Planning a Honeymoon – What to Consider
Planning a honeymoon can be a bit daunting as you want it to be a holiday to remember. Stick to our guide though and you won’t go wrong…
Planning a Honeymoon Step 1: Set a Budget
You may have big dreams, but before you even begin researching destinations, sit down and work out your budget. Be honest with yourself – you’re not going to enjoy the trip have as much if it’s put you severely in debt. Whether your budget is €500 or €10,000, there’s a holiday out there for the both of you to relax and enjoy.
If you do have a big holiday in mind, consider setting up a honeymoon fund instead of a gift registry for your wedding; that way anyone stuck for present ideas can make a donation.
Planning a Honeymoon Step 2: Figure out the time
Once you have your budget, it’s time to figure out just how much time you have for this holiday. If you’re leaving straight after the wedding and had to take some time off for that, you may be a little short. Add up your holidays and consider the possibility of taking unpaid leave or working overtime in the lead-up if you need a few extra days to do something special.
Planning a Honeymoon Step 3: Choose a Theme
If you both enjoy wandering around bustling European cities, visiting museums and historic sites, then you save some amazing destinations to pick from in Europe. A couple of hours on a plane can get you to the cafes of Paris, the bazaars of Istanbul or the street cars of Lisbon. If you fancy something further afield, and have a little more time and cash to spend, the US is always a great choice. Whether you choose New York, San Francisco, Miami, Washington or Boston, you’ll have a memorable honeymoon full of busy days.
Cities with a difference
If you like a little more adventure with your city break, head south of the US and visit Havanna, Cuba or Buenos Aires in Argentina. Alternatively, you could visit Asia and spend some time in Tokyo or Beijing – it’s a special trip just made for a honeymoon.
Maybe you’d both like to start ticking the seven wonders of the world of your travel bucket list; if so, start with a trip to Machu Picchu and Incan Empire. Africa also holds some amazing opportunities for an adventurous holiday.
If you’d prefer something with a little less hiking and sweating, why not plan a road trip in the States? Drive along the East Coast, which stretches from Maine to Florida, but you can get a lovely taste of the Northeast by road tripping just through Maine.
If sun and Sangria is your thing. there’s a beach out there for you. Whether you spend a few weeks chilling in Spain or try somewhere different like the Mediterranean or even the Caribbean, try to find a location where there are other activities to enjoy as well. You can only bake in the sun for so long.
If you want to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime holiday, take a cruise! You can see a number of different cities very easily and at a great price. Choose from a South American excursion to a Scandinavian trip – whatever your preference, there’s a cruise for you and your new bride.
Planning a Honeymoon Step 4: Consider the Season
Once you’ve decided on the type of holiday you want, take some time to consider the time of year. If you’re holidaying during the height of summer, many popular destinations will be crowded with fellow travellers and more expensive than off-peak times.
Planning a Honeymoon Step 5: Research
Sites like TripAdvisor and even the news are worth reviewing if you’re picking a location that’s a little outside the norm. Maybe fighting has broken out in the region you planned on visiting; maybe it’s prone to dangerous heatwaves at the time you want to visit; maybe your wife will have to be wary about how she dresses. Research thoroughly beforehand and be sure you know what to expect.
Try not to obsess over travel reviews. If someone complained about the air conditioning a year ago and no one has mentioned it since, assume it has been fixed. If many people have the same complaint over and over, assume it is a valid issue.
Planning a Honeymoon Step 6: Don’t forget the extras
Don’t forget to look into a few extra activities you can do while there. Maybe an elephant ride if you visit India or a safari in Africa; even a spa day (paired with some kind of sporting event) in a city is a nice touch. We would never tell you to wait until the last minute to book your honeymoon. However, planning too many activities in advance isn’t the way to go. Your time will be heavily scheduled leading up to your wedding, so sometimes it’s best to wait to see what you want to do when you arrive. If it’s rainy one day, go to the spa. Or if you feel like doing nothing but lying on the beach one day, then do that!
Planning a Honeymoon Step 7: Packing
If going on a more adventurous holiday you may be limited to a backpack so keep weight in mind and make sure it is something you can happily carry for a couple of hours at a time. You really don’t need to drag around your entire closet, so pack smart and include layers. If you are heading somewhere that will allow for a bit more glam so to speak like New York then definitely pack a few outfits to impress, after all it is your honeymoon and you will most likely be wining and dining away the evenings (and days!). Make sure to check out any travel regulations around packing for example if travelling via London some destinations will now require laptops to be packed in check-in luggage.