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Feb. 16, 2022

Insightful & Inspired Honeymoon Travel Tips with Tara Branch

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Whether it’s Iceland and the northern lights, backpacking through Europe, a train tour through a national park or an all-inclusive beach resort, your honeymoon should be as unique as your wedding and as you are! What’s your dream? Tune in to this episode as co-hosts Kristina, Mike and Sharon talk to travel agent and expert traveler herself, Tara Branch. Tara shares how most travel advisors are paid on commission and don’t charge the traveler for their services… and even if they do, they can save you money and get you upgrades you wouldn’t have received if you had booked the trip yourself. Invest 30 minutes to listen in for more exceptional tips that will help you to understand that travel agents/advisors are travel experts and they will not only save you time but get you more bang for your buck!

After being a special education teacher for over 20 years, Tara decided to make a career out of her other passion, travel.  She is the wife to a fellow traveler, Ian and stepmom to 3 great kids and 3 furbabies. She and Ian love to take the family on trips, lead trips of fellow travelers and go on their own adventures whenever they can.  Tara and the other agents at Vacations by Tara enjoy helping others make wonderful memories with friends and loved ones while making their vacation as stress-free as possible.

• [3:45] Tara explains how she loves travel and  how when she was looking for options to get out of the classroom, travel seemed the perfect fit. 
• [5:36] “What's important to you about the honeymoon? Why do you think you want to go to this destination?” Tara helps her clients narrow it down. 
• [6:33] “Depending on what country you're going to, they're changing restrictions up to the last minute before you travel.”
• [13:23] Tara discusses how many of her clients have never left the country and how she guides them through the customs process.

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Tara Branch


Kristina Stubblefield  0:00  
If you're filled with wanderlust and can't wait to take off with your new hubby or wife to someplace amazing, this episode is for you. 

Sharon Rumsey  0:08  
We're joined on this episode by travel agent, and all around amazing human Tara branch as she shares the tips and tidbits that every couple should consider before booking their honeymoon.

Kristina Stubblefield  0:21  
You're listening to The Ring The Bling And All The Things Podcast. I'm Kristina Stubblefield, one of your hosts, along with my two good friends Michael Gaddie and Sharon Rumsey. We are here to get you from down on one knee, down the aisle and into happily ever after. Our informative episodes deliver valuable tips, trends, ideas, and advice covering everything from you saying yes to the i do's and all that happens in between and after. 

Now, let's get started with this episode. Travel, travel, travel - that is the topic of today's episode. Mike. We know our guest pretty well, Sharon. I'm not gonna leave you out of this one. We are all fellow members of the chamber of St. Matthews, which is in Louisville, Kentucky. And that is Tara Branch. Thank you so much for being a guest.

Tara Branch  0:54  
I'm thrilled to be here. 

Kristina Stubblefield  0:54  
Sharon, I know you have a great story to share. And I think we start there. We're going to cover a few different topics today. But why don't you start with that though.

Sharon Rumsey  1:30  
I have a great love and respect for Tara. But also great Tara story. So I met stories love stories. I met Tara at a St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce meeting. first time I'd ever met her. I thought oh, she's sweet. She seems fun, you know, get home. literally the next day I had a groom call me. And they had decided not to take a honeymoon because they didn't have money to take a honeymoon and they were going to put that off. He was able to come into some money and wanted to surprise the bride by getting a honeymoon that she didn't know she was going to have. The only problem was their wedding was literally 10 days away. Oh gosh. And he said we've never really traveled, I don't know where to start. And I said hold on. I just met somebody. I just met somebody, I just met somebody and I think that she can help you. I gave him tears number. I did nothing but hand tears number two to the gentleman. And I went up to him at rehearsal and he gave me a huge hug. He said I don't know how to thank you enough. This is like a dream for us. We weren't going to get a honeymoon. I called Miss Tara. And literally in three days, everything was booked. I didn't have to do anything. We're so excited. They called me when they got back and thanked me again for giving them Tara's information. So Tara, not only did you really really help my client, and they have a wonderful memory from that trip, you made me look really good. So I appreciate that a lot.

Kristina Stubblefield  3:13  
That's a great what a great intro now, Tara. I mean, we're gonna let you amaze yourself, but it knows what she's doing. Absolutely. Tara, tell our audience a little bit about you.

Tara Branch  3:23  
So I'm Tara Branch, I own Vacations by Tara. I've been a travel agent for I've owned the business for about five years now. I was a teacher before. God bless you. Yeah. So 20 plus 20 plus years in the classroom. And I, I just have a passion for travel. My husband and I love to travel. And as I was looking for options to get out of the classroom, it just seemed a great fit. So and I get to tap travel all the time and learn about new places and I get to go places

Kristina Stubblefield  3:54  
So you can help people, they do not have to be local here in the Louisville, Kentucky area. So you can help people wherever they're listening from? Well, we'll make sure to share Tara's contact information in our show notes and everything. Sharon, I'm going to get let you kind of lead the way with us. I know we got several different topics that we can talk about. But you go ahead.

Sharon Rumsey  4:14  
Well, we are wedding planning podcast. So I guess what are we're going to talk about wedding planning. I mean, we probably should we always we probably should. I think what our listeners are focused on the most and what I hear at my meetings with my couples is that honeymoon. So what are some things they should know about planning their honeymoon? And, honestly, how does the travel agent work? Is there a fee to use you is there. So

Tara Branch  4:43  
currently, travel agents were I always say I'm the fun part of the wedding planning. You know, I think at first when you start the wedding clinic can be so stressful. You're trying to make sure you get what you want booked. Right? And I'm kind of the fun and easy part at the end and So when people come to me, it's sometimes it is a last thought. They're not thinking about the honeymoon for thinking about all of the other things. But we can book and even if a lot people think you have to wait until closer to the date to book, the honeymoon, you don't, I can book some properties. Two years out, I can book some cruises two to three years out. So it doesn't have to be the last thing on the list. So the way it works is I set up a consultation, a free consultation with my clients, and it gets to know them a little bit. Weather that I get to know what they like, like where they like to eat. What's important to you about the honeymoon? What Why do you think you want to go to this destination? And if they don't know a destination, even then we help narrow it down. So I did not know that. Yeah, so we help narrow down if they're, they have no clue. They can come to me and say we've always wanted to do this, can we do this on the budget that we have? And we'll all do some preliminary searching and see if we can do on their budget. And if I can't, then I offer other alternatives.

Michael Gaddie  6:03  
So let me ask you, it's we're going on two years now with this pandemic? Are you seeing any changes? Is it easier? Is it harder? What's the what are we looking at when we

Kristina Stubblefield  6:16  
get out your crystal ball? And give us the answer? So we're looking at being flexible? Okay, good answer. For flexible, we're looking at being flexible.

Tara Branch  6:25  
And that doesn't matter if you're traveling for your honeymoon, or any type of travel. Depending on what country you're going to, they're changing restrictions up to the last minute before you travel. So you may have to have a COVID test sooner than you thought. or later than you thought I've had people that had to go back at the last minute and have a second COVID test. Before entering the country. You do have to make sure that if you're leaving the US, you have a plan and insurance to cover it if your resort does not because if you test positive on your way back to the US, then you're going to be there for another five days.

Kristina Stubblefield  7:06  
Well, okay, bye so flexible. i You've said that, but I on a positive what I'm hearing, you can travel, you can do honeymoon, absolutely. But you've got to be flexible in it and to plan ahead for the what ifs that could potentially happen.

Sharon Rumsey  7:26  
There's actually insurance that will cover you if you test positive and have to stay in an additional amount of time. Absolutely.

Michael Gaddie  7:36  
Remember that that's

Tara Branch  7:37  
not so important. Not all insurance does.

Sharon Rumsey  7:39  
Another reason to use a travel age so you have to know

Tara Branch  7:43  
if your policy covers some some policy, they call it bedrest, some it's quarantine. So you have to know what your policy covers.

Kristina Stubblefield  7:52  
So does that mean possibly if you test positive, you can't come home? That helps with the expenses of staying?

Michael Gaddie  7:58  
Yes. Do they get that from you? Yes. Okay. Okay.

Tara Branch  8:02  
And even if they did not purchase their honeymoon through me or their trip through me, I can sell the insurance for that.

