Today’s post is a fabulous post about preparing for the perfect honeymoon. Of course, all you are thinking about pre-wedding is getting all arrangements made for the actual ceremony and reception and getting your soon to be husband his wedding band, but you also need to be planning for the post-wedding activities as well. Enjoy the post!
Planning a wedding and all of the events associated with it can be very stressful. The honeymoon is supposed to be a special and romantic getaway during which a couple can relax, enjoy the time together and decompress from all of the stress associated with a wedding. To be able to fully enjoy the honeymoon, a couple needs to be completely prepared for every aspect of their trip, and potential unexpected emergencies.
Planning the Honeymoon
The process of planning a honeymoon requires careful consideration of your shared interests as a couple. Although this is supposed to be a special vacation, that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard on spending. Decisions on how long to stay, where to go, which is arguably the toughest decision, and how much to spend should be joint decisions, even though the honeymoon is often considered the responsibility of the groom.
Understand the importance of planning the honeymoon long before the wedding. Many popular honeymoon destinations book quickly, especially during the peak times of the year. Your ability to plan things and make your reservations far in advance may also help you get better deals. If you’re traveling by plane, the sooner you can book your plane reservation, the cheaper it’s likely to be. A honeymoon timeline can help you through the process, starting as far as nine months to a year before the actual wedding.
Different Honeymoon Destinations
Traditional destinations typically include cruises and all inclusive resorts. There are all-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and in some parts of the U.S., Mexico and other tropical hot spots. These are best suited for longer vacations. To get the best bang for your buck, do some comparison shopping. Other traditional destinations include beach locations like Hawaii, Vanuatu, French Polynesia, and more.
Consider a short but romantic honeymoon to one of the great cities in the U.S. Chicago has a wealth of cultural, dining, shopping and recreational activities to offer, and compared to other places, is quite affordable. San Francisco has incredible dining, great architecture and wonderful culture, as do other cities like Philadelphia, New York, Miami and New Orleans.
Adventurers might consider something like white water rafting, skiing in Colorado, New Hampshire or Vermont, or camping in the vast open spaces of National Parks in the Wild West. For adventurers who prefer something more relaxing, consider a visit to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a relaxing time in the Hamptons on Long Island, or the Florida Keys.
Get Your Passport in Advance
Don’t put yourself in a position where you are waiting for your passport just before the wedding and are unable to leave without it. Passport processing takes at least three months. By making your passport arrangements as soon after you’ve decided on your destination as possible, you’ll be able to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you won’t be awaiting its arrival at the last minute.
Plan for Health Requirements and Needs
If you’re going to a destination where you need to get immunizations, check the CDC website for all information you’ll need about health and travel. Be sure you know which diseases are associated with traveling to specific destinations. Pay attention to the CDC’s Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel. Be proactive, prepared, and protected.
Investigate short term health insurance as part of the planning process. It is designed to provide transitional coverage for people who need extra protection for however long they choose, and to protect a couple from any unexpected medical situation that may arise on the honeymoon.
Pack a travel health kit so that you are prepared for any contingency. Before packing, check the TSA website to make sure that you don’t pack anything that violates their regulations. Some things may have to go in checked luggage because they can’t go through security. If you are traveling abroad, check the State Department’s Custom and Travel Restrictions so you know what you can’t bring into other countries and what you can’t bring back into the U.S.
Don’t over-pack or take things that aren’t suitable for your destination. Don’t travel with expensive jewelry or fancy clothing. On the flip side, don’t be overly casual in your dress, because that will peg you as a tourist. Pack clothing to suit the area where you are going and the activities you’ll be pursuing. Check to see if the hotel or resort provides a safe in your room or if you can put important or valuable things (including passport, other important papers and information, etc.,) in the hotel or resort safe. If at all possible, avoid staying on the ground floor because it’s too accessible to thieves.
Carry the minimum amount of cash, and have a credit or debit card and traveler’s checks that you can use for additional expenses. Make photo copies of everything, and be sure you get phone numbers for your credit card provider or bank. Also keep track of your balances, and what you are spending.
The more you know about your destination, the better prepared you will be. This will take a lot of the hassle out of planning for this all-important trip, and will put the ‘honey’ back in honeymoon once again.