Published on March 5th, 2019
Besides the wedding, the honeymoon is probably the event that couples look forward to the most. It’s a great way to wind down and relax after months and months of prepping, planning, and potentially agonizing over the big day.
Your honeymoon is supposed to be a fun and exciting adventure, not a ball of stress! Read these couples real-life trip advice on pitfalls to avoid and how to have the best honeymoon ever.
1. Set A Budget
“When we were planning our honeymoon, we were sort of banking on our wedding money to help us pay for it, so it was important for us to be realistic in setting a budget. We wanted to stay within a reasonable goal of planning a trip for under two grand. That way, if we ended up with more money from the wedding then it was just an awesome bonus!” -Jim and Patricia M.
Money isn’t always easy for couples to talk about, but studies show that millennials are more likely to discuss money than other generations. This is great because as Jim and Patricia brought out, it’s essential to have a budget in mind for proper honeymoon planning.
2. Decide Where You Want To Go
“My husband and I have very different ideas of what traveling looks like. For me, it’s exploring historical ruins and trying the local cuisine. For him, it means laying on a beach with a good book and eating at an all-inclusive restaurant. Needless to say, deciding where to go was a real challenge from the get-go.” -Alyssa M.
Not all couples are going to have the same idea of what makes for a romantic honeymoon.
If you’re having trouble agreeing on a destination, try this:
Take your budget into consideration. A smaller budget won’t always accommodate a whirlwind trip through Europe or an overseas vacation. This can help narrow down your options.
Make a list of your top five choices for your honeymoon and then compare lists to see if any of them match.
3. Make A List Of Things You Want To See
“We decided to go to London, England for our honeymoon, but we only have four days to be abroad and wanted to do a day trip to Edinburgh. There was so much to see in both places that we knew we had to manage our time well in advance, so we sat down together and made separate lists of everything we wanted to see. Whatever matched on both lists became a must-see item!” -Brandon P.
Now that you have your destination chosen, it’s time to narrow down the sights.
What kind of travelers are you and your spouse? Do you love to be pampered at a spa or are you more of the exploring types?
Look up information about your honeymoon destination and make a list of all the sights you want to see before you leave.
Just remember not to jam-pack your schedule too much or you won’t have any time left for relaxing with your spouse.
4. Buy Plane Tickets
“When it comes to booking a ticket for your honeymoon, don’t choose the first price that comes your way! By being diligent and getting e-mail alerts for lowered prices on flights, we managed to get a trip to Paris for only $1200 for the two of us. That included a lovely hotel and flight for 5 days!” -Christine W.
Once you know what you want to do and how long you’ll be gone, it’s time to book your tickets.
If you’re driving to your honeymoon destination, get a roadmap ready either printed out or on your phone so you know the best way to get there.
For those traveling by plane or train, it’s a good idea to regularly check across different platforms to get the best prices.
Check Google flights to get an idea of what prices will look like across different months. Skyscanner and low-budget airlines are also always worth a check.
5. Decide On Accommodations
“Literally one of the first things my wife and I did when we were planning our honeymoon (after deciding where to go, of course) was to discuss what sort of vibe we wanted our trip to have. Did we want to go to AirBnB, hotel, hostel or regular B&B? These are very different styles of travel with very different price points to consider.” -Eric J.
One great piece of trip advice, as Eric mentioned, is that different forms of accommodation will give your trip a different feel.
A hostel is great for the frugal honeymooners who are up for meeting new people and doing group activities.
Choosing a hotel gives you more amenities such as WIFI, gym, and pools. Hotels can also help you book tours.
On the other hand, going with an AirBnB is much more private and gives you the option of cooking your own food at “home”, which can save you money.
6. Figure Out How You’re Getting Around
“For our honeymoon, we live in Canada and went just a few provinces over to Alberta to see the mountains, so thankfully renting a car was a piece of cake. We didn’t have to learn to drive on a different side of the road or worry about having an international driver’s permit.” -Melissa and Joe D.
When honeymoon planning, remember that the last thing you want to do while you’re on vacation is to end up getting lost!
Get informed about taxis, Uber/Lyft availability, busses, trains, boats, and subways before you get to your destination – not after.
7. Get Your Documents In Order
“I booked our honeymoon trip to Greece two weeks before we were supposed to leave. Do not do what I did! As it turned out, while my passport was valid and would be for the entirety of our vacation stay, it would not be valid three months after our trip, which is what Greece requires for international visitors. Needless to say, I had a lot of rushing to the passport office and paying for rushed documents before our honeymoon. Talk about unnecessary stress!” -Jodie F.
Some countries require that your passport be valid for three months after your stay, so be sure to check the requirements of your chosen country before jumping on a plane.
Another great piece of trip advice is to consider any vaccinations you may need, as well as travel insurance options for your trip.
Honeymoon planning is fun, but it isn’t always easy. It’s important for newlyweds to set and stick to a budget to avoid unnecessary stresses. Make a list of things both partners are interested in seeing, compromise when appropriate, get your documents in order and don’t forget to have fun!
Follow these real couple’s trip advice for how to plan the perfect honeymoon that you will reminisce about for years to come.
Author Bio: Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.