Kristina Stubblefield  8:08  
That's all. So for those listening that may already have something booked, but have not had the discussion about that insurance, they could still reach out to you, right?

Michael Gaddie  8:16  
So when all the rules and restrictions and all that. I mean, me personally, I would have no clue. I wouldn't know where to begin. So I'm going to count on Tara to take care of that for me. I mean, you're going to be calling us and saying okay, Mike, you've got to have a COVID test. Okay, and then I test positive, we're on our way back, we call you you tell us walk us through what we're going to do? Yeah. Because honestly, I'd be lost. I don't know where to go,

Sharon Rumsey  8:43  
it'd be sleeping in the Uber.

Kristina Stubblefield  8:44  
I well. We're back to talking about that guide, that strategic guy, that expert that you in the stress that you don't have to worry, because you know, I'm calling this person, she's going to take care of it. She's going to direct me, and I'm going to get home. And I think a lot of people, even recently that I've talked to are kind of up in the air about do we go out of the country? Do we not go out of the country? We even do something right now, do we not? And I've heard some people doing things that may be going out west or going to somewhere that's on their bucket list. That is not out of the states, right, so to speak.

Tara Branch  9:22  
But even if you go to Hawaii, you have to be vaccinated and or tested. A couple go there. Yeah. So there are still restrictions for in the US or some people are doing Puerto Rico instead. You don't have to be tested on the way home but you do have to be tested on the way there.

Kristina Stubblefield  9:39  
Okay, you know what else I just thought of, you know, how we talk about not being married to a date or a venue. Don't be married to a location because you as an individual, you're going to do a lot of research to find out what's required. And you could just say, Hey, we're wanting to go to a beach somewhere. What's going to be our options?

Tara Branch  9:57  
Yes, absolutely. I take care of that. And You want to hear something else, it'll blow your mind about insurance. So especially if you're going well, depending on your location, but most locations, I can get this, I can get you 100% Cash Back insurance. So if it gets closer to the time and you're stressed out about the wedding, you're stressed out getting COVID tests, you test positive for COVID Here, I can get you 100% cashback on your trip, except for the insurance that you paid for. Wow. Goodness. So you, or like, I was married previously, and I woke up the day after my wedding and got bronchitis. I couldn't have gone anywhere.

Kristina Stubblefield  10:39  
Well, and it's so unpredictable with things that can make you a little bit more apt to go ahead and plan something if it's like that safety net that you've mentioned that before.

Sharon Rumsey  10:50  
Another thing that I have heard my couples talk about a lot is with COVID with airline staffing shortages. Just the chaos that is the world right now. Flights getting canceled and you know getting stuck at airports for hours and hours and you know, missing a day at the the resort they were supposed to go to because they get stuck in an airport. If you have a travel agent who you haven't if I call you and say Tara I'm stuck at the airport, they canceled my flight. What do I do? Do you handle that for me? So you call me first? And cry a little and cry little Okay, and we figured out?

Tara Branch  11:33  
And sometimes the best answer is to go to the counter at the airport.

Kristina Stubblefield  11:38  
But you're gonna help with those instructions at get off the phone with me go to the counter. Yes. And then let's let's talk to

Sharon Rumsey  11:44  
me on the phone with me while I go to the counter. Yeah, absolutely.

Tara Branch  11:47  
While my my clients are traveling, they are set to my priority phone, phone calls, what do you call so they ring through my Do Not Disturb? Wow, so that I am on call for them 24/7 While they are traveling, that's a bingo right there. That's a plus, yes. So they get to the resort and they hate it. First of all, I'm going to tell you to sleep on it. Unless it's just like filthy dirty, which that doesn't ever happen, because I have up to date information on resorts. So if you would get there, and there's a real big problem, I'm gonna say sleep on it first, when you wake up tomorrow, you might enjoy it more. You've just had a stressful situation, go to sleep. We're going to talk about it in the morning. But in the meantime, I'm going to be looking at other options for and see if we can get you moved to another resort, or what we can do I follow

Sharon Rumsey  12:35  
you on Instagram. And I know you've actually been to a lot of these resorts that you recommend to your client just so back Monday. Yeah. So not only have you done your research, not only have you done your research, but you've actually stayed there and you know if the mattress is lumpy, or it's clean, or Yeah,

Tara Branch  12:54  
I love it. And I also if I haven't been there personally, or if I haven't been there recently, I have other agents that have, you know, have networks of 1000s of other agents and I can probably find some that's been there recently. That's asked to give me feedback.

