Honeymoon is the time that every couple await with excitement and joy. The first thing they want to do just after their wedding is honeymoon in some far away land. Of course, your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, as it is going to be your first trip together as Mrs. & Mr. SO & SO. Also, it is a much needed break for you two, especially after spending so many months planning for your wedding. In fact, the only thought of honeymooning makes couples really very happy. A dream destination is chosen, tickets are bought, bags are packed, hotel bookings, and all the other preparations are done beforehand to have a great honeymoon. This is one side of the story, and the other side of the story is – honeymoon demands time and money.
Planning your honeymoon with your professional career, can really be taxing. Yes, planning a honeymoon is a task and it needs a lot of your time, research and efforts. Believe you me, it can really be stressful if not planned properly and you two may end up being exhausted, instead of having fun.
Here are the 20 best tips for planning your honeymoon even amidst your busy schedule:
Now without wasting any moment let’s get started…..
1. Work with your partner
First thing first, your honeymoon should also include your partner, as it is about you two. You two should be involved in the process as it is meant for the two of you. So, the best you can do is – work together and plan your honeymoon accordingly. Working together will also help you to have no disputes or confusions. Also, it will help your know each other’s choices and preferences and accordingly you can decide the location, number of days etc. for your honeymoon. Also, working together will help you save a lot of time, which is essential in your busy schedule.
2. Plan your honeymoon in a place that helps you save time
Of course, every couple today wants to go abroad for their honeymoon, but when there is a lack of time, couples should decide a place that needs less travel time. When the travel time is less couples would be able to make more time for themselves and have utmost fun together on their honeymoon. Deciding on the place is the first thing that you need to work on as the rest of the things will depend on this only. Discuss with your spouse to-be and accordingly decide. Consider the interest and the preference of your spouse to-be.
3. Decide for how long you want to honeymoon
It is also important to know the number of days you want to honeymoon. Accordingly you will do all the bookings and arrangement. You cannot behave like a backpacker as your honeymoon is a period in which you two would want to have a decent respite and a romantic holidaying.
4. Decide in advance what kind of honeymoon you are looking forward to
Every couple has different areas of interests and choices, some want to go for an adventure honeymoon, while some look for romantic time together. Deciding what kind of honeymoon you are looking for will significantly save your time and will let you have more fun.
5. You can have delayed honeymoon
If time is really a constraint, then you can even have a delayed honeymoon. Since, honeymoon demands time, efforts and money. If time is a problem just after your wedding, then you can consider delaying your honeymoon.
6. Consider hiring travel agent
It is necessary that your honeymoon brings you happiness and relaxation, not stress and pressure. All your schedules, itineraries and activities should be planned in such a way that you feel more relaxed, then stress. Planning your honeymoon in a hurry is not wise, instead you should consider hiring a travel agent for planning your honeymoon. Travel agents are experts in planning trips, they help you have a great time on your honeymoon. Also, you get to save a lot of time after hiring a travel agent. All you need to do is just tell your preferred location and your honeymoon budget to the agent, rest everything is taken care of by them.
They can easily help you plan your honeymoon or if you want they can give you a customized honeymoon package as well. They are perfect sources to get the first-hand destination knowledge. If you have time constraints or if you really want some professional help then travel agents or trip advisors are best. Look for a good travel agent, they can help you choose the perfect destination with the right fit, all the planning and researching will be done by them, and also they will provide clients service while you will be honeymooning. Basically they take care of everything.
7. Set a budget
Whether you have plenty of time or less time, setting a budget for your honeymoon is as important as your honeymoon. Once you know the place of honeymoon, you need to set your honeymoon budget. Yes, like it is essential to set a budget for your wedding, same ways you need to set a budget for your honeymoon too. It is crucial that you decide your honeymoon budget well in advance.
8. Decide a location that suits both
Once you know that you are traveling abroad or in your country only, now is the time to decide the location. Which part of the world you want to travel. While deciding location see what your interests are, the type of honeymoon you are looking forward. For instance, few couples will love to go on adventure trips for their honeymoons, while some prefer a location to respite and get romantic, some will prefer hills, and for some exotic beachy honeymoon is what attracts them. Likewise, there are many things you need to consider while finalizing your location.
9. Book in advance
If you haven’t hired any travel agent in the first place, then make sure you book your tickets, accommodation, etc. in advance. Don’t just wait for the last minute, no honeymoon is planned on last minute. Also, the benefit of doing all the bookings in advance is that you can get the best deals or good honeymoon packages. More often than not, when you book air ticket in advance you may get good deals. On the contrary if you sit for the last minute ticket prices also go high. Most importantly, booking in advance will save you from last minute chaos.
