Honeymoons 2014 Advisors

Meet our panel of honeymoon experts.
Our advisors for Travel’s Best Honeymoons 2014 have traveled all around the world in search of the most romantic, memorable and simply wow-inspiring honeymoon spots. They have scoured the globe searching for the most secluded beaches, the most romantic islands and the most heart-pounding adventures --- so all you have to do is pick the spot that fits your travel personality. Can’t agree as a couple? We can’t help you there, but trust us, you can’t go wrong with any of these 10 dream honeymoons.

Get to know our honeymoon experts -- including The Knot’s editor in chief Rebecca Dolgin, luxury travel group Black Tomato’s cofounder Tom Marchant, and Brides magazine's travel and features director Yolanda Crous -- who handpicked our list of the best honeymoon destinations around the world.
1. Yolanda Crous
Yolanda Crous is the features and travel director of Brides magazine. Over her 9 years at the magazine, she’s been lucky enough to explore some of the best honeymoon and destination wedding locations in the world, including Fiji, Bali, Australia, South Africa, and much of the Caribbean and Hawaii. A few places on her travel bucket list: French Polynesia, the Galapagos, Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, Namibia, Vietnam, India and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Yolanda earned a bachelor of arts from Rice University and a masters in environmental science and management from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she did her thesis research in Big Sur -- by her book, one of the most romantic spots in the US. The child of South African parents, Yolanda grew up in Canada and spent her high school and college years in Alabama and Texas before landing in New York City. She’s also written for Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Watch!
2. Tom Marchant

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Tom Marchant is the co-founder of The Black Tomato Travel Group, parent company of the award-winning travel brands Black Tomato, Beach Tomato and Epic Tomato.

In the 7 years since its launch, the group has grown to become known as one of the leading experts in the world on luxury travel and lifestyle services and caters to the travel needs of a globally located, discerning client base.

Responsible for the group’s business development, marketing and creative strategy, Tom also regularly writes and talks on trends and the future of the luxury travel and lifestyle industries.

In 2010, Tom was named young entrepreneur of the year by the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame. In 2011, Black Tomato received many accolades, including being awarded the best online tour operator at the British Travel Awards. In 2012, Black Tomato was named in the globally recognized Cool Brands list -- the definitive list on those brands that truly understand, engage and inspire their audience.
3. Rebecca Dolgin
As editor in chief of The Knot magazine and TheKnot.com, Rebecca Dolgin lives and breathes weddings day in and day out. With her extensive experience working in magazines and fresh editorial approach, Rebecca is at the cutting edge of the wedding industry and leads her editorial staff in the creation of magazines, books, websites, content syndication, social media and mobile apps. Rebecca recently spearheaded the revamped design for The Knot magazine, creating a luxe, fashion-forward and exciting new feel.

Rebecca is regularly tapped for her wedding knowledge, including trends, tips, planning advice, etiquette conundrums and more, and has been interviewed by top media outlets including Today, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TLC’s Cake Boss, CBS MoneyWatch, CNN International and more.

Prior to joining The Knot, Rebecca was executive editor of Life & Style, where she was responsible for repositioning the magazine to incorporate service and bringing a lifestyle component to news stories. Previously, she was beauty and fashion director at All You magazine, and senior editor at MORE magazine and Parenting magazine. Rebecca lives in Westchester, NY, with her husband and loves having her nieces and nephews over to play with their cool aunt.
4. Katie Frederick
Ever After Honeymoons was started by Katie Frederick, a Northern California native who attended the University of California, Irvine. It was during her time studying abroad in London that Katie developed a love affair with travel.

In 2009, Katie started Ever After Honeymoons, a travel planning service where she personally plans honeymoons for couples based on their individual interests and desires. To say she loves her job is an understatement; Katie is passionate about her work and does her best to create the perfect trip customized to each individual couple.

In the last 5 years, Ever After Honeymoons has planned over 600 honeymoons to just about every destination in the world. Katie continues to travel the world and seek out new destinations as often as she can.
5. Julie McCully
Julie McCully has been an executive producer for Travel Channel for the past 3 1/2 years, working on shows like Off Limits, Burger Land and currently working on Chow Masters, Church Secrets and Legends and Resort Rescue. Prior to Travel Channel she worked at Discovery Communications for 12 years where Julie produced numerous hours of wedding and proposal shows. She served as the executive producer on A Wedding Story on TLC from 1996 to 2005, producing over 250 hours of wedding programming. She was also the executive producer on Perfect Proposal on TLC for 30 hours of programming, along with Wild Weddings on TLC and Honeymoon Adventures on Travel Channel.

Julie and her husband love to travel and fortunately they have family in very cool places like Sonoma, CA; Austin, TX; South Carolina and Hawaii. Their next big trips are the Galapagos, South America, Vietnam and they may throw Italy, Greece and Africa in there, too.

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