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Honeymoon Tips

Have a carefree honeymoon! The list below is just a few hints to help your romantic vacation go smoothly. Whether a seasoned traveler or on your first major vacation without your folks, plan ahead with these helpful tips:

Choose your honeymoon destination together

If you're planning a surprise honeymoon, you still need to consider both of your preferences. Make a list of what you imagine would be your dream honeymoon and then compare your lists. Check out our Honeymoon Ideas Quiz to take the short questionnaire and decide what you want you want before you begin looking.

Research, Research, and more research!!

Websites can sometimes be deceiving or lack information. Don’t let those beautiful pictures lull you into a false sense of reality. You definitely don’t want to arrive at that “dream” location to find out that you can’t swim in the local water because the currents are too strong or the water is murky and unhealthy! Also try a Google image search for additional photos of the resort and area. Find out if the hotel targets children or families, since this can often take the romantic feel out of the vacation. Most importantly, don’t make a honeymoon decision without careful consideration and research.

Travel Agent ~ Online or Agent?

Many people have a hard time deciding whether to use a travel agent or not. With easy internet booking and rates that almost seem too good to be true, it seems unnecessary to use travel agents. You can shop around quicker and compare differences between destinations or hotels easily online. If you plan it on your own, read reviews before booking. Some reviews can focus on vacations with families or other types of vacations. You get a better feel once you actually read through all the reviews. Couples who use travel agents tend to have less problems while traveling and get everything they've requested, often times including room upgrades or special service. Since many travel agents have special relationships with hotels, they are able to double check that you get the royal treatment. You may pay a little more, but this is for convenience and dependability, which is nice with all the wedding planning.

Get the biggest bang for your buck!

If you have the money in your budget, spend a little extra on a room upgrade or a nicer hotel. If you have a tight budget, look at what sorts of bargains you can get and be creative. Some of the most romantic moments can be done with a small budget or free. Try to come up with these before you go, so that you can be prepared. Check out our Romantic Ideas and Booking a Romantic Room pages for some great ideas!

Packing time!

Make sure you have enough time to pack so that you don’t forget important items. Purchasing items at your destination will usually be more expensive, depending on where you’re going. Not to mention having to spend useless time searching for what you need. Start packing at least a week in advance. Check out our Honeymoon Packing List for a complete list of items to bring.

Passport dilemmas can be a pain

If you need a passport, order it well in advance. If you already have one, make sure it’s current. I know someone who got on an international flight with an expired passport by 1 week!! Luckily for her, no one noticed.

Immunizations!

It is important to find out if there are necessary or recommended immunizations for your honeymoon destination. Check out old records and see if you need to update your immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a great source of information related to this; our Resources page has the link.

What to eat?

Prevent having stomachaches or diarrhea on your honeymoon. Find out if you can drink water at your destination. Food and water can be contaminated with diseases such as cholera, typhoid or hepatitis A. Ask your doctor about anti-bacterial pills to take daily in foreign countries to help prevent diarrhea. Different locations vary on this precaution, so research yours. Check out our Travel Health page.

Protect your money!

Those stories of wallet snatchers aren’t made up. Before leaving, take out any unnecessary items from your wallet, especially extra credit cards that you won’t need. When out, put your money and identification in a money belt or in your front pocket, protected by your hand. Open bags are easy targets. This is especially important in crowded areas. Don’t be totally reliant on room safety; we’ve heard many stories of couples’ items being stolen. Put locks on bags while you’re out of your room and use the safe. Try not to bring too many valuables with you. Leave your expensive diamond ring at home and sport a fake. Read more about travel safety.

Finally, no matter what happens, have a wonderful time and enjoy your time together. Something is always bound to go wrong, but your attitude can have a vast effect on whether that incident becomes a joke or a cranky demeanor! Also, tell everyone you’re honeymooners, you’ll be surprised what little extras will come your way.



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