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What Should We Do For Our Honeymoon?

Posted by JenW On August - 25 - 2010

When you are planning your wedding, you want everything to be just right. The same principle should apply to planning your honeymoon as well. There are many factors to consider in order to insure that you get exactly what you expect from the most romantic vacation you will ever take!

EXPECTATIONS

First and most important, you will want to discuss with your bride or groom exactly what they are hoping for when it comes to the honeymoon. Where do you want to go? How much money do you wish to spend? How long should you go away for? These are just a few questions to consider when discussing the type of vacation experience you both want which will be very important when deciding what to do for your honeymoon.

CRUISE VS. ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT

As a seasoned travel agent specializing in romantic vacations, I find these are common choices for most newlyweds. If you are the type of people who are looking for a different port of call each day with an exciting agenda and lots of activities, then a cruise is probably the best choice for you. If you prefer to just relax and have a more secluded honeymoon, then choosing an all-inclusive resort would suit your needs best.

If pricing is an issue when you are deciding, the major differences between land travel and a cruise can be broken down this way:

CRUISE:

  • Better choice of accommodations (for example, cabin choice can be inside, ocean view, balcony or suite)
  • Fine dining included in price of cruise (except for a few specialty restaurants on board most ships which will charge a small fee)
  • Multiple ports of call on a luxurious ‘hotel at sea’ with numerous activities on-board and off the ship
  • More room for travel agent incentives to enhance your experience
  • With a choice of many home ports, airline travel is not necessary and therefore may provide a better value than a land-based vacation

ALL-INCLUSIVE:

  • Usually located throughout the Caribbean and Mexico
  • Will require air travel to reach destination
  • Includes alcohol and non-power activities at most resorts
  • Provides a more laid back vacation for those looking to relax and unwind
  • Use of a travel agent can lead to added discounts and special amenities
  • Because of the great variety of resorts, there is something for every budget

NEW AND EXCITING HONEYMOON TRENDS

Studies show that couples will spend two to three times more on a honeymoon compared to any other vacation. With this being so common, the demand for different types of travel has become very popular.

For example, many weddings are being designed around unique “themes” which is something that is usually carried over to the honeymoon celebration. Exotic themed weddings can lead to an exciting African safari honeymoon or renting a private villa on a quiet tropical island. “Green” weddings have also become very popular and many travel destinations have been designed to accommodate environmentally-conscious travelers. Foodies, sports nuts and wine lovers can also enjoy an individually tailored honeymoon to meet their various needs. Your travel agent can plan the perfect themed vacation to complement your entire wedding!

AVOID STRESS!

No doubt, planning your wedding can been somewhat stressful even in the best conditions. You are going to be looking forward to a nice respite to recharge your batteries. Plan ahead and take advantage of the services of an experienced travel agent who will guide you and give you exactly what you want.

Try not to pack too many activities into any given day when on your honeymoon. Again, good advanced planning and getting the vacation you both want will avoid having the feeling that you need another vacation after your honeymoon! This may mean you must be less micro-managing and more spontaneous with your daily activities so you can enjoy yourself and not feel burnt out.

Don’t feel like you have to jump right into a honeymoon as soon as your wedding is over. Give yourself a day or two after the ceremony and reception before you leave for your honeymoon. Many people even opt to wait and use gift money received at their wedding to find a great last minute deal or be able to afford the luxury of being away longer. Just remember – TAKE A HONEYMOON! Don’t put it off indefinitely because you will always regret it if you don’t!

TRUST YOUR TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL

We are in the business of giving people the best vacation that is perfectly suited for all their needs. We are your best friends, especially when you are dealing with the pressure of planning a wedding!

Be honest and trust your agent – the more information you can provide, the better. I usually conduct a little ‘interview’ for my honeymoon-bound couples, just to get a good feel for exactly what they want. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to plan a dream vacation for two lovebirds starting their life together!

There are many important things to consider and likewise there will be many questions. Feel free to contact me at any time with your concerns and I will be happy to assist you. If you know exactly what you want, you may fill out a cruise quote or simply email me your dates and information and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

One Response to “What Should We Do For Our Honeymoon?”

  1. It seems that, when thinking of honeymoon locations, so many people just automatically think of all inclusive resorts in some tropical location. And, this is definitely nice.

    But, my wife and I found that honeymooning in Europe, while not as laid back and care free was tremendously romantic, and is where I would recommend honeymooners to go. Top of the list Paris.

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