After all the stress of planning a wedding and the excitement of the day itself, you are going to NEED the best honeymoon you can get. It's going to feel great to get away from it all and spend some time concentrating on your partner and relationship. However, to have that great experience, you have to do a few things right, before the big day arrives. Planning is the key. But there are other tips to follow as well to make sure your honeymoon is stress-free and highly memorable.
1. Pick the Right Destination
The first step is to pick the right place, a place you'll both enjoy. A honeymoon is not the time for experimenting with something one partner doesn't enjoy on the off chance the might "learn to love it." One way to avoid that is to choose a place that has something for each of you to enjoy. A casino hotel and resort, for example, typically offers gaming as well as options like a spa, restaurants and even golf and tennis. If you're looking to simplify, look for an all-inclusive destination where you can pay one price and take advantage of all the amenities. Other destination options to consider include:
- Ski Resorts
- Mountain Lodges
- Cozy Bed and Breakfasts
The place is important as well as the type of lodging. If you prefer to stay stateside, consider places you might not normally, like Couer d'Alene, Idaho, or even Niagara Falls, New York. These destinations may not be "classic" honeymoon, but they often offer a unique experience.
If you prefer international flair, check out places like Southeast Asia. Singapore and Thailand offer exotic locales and scenery that are second to none. Australia and Africa are great options as well.
2. Plan Ahead
If you want to be sure you have all the details worked out for your trip, the key is to start planning early. Airfare and hotel accommodations often book up fast, depending on the time of year. Tip - prices typically go up the closer you get to your departure dates. Once you have your destination selected, go ahead and make reservations and lock in the best rates. After that, research some of the attractions and activities available in the area and make a preliminary itinerary so you're sure to include everything you want to see.
3. Budget Well
Making sure the trip is paid for in advance, including any attractions you wish to see, can help alleviate budget stress. This is also where booking in advance can be helpful as prices are more affordable if you pay well in advance. Just be sure to verify any refund policies in case your plans change. The right destination is critical as well since some areas are significantly more expensive than others.
4. Pack the Right Stuff
The perfect destination needs just the right wardrobe and accessories so pack accordingly. Chances are you'll need more than lingerie and a bathing suit. Simple outfits that can be used for multiple events and excursions are best to minimize suitcase space. Always remember to pack for the anticipated weather as well and don't forget sunscreen if you're headed somewhere warm.
5. Don't be Hungover
Probably the worst thing you can do to ruin the start of your honeymoon is be hungover. Yes, the reception is a time for celebration and often includes copious amounts of champagne and other beverages, but it doesn't mean you have to wake up feeling like you wish you'd died instead of happily married. If you think you might be tempted to overindulge, there are hangover supplements you can use to help minimize the effects the next morning. They're a mix of antioxidants that help your body repair and recharge after a night of celebrating.