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Looking for honeymoon destination inspiration? Ways to save on flights? Hotel reviews? The best honeymoon planning apps and websites will help you do all this and more.
Here are the top 13 sites and apps that will help streamline your honeymoon planning.
The premise of Honeyfund is simple: the site lets your guests give monetary gifts to help fund your honeymoon. Using the site is simple, too. Just create a registry of each item you need for your honeymoon, along with an associated cost. You can break it down however you like. For example, guests with more to spend can spring for a $300 couples massage or $100 for a night of hotel, while guests with a smaller budget might opt for sunset cocktails for two for $30, or a $50 snorkeling excursion. In the end, you get cash (minus about 2 percent in fees) to spend however you wish.
2. Airfare Watchdog
Airfare Watchdog can not only help you snag the best deal to your chosen destination, it can actually help you decide where to go. If you have your heart set on Hawaii, for example, you can create an alert for when the price dips below a certain amount. However, if you just know you want sun and sand but you're flexible on options, sign up for a daily or weekly alert for the best deals from your local airport. You'll get a list of both domestic and international options, so you can consider destinations you hadn't considered before.
A once-in-a-lifetime trip like your honeymoon is no time to just book a hotel and hope for the best. Once you've selected a hotel or narrowed down your choices, always double-check them against TripAdvisor reviews. Sure, you need to take the reviews with a grain of salt (you probably don't want to trust the opinion of someone who complains that the beach is "too sandy") but if you look at the overall averages you get a good sense of the quality of the hotel.
Like TripAdvisor, Oyster provides in-depth reviews from people who've been there. The reviewers, however, are hotel experts who've seen some of the best and worst hotels in the world and really know their stuff. The site also features dozens of professional photographs that will show you the good, the bad, and, sometimes, the frighteningly ugly truth about each hotel.
If you'd rather stay in an apartment (for more space, a kitchen, a bit more privacy, or the chance to live like a local), there's no better site than Airbnb. With more than 2 million listings in more than 191 countries, Airbnb covers the world and offers a variety of accommodations ranging from single rooms to entire villas.
If a traditional bed and breakfast is more your style, check out BedandBreakfast.com. This website offers more than 12,000 properties in the US and around the world.
Viator is the worldwide leader in tours and activities, covering more than 2,000 destinations and offering everything from traditional bus and walking tours to exclusive and VIP tours that take you behind the scenes of the world's most popular attractions. They're also the go-to place for booking activities like snorkeling, horseback riding, cooking classes, and wine tastings. In-depth descriptions tell you what you need to know about each tour and there are plenty of photos, videos, and customer reviews to peruse to make sure the tour is right for you.
TripIt won't make your travel plans for you, but once you've booked your flight, transport, hotels, and activities, all you need to do is forward the confirmations to TripIt and the app will keep everything perfectly organized and available at your fingertips. TripIt automatically puts all the information together and transforms your emails into a master itinerary so all your plans are in one place, accessible from any device, and available offline. You can also collaborate with your spouse so both of you have access to the itinerary.
TripCreator isn't a typical booking site. The interactive travel planner offers a suggested itinerary for your trip, based on your preferences and interests, and then allows you to fully customize it to your needs. Once you have the suggested itinerary you can swap out rental cars and hotels, change your activities, and move days around until it's perfect. The program searches real time availability and takes driving distance into account so the trip works in real life, and you can easily view the trip on a map or day-by-day in a calendar. Once the trip is perfect, you can book it all with one click.
10. Groupon Getaways
If your honeymoon budget is tight, try looking at deal sites with all-inclusive vacation packages. Groupon has deals on packages around the world, and occasionally, promo codes for 10%-30% off those already reduced prices. Or, if you're staying local, you can opt for a steeply discounted hotel-only Groupon.
If you haven't chosen a destination yet and are looking for inspiration, Pinterest is a great places to start. If you're in the midst of wedding planning, you're probably pinning on an hourly basis. Take a break from wedding dress and wedding cake pins and start adding to a honeymoon board instead.
Another excellent source of honeymoon inspiration is good old Instagram. It's another app you probably use daily. Start searching for hashtags related to honeymoons or particular destinations and see how other newlyweds are honeymooning. You just might glimpse your dream destination amid the snaps.
13. Google Drive
If you're a list maker, use Google Drive to create living documents to keep track of everything from honeymoon budgets to packing lists to must-do activities. Best of all, the documents are shareable so you and your significant other can both add to the lists.