Your honeymoon is a special and romantic vacation you and your sweetheart will take together to celebrate your marriage and to spend some quality time together. After the stress and chaos of planning a wedding and celebrating with all of your family and friends, it’s important to take it easy for a while and enjoy some moments with just the two of you.
Whether you go to Bali, Belize, Berlin or Buenos Aires, you want your honeymoon to be a wonderful trip filled with memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life, so how can you ensure that it goes more smoothly? Here are ten Honeymoon Planning Tips that will help you to plan the perfect honeymoon:
1. Tell the Hotel
Make sure you always tell the hotel that you are celebrating your honeymoon! They will often offer you special extras and you might even find a romantic treat like flowers or chocolates when you enter your room. Also, sometimes hotel chains offer discounts or special travel packages for couples on their honeymoon, so it never hurts to let them know.
2. Consider the Weather
A honeymoon in the Caribbean would be lovely, but not if you book your trip during hurricane season and it rains the entire time! Before you book your flights take a look at the weather throughout the year in your desired location and figure out when is best to go. If you have to wait a month or two rather than taking your honeymoon right after the wedding, there’s nothing wrong with that.
3. Take Advantage of Off Season
Although travelling in the wrong season can mean that you are stuck with bad weather, it can sometimes bring you a lot of advantages. For example, summer is the most crowded and expensive time to visit Europe because it is the warmest. However, if you visit in the spring or autumn you can still enjoy pleasant temperatures yet fewer crowds and cheaper hotel prices.
4. Get Travel Insurance
You never know what might happen, so it is better to be prepared. Travel insurance will protect you if an unfortunate situation arises, whether that means the airline losing your luggage, you getting sick or your flight getting cancelled. Look around at the different travel insurance packages and determine which one fits with your destination, the duration of your trip and your style of travel. It will give you peace of mind to know that you are protected, so that you can just relax and enjoy yourself.
5. Don’t Try to Book Too Many Activities
There will be a lot of fun activities to enjoy on your honeymoon including snorkelling, water-skiing, hiking, golf, massages and much more. However, you don’t want to have every 30 minute interval of every day booked with activities so that you have no time to just do nothing and relax! You will want to spend relaxing day doing nothing but lounging in bed, ordering room service and enjoying each other’s company.
6. Surprise Your Sweetheart
Plan something on the honeymoon that will be a surprise for your special someone. It could be a candlelit dinner on the beach, a special spa treatment, champagne and strawberries in the hotel room when you arrive or a hot air balloon ride. Sweet and romantic secrets will keep the spark alive between you two.
7. Plan a Trip that is Unique to You
Most couples go for the typical all inclusive tropical resort on their honeymoon so that they can spend their days relaxing on the beach, sipping fruity drinks and snorkelling. This might be your ideal honeymoon, but think about whether there is another destination that would interest you and your new spouse better.
Perhaps you would prefer to take a safari in South Africa and spot rhinos, lions and elephants? Or maybe a skiing holiday in a lovely village in the French Alps would be your ideal experience? Maybe you would love to stay in an old castle in the Scottish highlands and go hiking in the moors? Your honeymoon can be anywhere, so make sure you do it your way!
8. Don’t Go Too Far
If you only have two weeks to celebrate your honeymoon, don’t bo
ok a getaway in a destination on the other side of the world. By the time you have recovered from the jet lag, it will almost be time to come home again! Instead, look for destinations within a shorter flight from your home so that you won’t have to spend so much time on the plane and come back exhausted.
9. Remember to Use Your Old Name
You may have changed your name when you got married, but if your passport doesn’t bear your married name yet this can cause problems when you have made flight and hotel reservations. Make sure that you book your travel reservations with the same name that is on your legal travel documents.
10. Visas and Vaccinations
Do a little bit of research on the country that you are visiting and find out whether you will need a travel visa or vaccinations before you enter. Most visas will be granted on arrival while others must be applied for in advance. As for your vaccinations, your doctor or a local travel clinic will be able to tell you what you need for your destination. Make sure that you make your doctor’s appointment at least 4-6 weeks in advance so that your shots will have time to take effect before you travel.
These are just a few helpful tips you can keep in mind when you are planning your honeymoon in order to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. Your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime experience, so take the time to plan it and make sure it is perfect! It will be a trip that you and your spouse will remember fondly for the rest of your lives together.