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5 Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

063014-honeymoon-01It’s the trip of a lifetime – your first vacation as a married couple. Where will you go? Here are five tips for planning a dream honeymoon.

Start Early

Planning your honeymoon doesn’t have to be the first wedding task you tackle, but don’t leave it to the last minute. Give yourself enough time to dream, talk over possible destinations with your fiancé(e), save money, and put travel plans together.

Know Your Budget

Include honeymoon costs in your wedding budget – and stick to it. Including them with your wedding means the honeymoon won’t come as an additional expense you weren’t planning for. It also helps you know what you can afford so that you can weigh your options when it comes to booking your trip.

Consider Timing

How much time do you have for your honeymoon? If you’ve only got a week of vacation from work, a far-flung destination may not be possible: You’ll spend a day or two traveling and perhaps another day or two (or more) recovering from the jet lag. That’s no way to honeymoon! Pick a destination closer to home, and save the faraway trip for the future when you’ve got more time off.

Know Your Type

Talk with your fiancé(e) about the type of honeymoon you’d like. Do you want to spend more time relaxing or being active? Do you want lots of prescheduled and preplanned activities, or would you rather play it by ear? Are you beach people or mountain people? Plan a honeymoon that suits you as a couple.

Remember the Details

No matter where you’re traveling there are small details you need to consider before you plunk down money on a honeymoon.

  • Weather and season: Your tropical location is gorgeous now, but will it be hurricane season when you want to travel there? Consider seasons, too: When it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s winter in the southern hemisphere. Not ideal if you’d like to lie on the beach.
  • Travel documents: What kind of papers do you need to travel? Is your passport up to date? Do you need a visa? For some locations, you’ll need vaccinations against diseases. Know this before you go.
  • Your name: Ladies, book your travel arrangements in your maiden name. We know, we know. You’re really excited to start using your married name, but until you’ve gone through the legal process to do so, your license, passport, and other identifying documents will still be in your maiden name. You can’t get on a plane if the name on your ticket and ID don’t match.