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See Our Honeymoon Tips on Small Talk. Big Day!

We love anything that makes wedding planning easier, so of course we’re big fans of Wedding Paper Divas! This great stationery company makes saves-the-dates and invitations super-easy with a slew of great templates that you can customize online by adding details, photos — whatever you want! Just upload the design and they’ll do the rest, sending you the gorgeous finished product in no time! We also love their video series Small Talk. Big Day, where they interview people in the wedding industry and get their best tips in under 2 minutes — the perfect dose of inspiration for busy couples whoLearn more

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Shutterstock/Mykola Komarovsky

What That Online Hotel Ad Isn’t Telling You

You’ve seen the ad. Cute guy comes on the screen and says, This is Bob. He owns a hotel. He needs to sell an empty hotel room so he’s putting on these three sites for different amounts. You just pick the cheapest. Sounds good, right? But it’s not exactly true. Yes, Bob has a hotel and yes, Bob has empty rooms. But all of these rooms are not alike. One Ocean View room is on the top floor with a balcony and a great view of the ocean. Another room (also called Ocean View) is actually blocked by a big column, so you have to crane your neckLearn more

A sunset destination wedding at Cap Juluca on Anguilla; courtesy Cap Juluca
A sunset destination wedding at Cap Juluca on Anguilla; courtesy Cap Juluca

See Our Destination Wedding Tips in USA TODAY

We love honeymoons, obvs; it’s in our name. But we also love destination weddings — helping clients with everything from choosing the right resort to connecting with the perfect planner for their taste and budget. We wrap it up by negotiating room rates and extras, and then manage the guest travel from start to finish, keeping the experience as stress-free as possible for the to-be-weds. An educated couple is a happy couple, so Susan was happy to share her 10 favorite tips for planning a Caribbean wedding with USA TODAY Travel — and brought in two of the country’s best destination wedding planners, Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations andLearn more

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Courtesy of Iryna Rasko/Shutterstock

Booking The Best Flights: Consider The Connections

We all love a nonstop flight, and it’s definitely the way to go if it’s available. But more often than not, your flight (especially long-haul) is going to involve a connection somewhere. So when planning, it’s not just about looking at your departing airport, but where you are connecting. There are some obvious red flags to avoid; for instance, if you’re flying in winter, try to avoid connections in snowy Chicago. But airports known for delays are another factor to consider. This summer, New York’s JFK is undergoing runway resurfacing, which means at any one time they’ll have only three ofLearn more

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Need new passport pages? Get them now!

Here’s a lesser-known travel fact: Some countries will deny you entry if you have fewer than three empty visa pages in your passport. The life of a passport is 10 years but if you travel frequently, those pages fill up fast. Our standard procedure when we get near to full is to add extra pages,  easily done via an online application at (We just did it last month, and it took two weeks from application to receipt of old, fatter passport.) If you’re in the same boat and thinking about adding pages, do it now. The State Department just announced that as of DecemberLearn more

Globetrotter: Inside Mark Ingram’s Miami

When it comes to style, few people have it like the dapper Mark Ingram, owner of Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City. This exclusive bridal salon sells gorgeous, high-end gowns from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Inbal Dror and Zuhair Murad. But Mark has another love beyond fashion: the city of Miami. Mark spends a lot of time there, and since purchasing a condo along the Venetian Causeway in 2010, considers it his second home.  We live in Florida so we know and live this city too. Here are his must-do’s when he heads south,Learn more

Surprise Travel, Yes or No? Our Take, in

Would you take a honeymoon not knowing anything about it, destination unknown and planned by someone else? “Travel to Nowhere/Anywhere” is apparently a thing for some wealthy Brits, who are signing on for the service from a UK luxury travel planner, who requires a $1,500 planning fee/$30,ooo per person minimum. We were flattered to be asked about it by one of our fave websites, While I love reading about this kind of thing in Afar magazine’s “Spin the Globe” feature (they send a travel writer somewhere without any advance notice, and they have to make do on the fly when they get there),Learn more

Shutterstock/Alistair Michael Thomas
Shutterstock/Alistair Michael Thomas

The Expedia-Orbitz Merger and What It Means to You

The big news in the travel world today is Expedia’s purchase of, for a whopping $1.3 billion; this follows their purchase a few weeks ago of Travelocity, for $280 million. It’s further consolidation of an industry that seems to do nothing but consolidate. Take Expedia. Until today, they owned (among others, and just on the consumer side),, Hotwire, Trivago and Travelocity. But it’s not just Expedia. TripAdvisor used to be owned by Expedia. Spun off in 2011, they now own (among others) TripAdvisor, FlipKey, Airfarewatchdog, BookingBuddy, Cruise Critic,  Family Vacation Critic, GateGuru, Independent Traveler, SeatGuru, Jetsetter, TravelPod and Virtual Tourist. Priceline owns and also,, Kayak, rentalcars.comLearn more

Courtesy of Generations Riviera Maya
Courtesy of Generations Riviera Maya

See Our Mexico All-Inclusive Picks in Destination I Do

We’re thrilled to see our feature on Mexico All-Inclusive picks in the new issue of Destination I Do magazine! These gals have their pulse on what’s cool and different in the world of romance travel, and we love working with them.   In the feature, we spotlight a few of our favorites all-inclusive resorts along Riviera Maya. We love all-inclusives for their ease — there’s one bill, for as much food and drink as you want, not to mention activities and sweet rooms, which makes them a favorite for destination weddings. But be warned: They range wildy in terms of style and quality,Learn more

Ryan DeBerardinis/Shutterstock
Ryan DeBerardinis/ Shutterstock

Dirty Little Secret About Hotel Rates

We’ve worked in media for years, so here’s a little secret: Those room rates you see listed at the end of travel stories about gorgeous hotels? They’re misleading. Most mags use the lowest available rate at low season for their copy, because it makes the hotel seem accessible to more people. Which means that, yes, you may be able to get a room at that luxury Caribbean hotel for that rate of $299. But chances are it will be the lowest-category room in the house (NOT the one pictured in the article), and at the lowest season of the year,Learn more

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