My husband and I have been in the planning phases of putting together our honeymoon since we got married 2 years ago. We haven’t taken a honeymoon yet due to our PCS to Japan and multiple deployments in that time, but we finally identified a period of time when he will be able to take leave for our honeymoon.
We decided to hire a travel agent in May, and we ended up working with 2 travel agents. Friends referred me to an expert in exotic luxury travel and my parents referred me to their travel agent. I didn’t plan on talking to both of them longer then a week or two — I just wanted to hear their ideas and then I’d work with the person who was able to book the best honeymoon. I realize that it isn’t common practice to work with two travel agents, but I had a feeling that one of them wouldn’t want to work with a military couple in Japan.
As it turns out, I was doubly correct — NEITHER of them wanted to work with us! First, the luxury expert stopped talking to us after I explained that going to Thailand wasn’t possible because my military husband may not be allowed to vacation in a country where the government is in a state of coup; I suggested that we discuss Bora Bora instead, but he never responded to me after that. The second travel agent stopped talking to us when I committed the cardinal sin of asking too many questions about last minute cancellations (you know, in case my husband has to go to WAR suddenly) and taking too long to get back to her (never mind that it took her a week to respond to MY emails); apparently needing a week or more to discuss our options because my husband is deployed was out of the question for her, even though I explained that we would need extra time from the get-go.
Sorry that it might take us an extra week to make decisions because we don’t have the luxury of long conversations everyday. Sorry that my husband isn’t allowed to travel to a country where there is an ongoing government coup. Sorry that we’re not your average American couple and that you might have to work outside the box with us. /rantover
Luckily, we know someone here who is a travel agent. She can book for us, but, understandably, she isn’t comfortable handling our large budget vacation to a destination where she has no experience booking. I need to figure out everything myself, but she will book it for us. I am extremely thankful for her assistance, but I wish we had a travel agent who had experience in this area of the world and was willing to work with us. I’d love for someone to just tell us where we can afford to stay, book it, and then email us plane tickets.
We hope to spend 5 – 6 nights in the Maldives, followed by 3 – 4 nights in Kuala Lumpur. Please let me know if you can recommend any resorts in the Maldives! I am eyeing 3 resorts right now 🙂 I think we are set with hotels in KL, though I’d love to hear ideas for activities to do while we’re there!
It’s such a shame that this coup is occurring in Thailand. We were all set to go to a resort there for 10 days, but we changed our plans due to the unrest.
It seems that the universe was conspiring to validate my decision to nix the honeymoon plans in Thailand. Today, we service members and dependents received a travel restriction for all personal travel to Thailand! Yes, much could change in the next 7ish months, but do I really want to take the chance and then have to scramble last-minute to find another honeymoon location? Nope!