Potentially one of the next most exciting days after your wedding day itself is the day you and your partner leave for your honeymoon! The honeymoon is the perfect time to dream big and hone in on something you both have always wanted to do or somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. The possibilities are seemingly endless and destinations limitless, so with all these amazing options, how do you decide? Keep reading to see our most helpful tips and tricks!
Have you and your partner thought about going to the beach, or the mountains? How about on a cruise or an all-inclusive resort? Make a list of what you see for your honeymoon and include items such as continents you want to go to or if you’d rather it be a relaxing, chill vacation or one in which you explore and are continually on the go. Make sure you notate which are the most important items on your list. Once you each have your list, compare what you have in common and go from there!
Also try to keep in mind this is an experience for the both of you to enjoy. If your partner hates the ocean, they probably wouldn’t appreciate a week long beach vacation in Cabo as much as you would. Focus on the fact that this is a trip for you and your new husband or wife to bond over and enjoy together, so you may need to compromise some. Don’t let this ruin your excitement, though, as ultimately it will be a trip to remember!
Create a Budget… And Stick to it
Knowing your budget can help you and your partner decide pretty quickly on your honeymoon. You can’t have a week at an all inclusive resort without having the money to pay for it, so knowing the financials beforehand can make your decisions much easier. Be sure you include airfare, hotels, food and any excursions when you plan out the budget. We know you want to have the trip of a lifetime, but you also need to make sure you can still afford to live and eat when you get home.
If you are comfortable with it, you can also have a honeymoon fund or cash registry set up for guests to contribute to. This can be used in substitute of or in conjunction with a regular gift registry. The Knot, and many other popular wedding sites, have the option to add a cash fund directly to your wedding website. There are also websites solely dedicated to honeymoon funds such as Traveler’s Joy, Honeyfund and countless others. Although this is not the route for all couples, it might be something to consider for those with a tighter budget, those who want a bit of spending money for their trip or those who already have a furnished home or apartment and don’t need additional material items.
To get a better deal, you can check out destinations that aren’t in their peak travel season to save some money and avoid the typical tourist crowds. There is also no rule dictating you must leave immediately for your honeymoon, so you have the option of waiting a few weeks or months if that will save you a significant amount of money. Waiting would also allow you to take the money you got from the wedding and apply it directly to the honeymoon cost!
Research and Plan
Or go with an all inclusive resort package or cruise if planning is not your cup of tea! Although this seems like a no-brainer, researching and planning are going to be your best courses of action if you want to get the most bang for your buck. You can always consult a travel agent or ask for help or advice from your family or bridal party. Utilize the people around you and remember the main focus of this trip is you and your significant other!
If you’re not the best at keeping all your honeymoon plans organized, think about investing in an app like TripIt which collects your travel information and formats it into a handy master itinerary for you so there is no more frantic searching for that confirmation email from 6 months ago. Other options for similar products include TripCreator, which is an online portal that provides you with a suggested itinerary that is totally customizable.
At the end of the day- or more accurately, the end of your Honeymoon adventure- the time spent with your partner should be the main focus of the trip. Try not to get too bogged down with the information or planning to keep from enjoying the moment with your significant other. There will always be another trip, but never another moment like the present.
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