How to plan the perfect Honeymoon

This week we’re taking a break from all the wedding planning to take a look at some amazing destinations in order to find your perfect honeymoon. If like me you find yourself going around the world… and back again or you may even have a top five in place. Don’t worry about taking the plunge your perfect destination is out there.

 

  • Pick a Place.

Deciding where to go is exciting, but it can be a little overwhelming, too. You might find that one place appears on both, so start there — or if the location really is a pipe dream, focus instead on that type of experience. If you both chose Bali, for example, but know it’s out of your budget, look to a more affordable spot like Mexico, which is also rich in culture and replete with dreamy beaches. Here are some tips and ideas for figuring out if you want an urban escape, action-filled adventure, beach getaway, or carefree cruise to celebrate your first days together as husband and wife.

  • Determine the length of your honeymoon.

How much time do you have? Remember that a far-away destination will take up valuable days in travel. And while that might not matter if you’ve got two weeks to spare, it probably isn’t realistic for anyone looking for a week long break or if you’re on a time crunch.

  • Chose the wild card!

Honeymoons don’t have to mean lying on a beach! Marriage is about compromise so if you’re OH’s idea of hell is 2 weeks marooned on a beach look at booking a twin center destination. Some popular choices are Dubai – Bali, New York – Miami & Las Vegas – Mexico (my honeymoon destination!). That way everyone gets to enjoy a lively city and relaxing beach honeymoon at a destination that will make you both happy!

  • You get what you pay for.

Do a little homework prior to booking and start off by deciding how much you can afford to spend. It’s a great excuse to be a little more extravagant than you might normally spend of a holiday and make the most of putting it down on every form you fill out there are some great freebies to be had, from complimentary bottles of champagne to couples massages and it sure will pay off.  If your budget isn’t as big as you’d hope not to worry there are there are amazing late deals and beautiful destination that won’t break the bank just try not to obsess over travel reviews. Were all guilty (me included) of being overly critical when it comes to booking holidays. If someone complained about the food last summer and no one has mentioned it since, assume it’s just a one off.

  • Check the forecast!

It might seem that all these tropical destinations look picture post card the whole year round but in some place that’s just not true. Before you book anything, check what the weather will be like for the time of year you’re travelling. You can get great deals for traveling ‘out’ of season, but you might prefer not to run the risk of bad weather.

  • Name Changes.

Shortly before your trip you’ll probably look at your passport and give consideration to a few things: the expiry date (will you need to get it renewed before you fly?) and the NAME!

Always think carefully if you should apply to change the name in your passport before you get married.  This is very important – Do not book your honeymoon with your married name If you plan to visit a country that requires you to obtain a visa before you fly, you should leave your name change until after your trip as countries will not issue visas to post-dated passports.

It is also essential your flights are booked under the exact same name that is to appear in your passport at the time of your departure.  If the names don’t match you won’t be cleared to pass through immigration and your flights will not be refunded.

Most importantly just have fun! Really it’s just one big holiday and no matter where you go it’s going to be great because you’ll have just married the person you love.