perhaps a difficult one, but what is your favourite holiday destination?
That is very difficult as you will often hear me say how much I love ?this destination and that destination?. But if I had to choose, personally, I?d say Cape Town or the Maldives. Both are extremely beautiful and unique.
Of course, you deal with a lot of our couples that are planning honeymoons. What would you say are three essentials for the perfect honeymoon?
The specifics will, of course, differ from individual to individual. However, I?d say whether you?re booking a serene beach honeymoon or a vibrant city honeymoon, making it stress free is the number one priority.
Number two I would say the accommodation has got to be truly excellent. A honeymoon isn?t just any holiday, it?s your first trip abroad as a married couple, so it?s got to be spectacular!
Lastly, I think an essential for the perfect honeymoon is to create everlasting memories. You want to be telling people in twenty year?s time just how incredible it was and revisiting those magical memories regularly.
What are the most popular destinations for honeymoons at the moment??
The Indian Ocean is the most popular destination by far for honeymoons. More specifically, the Maldives is currently top of the list for a lot of couples I book with.
We?ve talked a lot about honeymoons, but there?s something new called a mini-moon which has taken off lately. What is a minimoon and why do you think they have become so popular?
A mini-moon is a short break or short holiday that usually lasts around 3-7 days, straight after the wedding party. Used instead of, or just before the honeymoon, many couples book a mini-moon to take a break after the wedding planning and have a little time to themselves.
Lots of couples don?t plan to go away for their honeymoon a month or so after the wedding has taken place, so getting away for a short time before that can be perfect. It is a chance for the bride and groom to instantly enjoy each other?s company and reflect on the amazing wedding. These short trips are often just a quick plane journey away, so you don?t have to worry about extended travelling.? Many people even choose to enjoy a couple of days in a hotel a short flight away, before embarking on the journey to their final honeymoon destination.
Thanks so much for talking to us, to round things off can you tell us a fun fact about you?
Of course, okay. I once went to an evening social event in Dubai and 24 hours later found myself, unintentionally, sat on a beach in the Maldives eating an Alfredo pasta and feeling confused as how it all transpired!
Planning a honeymoon when you have a Travel Expert like Christopher couldn?t be easier! With his wealth of knowledge and passion for travel, he?s sure to plan and book a trip you and your partner have always been dreaming of. If you?d like to get in touch with Christopher, he?ll be happy to answer any questions you may have! You can call him on 07885670143 or email email@example.com.
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