Ahhh, you’ve officially tied the knot and all those stresses and worries from the wedding planning are officially over and done with. Now, it’s time to have a stress free and relaxing time by going on a honeymoon away from friends and family. But not so fast my love birds. Before you rush out the door to catch your flight, you should be aware that the honeymoon itself comes with its own stresses and you need be prepared for that in advance to ensure that both of you enjoy the vacation together as a happy couple.
The Honeymoon Guide
For starters, both you should have already agreed on a destination. If not, the two of you need to list of top 5 to 10 destinations individually and then compare the list to see if anything matches up. If you are having issues deciding, let a travel agent step in and help you decide or search online as there are many travel advice sites out there.
Couples should also agree on a budget and be prepared well in advance to go over budget. It’s your honeymoon and you shouldn’t have to worry about the financial stresses during this important time of your life. So try to save as much as possible in advance and when the time comes, you don’t have to worry too much about sticking to a budget. There are lots of ways to save.
If you have connecting flights in Europe for example, it’s possible to save by avoiding hubs such as Heathrow in London or Charles de Gaulle in Paris. Instead, there are plenty of inexpensive flights from the UK if you use less trafficked Brussels, Dublin, or Zurich. Depending on which part of the world you are in, you can also cut costs by flying on low-cost air carriers, but perhaps avoid such carriers in developing nations if that happens to be your travel destination.
Besides the financial planning, the trip itself should also be planned in advance. One person planning a honeymoon for two is probably a bad idea, especially if it’s the man who is planning. It’s best that both of you sit together and go over all the details involved. I don’t suggest planning out everything by the hour but at least have one or two activities planned for each day. Hopefully these activities should interest both of you or at least be open to looking into it. I would also suggest that couples agree on “not winging the honeymoon”.
Let’s be honest here, when you’re on a vacation, you probably tend to get lazy. And when you get lazy, the day is almost over and you are still laying in bed. Only time that would be acceptable is if the two of you are making good use of that bed time…it is a honeymoon after all. While I suggest you not be lazy and get out there, the first day or two actually should be considered “lazy days” to mentally and physically adjust to our new surroundings.
Okay, I just said that you should plan your days but I am also going to suggest that you avoid over planning. It’s not possible to do and see everything (depending on destination) and if you do, you’re body is going to be in overdrive. While you are on a honeymoon to see an unfamiliar place, you are also here to spend quality time with your significant other.
Although the honeymoon is going to be romantic and being super close to your wife/husband, you are also going to have an argument over the most ridiculous and non-important things. Try to avoid wasting time giving each other the cold shoulder. You’re an adult, be the bigger person, and reconcile as soon as possible even if they were at fault or are being unreasonable. If you are unfortunate enough to have a fight on your honeymoon, this will be a good test of your patience and understanding.
On your honeymoon, you should also pack smart. For me, a standard size carry-on bag is perfect for a one-week vacation. Even two weeks since I don’t concern myself with wearing a shirt twice within a 14 day period. Packing smart should be fairly easy for the guys but you will definitely need to help your woman in this department. Less luggage will make your trip easier at the airports and airplane but also consider that you might need some space IF you plan on bringing back some souvenirs. And to save headaches, make an extensive travel checklist of what you need to bring.
Don’t forget to take lots of pictures, videos, and recording all the honeymoon memories in some sort of a journal. This is your first trip together as husband and wife and it’s nice to save these stories, pictures, and memories for your family, friends, and future children.
The important thing with a stress free honeymoon is to plan well in advance. If you do that, you will have a great time regardless of whether you go on a honeymoon road trip through Australia or a romantic getaway in Europe.