It can be overwhelming planning for the trip of your life while also planning a wedding; however, think of it as the first memorable moments you’ll have as husband and wife, and as a celebration of the beginning of a new life together. Therefore, it should be one of the most pleasant activities during the wedding planning period. Here are 10 tips on how to plan the start of your happily ever after:
1. When should you start planning your honeymoon?
You should start planning for your honeymoon at the earliest. The sooner the better. If you plan it early, it is one less thing to worry about, and also something to look forward to in the middle of the wedding planning stress. Planning ahead allows you time to budget accordingly and get necessary documents together should you need them. This will also maximise the chance that you’ll find the best deal out there; flights are usually released 11 months in advance.
2. Have an idea of your geography
You should start thinking about your honeymoon destination as soon as you get engaged. Should you to the beach? A safari? In the City? Some locations require over a day’s travelling depending on where you depart from. Also, don’t forget to consider the time of year and what the weather will be like. August in the Caribbean, for example, is hurricane season.
3. Know your budget
Determine how much money you can spend on the honeymoon. This will narrow down your choices. If you are a frequent traveller, save your mileage and try to use your accumulated mile points. Think about flight fares, accommodation and catering, and the activities you would like to do.
4. How long do you want to go for?
There’s no specific time frame on how long you should go for; it could be as short as a week to a month. When deciding on how long you’ll be going for, try to plan it according to your finances and how long you can take time off work. Make sure to take the travelling time and the time difference into account.
5. What type of honeymoon are you going for?
The most common honeymoon includes exotic beaches, safari, the island, or the city. It is important that you and your partner find a common ground on what type of honeymoon you’ll be going on. Often honeymoons work best with two contrasting experiences. So, when people have different needs you could combine both. Example, Sri Lanka offers both exotic beaches and a safari experience.
6. What kind of resort/ hotel are you looking for?
Unique and boutique? All inclusive? The earlier you book your stay, the better deals and chances to get the best room for your budget you’ll get.
All- inclusive resorts provides the stress-free experience by including everything- your room, transfer, recreational facilities, catering- all in one price. If you’re not going for the all-inclusive, most hotels have their menu on their website where you can have an idea of what you might spend on meals.
Many resorts and hotels offer exceptional packages for honeymooners that can be purchased which include services such as upgraded rooms, romantic dinners on a beach, complimentary massages, and breakfast in bed. Others also provide free anniversary stays.
7. What kind of deposit do I need?
If you book through a travel agency or a tour operator, most will probably require a minimum deposit with final payment usually due 45 days prior to departure. Airlines dictate the rules for payment of airline tickets; but most require full payment on making reservation.
8. Visas and Vaccinations
Depending on your chosen destination, some may require Visas. You will be able to find out more about this on the country’s website or by asking a travel professional. If your passport is current, make sure it will not expire for at least six months after your return home; this is a requirement for some countries. If not make sure you get an updated passport.
If you’re thinking of going to Africa, Asia or other exotic destinations, you may need immunizations. Some are given in stages that can take time so make sure you query about this as soon as you know your destination.
9. Honeymoon Insurance
Most couples believe that there’s no need to get honeymoon insurance; however there are various circumstances that could result in you having to cancel your trip, cut it short, or seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Travel insurance provides the peace of mind that you’ll have support if it’s needed, and you will be protected in unfortunate situations such as sickness, natural disasters, or civil unrest during your trip or at your destination.
10. Plan your activities
After eventful planning, you might just want to just relax and sleep by the beach or take advantage of your gorgeous room and room service. However, if you’re going on a more cultural trip, you can avoid waiting in lines or figuring out what to do by booking the activities and planning them in advance.