Kristina Stubblefield  13:08  
That's a really good, that's a really good thing because some people just want that firsthand experience. And

Sharon Rumsey  13:13  
if you have a young couple and they haven't traveled a lot, I mean that's a huge asset.

Kristina Stubblefield  13:17  
It could be their first big travel Yeah,

Tara Branch  13:19  
together. And you know, I do I do a lot of hand holding with that. I have a lot of people who have never left the country before and I walk you through exactly what it's going to be like to go through customs. You know, I get you the paperwork filled out. I help you fill out the paperwork in advance if you need to. You know, I just I handhold a lot to get them through it.

Kristina Stubblefield  13:38  
Now. You're sharing. Yeah, I just

Sharon Rumsey  13:41  
I'm just sitting here thinking, Oh, that's a lot like, yeah, job.

Tara Branch  13:45  
I have had a bride recently that I've known her since she was a little but you know, she was texting me every 10 minutes in the airport. Is this okay? Is this okay? We're doing this is this is what we're supposed to do. Yes, absolutely. You're fine, you're fine. And, you know, we just we got through it. But another thing that's important is you know, everybody thinks you booked an all inclusive resort or kind of all the same except for price. And that's really not true either. Some resorts have more of a party feel. Some resorts are very quiet, laid back. Some resorts have a great beautiful beach, but you can't swim off of the beach. Oh, some resorts really did the pool is the option because there is no beach. So maybe some resorts, the food isn't real great. So you know, one of the questions I've recently started asking is where do you like to go eat? Oh, if you really like fine gourmet dining, then that resort is not for you. Or, you know, I just went to the one this weekend. Great budget friendly family resort. I probably wouldn't send honeymooners there. I might though, it you know, depending on budget and whatnot, but you know, if they were really into fine gourmet high end dining, not the resort for them, was the food Good. Absolutely. Was there plenty of it? Yes, the drinks were fantastic. But then I help with everything to planning the excursions also. So if you want to get off the resort and do excursions, we can pre plan those. I have a supplier that I work with, it'll do gift certificates. We could do a wish list and send out to the guests before the wedding if they want to do that instead of fun. Yeah. So they can in the guest contact me, and then I still monitor those. Make sure I confirm everything. You know.

Sharon Rumsey  15:34  
So basically, your job is a lot like mine, only you're planning a trip and I'm planning a wedding. Yeah. Because you're making sure they've got a great team, you're making sure that you're available for them if there's a problem. I mean, I'm I love it. I don't think I would ever not use a travel.

Michael Gaddie  15:50  
Well, you know, something I've always wanted to do is go to Europe, and go on, not just go into a location and stay, I want to go somewhere. And then I want to tour you know, I want to go here, I want to go here, do like 10 or 12 days. My only worry with that is I would have no clue where to start or where to begin. Can I drop that in your lap and say, Tara, this is what I want to do. I don't even know what what the little city town is called. But will you plan that out detail by detail?

Tara Branch  16:20  
Absolutely. I can do as much or as little as you like, with the planning. So some people like kind of free time. So we'll plan kind of a day by day, I actually have people I have. I have a former bride that I did her honeymoon. And she texted me from the airport in Turks and Caicos and said, I will never travel without you again. And now she is going on a self drive through Ireland and Scotland with her parents and her in laws. And we have planned the day by day itinerary. That's awesome.

Michael Gaddie  16:54  
I want to do I want to go to their I want to go to little villages. And I want to tour those. I want to do that. Yeah. Can you help me? Absolutely.

Sharon Rumsey  17:02  
First, Michael, you have to take enough time off.

Michael Gaddie  17:05  
I will. I would like to surprise Pam with that. That'd be that'd be she'd be surprised

Kristina Stubblefield  17:11  
that he took the time off or they were going somewhere which one chair? Oh

Michael Gaddie  17:14  
gather and alone.

Tara Branch  17:18  
Both the question is how often would you call the florist while you're gone?

