Once the wedding day is over, newlyweds normally look forward to their postnuptial getaway while the morphine of love is still flowing through their veins. But, since honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes, choosing one can be a tough nut to crack. From visiting your favorite cities to taking a beach vacation, ski trip or safari, the options are endless and easily available according to a couple’s personality. While we would love to lay down the numerous honeymoon destinations for you, the truth is that only you can choose the one that is perfect. So, how do you choose one? Before you pick your dream honeymoon destination you will have to ask yourself some important questions first. Like these perhaps;
First things first, while we would all want to enjoy the turquoise waters of Bali or the Maldives, that doesn’t mean we should actually go there. The first rule for planning a honeymoon is to be realistic, both financially and with time.
How Long will You be Staying There?
If you and your fiancé have plans to go abroad for your honeymoon, it will obviously take time to travel. So, how many days are you going to want to stay at that foreign destination? 5? 10? or more. This is where you need to think about the time it will take you to reach your destination. Places in Asia or Australia can suck up upwards of twenty hours of travel time easily. So, plan accordingly if you anticipate a long commute.
When Should you take the Trip?
For many newlyweds, leaving for the honeymoon right after the wedding is not an option for multiple reasons. Maybe there was a clash with your time schedules, or you weren’t able to make the reservations for the dates you wanted, or it could be hurricane season where you want to visit (it’s possible!). Whatever the reason may be, choosing a date that fits in both of your schedules, while doing some research on the destination you want to visit helps.
How much are You Willing to Part With?
In other words, how much do you want to spend on getting that dream honeymoon? This is where both you and your fiancé will have to sit down and do some good ol’ “mathematical accountance.” Discuss on how much the both of you are willing to pool in to spend on your dream honeymoon trip. This will include, the hotel, the airfare and the all other odds and ends which will be a part of your honeymoon trip. As a rule of thumb, the farther away the destination and the more popular it is, the more expensive the trip will be. So, booking in advance could help you save some of your greenbacks.
Hotels Vs. Resorts
Needless to say, booking your honeymoon on an island resort will not come cheap. If you are on a budget, the smart thing to do is stay at that luxurious resort you have your heart on, but book the luxuries off-site.
Spending on Excursions
Do You Really Need to Spend on Excursions? Well, a quick look at your bank balance should give you the answer. But, honeymoons are a once in a lifetime event (for most people anyway), which makes it incredibly easy to get caught up in all the excitement and take part in all the wonderful activities which are on offer. Keeping that in mind, don’t forget that wanting to swim with the dolphins or fly over a volcano is going to cost you a pretty penny. So, be wary. But, if you’ve got the extra change, what the hell!
Put Honeymoon Registries to Good Use
If you find yourself having a shoe string budget, tough luck! But, do not despair, Honeymoon registries such as, Honeymoon Wishes and Honeyfund are just a few of the options available on the internet where couples get to post their honeymoon plans and get contributions from good Samaritans who are willing to part with their extra dollars to pay for your dream honeymoon.
What Kind of Honeymoon are You Looking For?
Honeymoon trips can be broken down into three categories, culture-filled, adventure-based or relaxing at the beach (or mountain resort). Answering questions like, are the both of you thrill seekers? Do you like to explore? Or do you prefer quiet and secluded destinations? Are the questions which you should be asking. If you’re still having trouble making up your mind, just go online and read about some of the top honeymoon destinations in the world to find out which one tickles your fancy.
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If you and your fiancée fancy sightseeing, then visiting a city of your dreams for your honeymoon will give you multiple opportunities of sightseeing and sampling some of the best restaurants in town, and not to mention, the shopping.
The quaint streets of South Carolina and New Orleans are filled with history and make the perfect backdrop for your honeymoon. But, if you really want the most bang for your buck, go with a city that you would enjoy most without having to leave the country.
If you are looking for just a hint of Europe without having to actually go there, then making a trip to San Francisco would be a good option. The colorful city is filled with lots of things to keep you and your fiancé busy, from bus tours to outdoor markets, and a vibrant night life, a city like San Francisco is well equipped to satisfy your appetite.
Ready to Swoon:
If you really want to go all out and make your honeymoon an event to remember, then Paris is the quintessential honeymoon destination for a reason. The city that’s home to the Eiffel Tower will really give you a one of a kind experience that both you and your partner will never forget.
If you want to start off your lives together on an adventurous note then going for an exotic location will be perfect for you. And you won’t have to break the bank to do it either.
When it comes to budget friendly adventure honeymoons, you really can’t go wrong with the Rockies. Watch the hot springs flow in full force during the summer or enjoy the majestic snow capped mountains during the winters. If you’re looking for some adventure during your honeymoon in the US then making a trip to the Rocky Mountains should be right up your alley.
If you have a bit of spare change to spare then taking a trip to Machu Picchu and experiencing the Incan Empire is the way to go. You’ll have an unforgettable honeymoon and learn a bit of history as well.
Ready to Swoon:
If you really want to make your honeymoon magical, but the adventurous kind then you might want to go all out and book a trip to Australia or New Zealand. These two destinations usually make it to the top of the list of honeymoon destinations for thrill seekers for a reason. So, why would you want to miss out on all the fun?Relaxing at the Beach
After all the stress of having to plan your wedding, a bit of unwinding will be in order. If you want to enjoy the wind in your hair and the sand under your feet then the beach is calling out to you.
When one thinks of beaches, places like Hawaii come to mind, and for good reason. So, make a trip to these sandy beaches to disconnect from the world and make a deeper connection with your better half.
If you have the extra time, and the budget to go with it then places like Aruba offer plenty of laid back beaches and miles of pristine shorelines just waiting for you to enjoy.
Ready to Swoon:
If you’re looking for a total escape then making a trip to the Maldives, Bali or one of the remote islands of Indonesia will give you a little bit of culture, adventure and history, without disenchanting you with costly airfares or hotel room expenses.
Contrary to popular belief, your dream honeymoon doesn’t necessarily have to break your budget. Use these tips to find yourself the perfect honeymoon destination, whether it’s, strolling down the beach, cuddling up in a historic city, or taking a zip line through the jungle.