The honeymoon is a much-needed respite after months of wedding planning.
For many couples, it’s also the trip of a lifetime — the first long, exotic trip taken together. Heaven, right? Not always: It is possible to do it wrong, thanks to ill-timed bookings, too-small budgets, and more. From our experience as honeymoon experts, we’re laying out what you should and shouldn’t do when planning your post-wedding getaway.
The ideal time to book your honeymoon is six to eight months prior, especially if you’re planning to go to a specialized resort, as premium rooms book up early. In addition, mergers between major airlines means fewer flights, longer layovers, and higher prices.
2. Not sharing the planning
When it comes to wedding planning, divide and conquer is often the best approach – But not when it comes to the honeymoon. Too often, if one person handles the planning, you end up with a trip that’s more tailored to his or her desires. Unless your spouse-to-be is uncommonly perceptive about your travel wishes and peeves, honeymoon planning should be a joint effort.
3. Choosing someone else’s honeymoon
Wedding planning can be so overwhelming that it’s tempting to simply copy another couple’s honeymoon itinerary. They had a blast, right? Your pals may have loved that no-stress all-inclusive resort, but you might find it tamps your adventurous spirit. Or maybe you’ve heard your parents reminisce about their honeymoon in Bermuda your whole life. Just because they’d like to revisit their ‘moon vicariously doesn’t mean it’s right for you. It’s okay to solicit advice from like-minded friends and family, but take it with the proverbial grain of salt. This is your big trip; tailor it to you.
4. Not being specific enough about what you want
When you think “exotic destination,” does that mean a luxury resort on an island renowned for its natural beauty? Or do you define it as a faraway foreign country where you don’t speak the language? The difference between your “relaxing” and “boring” isn’t always immediately clear. Define it for your intended. And, if you’re using a travel agent, a good one will know the right questions to ask. Help us to help you!
5. Relying too heavily on Internet research
While “real person” reviews can help you get a feel for a place, the information can be outdated, biased, or worse: fraudulent. Also, Google will only tell you about what you put into it – making it difficult to discover hidden gems. Plus, it’s time consuming. Web research can provide good ideas, but a friend or professional agent with first-hand knowledge is the best resource. We won’t book a destination unless one of us has been there personally. We like to think of ourselves as human Trip Advisors.
6. Not seeking professional help
It’s true that travel agents make their livelihoods by booking trips for folks, but using one doesn’t necessarily mean your honeymoon will be more expensive. In fact, travel agents have insider knowledge on deals and discounts and cultivate personal relationships with hoteliers, which can sometimes mean a room’s suddenly available in a booked-solid hotel. They also save you endless research time and can offer first-hand destination knowledge.
7. Shortchanging the honeymoon budget
Weddings can get costly quickly, and it’s tempting to take it out of the honeymoon budget. But think about it: The typical wedding ceremony lasts six hours, while honeymoons usually last 10 to 14 days. Which one do you think you’ll remember more?
8. Leaving too soon after the wedding
It happens in movies: The happy couple floats straight from their reception to the airport, en route to their honeymoon. But the pros advise giving yourself some time to catch your breath between the ceremony and the big trip. You may have had a little too much to drink the night before, and you’ll definitely be exhausted, so give yourself a chance to rest. Leave on a Monday or even Tuesday following a Saturday wedding.
9. Not balancing your activities
For most couples, a mix of adventure and relaxation makes for the perfect honeymoon. You’ll want to explore new lands and take part in exciting activities together, whether that means pony trekking through the rainforest or exploring Paris on foot. But you’ll also need time to recharge before getting back to reality. Be sure not to wear yourselves out — or give yourselves an opportunity to get bored.
10. Winging it entirely
For the more adventurous types, it’s tempting to choose a destination, book a hotel for the first night, and take it from there. In fact, that may be how you always travel together. But, remember, your honeymoon isn’t like any other vacation. It’s the pause between one of the biggest — and busiest — moments in your life and the business of navigating a new reality together. Give yourself a break by going with a basic structure — booking your hotel rooms for the whole stay — then make room for adventure by choosing activities on the fly.
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Vacationisms is a New Hampshire honeymoon travel agency – small enough to care deeply about building personal relationships, and large enough to work with couples across the country. Our honeymoon travel agents combine their drive for personal service and expertise with resort partnerships around the world. As a result, our honeymoon clients are afforded an exclusive and unrivaled one-stop honeymoon travel agent experience. We'll make it easy for you to plan an amazing honeymoon.
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Our standard honeymoon travel agent services are $0!
Our honeymoon travel agents have worked with hundreds of couples to plan dream honeymoons. Our Honeymoon Specialists will guide you through the honeymoon planning process and coordinate all logistics.
Our no-fee services include:
- DESTINATION SELECTION: A consultant will help you find the best honeymoon destination. Whether you’re looking for the most luxurious, most affordable, most popular, most serene or most exotic honeymoon destination, we can help you cut through the noise. From all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean on the best beaches to the most secluded mountain top retreats, we probably have an idea up our sleeve from our first conversation.
- HONEYMOON PACKAGE SELECTION: Our honeymoon travel agents can quickly and easily get you all of the details on the best honeymoon packages available. Because we specialize in this area, it’s easy for us to quickly sort through which one is the best value for what you’re looking for – because the “best” is different for everyone.
- BEST PRICE GUARANTEE: We literally do this for a living and you can rest assured they we know the in’s and out’s of navigating to the best priced honeymoon package, with the highest value inclusions. Additionally, we have access to exclusive offers that the general public doesn’t.
- EMERGENCY TRAVEL ASSISTANCE: Should anything happen while traveling, you will be able to reach a representative 24/7 to assist you quickly and easily. No hold times. No call centers. We take our clients personally, so you get us.
I called on the advice of my sister, after my then-fiancee told me I wasn't allowed to plan by myself. I thought I had saved thousands on our last vacation, but it turns out I had just booked a really crappy resort and as a result, the worst vacation ever. Needless to say, that vacation didn't hold a candle to what our honeymoon travel agent recommended. We had an amazing time and couldn't have done it without her.Ben
I can't say enough about how great my honeymoon travel agent was to work with. She helped us plan our dream honeymoon and answered all the questions we had along the way. In addition, she continued to monitor our flight so when it was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew, she was on the phone and got us booked with a different airline at 10pm on a Friday night. From start to finish, our honeymoon travel agent was there to ensure we had the honeymoon of our dreams. We were so pleased with her services, I recommended my brother to her and she's now booked his honeymoon as well!Sarah
From the very beginning, our honeymoon travel agent was nothing but personable and professional. She helped me to lock down our honeymoon location after asking a couple of questions. During our travels we ran into a couple of hiccups with delays – she reached out to us (she had been monitoring our flight times from home!) to see if there was anything she could do. After missing our first day of our trip due to flight delays, at our request she booked us an extra night and changed our flights. Sara is more than just a honeymoon travel agent. She took the time to really get to know us and stayed in touch every step of the way. I highly recommend working with Sara on your honeymoon travel details!Carol