Planning your honeymoon can be just as difficult as planning the wedding itself, but it’s also got to be up there with one of the best parts of the whole thing too. Kicking back and relaxing after a year or so of intense preparation is going to be pretty blissful, but how do you make sure you get your choice of honeymoon destination right?
Are you looking for an urban escape with plenty of sightseeing? Would you prefer to get a sweat on with some outdoor adventures? Or is your dream holiday sunbathing on a perfect beach somewhere? What if you and your beau have very different ideas of what makes a good trip?
These are the things you need to consider when it comes to picking a great honeymoon destination that will suit you both.
First things first, what kind of climate do you love – hot, cold, humid, dry, mild? Deciding on this right away will help you narrow down your choices quickly. Make sure you also check out what the weather and temperature will be like in the season you plan to travel in.
This is a biggie. How much you are able (or want!) to spend will be a huge factor in deciding where you go. If money is tight why not consider a ‘staycation’ closer to home. I bet there are so many amazing places right on your doorstep, many of which you might not have even considered before. You could book into boutique hotel in your own city, rent a camper van and drive around the countryside or a hop down to a local beach town.
We went on our honeymoon to Tokyo, which was amazing, but the 12 hour flight (complete with very sore heads!) the day after our wedding wasn’t! If you are thinking about going somewhere far-flung you might want to consider a few days down time after the wedding to get yourselves organised before you head off.
Gareth forgot to bring anything warm, when we arrived we realised we’d forgotten to write down our hotel name or address anywhere and we’d forgotten to tell our banks that we were going away so our credit cards got blocked and we had no money for the first few days! This was not the romantic start to married life that I’d imagined!
Hotels are awesome but they can be super expensive. Instead think outside the box when it comes to finding your accommodation. Websites like Air B&B and Go with Oh! offer apartments and houses at much more competitive rates, and you always have a much more authentic experience of a place when you’re not hauled up in tourist-city.
Relaxing or action packed?
Are you into outdoor activities or would you rather lounge on a beach all day? If you disagree on this you might not want to go, say, skiing where the sport really does dominate the entire trip. Somewhere like Queensland where there are plenty of things to keep you occupied would be a great option because there are also beautiful beaches to chill out on too.
The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Great Barrier Reef… there are so many iconic landmarks around this amazing world of ours. Why not use your honeymoon as an opportunity to get some of these checked off your must-see list?
Have an adventure!
Some of my most favourite trips abroad were the ones where I didn’t have much time beforehand to do any research into what to expect. Going somewhere with completely fresh eyes and just exploring at your own pace really is the most fun ever! So, if you’re feeling brave, why not spin a globe, close your eyes and see where in the world you point to first!?
I’d love to hear from you guys on this one. Are you planning to take a honeymoon and where are you jetting off to?
- Photography: Hemline