Timing is everything - remember, the earlier you start planning your honeymoon, the better your chances are of finding the best deals. Planning a last minute vacation can be financially straining on you as this is when you'll experience price-hikes. You might also not be able to secure the holiday of your dreams if you leave your planning for the last minute.
Chat to your partner and decide how long after your wedding you'd like to depart for your honeymoon. Some couples prefer waiting a few months whereas others prefer leaving straight after their wedding day, but keep in mind that the actual wedding day can be exhausting. We suggest having at least one day of rest before heading on your holiday.
Most couples plan their honeymoons together to make sure that both "wish lists" are catered for. One person might be into a beach retreat, whereas the other would prefer a more active holiday - yet there is no reason why you can't cater for both.
There are plenty of islands like Madagascar where, by day, you can kayak in marine parks and, at night, walk through enchanted rainforests. Research thoroughly and ask for help by a travel specialist to help guide you to the best destination.
Your honeymoon is a special celebratory holiday and you certainly don't want to be counting your pennies along the way! If you're planning in advance, be sure to set up a honeymoon fund and use this money to enjoy the honeymoon of your dreams. There’s probably nothing worse than overlooking the turquoise waters in the Maldives and not being able to order that Strawberry Daiquiri!
Check and re-check that all your passports and legal documents are in order. Remember to have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport. When booking flights and accommodation, do so in your maiden name (not married name!).
Some destinations also require vaccinations - be sure to check with your travel specialist if this is required. Travel insurance is also very, very important, remember to make this a priority.
The length of your holiday depends entirely on you, and your budget, of course! You surely don’t want to travel to a destination that took 2 days to get to, only to turn around in 3 days and fly back home.
For those booking a longer stay, a two centre-trip can be a fabulous solution. Start in a bustling city and end the honeymoon with a beach destination so that you can experience the best of both worlds. In addition to this, some island destinations offer island hopping which gives you a brilliant variety if you'd prefer to move around and explore.
Be on the lookout for exclusive honeymoon deals and discounts. It always helps to speak to a travel specialist who’s been to a specific place and knows the most romantic villas, the best table at a restaurant or a secret beach location.
Be careful about online deals where you think you might get an amazing discount, but actually you are allocated a room overlooking the parking lot!
Many travel companies now offer a gift card option where friends and family can contribute to the honeymoon as part of the wedding gift. You might decide that you would love to experience the sunset dolphin cruise or learn to cook that Mozambiquan-prawn curry dish or have a couple’s massage. Your friends and family can pre-purchase that experience for you. It’s an incredible option if you don’t want another cutlery set!
Be present in the moment on your time away. Relax and have fun. Enjoy every minute of your dream holiday and capture those special moments. Limit your time on social media as you'll have enough time for posting your honeymoon snaps when you're back home...give each other the time you deserve!
Be sure to check the weather before departing on your honeymoon. For island destinations, pack soft linen outfits and summer dresses as well as a sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses! Always take something warm with you to easily throw on for flights and rain showers.
Now that you're all clued up on how to plan your island honeymoon, click HERE to view some exclusive island honeymoon packages. Let the planning begin!