Following the huge effort you put into wedding prep, the honeymoon can seem like an afterthought. It may feel so far away that you don’t even need to worry about it.
Actually though, I think that the honeymoon is a crucial part of the entire experience. It’s likely going to be the biggest and most special trip you’ll ever go on with your favourite person.
Whilst that sounds like a lot of pressure to make things perfect, it’s all about ensuring you both have a great time, it doesn’t need to be absolutely planned to the final detail like the wedding. I mean, I love a good list and itinerary, but this is your opportunity to relax after months of planning!
Here’s how to make the most of your honeymoon.
Balance the relaxation with exploration
Some couples like to go traversing mountains on their honeymoon, others want to lounge by the pool. However, you want to ensure there’s a decent balance. When you’re looking to make it something you will remember for the rest of your lives, you might want to document it some way, perhaps by getting a honeymoon photographer, or planning a few events during your honeymoon so that you haven’t wasted it completely by the pool.
When we were in Thailand last year, we spent weeks exploring and trying to fit in as much as we could. However, we made sure we had a week or two at the end to literally just….be. Nothing planned except lying on the beach, reading books and choosing where to eat for dinner.
With all of the planning that you put in for the big day, you have absolutely earned the right to relax! Just make sure the balance is right.
Pick the right time
Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be right after the wedding. These days, some couples opt to go on a mini-moon which is a shorter trip, perhaps even a weekend away. This means that you can still plan a honeymoon for later on in the year or when your finances are back up to scratch when your wedding invoices are FINALLY paid off.
In addition, if you have a place in mind for your honeymoon, please do some research and make sure you’re going at the right time of year! There’s no point in planning a huge trip around SE Asia if it’s Monsoon Season. Google is your friend.
Not that you need to, but if you’d been dieting and putting in the gym work before the wedding, the honeymoon is an opportunity to let loose a little. Be brave and try all the local delicacies, no matter where you go. Additionally, let your hotel know ahead of time that it’s your honeymoon. You never know, they may upgrade you to a better room or give you a cheeky bottle of champagne. You won’t know if you don’t ask!
Most importantly, make sure that your honeymoon is about you and what makes the two of you happy. Don’t go for a two-week beach holiday to the Maldives if you know you’d prefer hiking up Kilimanjaro!
We’re in the early stages of planning our honeymoon and have a super long list of destinations we’d like to go to. I think we’re going to be lucky enough to be going on a mini-moon straight after the wedding, and then going on a longer trip later on which gives us some flexibility on where we choose.
Where are you going for your honeymoon?