Michael Gaddie  17:22  
Oh, Lord, I would I'd probably nine. That's a

Sharon Rumsey  17:27  
lot. That's a lot. What else should couples think about when they're planning their

Tara Branch  17:33  
honeymoon? So and that's one thing. You know, all inclusive resorts tend to be the big favorite because you know, and there's something to be said for those. I just came back from one. We sat around, we took naps. We sat around the beach. We snorkeled, we did a whole lot of nothing. Oh, see, Sign me up. We did take one excursion, we went on a floating Fiesta in Mexico and I float I can eat. There was lots of tequila shots. Yes, yeah.

Kristina Stubblefield  18:04  
I'm going to chime in there. Sharon would not be doing those. I'm going to close my eyes while I'm saying this because I don't want to see what she's doing. I probably drown. I'm gonna let you drown. She will not be doing no tequila shots. Continue on.

Tara Branch  18:23  
So, but but that's not really my preferred style of travel. You know, and I love a good cruise to again, not really my preferred style of travel. That's my preferred style of travel. I like to just go explore regions.

Michael Gaddie  18:37  
So let's talk about cruises. I mean, you're here on here in the news, almost weekly. Now they've shut this down. They've done this. They've done that. Are you pushing? I mean, should a couple think about going on a cruise right now or hold off or I went

Tara Branch  18:53  
in and cruise in November and it was the most fantastic cruise I've ever been on in my whole life. I love cruise. So for honeymooners has never been a great option. Now Virgin has adults only cruises. And so, you know, honeymooners enjoy cruises. But it's you know, there's kids running around and I was trying to put them if they're going to an all inclusive I tried to put them in adults only but now Virgin has an adult only cruise. So but yeah, again, the flexible because if you have any positive cases on the ship, some of the ports are going to say you can't stop here. So if you're really married to a port, if you are dead set, I took this cruise because I want to go to that port, then I wouldn't recommend that right now. I would say wait on a cruise. But if you're going on the cruise to sit back and chill by the pool and have some good entertainment at night, then absolutely. I have people on cruises right now and they're having a great time. And we just talked about being flexible.

Michael Gaddie  19:54  
We went on a cruise couple years ago and there was a hurricane coming through and at the last Minute. I mean, we were getting on the ship, and we saw signs. We're not going here, we're going here. But do you know the time the ship left, that was like at 10 o'clock in the morning, we could get on the ship didn't leave until like five or six time the ship left. Everything changed. We're going back to where we went we were planning on. And I'll tell you the truth. I was disappointed because I wanted to go the other place.

Tara Branch  20:26  
Well, and you know, that's true with Cruzi. Anytime because it is in your cruise contract that they can switch ports at any time. Yeah. So you just you know, it's got to you got to be flexible, you got to roll with it. You have to accept what you can't control and write and have fun. Have fun anyway. Yeah.

Michael Gaddie  20:41  
So when it comes to planning, when it starts to, you know, thinking about the honeymoon, which the groom usually tries to do that sometimes we were just talking about grooms how far out in advance

Tara Branch  20:53  
as soon as you start planning the wedding, okay.

Michael Gaddie  20:55  
So anywhere from a year to 18 months, go ahead and do

Tara Branch  21:00  
it. Yeah, at least, like I said, I can book sandals at least two years in advance. And so sometimes, like with sandals, they it's a little bit higher end, that gives you two years to pay it off. Because it fits pretty low deposit. And then when you're ready, we add the flights, you cannot add flights until about 11 months out. So but we can reserve remotely and that gets you the room categories that you want, or the cabin on the ship that you want, and not waiting until it sells out.

Michael Gaddie  21:30  
Good information.

Sharon Rumsey  21:31  
I love that

Kristina Stubblefield  21:33  
I'm kind of at a loss. This has been really valuable information, things that I think people are going to be excited to hear. I think people want to go and do things. But you know, they're very hesitant, but knowing that you can have a trusted person to help guide you through that.

Sharon Rumsey  21:52  
Well, I think another thing I'm so glad tears here. I hear all the time when I say guys, you need to travel agent. I'm your wedding planner, like you don't, these are not questions for me. You need a travel agent. I hear all the time. Yeah, we just can't, it's already costing so much for the honeymoon, we can't afford a travel agent. Explain that people don't get it.

