As wedding planning takes over your life (in a good way, I promise!) it can be easy to forget about other important things, such as your honeymoon. And then all of a sudden, planning the honeymoon can be more exhausting than enjoyable.
So how can you enjoy the process of planning the honeymoon as much as you will enjoy vacationing on it?
First, take time to determine the honeymoon type that is right for you both. Have you previously traveled a lot? Do you love food, wine and culture? Do you want to just relax on a beach, or try something a little more adventurous? This should help narrow down the options from the start.
Next, think realistically about the amount of time you have for this trip. As much as we would all love to travel for a whole month, it’s likely not what your family, finances or job will support. But don’t worry – no matter how much time you have, you can find the perfect trip! Just be honest with travel time and locations and don’t try to squeeze in a trip that just might not work this time around.
With location and time in mind, also consider the time of year you are getting married. Unfortunately, not every destination is perfect to travel to at any time of the year. Keep in mind that there are rainy seasons, hurricane seasons and more…but there are also wonderful places to travel at any time of the year!
Finally, determine your budget (and stick to it!). While I absolutely recommend making this a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Keep in mind that after the up-front costs there are the activities, dinners, and things you will enjoy while you are there. Be realistic with your budget, as the last thing you want to start off your newly married life is stress and debt.
To be honest, the best advice I can give for a trip as big as a honeymoon is to get help. A travel agent can take care of all the details, from booking the trip, to making recommendations, to setting up activities for you. This expert advice, plus the simple peace of mind you get as a result, is totally worth it.
Where did you vacation for your honeymoon? Any advice for honeymooners to come?