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Your honeymoon is like your wedding—it only happens once in a lifetime. While the wedding is indeed a celebration of the love between you and your fiancé, it’s something you share with family and friends. It’s a milestone event that includes moments you’ve planned and wanted, in addition to other ones you’ve arranged to please your parents, as well as other family and friends at the wedding.
The honeymoon, on the other hand, is intimate. You don’t have to worry about as much. For example, there’s no hassle with minute-by-minute timelines or remembering the steps to your first dance. You’re not responsible for making anyone else happy except for you and your fiance. It’s essentially the after-wedding celebration that gives you and your sweetie permission to basically do anything your little hearts’ desire.
That kind of freedom can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. There are obviously several choices when it comes to planning a honeymoon. As you begin weighing your honeymoon options, ideally about six to eight months before the big day, there are major bases you will want to cover. To help make your decision less-stressful, below are four conversation topics to examine with your love.
Having a job, and a demanding one at that can dictate how much time you have to travel. Before planning anything, figure out how much time you can take off work, or how much time you have to step away from your daily obligations. Honeymoons are usually a week, but if you can take more time, why not? It’s your honeymoon—live it up!
Aside from having the time to go on a honeymoon, knowing how much you can put toward your trip is equally as important. If you have a large honeymoon nest egg, by all means, follow your passion. Go somewhere you’ve never been, or choose a place you’ve always wanted to visit and splurge.
If budget is a concern, though, it’s valuable to stay flexible and adaptable to all travel options. You may be able to score a deal online through a travel website by signing up for a red-eye flight or choosing a destination that’s not as high on your bucket list of places to visit. Don’t limit your options to what you see online, though. Seeking the help of a travel agent may provide you with the opportunity to get a better rate on a trip. Since agents generally have contracted rates they’ve established through business relationships, this means you save money, whereas by shopping online, you wouldn’t.
The amount of time you have to travel, and what you can or are willing to spend on a trip, strongly influence where you go for your honeymoon. If your budget and time are both more than generous, there’s only one phrase to tell yourself: YOLO. On the contrary, if you have either time or budget constraints or both, consider a “mini-moon.” The idea behind a mini-moon is that you still take a celebratory trip, but it doesn’t last as long as the typical honeymoon of a week or more. Since mini-moons are only a few days, they’re typically more delicate to your wallet and easier to manage time-wise.
Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys an itinerary while they’re traveling (ahem, type-A folks). Don’t get the wrong idea, though. It doesn’t mean having a schedule is necessarily bad. In fact, with a honeymoon, it’s kind of an unwritten rule that you seek a healthy mixture of both planned activities and free time to do whatever. The key is that you and your fiancé come to an agreement about said activities and how to spend your free, spontaneous time within planned moments. (Yes, that’s a real thing.)
Keep in mind the activities you and your fiancé enjoy should tie in with your location. The point in case: don’t go somewhere that doesn’t have many options to explore the wilderness, if you are outdoorsy people. Overall, if you both revel in a variety of interests, be strategic and use that to your advantage. It can be a guide in helping you arrive at a destination decision.
In theory, these discussion topics should assist you and your fiancé with the honeymoon planning process. Here are a few other tips you don’t want to forget about when you start making your trip arrangements:
Lastly, have fun. This is your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Enjoy the moment and the time you spend together planning.
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