Tara Branch  22:12  
So some agents charge fees. Currently, I am not. So I'm paid by commission by where you go,

Sharon Rumsey  22:18  

Tara Branch  22:21  
So, you know, I get paid after you travel. But I don't charge any fees upfront.

Sharon Rumsey  22:29  
So it doesn't really cost them to use you

Tara Branch  22:32  
now, and I have some honeymooners going on a cruise this year, and I saved them $1,000 For what they would have booked it if they'd booked it themselves. So especially with cruises, I can save a lot of money. If not, I can usually get added value, I can get you some onboard credit for a cruise or maybe a resort credit or you know, get you in the room category where you get the biggest bang for your buck. It isn't always an ocean view room. So you know, and if if, like I said, if they're not sure what they want to do, one of my top tips for honeymooners is just because everyone goes to an all inclusive doesn't mean that you have to maybe your dream is to go to Iceland and see the Northern Lights. Maybe your dream is to go to Europe, or Australia, or a road trip through the national parks, which I can also do, maybe train trip to the national parks, so you don't have to deal with driving. You know, I can do all of those types of things, not just not just all inclusive. So that's kind of my biggest thing with honeymooners is like don't go to an all inclusive just because everybody died.

Sharon Rumsey  23:41  
I think a lot of them do. They just think that's what they're supposed to tell you. And it's just like your wedding. There's no supposed to do right you do you get to do whatever is right for you.

Michael Gaddie  23:51  
Well, there is no reason why couples right now should not reach out to Tara. Because especially you know, you're saying and I don't know how that they can afford or can't afford.

Sharon Rumsey  24:02  
They literally think that they have to pay a travel agent like,

Michael Gaddie  24:07  
well, really you would have right. And just by you letting us know today that your fees worked in to resorts or cruises or whatever. Your phone should be ringing up. These, these couples are going to be called to tell

Sharon Rumsey  24:20  
you after having met her and talk to couples that have mine that have worked with Tara, I will never travel without a travel agent again. I will I mean I'll use I won't travel that Tara but I think no matter where you're listening to us, you know if you're in Alaska, he's a travel agent. Why would you not

Michael Gaddie  24:38  
why would you not exactly

Tara Branch  24:40  
I actually have clients that live in Alaska. There

Sharon Rumsey  24:42  
you go. You can use Tara from anywhere. Yeah. And that's a dream vacation of mine. I would love to go to Alaska.

Kristina Stubblefield  24:49  
Is there one thing that we haven't talked about or haven't asked you if you had an engaged couple that was standing in front of you discussing or talking about their honeymoon? Is there one thing that you would share with them?

Tara Branch  25:03  
You know, your honeymoon should be as unique as your wedding. And as you are. And, you know, you don't want to get there and be a mismatch. So don't rely on the views reviews online, because they vary so much. And sometimes they're paid for. Wow. And sometimes it was a cranky person that wrote a bad review. So just don't rely on what you read online. Have somebody there to support you. And even if some agents do charge a fee, but often in the added value, and the security of mind, and you know, just knowing things like the insurance, we're gonna hook you up with those things to protect your investment. When you're spending a significant chunk of money on a honeymoon, you want to be able to know that you can change it, what if a hurricane does pop up, and you don't want to cancel, we can move your dates without insurance. So have somebody there to help guide you through all of this just like you do through the wedding planning. Even if you're relying on magazines and whatnot to help with a wedding planning or, you know, you have a professional florist usually, those things are invaluable. And it just, it helps you relax, sit back and enjoy the honeymoon without having to worry about anything.

Sharon Rumsey  26:23  
That's awesome. Okay, vacations by Tara. I have to know your favorite vacation you've ever been on.

Tara Branch  26:31  
So that's so hard for me. Before my mother passed away, we used to travel and we she liked cruising. So we did we cruised Alaska in Hawaii. Those are hard to beat. But I seriously one of my favorites is my husband's travel style is more like mine kind of get out and explore. We waited for it. That's another thing. Don't be afraid to wait to go on your honeymoon. If that's just too much. Just wait, wait until you have the time. And we can, you know, still take care of it at that at the time you taking care of the wedding. But we waited for almost a year, six months. And we went to Thailand and Cambodia. Oh gosh.

