The honeymoon is an important part of any wedding. It’s the first chance that a newlywed couple will have to spend some time alone without the constant thought of planning their wedding. It’s the ideal way to relax into married life, and it can be a wonderful way to reconnect after many months of planning and stressing.
Yet choosing the right honeymoon destination can also be a chore. It’s exciting, of course, but with so much choice and so many different kinds of vacation options, it can be just as difficult as choosing a dress, rings, venue, and photographer. So here are some useful tips to ensure you pick the right honeymoon destination without any need to make things difficult.
List the Must Haves
The term ‘honeymoon’ offers a wide range of options, from staying close to home, to booking trips to Costa Rica all inclusive. The best way to start narrowing down these options and discovering what will work best for both of you is to make a list. Make this list separately and then compare the two to see what you have in common.
The list needs to consist of your ‘must haves’ for a honeymoon. It might be that you want:
- To be on the beach
- A city break
- Good food
- To see a specific place or attraction
- To explore
Whatever it is you want, write it down. When you compare the lists, you can see what will work best for you as a couple and what will make you happiest. There is so much choice that compromise shouldn’t be needed, but bear in mind that when it comes to budget you may need to change a few items to make it fit.
Set a Budget
As mentioned briefly above, your budget is an important factor in your honeymoon choices. There is no point in going over budget and starting your married life in debt (especially if your wedding has already cost a lot of money). It’s best to have a budget that you are comfortable with, and work with that.
So, your list of must haves will likely have been shortened into one list that you can both be happy with, and you will have determined which destinations suit all your needs. Now remove anything that your budget won’t cover. It’s likely you’ll still have a lot of choice, but again, it will have been narrowed down which is helpful when you’re having trouble choosing.
When you have a shortlist of potential honeymoon destinations, it’s time to do some serious research. Check out reviews on the Internet that not only discuss the hotel you are considering (or the campsite, or anywhere else you are thinking of staying), but also the country in general, and the resort you are most interested in.
Find out more about the local customs, about the standard of hygiene in the hotels, what the food is like, and how much it costs when you are out there. You might discover that somewhere you had thought was ideal won’t actually be much fun, or that somewhere you weren’t sure about sounds amazing after you’ve dug a little deeper.