Destination Dupes Offer Couples More Affordable and Less Crowded Options During Busy Romantic Travel Season

Certified Romance Travel Advisors Provide Alternate Locales for Proposals, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

OYSTER BAY, NY (January 25, 2024): As high season for romance travel fast approaches, the advisors of Distinctive Destination Weddings are suggesting more affordable and less busy alternatives to frequently visited locales.  

The destination dupes trend has inspired travelers to seek out more unexpected and less costly places as substitutes for well-known hotspots. As Valentine’s Day, wedding season and summer honeymoons draw near, DDW’s certified romance travel experts are offering fresh ideas for dupes.                                                                                                                  

  • Dupes for the Perfect Proposal:
    • Planning a proposal with European flair but a more friendly budget? Consider the enchanting town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. You will feel as though you've been transported to the heart of Spain, with a backdrop of historic churches and charming plazas. Your engagement photos will leave everyone wondering if you were in Spain or Mexico.
      • Melissa Lisell, Executive Vice President, Lisell Travel, a NEST affiliate
    • Greece is a popular location for proposals, with its gorgeous scenery and rich heritage. As an alternative, try lesser-known Albania. The country offers beautiful beaches, historic sites and a rich cultural experience. It will be easier on the budget than the most visited destinations in neighboring Greece.
      • Sherry Jenkins, Owner, Jenkins Travel, a NEST affiliate
  • Dupes for a Destination Wedding:
    • Instead of busy Cancun for a destination wedding, consider Cartagena, Colombia. You’ll still have the tropical, scenic Caribbean setting and the bonus of historic, colorful architecture as a romantic backdrop. The vibrant coastal city is emerging as an exciting location for nuptials, with its character and charm – as well as savings from a favorable exchange rate.
      • Michelle Bouzek, Owner, Vacations in Paradise, a NEST affiliate
    • For couples dreaming of a wedding inspired by Tuscany without the premium price, consider the Dominican Republic. In Altos de Chavon, a captivating 16th-century Mediterranean-style village, your love story unfolds amidst cobblestone streets, breathtaking views, and a touch of cinematic magic (yes, it's been featured in major movies).
      • Melissa Lisell, Executive Vice President, Lisell Travel, a NEST affiliate
  • Dupes for an Unforgettable Honeymoon:
    • A unique, cost-effective alternative to the Maldives with overwater bungalows and tropical sunshine is Bocas del Toro, Panama. This beautiful Caribbean archipelago allows couples to experience luxury living on crystal-clear turquoise waters. Honeymooners can snorkel, surf, or simply relax on their private deck soaking up the sun.
      • Cheryl Jones-Felton, Business Development Director & Travel Advisor, Unique Weddings & Tours, a TRAVELSAVERS affiliate
    • Instead of Paris, head to Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is often likened to Paris for its rich culture, charming architecture and romantic ambiance. You can have a similar feel and still go somewhere international – where not many others have ventured – yet it can be more affordable compared to Paris.
      • Sherry Jenkins, Owner, Jenkins Travel, a NEST affiliate

All advisors associated with Distinctive Destination Weddings are certified in romance travel through The Travel Institute. Their affiliation with American Marketing Group provides them with access to exclusive amenities and special offers at more than 45,000 properties circling the globe. For more information, please visit



About Distinctive Destination Weddings

Distinctive Destination Weddings is a community for travel advisors affiliated with American Marketing Group networks who specialize in destination weddings and honeymoons. It provides them with marketing tools, honeymoon registry, lead-generation programs and training resources, including certification at a reduced rate through The Travel Institute. Advisors with a destination wedding niche can find greater visibility, time savings, efficiencies and prospects through DDW. For more, visit

About American Marketing Group, Inc.Established in 1970, American Marketing Group is a dynamic organization encompassing 19 pioneering travel companies, including TRAVELSAVERS, NEST and The Affluent Traveler Collection. The international travel marketing leader is an essential business partner to agencies and suppliers, providing them with innovative products and services that offer a competitive advantage in the leisure and corporate markets. With a global reputation for excellence, AMG advances the trade through dedicated sales support, proprietary technology, networking opportunities, longstanding supplier partnerships and award-winning marketing. With more than 25,000 top-performing advisors generating $20 billion in revenue, AMG empowers its affiliates to achieve greater success financially, professionally and personally.


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