3 Honeymoon Planning Services That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier
We put them to the test so you don't have to.
If the thought of putting together your own honeymoon seems daunting, there are plenty of services that can help. We put three to the test, asking each to create a four-night getaway in San Francisco. Here's how they did.
Whom It's Best For: Luxury-hotel fans who want help booking rooms and ideas on where to eat, shop, etc.
How it Works: Just email firstname.lastname@example.org, and an adviser will request dates, budget, and other details before recommending four- and five-star hotels. You'll also get a link to a curated city guide that you can edit yourself.
What We Loved: Our adviser was incredibly knowledgeable about the hotels and their neighborhoods-and bookings came with extras like breakfast and upgrades. The site's preexisting mapped-out guides are free to use, modify, share, and download.
What Could Be Better: Some guides are more robust than others (and they're always being updated). At press time, London listed 19 things to do, while Panama City had only two.
What You'll Pay: Hotel bookings, guides, and editable maps are free; extensive planning is $250 per week of travel. passported.com
Whom It's Best For: The plugged-in traveler who values insider hot spots and a super-streamlined process.
How it Works: After filling out a quick yet detailed online survey about your trip and interests, you'll receive a one-day itinerary preview. Like what you see? Enter payment info to continue (you'll get your money back if not 100 percent pleased).
What We Loved: The fast response time: Our concierge got in touch within 35 minutes of our request. When a hotel wasn't available in our price range, she offered Airbnb ideas. The easy-to-digest itinerary has a map with travel times (by car, foot, and public transport) and high-quality photos.
What Could Be Better: Journy's itineraries are informed by recommendations by local experts, mostly from the food world. A little more variety (artists or musicians, say) would round it out.
What You'll Pay: $15 per day (with one round of edits); $50 per day for more complex trips (and unlimited edits). gojourny.com
Whom It's Best For: A vacation-home renter who can't give up the comfort of a hotel concierge.
How it Works: Sign up on the site and you'll be put in touch with a concierge, who will plan full itineraries and book rentals through partners like Kid & Coe, as well as arrange VIP experiences.
What We Loved: Concierges have worked for top-notch properties like the Little Nell, in Aspen, Colorado, and experience options are endless, from a sunset helicopter ride in San Francisco to a private art lesson and picnic in Central Park.
What Could Be Better: More destinations; they're currently in just nine U.S. cities. The app-where you can access activities and message your concierge-was a little buggy.
What You'll Pay: Itineraries are free; 15 percent coordination fee for any activities booked. key.co