Honeymoon Travel - 5 Must-Dos
Planning honeymoon travel is stressful. There are no two ways about it. You want everything to be perfect, you want to pick all the best things, and then there's the budget to think about. The stress comes not so much from wanting everything to be right, but from the fear that you're going to screw up and do something wrong. The good news is that if you make sure you hit these five must-dos for honeymoon travel, you've got your bases covered.
Honeymoon Travel Must-Do #1: Agree on a theme.
Unless you are planning a surprise honeymoon and are absolutely sure you know a place your partner would love to go, agree on a honeymoon theme. Beach vacation? Skiing? Museums? Palaces? Extreme sports? Wine? Brainstorm possibilities together -- and you may find you have your first few vacations as a married couple planned, as well.
Honeymoon Travel Must-Do #2: Note your budget and time.
There's nothing more stressful than overspending on the travel and hotel; you'll be afraid to shop or eat once you get there, and probably end up arguing about money. If budget is a big concern, consider all-inclusive honeymoon vacations, a sure-fire way to know how much you're going to spend. Another thing to consider is how much time you have. If you only have a week, it's probably not a good idea to go all the way to French Polynesia; you'll lose more than a day in travel time. Traveling that far is also very expensive. If you're short on time or money, consider the amazing options available to you in North America and the Caribbean. Skiing and hiking in Canada, basking in the glamour of Punta Cana, snorkeling in the pristine waters of Hawaii and exploring the Mayan temples of Mexico are all within a few hours of the continental United States. And that's for if you insist on leaving the country.
Honeymoon Travel Must-Do #3: Don't pick the most expensive hotel you can afford.
Hotels have a habit of treating the guests in their low-level rooms and suites as ... well ... low-level. You're likely to get more special treatment and perks if you choose a slightly less expensive hotel and book an upgraded suite.
Honeymoon Travel Must-Do #4: Plan a few extra perks in advance.
After the stress of the wedding and in your newlywed bliss, the last thing you'll want to be doing is trying to get organized on the fly. Plan some perks in advance like champagne for the room, a couple dinner reservations, book a spa visit, book a helicopter tour one day -- whatever your heart desires. That way, once you arrive at your honeymoon destination, you can relax.
Honeymoon Travel Must-Do #5: Consider the pictures.
Getting your picture taken may be the last thing on your mind, but photos from your honeymoon will last a lifetime. When choosing a destination or choosing the activities you're going to do there, consider the pictures. Don't forget the the camera or be shy about having your photo taken at scenic spots all over your trip. We are only human and our brains can only retain so much information. Take pictures.
Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr.