Preparing for a honeymoon can be overwhelming when wedding planning is demanding most of your time and attention. A badly-planned honeymoon can put a damper on your nuptial celebration. With a little effort and organization, you and your spouse can have an unforgettable, stress-free honeymoon.
1. Go for a realistic budget.Don’t spend more than one week’s pay on any given vacation. Researching, early reservations, and planning in advance will help you stay on budget. Consider other expenses too. If you’re renting a car, remember to budget for parking, meter fares, and gas. If you’re planning to use public transportation, budget for cab fare, bus fare, or subway fare. Don’t forget to budget for tips!
2. Pack your basics.Take out some time to pack the basics several days before the wedding. This is especially easy if you’re planning to travel to somewhere that’s in a season opposite of where you live.
3. Choose a destination you both prefer.Maybe you’re both into hiking or you’re both into amusement parks, or the beaches and the mountains. Find someplace that has something for both of you if your tastes differ. It can be a sweet gesture to choose the destination that your spouse loves, but if there’s nothing there to interest you, it will be far less fun for both of you.
4. No matter how blissful you might be feeling, it’s hard to enjoy a vacation if the weather is miserable, the lack of things to do is boring you out of your mind, or the tourist crowds are unbearable. Check climate data websites for the time of year you plan to visit.
5. Try to travel during shoulder season i.e. the duration between the peak and non-peak tourism dates. You might save quite a few pennies. Not only will the pace be laid back and enjoyable for you, but you might also find the locals friendlier and welcoming when you’re not a part of a mob of tourists.
6. If you’re traveling in low season, or even shoulder season, some tourist destinations may have limited hours, or be closed. Check the websites of the attractions you want to visit to find a listing of their hours during your travel dates.
7. You may opt for non-hotel options.There are many cheaper ways to stay. Consider all the available options in your destination’s area, including hostels, vacation rentals, or even house stay. You might just find a charming spot that is perfect for your romantic trip
8. Check for discount passes.See if your destination has a combination pass that includes discounted admission to local attractions, and search online for coupons or promo codes. Buy tickets online for discounted prices.
9. Reserve your entertainment and dinners.Reserve attraction tickets ahead of time whenever possible to avoid waiting in long ticket lines and to save a few pennies with online purchase-only discounts. Choose some nicer local restaurants you’d like to visit, then call or go online to see if they accept reservations. If they don’t, ask if they have call-ahead seating.