Honeymoon Ideas | How to Plan Your Honeymoon
Traditionally, honeymoon is your first real "vacation" as a newlywed. It is a time to relax and unwind after working hard on wedding arrangements.
It has also been called as the couple's reward for going through the wedding. Whatever you call it, it is tradition for the bride and groom to go somewhere and celebrate their married life.
Here are some of the best tips based on which you can easily plan your honeymoon
When to leave?
The time you should leave for your honeymoon is mainly dependent on the time line of your wedding events, how much time you need to recover from wedding stress and how much time you can get off from work. Consider all these factors completely. Some families want to plan the wedding barbecue or brunch, so double check with the family before booking travel.
You can also choose to spend extra time with loved ones who have traveled long distances for your wedding.
Since it is often difficult to get together with long distance family and friends, you can enjoy having several days with them after the wedding chaos has subsided.
For some couples, leaving within a week after the wedding is over is not possible. Even if you cannot take an immediate honeymoon, you can still go for your honeymoon anytime within the first year of your marriage.
Whether you cannot get out of work right away or want to be at your chosen destination at a specific time of the year, there is nothing wrong with waiting.
How long to stay away?
The length of your honeymoon is usually based more on finances and time you can take off from work than anything else. Some couples can handle just a week, while others dream of 14 days of total relaxation.
Just because you have two weeks off, does not mean you have to spend all your time away. You can take a week's vacation and spend the second week resting at home and figuring out where to put all those gifts.
If finances are tight, you can choose a destination closer to your home, so you can spend more time at your destination, rather than wasting time in getting there. There are many great weekend getaways for those who want their honeymoons to be short and sweet.
Whether you are on a limited budget or have lots to spend, you should get a rough estimate of how much money you want to spend.
When you have an approximate figure, you can split the costs into four basic categories: hotels, food, entertainment and transportation.
On average, hotel tariffs take about one-third or more of the budget and the three other charges can vary significantly, depending on where you go and what you plan to do.
Remember, the most important thing about your honeymoon is to have fun with each other!
1. Stay close to home
You do not have to go far to have a memorable St Lucia honeymoon. Check out what local spots are there within a few hours drive from your wedding place. This may reduce your honeymoon budget by half, because tickets can be the most expensive thing you will ever buy for your honeymoon.
2. Off-Season Travel
If your mind is set on a particular destination or region; find out when they have their off-season. Low season is usually a time when the weather is not at its best. Some hotels offer significantly lower prices in low season.
3. All inclusive resorts
Many couples spend far beyond their budget due to unforeseen expenses they face when they arrive at their hotel, such as high costs for food and drink. This can cause a lot of unnecessary stress for your honeymoon.
One way to avoid this overspending is to choose an all-inclusive resort that includes everything from meals, water and alcohol to non-motorized sports and excursions.
Some all-inclusive resorts are expensive, but there're also many reasonable ones out there, especially in Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
4. Apartment or hotel room with a kitchen
The cost of food is a major expense while on your honeymoon. To reduce costs, book a room that has a kitchen and prepare most of your meals in your room. Condos normally include a kitchen and can cost much less than hotels.
Picking the perfect destination
Many destinations offer comparable hotels, resorts, beaches, facilities and excursions, so narrowing it down can be tiring.
Here are some important factors to consider when choosing your destination that will hopefully make it easier for you to choose just one.
Do not forget to take into account the weather, the travel distance and local costs.
1. Tourist seasons
Certain destinations may have a completely different mood at some specific time of the year. Party cities may look like ghost towns at certain times of the year.
So, if you are looking for a particular atmosphere, whether active or quiet, it is important to consider the tourist season and what it means for your honeymoon destination.
Travel distance is an important factor for some couples, while it is completely irrelevant for others.
Determine how much your potential destinations are from the nearest airport and how many hours it fairly takes to reach them.
Of course, you can travel further and take more time, but it can also wear you out more than you think.
3. Specialty Activities
Choose the types of specialty activities you want to do while you are on your honeymoon. For activities like skiing, golf, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving ... you need to choose a place accordingly.
4. Book your accommodation in advance
Now it's time to choose that wonderful hotel where you will spend the first few days as a married couple. Choosing a good hotel is important.
The world's best destinations can have terrible hotels and vice versa. Reading hotel reviews from seasoned travelers and honeymooners is important for finding unbiased opinions.
With careful research, you should be able to find a hotel that suits your needs and have a very happy experience with a few surprises.
Let's pack our bags!
Before you start packing, have an idea of what you want to do on your honeymoon. Do you want to do hiking, therefore needing shoes, a large bottle for water and a backpack? Many different sports have their own set of equipment that you might need to take with you.
Next, find the right size suitcase for the duration of your stay and make sure it is sturdy and in good condition.
Try carrying outfits that can mix and match. You may just need a jacket or sweater for the entire stay, so choose one that will go with all your outfits (ie white or black).
Electrical appliances in foreign countries will need both adapters and converters, so make sure you have the right one for your destination.
Do not forget to leave room for souvenirs! Pack a duffle bag to ensure enough space if you plan to buy a lot of souvenirs.
Leave expensive or valuable items at home. Finally, keep a printed copy of your packing list, as you might need it for your travel insurance.
Make each day memorable
There is nothing more romantic than being on your honeymoon with the love of your life. The honeymoon is all about romance! Your honeymoon will be gone in a flash, but every day you have the opportunity to make it extra special with some thoughtful memories.
Things like candlelit dinners, bath for two and sunset massage are ideal for creating a romantic atmosphere.
However, it is important to consider the choices of your partner and choose something that would be special for both of you.
Consider the following:
Make sure that you do not force yourself into doing romantic things just to fit a stereotype. Bring originality in your approach and put your personality into it!
If you have different ideas about what is romance, try to combine them to create the perfect ideal for both of you.
Sometimes the slightest movements that show how much you care can have a greater effect than more common gestures.
Now that you are married, you should talk about your dreams and goals. If this talk does not make you stressed, honeymoon is a good time to appreciate each other and share each other's hopes and expectations from future years.
This is an excellent way to open up your mind as well as think about how you'll spend your lives with each other.
About the author: Andrew Prince is the sales and marketing contact at Vacation Rental St Lucia .
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