Let’s face it: the best thing about getting married is having a honeymoon. But in the stress of planning the big day, there’s little time left over to organise the best honeymoon ever.
From choosing the destination to keeping the house safe, enjoy your first holiday as a married couple with these tips to prepare for your honeymoon.*
*Cue wedding bells.
Choose a Destination You Both Like
Marriage is all about compromise, right? Choosing a honeymoon location you’ll both enjoy is a good start.
Whether you have the same interests or your hobbies differ, it’s important to consider each other’s enjoyment when picking a spot. You should discuss what you’d like to get out of your time away (one of you might be picturing a beachside resort, while the other might be dreaming of an inner-city apartment among all the action) to make sure you’re on the same page.
Top tip: One sure way to get heartbroken on your honeymoon is to find every tour and attraction is closed. Do your research to confirm opening hours and availabilities to avoid disappointment.
Determine a Budget
Perhaps you’d like to have a good time on the cheap, or maybe you want to treat yourself and splurge? Whatever you’re looking for in a honeymoon, the best way to control your finances is to determine a budget you both agree on, and stick to it.
Top tip: Wishing wells are a great way to pocket some extra spending money for your honeymoon. Avoid getting 3 blenders at your wedding and ask guests to contribute to your wishing well instead.
Book Things in Advance
From flights to accommodation and rental cars, be sure to make your bookings well in advance. You don’t want to risk having to fork out extra cash for last-minute flights, or staying in a dodgy hostel because you decided to wing it (how very unromantic).
Booking your entertainment and activities in advance is also a good idea to make sure you don’t miss out on the things you’re most looking forward to, whether it’s bungee-jumping or climbing the Eiffel Tower.
Top tip: Some hotels let you reserve your room without payment, so there’s no excuse for not being organised ahead of time!
Write a Packing List
When you’re deep in wedding-planning mode, packing for your honeymoon will probably be the last thing on your mind. Write a list of the things you’ll need to make sure you don’t forget anything, and avoid packing your bag at the last minute.
Top tip: Your passport, itinerary and other travel documents should be at the top of your list. Keep them organised together in a travel wallet.
Your packing list might look something like this:
|5 x underwear||Toothbrush & toothpaste||Sunglasses|
|3 x t-shirts||Deodorant||Camera|
|2 x jeans||Shampoo & conditioner||Device chargers|
|1 x coat||Hairbrush||Umbrella|
Arrange a House-Sitter
Let a friend, family member or neighbour know your travel plans so they can keep an eye on things while you’re away. Ask them to:
- Collect your mail and any deliveries (e.g. newspapers or magazines)
- Maintain your lawn
- Turn lights on and off.
An overflowing mailbox and an overgrown lawn are a dead giveaway that you’re out of town. Asking a friend to stay on top of things will help to deter potential thieves.
Top tip: Did you know you can install a timer on your lights while you’re away? Technology, right? Find more tips like this one in our travel checklist for keeping your home safe.