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How to Plan a Great Honeymoon

How to Plan a Great Honeymoon

With all the planning that goes into your wedding, the honeymoon may be the furthest thing from your mind. But planning your honeymoon should be fun and exciting, since you get to think about relaxing with your new spouse. Here are some helpful tips that can help you plan a fun and stress-free honeymoon.

1. Communicate – beforehand about where you want to go. This may seem like a no-brainer, but what if you want to go to Hawaii and he wants to go to Europe? And don’t be afraid to think outside the box. After all, the honeymoon is really a vacation, and it should be an adventure. Remember: research shows that couples who experience new challenges together are happier and stay together longer. Why not start your marriage off on the right foot?

2. Make a realistic budget – If money is an issue, consider asking family to contribute to a honeymoon fund in lieu of a gift. Your budget should include airfare, accommodations, entertainment, sightseeing, and transportation.

3. Be practical – Don’t fly halfway around the world if you have a short amount of time. Plan for adventure, but don’t be foolish. Some couples who plan grand trips and only have ten days to accomplish everything. They come home more exhausted than when they left. You don’t want to feel like you need a vacation after your vacation.

4. Seek reliable advice – When planning a honeymoon, consider employing a travel agent. Ask for references from friends and family for a reliable agent who can take care of booking airfare and hotels for you. If you decide to do it on your own, research carefully. Use travel sites that let you compare options.

5. Plan early, book late – It may seem odd to delay booking such an important event. But being thorough and giving yourself time to find deals could save you a lot of money. Don’t wait until the last minute, obviously. Just give yourself enough time to survey your options and make the best decision for both of you.

6. Do research – Check out the hotel/resort before you book. What kind of amenities do they offer, and what are their terms? Be sure the resort defines “all inclusive,” for instance. You don’t want to be surprised by paying for unexpected expenses, so make sure you know exactly what you’re committing to before you book. Read reviews if you can. There may be a good reason that hotel or resort is offering heavily discounted rates.

7. Go off season –Summer is the most expensive time to travel. The prices fall after Labor Day, which is a great time to go on vacation. If you’re getting married in June or July, consider putting off your honeymoon. It may seem odd at first, but waiting until September could save you thousands of dollars.

8. Make a packing list – There is nothing worse than realizing you’ve left something at home. Be sure to make a list of your essentials for the airport (i.e. passports) and for your trip. If you’re doing a lot of walking, maybe leave your heels at home. Bring the right clothes, charges for your electronics, and so on. Keep a list, and add to it as you think of things.

9. Inform your hotel – Politely tell them that it’s your honeymoon. Don’t expect them to roll out the red carpet, but many hotels will at least send a bottle of champagne. Some will even try to upgrade your accommodation. They know if you have a good time that you are likely to come back or will recommend the location to others. Try to drop it into the conversation when booking or checking in.

Most of all, have fun! The honeymoon is a time to celebrate your love and enjoy what makes you happiest: each other. Congratulations, and happy honeymooning!

Angie Picardo is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance site that simplifies the number one issue couples fight about: money. NerdWallet helps couples stay happy by helping them plan their marriage finances and build a future together.

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