Planning a honeymoon that will keep you both happy is no easy task; deciding what you want, where you’d like to go and when is hard enough, there are so many different decisions to make. Our travel experts have planned countless honeymoons over the years, and know how to find the right fit for every individual couple, from sunrise hikes in Indonesia to unwinding on tranquil beaches in the Caribbean. To help get you started, they’ve shared their top tips on how to start planning your dream honeymoon, even covering the things you might not have thought of. Read on for advice on how to book your honeymoon, straight from the experts.
START PLANNING EARLY
Planning a wedding is stressful enough, so why add to the stress by leaving your honeymoon to the last minute? Planning ahead allows time to budget accordingly and get the necessary documents together. Scheduled flights can only be confirmed 12 months in advance, but you’ll have a much better chance of getting the flights you want if you book them early – and prices are usually lower 6 months or more in advance.
It’s also important to book your accommodation early so you don’t miss out on your favourites, and taking care of the big things early such as travel and accommodation will mean you have longer to focus on the minor details (which are a lot more fun to plan). Although spontaneity can be great, your honeymoon is a trip of a lifetime so you really want to get right.
TALK TO THE EXPERTS
Talking to a travel expert is a great way to take the planning responsibility off your shoulders and give you the opportunity to speak to someone who has actually been to your chosen destination and knows the ins and outs of it. Our travel experts have endless experience with planning honeymoons – we understand what will work for certain couples, and what won’t. From the very beginning, we make sure we get to know you as a couple so we can establish a destination, experience and time frame that suit you both, based on your preferences and personalities. We’ve also got the best relationships with the hotels, so we’ll be sure to get you the best rates available.
WHAT TYPE OF HONEYMOON ARE YOU AFTER?
What you are both hoping to get out of your trip? That’s the first thing we ask people that are looking to plan a trip, as we’re big believes that choosing why should come before choosing where. Whether it’s adrenaline, relaxation or a little bit of everything, communicating with each other is key to finding a honeymoon that suits you both.
Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be in the same place or doing the same thing – your trip can be a combination of cities and beaches, mountains and jungle, what ever you’d like. Honeymoons often work best with 2 contrasting experiences or destinations, and that’s where twin-centre trips come in. Check out some of our favourite multi-destination honeymoons here.
PICK THE PERFECT DESTINATION
You’ve decided what type of experiences you want on your honeymoon, so the next step is to pick where.
If you only have a limited number of days for your honeymoon, you won’t want to fly halfway around the world, as you’ll end up spending quite a bit of time on a plane. For those with a bit more time to play with, going to multiple destinations for your honeymoon can be a great way to mix it up a bit, especially for couples who want entirely different experiences. The safari/beach combination is one of our favourites.
A final thing to consider when picking your dream destination is the time of year – is it the best time to go?If you have your heart set on a specific destination but the weather is going to be awful at that particular time of year, why not take a short trip (a minimoon) immediately after your wedding and save your longer honeymoon for when the weather is perfect.
RELAX YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Yes, your honeymoon is supposed to be a special and romantic time away with your new spouse, but it’s important to remember that it is just a trip, and likely to be one of many. If you’ve travelled together before, you may be wondering how this trip could possibly be better than any of your previous experiences, but the truth is it doesn’t have to be. Just think of your honeymoon as just one great trip amongst many more to come.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Don’t feel that you have to go off on your honeymoon straight after your wedding. Organising both a wedding and a honeymoon at the same time is a lot of pressure, so if you’re already overwhelmed with wedding planning, why not wait and give yourself a bit more time to plan the perfect honeymoon a couple of months after the wedding. What’s the rush? Your honeymoon will be just as special and romantic whenever you decide to take it.
BOOK IN THE RIGHT NAME
This is important so pay attention: unless your honeymoon is some time after your wedding (and your new passport will have arrived), don’t book your honeymoon using your married name. All your travel reservations; airline tickets and hotel rooms will need to match the name on your passport which you won’t be able to change until a few weeks or months after the wedding, so using pre-wedding names for all bookings will avoid any confusion.
And now the less exciting part, travel insurance. This is such an important part of your honeymoon as it will cover you for illness abroad, cancellation, loss of luggage and most importantly your new wedding rings. Chances are nothing will go wrong, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.