Planning your wedding could be as herculean a task as it is exciting. From matching with someone through matrimony sites to the wedding days, is quite a journey. So, paying attention to all the nitty-gritty of your dream wedding, it is only but natural for the bride and groom to be exhausted by the time ceremonies are over and they are declared man and wife. A perfect honeymoon destination gives you an opportunity to relax, connect and make beautiful memories as newly-weds. When marriage is for a lifetime then why should your honeymoon be any less than a trip of a lifetime? Here’s a quick guide to help you choose an ideal destination for a perfect honeymoon.
1: Plan with your partner
Planning for your honeymoon trip can be overwhelming, especially if you are a travel enthusiast and have been subtly planning this trip in your mind long before you realised. Honeymoon is not about you. Rather, it is about the two of you. Planning the honeymoon trip with your partner will give you a glimpse of the person he/she is, their likes, dislikes and more. Plus, you can avoid the risk of your partner not enjoying the trip as much as you do. After all, it is the first step towards making joint decisions and sharing your life with your partner.
2: Plan ahead
It is a good idea to start planning your honeymoon trip soon after the wedding date is decided. This would give you both enough time to research, plan and make necessary arrangements before the wedding rush sets in. Especially if you are keen on picking an international destination, you may have to consider factors like passport renewals and applying for a visa.
Countdown to your perfect trip
Pick a destination
Fix a budget
Consult a travel professional (optional)
For popular destinations, make bookings
Shortlist things to do
Apply for visa
Check document requirements
Consult a physician; get vaccines (if needed)
Shop for the trip
Book tours, events and special activities
Cross-check travel documents
Download travel apps, prep your phone
Get an international sim card (if needed)
Inform bank/credit card companies about travel
Be currency ready (for an international trip)
Finish last-minute shopping
Pack your bags
Check airline/train status
Inform the hotel staff of your arrival
Do web check-in (if applicable)
Check cash and IDs
Pack travel documents
3: Set a budget
Dreamy destinations and luxurious stays may sound good for a honeymoon trip, but the practicality of it is just as crucial for a pleasant experience. You do not want to come back from your surreal trip feeling bankrupt and cutting cost as you face the next task of setting up your abode. Sit down with your partner and decide how much you both want to spend on the trip. Set your budget and consider destinations that fit in it. Besides travel and accommodation bookings, consider out-of-the pocket costs such as local restaurants, travel, parking and entry fees, shopping, etc. that can hit the budget in the most unexpected ways. For an international destination, keep in mind the currency conversion rates.
Unexpected costs when travelling abroad
∙ Passport fees
∙ Visa charges
∙ Departure taxes
∙ Card fees and currency exchange
∙ Travel insurance
∙ Baggage fees
∙ Mobile/data roaming charges
∙ Convertors for different types of power outlets
4: Decide the length of the stay
You might be all set to visit the destination of your dreams but if you do not have enough time to soak in the experience then you could be throwing away the opportunity to make it a memorable trip. If you only have four days, a trip to Switzerland makes no sense. If you are spending a bomb as travel costs, you might as well explore and enjoy the destination in its true sense rather than rushing through the stay. Decide the length of your stay based on the nature of the destination and how you would like to spend your time there.
5: Choose a theme
Majestic mountains, turquoise waters, bustling cities, serene backwaters, historic places, architectural wonders, foodie’s paradise? What’s your calling? This is a chance to explore your partner’s likes and dislikes and find common grounds. Picking a theme will not only help in narrowing down the destination options but will also ensure that you both find the place enjoyable. Why go to Rajasthan or Egypt if you both are not history enthusiasts? Or Singapore or Dubai if you seek laidback days on pristine beaches?
Going beyond usual themes such as mountains and beaches, here are some global options for unusual themes:
For foodie couples
For history buffs
For architecture lovers
- Hong Kong
6: Read up about the place, follow related news
Once the wedding date is finalised, do your research well and pick a place that suits your plans best and is politically stable. Follow news related to the destination and avoid any country or place that is in or could go into any form of unrest.
7: Consider season and situation
You and your partner could be a tropical paradise loving couple, but if the weather is too hot you might end up with a sunburn instead of a tan. Think Goa or Dubai in peak summers. Similarly, winter weddings could be ideal in a hot country such as India, but that’s also the time when many popular honeymoon destinations around the world go off-season and shut down tourism-related operations. Thank god for the vast and diverse country that India is. Extreme seasons of North India and all through the year seasons of South India make sure that you always have some honeymoon destination options close to home.
- Shimla for Victorian architecture
- Ladakh for Himalayan adventure
- Rishikesh for adventure lovers
- Darjeeling for a storybook experience
- Munnar for picturesque tea estates
- Gulmarg for a beautiful white winter
- Goa for its old-world charm
- Kerala for its pristine backwaters
- Andaman Island for its mesmerising beaches
- Rajasthan for a royal experience
8: Read what other honeymooners say about the place
Since a honeymoon is not like your other travel plans, you might want to know what other honeymooners feel about the place you plan to visit with your life partner. It might give you an insight into what to expect as a newly-married couple there. It might also give you ideas and experiences to include in your itinerary that may have not found a spot in regular travel blogs and articles about the place.
So, there you have it. Take these tips and use them to have the best honeymoon ever.