Honeymoons 2014 Advisors
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 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
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
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
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 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.
Meet the panel of advisors behind Travel's Best Honeymoons 2015.