How to Plan Stress Free Honeymoons
Honeymoons are designed for Brides and Grooms to have time to start their new marriage together. Let’s take a look at how to plan a tress free Honeymoon that both of you will enjoy.
When my wife and I married, part of the fun of planning a vacation after our wedding for her was the surprise of where we would go. She is more unique than most brides in letting go of such an important decision. To plan on going to a place she would enjoy, I simply asked her, “did you envision a beach or a mountain type trip?”. I was surprised by her answer in that I thought she would want something in the Keys being a Florida girl. When she said she wanted something “mountainy”, I immediately knew right where to go-Jackson Hole Wyoming. In the end, she was surprised and she had a great time (we eventually moved out there and lived for five years because of the impression it made on her).
When planning your honeymoon, take into consideration the following:
- How much time do you have? You will obviously plan differently for a 3 day trip than you would a 2-week honeymoon. If you are traveling in the continental U.S. for example, most places (even from the outer most reaches) take at most 8 hours by plane (with plane transfers and all). You can usually accomodate your schedule with enough planning ahead. Plan ahead at least 2 months and you will get the good rates on airfares, hotels and more.
- What is the climate like in the place you want to go when you want to go? Going to Alaska in Winter could be a dream come true for some, but not most. I had some friends once plan their honeymoon in the Carribean during the peak of hurricane season. As you can guess, they were evacuated and spent most of their time in the airport. If you are an outside person who loves the rain, Seattle in winter is great, but if you are not used to that type of weather, it could be torture. Either way, knowing up front what it will be like can help you design your plans around the two of you. Expect the worst, hope for the best.
- Make sure you understand what “all-inclusive’ refers to. There are many new “all-inclusive” resorts that cater to newlyweds. The problem is that some are less inclusive than you would think. They may have a Breakfast and Dinner, but no lunch, or their meals may resemble more of a snack. I do not know fo any of them that offer free Alcohol, which in and of itself with some couples can bring a hefty tab. I spoke to one couple that did not realize that alcohol was not included and rang up a bar tab that pushed them out of shape financially.
- Go on what you can’t afford. By this I mean if you can afford a $3000 honeymoon, go on a $2500 honeymoon. That extra $500 will help you with any incedetals or extra costs which you may not have planned for or even knew of .
- Leave your problems at home. Do not bring cell phones, computers for emails and have planned check in times to check on children or other loved ones. Plan on letting go and spending the time together. Work will do without you, so will your friends, pets and so on. Emergencies can spring up, so leave your necessary contact info with neighbors, friends, relatives and those who you trust.
Honeymoons are the time for fun-not stress. Plan ahead and you will find exactly this!