Plan the perfect honeymoon

Plan the perfect honeymoon

By Carrie Dunlea

After a whirlwind of wedding festivities, it’s no wonder why so many couples look forward to their honeymoons and the opportunity to escape, unwind and celebrate the beginning of their life together.

But with so many destinations, activities and logistics to consider, planning the post-wedding trip can be overwhelming. 

Here are some planning pointers to help the trip go smoothly.

• Start early and set a budget. As soon as you’ve set a wedding date, it’s time to start thinking about your honeymoon plans. Begin by discussing your dream destinations and activities together, considering your budget, time constraints, and personal preferences. Setting a realistic budget early on will help guide your planning process and ensure you find the perfect balance between luxury and affordability.

• Pick a passport-friendly destination. When it comes to honeymoons, your options run the gamut from domestic locales to faraway destinations on the other side of the world. However, depending on your destination, a little advance research is often needed. According to the U.S. State Department, many countries require that travelers have six months of validity remaining on their passports before they will issue a visa permitting them to enter. So, look at your passports to see when they expire and leave enough time to renew and receive them.

• Utilize a travel agency. Contrary to popular belief, travel agencies are still around and remain useful resources, especially if you’re visiting a destination for the first time or if you’re overwhelmed with wedding planning. In either case, letting a travel agency take care of the honeymoon planning can ensure a memorable trip without requiring the legwork. 

• Consider all-inclusive packages. For convenience and peace of mind, all-inclusive honeymoon packages can be an excellent option. These packages often include accommodations, meals, drinks, and a variety of activities and amenities, allowing you to relax and enjoy each other’s company without worrying about the details. Research all-inclusive resorts and destinations that align with your preferences and budget, and don’t hesitate to reach out to travel agents or tour operators for personalized recommendations and assistance.

• Choose your destination wisely. From tropical beach paradises to romantic European cities, the world is brimming with honeymoon-worthy destinations just waiting to be explored. Consider factors such as climate, seasonality, travel restriction, and cultural experiences when choosing your destination. Whether you’re seeking adventure in the mountains, relaxation on the beach, or cultural immersion in a vibrant city, choose a destination that speaks to your hearts and reflects your shared interests and aspirations.

• Personalize you itinerary. Your honeymoon should reflect your unique love story and shared dreams. Personalize your itinerary by incorporating activities and experiences that resonate with both of you. Whether it’s a sunset cruise, a cooking class with a local chef, or a romantic picnic in a scenic park, infuse your honeymoon with moments of joy, intimacy, and adventure that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

• Purchase travel insurance. No matter how meticulously you plan, remember that the beauty of travel lies in its unpredictability. For that reason, travel insurance is something to investigate. 

Your honeymoon is more than just a vacation, and with advance planning and a few simple strategies, the trip of your dreams awaits.