1. Sand Jar
Place a few small toys or household objects such as a button, paperclip, lego, golf pencil, rubber band, etc. in a jar (spice jars work nicely) then fill the jar with sand. The child needs to spin the jar to find all the objects – a stationary scavenger hunt!
Put aside some small toys that your child will not notice are missing or go to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive toys/books/activities. Wrap them up like presents. You can even wrap a present inside multiple boxes so they have to open lots of wrapping and boxes and anticipate the gift even more! (careful, this one can get messy!) Every so often during the trip, give your child a new present to unwrap and enjoy!
3. Don't help!
Make everything last longer. I know this sounds simple, but it really helps. When putting away a toy to take out something new, let your child help. Let them peel the banana themselves – it takes longer – that’s the point! If you are giving your child a wrapped present, don’t help them open it. Let them take time undoing the tape or finding the edge. That extra 5 minutes they are busy, happy and occupied is less time you have to be playing activity director.
I know, you are thinking this is not unique – here’s what is – make the stickers yourself! Use photographs of your family, place you are visiting or anything else your child loves. Sticker paper can be found at office supply stores, amazon or big chains. Print out a page with small pictures and cut them into fun shapes. You can bring a coloring book and use the stickers to create a story with your family in the scene.
5. Play with your food
Use your best judgement on this one but here’s what I mean… I used to eat slices of cheese. My mom would break it into pieces and we would make letters of the alphabet. So maybe we would make a B using 6 pieces – then eat the bottom piece and you have an R, see if your child can get from an R to an F, etc. You can come up with words that begin with that letter or objects you see around you with that letter. Of course there’s always the stringing of cheerios game too!
6. Water in a Ziploc
Most moms carry plastic bags just in case. Bring a few extra – you can get water on the plane. Put some in a baggie and let your child shake, rub, pat and play! Add some ice to make it interesting! Note: you may want to double bag it to make sure it doesn’t rip or leak or if you are really feeling ambitious, you could bring some duct tape to seal the ends. Plus, water is a magnifier, put it up to your eyes and see what happens!
There are many things that a booking engine simply can't provide and they are all based on one thing… RELATIONSHIPS. Travel is all about experiences and I believe your honeymoon deserves the best.
5 Things You Are Missing by Booking Your Honeymoon Yourself
Every couple is unique. The only way to match you with YOUR individual honeymoon experience is by learning about you. A booking engine won't interact with you and ask qualifying questions to guide you toward places and experiences that suit your personal interests. A booking engine will provide lists based on search engine optimization and advertising budgets - not personal preference.
By asking the right questions, I can quickly and easily determine the right destinations, locations, resorts and activities. Together, your wish list and my expertise will lead you to your perfect honeymoon.
Ever try to call an online agency? Yikes! It literally takes hours for a person to pick up the phone. That means you are on your own to find the answers to any of your questions, big or small. If you are calling to make a change on the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances or an error when booking, be prepared to lose money. Changes and cancellations come with fees; without someone to point them out, you may have missed the details buried in the fine print. You can request the fees to be waived, but since the person you are talking to doesn't know you, they are probably not going to be sympathetic to your situation, and they probably don't have any authority to refund your money.
I am a phone call, email or text away, I am available to you. We can take our time and have as many conversations as it takes to be sure the trip is exactly as you picture it. I am your advocate. If something goes wrong, I am on your side, making the calls and spending the time making the changes so you don't have to. Plus, my reputable travel partners offer assistance 24/7, so there is always someone there for you; before, during, and after the trip.
3. Peace of Mind
This is your honeymoon! You are busy planning a wedding and getting ready for a new way of life. It is a stressful and busy time. When you book online you are on your own. All the responsibility of the trip is on you. Online agencies aren't monitoring your itinerary for accuracy or for things that might impact your travel such as construction, strikes, travel warnings, or weather related issues. Your final documents will be sent via email and may not include travel trips or helpful information about your destination.
When you plan your honeymoon with me, you enjoy the benefits of my experience along with the expertise of my entire travel network. These partners have been vetted and are known to be reputable within the travel industry. They include some of the world's most spectacular hotels, and you'll be treated like a treasured guest with exclusive perks! The best part is... you get all of these perks, at no additional cost to you, simply because we care.
4. Good Reputation
Online reviews can be tricky. It is hard to know which reviews are true and which have been paid.
Online booking agencies have a bad reputation for a reason, if you ask around, you probably know someone who has a horror story.
I work hard for my clients because after getting to know them, I genuinely care about their trip. Most of my business comes to me by word of mouth, so you probably already know someone who was happy working with me! But in case you don’t, I have many reviews for you to read on my website!
5. Attention to Detail
Attention to Detail - All the components of your trip will be well coordinated and make sense (you definitely won't have crazy 8 hour layovers like on Orbitz or Expedia!) Your documents will come beautifully prepared, with important information highlighted for your convenience. Details such as transfers, excursions, dining reservations, seat assignments, etc. will have been discussed and arranged based on your input. I even suggest special surprises that the bride or groom can plan to surprise their fiance during the trip! It’s these added extras that make the trip incredibly special.
Well, there you have it, 5 great things you are missing by booking yourself!
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Hi! My name is Buffy and I am the owner of Sunlit Travel! I love to plan special occasions like HONEYMOONS! My favorite part is adding special touches to make the trip especially romantic or adding a fun surprise for the bride or groom!