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Regardless of how, when, or where you do your honeymoon, the most important thing is that it is relaxing and offers quality time for you and your new spouse after months of stressful planning for the big day. That being said, there are many things that can become a pain or go awry when planning this special trip, so here are a few tips to make both the planning process and the trip as seamless as possible.
Most Important – Budget!
Right off the bat, you need to be realistic about your budget. As obvious as that sounds, we all have a tendency to dream a little big when planning things (or is that just me?), and that can lead to disappointment down the road. Determining your budget sets the stage to be able to pick a destination that is perfect, and helps to avoid getting your heart set on a location then discovering that you cannot afford it.
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Next, work with your fiance to pick a destination that you will both be happy with. If one loves the beach and one hates it, try to meet in the middle. If one loves adventure and one does not, don’t go with a trip that is filled with rock climbing and mountain biking. Make sure you both are communicating what you want so that you can find a nice balance. If you are having trouble finding common ground between your different tastes, try to find a location that offers both. For example, Costa Rica has beautiful beaches and tropical weather in some parts, and also has unmatched ziplining and hiking options as well.
When communicating your wants, be specific! Saying you want a “tropical” honeymoon could mean south Florida or Fiji. Make sure you are both being specific about your preferences so they do not get lost in translation. Lastly, ask friends and family for their favorite vacation spots, follow travel blogs, and do some digging to find the place that is just right for you two!
Reviews, reviews, and more reviews.
Once you have narrowed down your options, do not decide solely on the picture painted by the websites! Websites can show a false reality of what their resort is really like. They can use beautiful, convincing words paired with stunning images to draw you in, when in reality many travelers have bad experiences there. Be sure to read reviews of anywhere you go! Real people leave reviews, and taking heed to their experiences is important. Ask around and look online to get a clearer view of what the destination is really like so there are fewer surprises along the way.
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Wait a Day or Two to Catch Your Breath
Lastly, one less known tip for honeymoon planning is to wait a day or two to leave. The idea of a “normal” honeymoon is the send off of the bride and groom at the end of the wedding, but that is often accompanied with many bumps in the road. Whether it is the exhaustion from the big day or not being able to leave as early as anticipated, there are a million things that can cause unnecessary stress. A great option is to leave a day or two after the wedding, which gives you both a chance to rest up, pack your things and gather yourselves after the wedding. A honeymoon is supposed to be a trip that is stress-free — for both of the newlyweds — so why not take steps to make the beginning stress-free as well?
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