Your honeymoon is something else, something entirely different from every vacation that you have ever experienced in your life before or ever will in the future. It is one of those big moments in life, just like your wedding, a time that is for you and your partner only. Though you may feel that the last thing you want to do after planning your wedding is plan the honeymoon we can give you hints and tips to make it less stressful. Maybe even a little fun! Here are our top things to think about when planning your honeymoon.
Talk to each other
First, before you even put down a deposit on a trip, you should sit down together and figure out what kind of honeymoon you really want. Are you adrenaline junkies who enjoy abseiling and mountain biking? Or perhaps your lovers of culture and art who’ll happily take in the sights at a more relaxed pace? Then again, maybe what you really want is to relax and be pampered for a while as you spend precious time together. Whichever of these sounds like you we urge you to take the time to find a place that has everything you need, even if it costs a little more. If you’ve ever deserved to indulge yourself it’s now.
The best thing you can do is plan your honeymoon in advance – leaving everything to the last minute is the most hair-raising, stress inducing thing you could do. We recommend that you sit down and talk about where you would like to go together as early as possible and that you put your destinations on alert using comparison websites. When you know where you want to go you can also look at sites like TripAdvisor to see what restaurants and attractions get the best write up. You could even book in advance if you have your rooms and flights sorted out!
If you’ve been together for a long time and are established as a couple then it’s likely that you have many of the things most people would give you as a wedding gift. This is where it can be great to set up an online honeymoon fund; few of us can afford to pay outright for a wedding and a honeymoon without some scraping and saving. This will ease the burden on you and remove the worry of not finding a great present for you. They can know that they helped make the best vacation of your life possible.
Plan something spectacular
Once you’ve got the basics sorted, once you’ve booked your rooms and flights you can make the process fun by thinking of really great things to do together. Pick something you can only do in this place. Swim in a sea and an ocean in one day, go diving in the Sea of Cortez, book an ATV tour or go whale watching. Whatever you do make sure it excites both of you.
Documenting your trip
When you get there, when you’re on your honeymoon, try to document a little of what you do by taking pictures, videos and by collecting little trinkets. Fridge magnets, ticket stubs, maps and even menus or flyers can all be kept in a box or scrapbook for later. But don’t spend all your time documenting – the camera, the video recorder and phones should all stay away from the dinner table! Take time to enjoy your vacation, not just to record it, because nothing beats the actual experience.
Wherever you go, whatever you choose to do there, cherish this time. Your honeymoon should be the best vacation of your life, and it’s the only time you’ll really get where you can be shamelessly absorbed in each other alone.