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Honeymoon Do’s & Don’ts
By David E. Smith, Co-owner, Directional Strategies Travel
Here are some great tips to help you make the most of your honeymoon:
1. DON’T leave honeymoon planning till the end. Arrange your honeymoon as early as possible to make sure you are not disappointed by sold-out flights, resorts or activities. Try to start planning the honeymoon at least six months before the wedding. Eight to ten months prior is even better.
2. DO leave a day between your wedding and your honeymoon. Many flights to popular destinations leave early in the morning… only a few hours after you will be leaving your reception. Use the extra day to return the tux, open gifts and finish those thank-you notes before you leave for paradise. It also gives you a chance to double-check your packing to make certain you don’t forget anything.
3. DON’T skimp on your accommodations. Maybe on other trips, but not on a honeymoon. Even if you think you won’t spend much time in your room, you’ll be sorry if your accommodations are not special. Remember, you’ll spend more time in your room than any other place on the honeymoon. It’s the first thing you see every morning and the last thing you see at night. It is also where you are likely to hang out if there’s a rainy day. Probably the most common honeymoon lament we hear is, “I wish we’d spent just a little more and stayed in a really nice room.”
4. DO plan on a little give and take. Listen to your mate’s wants and needs and try to take them into account so you’ll both have the time of your life.
5. DON’T allocate all of the honeymoon planning to only one of you. The honeymoon is for you BOTH. Talk over the options. Share your dreams. If you don’t take part in the planning, you may end up disappointed.
6. DO look for package deals and specials. Many packages will allow you to have all the frills you want... and save you money. All-inclusives may seem more expensive at first, but you don’t end up with extra expenses later for meals, beverages, tips and activities plus you eliminate the stress and worry about finances leaving you to enjoy every minute of your honeymoon.
7. DON’T think you have to spend every minute together. You may be happier if you plan one or two separate activities on your honeymoon — and think how much fun you’ll have sharing your experiences with each other.
8. DO allow for lots of open time to just relax and get over your wedding stress. Don’t over-plan activities. It’s OK to pre-book a few special hard-to-get experiences such as a helicopter ride or a private sunset dinner on the beach but leave plenty of time to just do what feels right at the time. A honeymoon is about spending quality time together, not seeing and doing as much as possible.
9. DON’T rely too much on the opinion of others. Ask for recommendations and suggestions from friends and family, but don’t let yourselves be overly influenced. Follow your own interests and tastes. Make the honeymoon uniquely yours.
10. DO consult with an experienced travel agent. Your honeymoon is too important to be a do-it-yourself project. Look for an experienced agent who specializes in honeymoons and the destination(s) you are considering. A good agent will spend time getting to know you and helping you sort through all the thousands of choices so you are assured of getting a honeymoon that’s exactly right for the two of you — trouble-free and at a price you can afford. You’ll get insider tips that will make the honeymoon as close to perfect as it can get. Plus… there’s someone to turn to for help if something goes wrong.
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