10. Consider weather conditions of the place you are planning for your honeymoon
While choosing your honeymoon destination keep the weather in mind. Remember, you cannot travel every place in every season. More often than not, these places are specifically meant for specific seasons. You may be great fond of some location but then you have to see you are not traveling the destination in the wrong season. Some places get heavy rainfalls, some are hurricane prone zones, so you have to consider all this before you finalize your destination. Deciding a location in wrong season will only give you stress and you will end up wasting your time.
11. Consider taking help
If you haven’t hired a professional, then take your friend’s help. You might be having a friend who is a passionate friend or maybe your sibling who is a keen traveler. It is the best opportunity for you to take his/her help in planning your honeymoon. As frequent travelers possess good knowledge about locations and they can help you with your bookings.
12. Plan a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation
Your honeymoon should not be tiring, in fact it should be relaxing. So, the best you can do is include time for both adventure and relaxation in your honeymoon. While honeymooning you have perfect reason to explore the place together, get into some adventure and fun activities, but at the same time you do not need to exhaust yourself.
13. Your plan should not sound like hopping from one place to another
When honeymooning it is important that you have time for each other rather to hop from one location to another. Couples who are more adventurous types, they love to hop like this – one night stay here and then to some other location, which is not good at least when you are honeymooning. Remember that your honeymoon is different from other vacation of your life. Your honeymoon is the period in which you two need to understand and know each other better, spend quality time. Your honeymoon is the time to create the best memories of your life, which you will cherish all your life.
14. Know about all the hidden costs
Your wedding is already a pricey affair, and your honeymoon will also cost you something. While planning your honeymoon be aware of hidden costs such as visas, airport transfers, taxes etc. can cost you extra. Make sure you know in advance what is included in the cost of your bookings, for instance, knowing in advance whether your resort includes your airport transfer or not or the breakfast is included in the package etc. It will help you save extra dollars!
15. Don’t miss to schedule surprises
No matter how busy your schedule has been, make sure you do not miss on scheduling surprises for your better half. Remember, everybody loves surprises and it brings two people close to each other and help them build strong bond. You can plan surprises like, candle light dinner on the beachside or couple massage, etc.
16. Don’t copy anybody else’s honeymoon itinerary
You may not have enough time to plan for your honeymoon, but still it is advised to not copy somebody else’s honeymoon itinerary at all. Remember that you and the other couple are absolutely different people and your interest will not necessarily match with theirs. Also, it’s not only you who is going for honeymoon, your spouse to-be is also there. Your honeymoon should be yours absolutely, not to be copied or influenced by others ideas of honeymooning. However, you can take tips from already honeymooned couples that is not a problem, but make sure it is customized according to your tastes and preferences.
17. Know about your rooms in advance
Book your accommodation only after enough research, your rooms should not be booked based on few pictures in hotel web gallery. While you research your hotel room, read reviews and see if your room has everything you need or not. Ask your hotel or resort to provide you some pictures of your room. Also, if you are looking for some specific feature in your room like a window facing sunset or beach view from your room window etc. do let your hotel know in advance.
18. Don’t hesitate to tell your hotel that you are on honeymoon
For that exquisite experience on your honeymoon, make sure you tell your hotel that you are on honeymoon. You never know your hotel may provide you some special perks as some of the hotel do. Some hotels provide honeymoon packages that includes couples massages and other perks that you will end up paying otherwise. Don’t let yourself treated casually, let them treat you special when you are on your honeymoon!!
19. Ask for genuine feedback about the place
Depending completely on web research is not wise. As, while searching online you will come across varied reviews and feedback about the place, which may influence your plan. It is better that you ask someone who has already been there to that location. Or else you can post your honeymoon plans on your FB and ask for recommendations or feedback. People do give genuine feedback there also.
20. Have a lot of fun on your honeymoon
Even if you have less time on your honeymoon, make sure you make the best out of it. Time spent with the loved should always be the best time. No matter if it is a few days or few weeks. When honeymooning keep everything aside, including your work and just relax and enjoy every bit of it. Explore the place together, enjoy local cuisine, go shopping, get massages, and buy something that will act as a keepsake of your romantic period, do whatever you wish to or dreamt of doing with your significant other, and create great memories of your honeymoon, which you can share with your kids when they grow up. Go crazy and enjoy every bit of your honeymoon, don’t leave any stone unturned.
Thanks for reading!! Hope these tips help you plan your honeymoon. Remember, your honeymoon is the most important and the best period of your life, make sure you make the best out of it! All the time that you spend together just after your wedding will be precious. Make every moment of your honeymoon precious, memorable, enjoyable, filled with love and fun. And yes, there might be things which will not happen your way, just ignore or handle them coolly. Your only focus should be on complete enjoyment during your honeymoon! Rest everything will fall in place! DO TRUST!!