Value & Time

We asked William and Jennifer to take our DIY challenge. What was the difference in time and effort between planning a honeymoon yourself or with Original Travel?

Meet William and Jennifer

A young couple from New York, William and Jennifer were hoping for the honeymoon of a lifetime. William loved planning things himself while Jennifer was in the ‘leave it to the experts’ camp. Here’s what happened when we asked them to record every step of the two different approaches.

What they wanted to book

  • A ten-day honeymoon of a lifetime in Brazil
  • Return flights in economy
  • Accommodation at three different lodges
  • All in-country transfers and local guides

The Results

How their booking experiences compared

Before confirming, we ensured that the honeymoons they had come up with were like for like, star for star.
Not recorded: Time spent day dreaming.

D.I.Y With William

Jennifer with Us

Planning William Jennifer
Hours spent planning 16 2
Websites visited 27 4
Calls made 10 1
Calls received 0 6
Emails written 13 5
Points of contact 7 1

How easy was it to get impartial, first hand advice?

'The information I read as I researched online seemed biased in places but cross referencing on forums was helpful to get a more balanced view.'

'Original Travel’s advice felt completely honest. Alexandra knew Brazil well and was very honest about what she thought we wouldn't like as well as giving us lots of inspiring options'

Booking William Jennifer
Confirmation emails received 12 2
Payments required 11 4
Hidden extra costs On the ground payments 0
Printouts required for travelling 14 0

Did you receive a personalised itinerary printed & posted to you, complete with tips and advice?

On the ground William Jennifer
Dedicated support for duration of trip No Yes
24/7 emergency helpline No Yes
Protected by UK travel regulations No Yes
Protection from exchange rate movements No Yes
Financial protection No Yes

Booking complete, how much management will you have to do while you’re away?

'I’ve printed everything but a couple of the day trips still need confirming so I’ll have to do a spot of WiFi hunting in location.'

'None! Alexandra confirmed everything with me and provided all the documentation beautifully packaged and in my hand.'

Total Cost & Time William Jennifer
Total planning time 58 hours 8 hours

The Verdict

Time difference: 50 hours

'Choosing Original Travel seems like a no brainer now. The support, experience, guidance and honest advice we received from them was incredible and we still felt totally in control. Alexandra has not only made us excited about the trip but well prepared and relaxed!'

William and Jennifer

Don't risk exposing yourself to exchange rate movements

You might be booking your holiday as much as a year in advance. You come to pay your bill at the end of your holiday and because your home currency has weakened by 15% you're suddenly paying much more than you expected plus all sorts of nasty bank charges. OK, the currency might just as easily strengthen and it could end up being cheaper for you. But do you really want to take that risk? It's worth also being aware that some travel companies may sting you for a currency moving the wrong way between booking and travel. Amazingly they are legally allowed to do this. We never surcharge because of foreign currency movements. We manage our foreign currency requirements very closely and always aim to protect our clients from the horrors of surcharging.

If you still want to go it alone

We're passionate about our destinations and want to make sure you have a wonderful time irrespective of whether or not you decide to book with us, so we're happy to send you our destination dossier to help you enjoy your holiday more. Request a free destination dossier.

And finally, even if you don't book with us we'd love to know how it went. No, we're not joking - we'd like to hear if you had a nice time, what worked, what didn't, and yes, maybe we'd like to know whether or not we can help with your next trip!

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