PLANNING TIPS FOR A PERFECT HONEYMOON

Posted: March 8, 2013 in Beach Holiday, Cruise Holiday, Destinations, Family Holiday, Honeymoon
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PLANNING TIPS FOR A PERFECT HONEYMOON

Where to go and what to do on your honeymoon? Do you and your fiancé share similar ideas on what your dream honeymoon should be? It’s important to make sure you do. Here are some tips to get you started.

Fact:
Did you know that in 2013, the five most important factors for newly wed honeymoon couples are:
1. A dream location
2. A reasonable price
3. Comfortable accommodation
4. A good selection of quality food
5. Enjoyable activities.

Start daydreaming now!
Don’t wait. Create time now to brainstorm your perfect honeymoon, talking it through together. Decide what’s really important for you both in this trip of a lifetime. Make lists separately, then compare together.

Ask for advice from family and friends and seek information from travel experts, but don’t try to make another couple’s honeymoon yours. Make sure your ideas are those that take centre stage. Oh, and have fun . . .

Here are some questions you both need to consider to ensure you have the perfect honeymoon:

Have you considered combining your wedding and honeymoon?
Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular. And why not? Combining wedding vows with an idyllic honeymoon venue provides the simplicity of one coordinated wedding-honeymoon package.

One plan, one price and one destination mean one big romantic adventure. There is a huge choice of specialised venues and fabulous destinations both here in Australia and overseas. Read more about destination weddings . . .

When would you like to leave?
Perhaps you would prefer to go immediately after the wedding, or maybe you’d be happier to wait a day or two to recover from the festivities! And there’s always the option of delaying the honeymoon until you have more holiday time or money, or until the weather is perfect in your destination of choice.

How long do you want your honeymoon to last?
Do you want to head off for the weekend, a week, a fortnight or more? How much time can you take off work? For an extended overseas honeymoon, perhaps consider asking your employer for a sabbatical.

What style of honeymoon holiday grabs you the most?
Is it a luxurious Caribbean cruise or a lazy tropical island getaway? Or perhaps the bright lights of Europe’s cities beckon . . . London, Paris, Rome?

When (and where) to go on honeymoon?
Making sure you arrive at the right time of year can make all the difference between a great honeymoon holiday or a disappointingly wet one. And while the skies are not always blue in the tropics, rainfall typically occurs during the late afternoon leaving the rest of the day sunny with clear skies.

Our month-by-month when to go where weather guide provides an instant snap-shot of average weather conditions around the world. From this guide you can easily assess what the weather is usually like at the best honeymoon destinations in the world.

Choosing the right accommodation
Once you’ve decided where and when to go, the next step is finding the right hotel or resort to suit your budget. With so many hotels available it’s a good idea to compare online hotel prices from a large hotel price comparison website. This ensures that you secure the best hotel booking deals offered by the world’s top booking sites, such as Expedia, among others.

What landscape should your destination include?
Would you like your room to overlook the beach or a mountain peak? Do you prefer complete silence during the night or do the bustling sounds of the city excite you?

How much money do you want to spend?
This will probably make a big difference to the type of honeymoon resort you can afford to stay at, but not necessarily the destination. For example, most tropical islands offer a variety of accommodation to suit a range of budgets. Try to put a dollar amount on your budget, then for ideas and tips check out our Budget Tips and Budget Worksheet panel.

What do you want to do on your honeymoon?
Does snuggling up to your partner with a glass of fine wine in front of an open fire sound good to you? Perhaps it’s walking hand-in-hand along a tropical beach with the moon and stars to light your way? Or is it snorkelling in clean azure waters, rock climbing or bouncing around a pristine desert landscape in a four-wheel-drive?

What type of food do you plan to eat and from where?
Is fine dining your preference or do you prefer eating out at less expensive restaurants or even street stalls?

After sunset, how do you want to spend your time?
Do you like quiet, romantic evenings alone or would you prefer going out on the town for dinner and drinks?

Have some fun with the Perfect Honeymoon Quiz
To better understand what you and your fiancé truly want in a perfect honeymoon, have a go at this Honeymoon Quiz.

Note: The Honeymoon Quiz can help you narrow down your honeymoon choices to better match your ideal preferences. To get the best results you and your partner should take the quiz separately. Compare your answers with those of your fiancé and start planning your perfect honeymoon.

As you’ll discover, this may involve a little compromise, but stay focused on what matters most for each of you. Don’t forget, in the years ahead you can take holidays together where you can do or see the things you couldn’t do this time.

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