Your honeymoon will be the first romantic holiday you spend together after you are married. It will probably go down as one of the most exciting travel experiences you will have, and something you’ll remember for years to come.
For many couples, planning a honeymoon is one of the most exciting things to do, aside from the wedding itself. This should truly be a holiday of a lifetime with amazing experiences and a chance to spend some quality time together after months of intensive wedding preparations.
The best time to book your honeymoon is six to eight months before you travel, as this is when you’re likely to find the best prices. The closer you book to your departure date, the more expensive it will be. Booking early will also offer the best chance of ensuring availability on your chosen dates.
Another thing to consider is whether you are going to arrange everything yourself or use a travel agent. Travel agents are handy as they will do most of the leg work for you, as well as find you some amazing deals and discounts. If you are arranging everything yourself make sure you take your time and do all your research before booking anything.
Choosing a honeymoon destination is the best bit! You may already have a few dream destinations in mind. Perhaps you’d prefer a Caribbean resort, sightseeing around Europe or a trip to New York? When you think about your destination consider how much time you have for your honeymoon; you may love the idea of going to the Maldives but if your honeymoon is only going to be for a week you will end up spending all your time travelling to your destination and getting your head around jet lag.
Have a budget in mind when you start out planning your honeymoon. You could boost your funds by asking for contributions to your honeymoon instead of wedding presents. Gift registry company Prezola allows you to create a tailor-made list of gifts and experiences that your wedding guests can contribute towards. You can add to your list things such as flight upgrades or perhaps a romantic dinner.
Accommodation and Experiences
Decide whether you are going to honeymoon at a hotel or all-inclusive resort. Think about activities and experiences you’d like to do, and don’t forget to plan some treats at the airport, like a visit to a VIP lounge or the Elemis Spars in British Airways lounges at Heathrow terminals 5 and 3. When you have chosen your destination and accommodation type, research the area where you will be spending your honeymoon. Check out local places of interest for sightseeing and experiences, and jot down an itinerary of things you want to do. For instance, if you are going to the Caribbean, you may want to visit a rum distillery, snorkel with stingrays or maybe try your hand at sailing.
Honeymoons.com have this advice:
“Discuss with your fiancé exactly what is most important for you to experience while on your honeymoon: Adventure, relaxation, touring, a little of everything? Communication is the key! Once you have some general ideas, discuss them with your travel agent who will provide options of where to go and stay.”