A honeymoon is an amazing time to celebrate the start of a new life as newlyweds, enjoy each other’s company and get acquainted with your new life together. It is also an opportunity to relax and take a break from the stresses of everyday life, reaffirm your love for one another, reflect on your relationship and look forward to your future together. But before you jet off on your dream getaway, there are a few things you should consider to ensure that it’s everything you want it to be.
Establish Your Honeymoon Vision
As you plan your trip, sit down with your partner and ask yourselves what it is that you both envision for your honeymoon. For example, are you imagining relaxing on a beach in Bora Bora with crystal blue waters lapping at your toes or are you dreaming of waking up to the sound of lions roaring in the sub-Saharan bush? The answer will help you narrow down your choices and set the tone for your ultimate romantic experience.
Decide on How You’ll Travel
Once you know your destination, think about how you’ll be getting around there. This may seem like a minor detail, but it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place for how you’ll navigate your honeymoon destination. Especially for destinations that are far-flung, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the unfamiliarity of it all if you don’t have a way to minimize your stress on the trip.
If you have friends or family who have traveled to your destination, reach out and see if they have any tips. They may be able to recommend hotels, activities or restaurants that are worth checking out. You can also find plenty of information on the Internet about your honeymoon destination, including reviews of hotel accommodations and transportation options. If you’re planning to go somewhere exotic, research the local language and any other pertinent information that may help you navigate the country more easily.
It’s also a good idea to get passports, any required immunizations or visas and your travel insurance policy in order well before your departure date. It’s always a good idea to have two copies of your important documents, so make sure you bring them with you in case one gets lost or you forget it.
The Bare Essentials
The first thing you’ll want to pack is comfortable and stylish clothes that can be dressed up or down for a variety of situations on your honeymoon. You’ll also want to pack your favorite toiletries, personal hygiene items and a few essential medical supplies, just in case you encounter any mishaps while traveling.
It’s also a good idea to have some surprises for your partner on your honeymoon. These shouldn’t be anything too extravagant, but they should be romantic gestures that heighten the overall experience. Just be sure you communicate with your soon-to-be spouse about these plans so that they don’t feel hurt if something is revealed too early on.