How do you picture your perfect honeymoon? Do you day dream of walking hand in hand on a tropical beach? Maybe you’ve always wanted to visit Europe? Or perhaps you both want to pack your hiking books and head to Morocco? To help couples worldwide, we at WeLoveHoneyMoons.com have put together 8 essential tips to help you plan a first or second honeymoon that you and your loved one will reminisce about for years!
Set a Budget
Every project needs a budget. And your honeymoon planning isn’t an exception. You can use a honeymoon-budget sheet to help you keep track. Start with a general budget and then drill down by categories. If you prefer apps, use Expensify to keep track.
Look For the Most Suitable Destination
Easter Island or the Maldives sound like amazing destinations for a honeymoon on the island. However, do you know how far these places are from where you live?
• it takes 17 hours to fly from New York to Easter Island
• it takes 21 hours to fly from Los Angeles to the Maldives
Choose a Good Airline
Flying business class for your honeymoon may sound good, but it can be a very expensive affair. Save money either by using miles to upgrade or by simply booking economy and choosing seats with extra leg room. Don’t be afraid to choose a low-cost airline. They have new fleet and are affordable. Consider the leg room when choosing your seats.
Book In Advance
Book your honeymoon package six to eight months prior to the event! This window gives you a good chance to find affordable airfare and availability in the resort of your choice. If you want to stay at a certain resort or do something specialized, you may want to push that booking date back to a year if possible. Sign up for fare alerts for the flights you are interested in.
Buy Travel Insurance
You really don’t need to pack half of your closet. However, you don’t want to go to a fancy restaurant and not have anything for the occasion, either. Pack smart and think layers. For a honeymoon on the beach, consider packing a lightweight dress and a pareo or cardigan for the evenings. You may want to leave your high heels at home if you plan to visit Europe, with its old, cobblestone cities. Also, it’s worthwhile to consider packing that ultra-light waterproof jacket no matter where you’re headed.
The less stuff you carry with you, the more flexibility of movement you’ll be able to enjoy. Also, get a bag with wheels and don’t strain your body! Your energy should all go towards enjoying your trip with your loved one. Roll your clothes to maximize the space in your carry on.
Share Your Travel Itinerary
You should share your travel itinerary with at least a person you trust. Things do happen and it might be useful and even life-saving if your loved ones know how to find you when necessary.
Relax and Enjoy Your Honeymoon
Make sure you plan for a balanced mix of activities and down time. That means allowing yourself to enjoy it. You’ll get back to the real world eventually – but you only get one honeymoon. Relish it.