The honeymoon is the vacation you’ve been waiting for, a chance to relax and enjoy yourself after months (or years) of laser-focused planning. It’s the time to let loose, eat what you want, sip margaritas poolside and, hopefully, have some great sex. It’s also the time that you get to see how your new partner works in real life, not just in the euphoria of being crazy in love. That’s why it’s so hard when things start to go wrong during your honeymoon.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little work, you can create a meaningful honeymoon that sets your marriage on the right course. And you don’t need to travel the world or spend thousands of dollars to make it happen.
According to the experts, there are a few key things you should do to ensure your honeymoon is meaningful and successful. The first is to have realistic expectations. “Many newlyweds come into their honeymoon with a preconceived notion of what they expect it to be like,” says marriage and family therapist Tammy Nelson. “This can lead to disappointment and frustration.”
Secondly, you need to be open to experiencing your honeymoon in ways you may not have expected before the wedding. You might find that you and your spouse prefer quieter activities, or that you have different ideas for how to spend your time together.
It’s also important to remember that the honeymoon is just the beginning of a long journey. It is a time to learn more about your partner and to build a strong foundation for your marriage. The key to making your honeymoon meaningful is to focus on the things that are most important to you and your partner.
As you transition out of the honeymoon phase, it can be easy to fall back into old patterns that no longer serve your relationship. You might start to squabble over small things or become defensive about your differences. The good news is that this doesn’t mean that the love you share for your partner will dissipate. It just means that you’re starting to love them in a more mature and stable way.
Whether you’re a city lover, foodie or Broadway theater fan, iconic NYC offers something for every type of honeymooner. Explore the iconic skyscrapers of Manhattan, stroll Central Park and eat your way through the city’s best restaurants. Alternatively, Bali in Indonesia is the perfect place to enjoy nature and culture with an all-inclusive island getaway. From towering volcanoes to serene rice terraces, this exotic paradise is the ideal spot for a relaxing and romantic honeymoon.