You’ve just came under the stressful load of planning the perfect wedding, and there’s a new challenge ahead – the honeymoon trip. Although everything looks amazing and perfectly simpleon brochures, unless you do your homework or let a travel agency do everything, you may find yourself on a honeymoon from hell. The key here is to plan ahead and reduce travel-related stress to a minimum, but also to choose a romantic destination and avoid crowded tourist colonies.
Pick the right destination
Although for many newly-wed couples, the ideal honeymoon is nothing short of basking in the sun on a remote white sandy beach, not all people would agree. Since the whole idea of marriage and sharing is making compromises, make sure you both listen to each other’s wishes. If your ideas are totally different, find a third option that has the best of both worlds. Andalucía, Turks & Caicos, the Seychelles, and Morocco’s capital Marrakesh are some of ideas that pop up as fabulous destinations, but if you’re prepared to travel overseas, Australia is the choice that definitely meets any and all expectations. With vast cultural heritage and astounding landscape from Pacific to alpine, choosing Down Under for a honeymoon trip doesn’t seem like a compromise at all – it’s a runaway hit.
Have a plan B
Of course, it’s one thing to daydream and make bedroom plans, and another to face real options. If travelling 10 time zones away is currently not an option, you both need to consider more affordable alternatives – which again don’t have to look a consolation prize at all. If’ it’s sun-bathed beach you’re looking for, it doesn’t have to be Coogee or the Gold Coast. Portugal, Croatia and Zanzibar can be as beautiful as they are exciting. Try to find offers that will make you active and adventurous. There’s nothing wrong with a lux suite and honeymoon bed with rose petals, but you both deserve much more from the trip.
Don’t stress over packing
It just isn’t worth it. Especially if you’re travelling by air, excess luggage can add a lot to the total fee, so you need to pack light. If you need to bring a delicate item back from your trip, a new pair of shoes will provide a lightweight box. You can also look up businesses which trade in sturdy packaging, like this one specializing in custom cake boxes in Sydney. Much sturdier than regular cardboard boxes, these containers won’t add much to your total luggage weight.
Take every advantage
Feel free to declare your status as newlyweds, whether you’re talking to a travel agent, or a hotel desk manager. Many of them have great discounts, offers and benefits for newlywed couples. Not to mention compliment treats or spa services on the house. Once you’ve decided on the destination, dial up some travel agencies. It’s possible they already have what you want in their offer, which saves you much time and stress. It goes without saying that you’ll have more success if you start looking early.
Unlike any other trip, a honeymoon needs to be an experience of a lifetime. Apart from choosing the perfect destination that meets all your wishes, the key is to explore all the options that travel agencies and carriers offer to newlyweds. Staging the entire journey early on leaves very little room for stress when you say goodbye and head for the airport.
This blog post is contributed by Amelia Atkins
About the author: Amelia Atkins
Amelia Atkins is an author at Smooth Decorator and a fresh architecture student. The love for architecture, design and traveling runs in her family and she knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. You can often find her with a notepad in hand, just looking at the clouds, dreaming about the next skyscraper.