With so many beautiful and intriguing places in the world it can be hard choosing the perfect destination for the honeymoon of your dreams. While far off lands and exotic locales are tempting, they might not be the best scenario for you and your spouse to be. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your honeymoon destination.
How to Pick your Honeymoon Destination
Although you’re about to unite in matrimony, your ideas of the perfect honeymoon might be wildly different. When choosing your destination, it’s all about compromise, after all that is what marriage is all about. Rather than booking flights for a surprise getaway, consider the aspirations and expectations of your spouse to be. Pick a location that suits both your vacationing desires. If he is more active and you like lounging poolside, choose a place where you can do both. If she loves history and you love adventure, pick a historic town with extravagant excursions. And if one of you really has their heart set on a specific destination, make a pact that you’ll spend the first anniversary in a place of the others choosing.
While lounging around your entire vacation seems less honeymoon and more Sunday afternoon, it is important to pick a place where you’ll be able to relax. After the arduous task of planning a wedding and the stressful experience of seeing it through, you’ll need some much deserved R and R. Choose a honeymoon destination where you wouldn’t mind spending the day wrapped in your spouse’s arms. Whether lounging in a hammock on the terrace of your beachside suite, cuddled up next to a warm fireplace in the middle of the mountains, or simply sprawled out poolside, there are plenty of destinations where rest and relaxation are not only accessible but strongly encouraged.
3. TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Timing is always a good thing to keep in mind when planning any vacation, not just your honeymoon. Try to avoid dates when your honeymoon destination will be overcrowded with spring breakers or families running around with their kids. And while you’ll obviously want to steer clear of seasonal weather patterns, it’s also important to consider Holy Days and National Observances. You might find that things close down on certain days of the year, or on the flip side, you might find a festival or party that you’d be interested in attending. Whatever the case, a well thought out timeframe for your honeymoon is always a good idea.
4. MAKE IT ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Choose a place that doesn’t hold significance to either of your pasts. It is never a good idea to honeymoon in a city that might remind you of someone else. Choose a destination that is new to you both so that you can discover it together. Or if there is a significant place (in your relationship) that you have both been dying to return to, make that your honeymoon destination, but try and create new memories instead of repeating the old. Keep in mind that this is a once in a lifetime trip and while nostalgic memories of the past are great to hold on to, your honeymoon should be something that stands out from all the rest.
5. REDUCE TRAVEL TIME
Consider the travel time when choosing your honeymoon destination. No one wants to spend half their trip on flights and layovers, so if you are limited on time, pick a place a little closer to home or on the same continent at least. By picking a destination with shorter travel time, you’ll be able to spend more quality time actually enjoying your honeymoon and your chosen destination.