Planning a fairytale honeymoon is essentially just as large of a task as planning your wedding day itself. This is the perfect opportunity to both celebrate your marriage with your sweetie as well as enjoy the opportunity to travel the world. Hopefully you will see the fun in planning this once in a lifetime adventure rather than seeing it as being something overly stressful. To help you ensure that everything runs smoothly, here are some tips to help you plan.
Plan a Honeymoon Itinerary That Suits You
The mention of going on a honeymoon usually conjures up images of relaxing beneath the palm trees and alongside azure waters on a desert island somewhere. Romantic destinations and beach breaks like the Maldives, the Bahamas and the Caribbean are synonymous with the idea of honeymoons but that doesn’t mean that these are compulsory honeymoon experiences.
Have you always dreamed of visiting the Taj Mahal in India or of trekking along the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal? Your honeymoon does not have to be traditional. You can make this special trip as adventurous or unusual as you like
Make Sure Both Partners are Involved in the Planning Process
It’s important to make sure that both you and your partner are involved in the planning of your honeymoon. This way you can ensure that both of you have a wonderful time during the trip and do activities that you both enjoy. This is especially important if you and your partner have completely different interests.
Assess Your Budget
It’s important to realize what your actual budget is to allocate to the trip before booking any flights or making any reservation. Once you have an idea of the maximum amount that you can spend, start looking at prices for hotels, flights, insurance, and localised costs (eating, drinking, tourist activities, etc). This will help you gain a good idea as to whether or not your budget is feasible and realistic.
Be Aware of Hidden Costs
When establishing your budget, it is a good idea to have a little buffer in there to help you deal with any unforeseen costs while you are away without having to dig out the credit cards or cut into you savings. When you are in the research and planning stage of your honeymoon, look out for hidden costs. A common example of this can happen with your accommodation costs. For example, online booking websites may advise one price per night, yet this excludes taxes and additional fees to be paid locally – both of which can wind up bumping up your accommodation costs by hundreds of dollars.
Choose Your Accommodation Carefully
Your honeymoon is a trip that you want to remember for the rest of your life. It’s also something that you want to remember for all the right reasons – ie not because your hotel room resembled something from a Stephen King movie or because you came back with bed bugs as a nice, itchy souvenir!
Depending on your honeymoon destination, you can find some completely unique accommodation types to stay in during your trip. For instance, home rental sites such as Airbnb or Homeaway offer unusual places to rest your head such as chalets, quaint wooden lodges, and even treehouses! If that’s not your style and you prefer to have your every whim catered to, a romantic Sandals vacation or an all-inclusive resort are always a good choice.
If you are travelling to somewhere exotic and unusual, it makes sense that you want to make the most of your trip and not risk missing out on anything. By all means, conduct thorough research to see what there is to do at your destination, and make a draft of all the things that you want to cover during your trip, but try not to overplan.
A trip where every minor detailed and moment is scheduled can often wind up being more stressful than it is relaxing. You don’t want to spend your entire honeymoon rushing from activity to activity and then returning to the office feeling as though you need a second break. Not over planning your honeymoon also allows for spontaneity and the opportunity to enjoy impromptu activities you stumble across during your trip.
Consult a Variety of Sources
Wedding and bridal magazines may detail the best destinations for honeymoons in 2019 but they are not necessarily the best source for you to depend upon. Afterall, the “best” travel destination is something that is completely dependent on you and your personal interests.
Consult a range of sources for both identifying a honeymoon destination and finalizing the more specific details of your trip. Travel magazines, documentaries and online blogs are all a good source of information. Travel blogs are often useful as they showcase the experiences of like minded individuals with similar interests to yourself, rather than content that is clearly sponsored in magazines and travel guides.
The most important thing to remember when planning your honeymoon is not to stress too much. No doubt you already have a lot on your mind with planning your wedding, provided that you decide upon your destination and book your flights and accommodation you are pretty much set. Most of the finer details can be organised locally and afterall, part of the excitement of travel lies in spontaneity.
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