Sharon Rumsey  27:11  
Oh my goodness.

Michael Gaddie  27:13  
But that was your favorite one.

Tara Branch  27:14  
That was probably my favorite one. I do have a favorite resort in Mexico just because my husband and I are just not sit on the beach sit by the pool kind of people. And this one has things like ziplining and ATVs. And that party barge that I was talking about was a tequila. It's all included in the resort.

Sharon Rumsey  27:32  
You know, you just made me think when you said Thailand, one of the first weddings I ever did Solo was years ago. They went to Thailand. And the bride ended up calling me like four days before the wedding. And she was in tears. He was in the emergency room and had a blood clot in his leg. And he couldn't fly. And she's like, we're gonna lose all of our money. And come to find out they had used to travel agent and they had insurance that covered him. And they had to postpone but they did not lose their money. Right? Yeah,

Tara Branch  28:08  
I mean, it's that in travel insurance has saved so many had honeymooners, they're supposed to go to sandals. And one of them lost their job during COVID. And she called me up and she said, you know, we can't, we can't do it. Now, we just can't spend this much money on this honeymoon. And they got all back, but their insurance and at that time they needed the cash. Sure.

Sharon Rumsey  28:29  
So lately,

Michael Gaddie  28:31  
so what are you looking at when it comes to insurance, I mean, there is a big amount or so it

Tara Branch  28:37  
depends on the trip. With some of my suppliers. I could include the insurance. And it's going to be anywhere from two to $300 a person. But if you're I have honeymooners going to Australia. And so that's a different type of insurance, which, which I had to get for them. And that's based on age. So the younger you are the better as with most things better with young honeymooners than it is for people my age trying to go so it really it's some of times it's based on age and price of the trip.

Sharon Rumsey  29:13  
Was $300 versus losing 1000s of dollars. Yeah,

Tara Branch  29:18  
first thing. I mean, they would have lost like $7,000 Oh, gosh, yeah.

Michael Gaddie  29:23  
Well, this has been great. Yeah.

Kristina Stubblefield  29:26  
I finally thought of the word. I feel like this episode has been very insightful. I feel like people could take away from this no matter if they're engaged. Thinking about getting engaged parents of the engaged or people that are already married sometimes

Sharon Rumsey  29:41  
bless their hearts a mother the bride needs a honeymoon more than anyone else in that role. Yeah. Loves the wedding planner. There's that

Kristina Stubblefield  29:50  
all these little statements in this episode Mike bless their hearts and yeah, don't make fun of how absolutely not saying I love them. That's what I'm saying.

Tara Branch  30:00  
And I will guarantee you that if your mother in law needs a vacation after the wedding, I won't send them to. Sorry.

Sharon Rumsey  30:09  
Does that mean that Christina and I can't go with my companion to

Tara Branch  30:12  
Europe? That probably means that no, man,

Michael Gaddie  30:14  
I'll go together? That'd be cool,

Sharon Rumsey  30:16  
man. Yeah.

Kristina Stubblefield  30:18  
Well, thank you so much Tara for your time and the awesome information that you shared with us, we really appreciate it. Anybody that's wanting to connect with Tara or they ring, the bling and all the things you can get all the information in the show notes. And you can always reach out to Tara or us on social media. So if you enjoyed what you heard, or you want to share something with us from this episode, you can always go to the contact or reach out to us on social media. And like Sharon always likes to say

Sharon Rumsey  30:48  
and if you appreciate it tears information, which I know we all share did off on. We love them leave us a glowing five star review.

Kristina Stubblefield  30:57  
Yes. All right. Thanks, everyone for listening. Until next time, see ya.

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Tara Rae Branch

Adventure Lover

After being a special education teacher for over 20 years, Tara decided to make a career out of her other passion, travel. She is the wife to a fellow traveler, Ian and stepmom to 3 great kids and 3 furbabies. She and Ian love to take the family on trips, lead trips of fellow travelers and go on their own adventures whenever they can. Tara and the other agents at Vacations by Tara, enjoy helping others make wonderful memories with friends and loved ones while making their vacation as stress-free as possible.