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Planning a honeymoon is hugely exciting, but it can also be a little daunting. With a whole world of destinations to choose from and sky-high expectations of an unforgettable trip, it can be difficult to know where to start.
The key to putting together an amazing honeymoon is to take your time, do your research and plan in advance. This may not sound very romantic, but it’ll be well worth it when you jet off on your holiday and know that every last detail has been sorted in advance. Then all you’ll need to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with options, read on. We’ve put together some essential tips to help you plan an out-of-this-world honeymoon.
How to choose a honeymoon destination
There are thousands of fabulous honeymoon destinations in the world, so how do you narrow it down?
One way to approach it is to decide what you both actually want to do on your honeymoon. Do you want to try out a thrilling adventure sport, like skiing, hiking or scuba diving, or do you simply want to chill out on a stunning beach? Are you into spa breaks, foodie tours or culture-rich sightseeing holidays?
If you can pick a focus for your trip, it should point you towards a handful of particular destinations. For example, you might decide on the Seychelles or the Caribbean for a beach break, or head somewhere like Dubai for a glamorous city getaway. Canada is a great choice for winter sports, while food lovers may want to eat their way around Italy.
Of course, there are different ways you can approach this important decision. Here are some alternative considerations to bear in mind:
- Go with your heart. You might want to choose a destination that means something to you both. For example, the place you had your first holiday together, where you got engaged or where you have family roots.
- What’s the weather like? What destinations are at their best at the time of year you’re planning to travel. You’ll want to pick somewhere that’s warm and comfortable, and avoid storms and rainy seasons if you can. For example, popular honeymoon destinations like Jamaica are glorious from December to April, but experience hurricanes between June and November.
- How busy is it? You’ll also need to balance climate considerations with how busy tourist destinations may be, and how expensive they are. After all, your honeymoon is supposed to feel intimate and personal. You might not want crowds of tourists spoiling your precious photographs.
- Bucket list destinations. For this most special of occasions, many couples choose a destination they’ve always wanted to visit. It might involve a long-haul flight or even multiple modes of transport, but it’s well worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
How to plan a multi-destination honeymoon
Fancy embarking on a Grand Tour as newlyweds? This is where you hop between destinations, seeing as much of the world (or a part of the world) as possible in one trip.
Unsurprisingly though, multi-destination honeymoons can be more complicated to plan. Just one missed connection can spoil the whole trip, so extra planning and preparation is required.
A good place to start is to look at clusters of destinations and the travel connections between them. For example, if you’re taking the train down to Italy but need to make a changeover in Paris – why not spend a few days there, in the most romantic city in the world? Or you could charter a boat and go island hopping in Thailand or the Philippines.
It’s crucial to be organised, booking all of your accommodation and travel in advance. A spreadsheet is your friend here, so you can plan out your itinerary. It’s lovely to be spontaneous, but planning ahead can eliminate any stress and give you free rein to just relax once you’re there.
Alternatively, you can let a travel company put together a personalised itinerary for you, meaning you won’t need to lift a finger.
How far in advance should you book a honeymoon?
Ideally, you’ll want to start planning your honeymoon as soon as you can. Start throwing ideas around a year before, then aim to book at least 6-8 months beforehand. You’ll also need to coordinate your honeymoon preparations with your wedding planning, particularly in relation to allocating a specific budget for it.
How to budget for a honeymoon
Now we come to the important part – the cost of your honeymoon. You may be dreaming big, but can your budget keep up? Here’s what to consider when budgeting for a honeymoon:
- Build it into your wedding planning budget. A honeymoon can be as much as 15% of your overall wedding budget, so you need to make sure you factor it into your overall costs. If you’re splurging on the wedding, you may want to consider a ‘mini moon’ or wait until you can save up for a longer trip. Another option is in lieu of wedding gifts, you could ask guests for a contribution to your honeymoon fund.
- Travel outside of school holidays and peak seasons to save money.
- Consider going all-inclusive. This means that all of your costs will be covered, so budgeting becomes much easier.
How to put a honeymoon itinerary together
Ready to start planning? Here are some pointers for putting a honeymoon itinerary together:
- Set a budget
- Start a spreadsheet or a folder – or find another way to keep all your ideas, costs and other info in one place
- Start with flights and travel, and don’t forget about transfers.
- Book your hotels – unless you’re going for an all-inclusive package
- Have everything lined up ready to book at once. This way, you don’t find later on that flights are sold out or your dream hotel is booked up.
- Look into excursions – start contacting travel companies to see if they can help with booking trips and activities.
Lastly, it’s always worth mentioning at every place you book that it’s your honeymoon. You never know what extras or upgrades might be thrown in for free.
Need help planning your dream honeymoon? Get in touch with our travel experts here at Away Holidays.