When planning your wedding, you have to think about all the details that go into not just the wedding day itself but the days or weeks after the weeding. One of the most important and difficult decisions that couples face is where to go on their honeymoon. Like with all important decisions where there are two individuals with different opinions, it can be difficult to choose a destination that will suit both parties perfectly. Many places pose as perfect honeymoon destinations but with the limited time and budget, most people can only do so much.
When you consider that you are making a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you should not take this decision lightly. Fortunately, with some work and your readiness to compromise on some issues, you can make the best decision. With some planning, you can enjoy your dream honeymoon and avoid unnecessary regrets. Following are some tips that will help you to narrow your options and find a destination that will suit both of you perfectly.
1. Start by setting a budget
Before you start making reservations or looking at websites and brochures, you should start by setting a budget. When you know how much money you have to spend on your honeymoon, you can narrow down your choices. Set a budget upfront so that you have a clear indication of places where you can visit. If you have a budget of say $2,000, there are places that you cannot go and whether or not Fiji has been on your bucket list for decades, you cannot afford to make that trip this time round. Sit down, agree on an amount that you are both comfortable with, and remember to take advantage of discounts.
2. Determine the duration
You need to figure out the trip length so that you can make adequate plans. Figure out issues like the vacation time you have, your work schedules and other determined itineraries. This is especially important if you are planning a cruise or an all-inclusive trip. If you do not have too many vacation days left, you can choose to take a short trip and you can plan something fancier at a later stage. When you have plenty of time, you can enjoy your trip much more than if you have to rush through everything so that you can say you went to a certain destination for your honeymoon!
3. Consider the atmosphere
Think about the overall atmosphere you are looking for before choosing a hotel or destination. The vibe you are looking for is a major factor that will help you to narrow down your choices. If you are looking for a party atmosphere at a fancy hotel, your choices will be different from someone looking for an intimate and romantic getaway. Consider if relaxation and privacy are at the top of your list or if you would like something historic. Your style will help you to determine which country or location to visit and if you have very different tastes, you can find a way to reach a compromise.
4. Choosing a travel theme
It is a good idea to choose a theme so that you can come up with the perfect destination. Are you inspired by historic sites or do you prefer lying on the beach enjoying tropical cocktails? If there are things that you have been dreaming of, discuss them and find ways to incorporate them on your trip. It is very important to talk about how each of you envisions spending quality time together. If you have different tastes, you can consider including something that each of you likes until you are both satisfied with everything about the trip. Some popular themes include mountains, the beach, adventure, history, road trips, and large city destinations.
5. Consider the travelling season
You need to think about the season when you are planning the trip as this will have a huge effect on all other factors. The season will determine the prices, crowds, weather and local customs. The time period should determine where you should go. Summer season in most European destinations means exorbitant prices; sizzling temperatures and massive crowds and it may not be the best time to visit your favorite destination. If you have been planning a Caribbean honeymoon, you need to know that September and October are hurricane months for most spots like the Bahamas, Jamaica and Bermuda.
Assess the situation and do some research when planning the trip. Pay attention to events happening where you are planning to go so that you can avoid problems. Some of the issues to look out for include violence, weather disasters, financial crisis and other emergencies. Remember to come up with a list of amenities that are a must-have at your intended destination. When you have your list, look for destinations and hotels that have the amenities that you want. Some of the things that most honeymooners want include a pool, spa services, complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi, among others.