Thanks to Abbey for writing this great article for planning your next honeymoon.
Abbey is the owner of Hands-Off Travel, a personal travel planning service that takes into account what’s most important to you. Hands-Off takes the time to research and map out a great vacation (or honeymoon!) specifically for you, so you don’t need a vacation from your vacation.
If you can’t stomach the idea of planning one. more. thing., know that you’re not alone in your Pinterest haze. A few tips to keep in mind:
DO take a few days off after the wedding if you can, even if it’s only a weekend. You’ll need some time to unwind before going back to real life, and it’ll give you an opportunity to process all of your thoughts and feelings from the past few days/weeks/months.
Instead of leaving the day of or morning after your wedding, consider waiting a day or two. You’ll get to spend extra time with the friends and family that came in for the event, and you won’t be stressed out about all of the post-wedding cleanup.
Don’t overbook the first few days of your trip. You’ll be more tired than you can imagine, so spend the first two or three days sleeping in, sipping cocktails, taking naps, and just generally enjoying being married. Stressed out, sleep-deprived, and over-committed isn’t a fun way to start a marriage.
All-inclusive honeymoon packages may not be for you. Sure, they’re easy to plan, but if you’re the kind of person who likes adventure and hole-in-wall restaurants, push through and plan that “vacation of a lifetime,” whatever that means to you (and your budget).
Your honeymoon can be whatever you want it to be! Not interested in Hawaii or the Caribbean? Rent a cabin in the mountains. Overseas travel is too expensive? Explore your options in the U.S. Remember, just like it was YOUR wedding, this is YOUR honeymoon, so do what feels right.
Keep your trip’s timeline in mind. If you’re planning to fly halfway around the world but you’ve only got a week for your trip, know that it’ll probably take you a full day to travel to that fabulous overwater hut in Bali or that country house in the middle of nowhere in Tuscany. Know your limits and how much time you really want to spend on the being there, rather than the getting there.
Don’t feel pressured to spend six months’ rent on your trip. The whole idea behind a honeymoon is you get to decompress from all of the months of planning and stress and PEOPLE with just the one person you’ve chosen, and vice versa. You don’t need massages, a private infinity pool, and an exotic locale to do that.
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