couples planning a honeymoon

So its just like planning any other holiday - right?...wrong! This is your honeymoon and, no doubt, you want it to be the most enjoyable, romantic, pleasurable and quite simply perfect holiday. Sounds daunting doesn’t it. But it doesn’t have to be, you just need a little some advice to set your honeymoon plans off on the right foot.

Here are 14 fail-proof ways to have a sensational honeymoon.

1. Same Wavelength

You both need to be on the same wavelength when it comes to the destination of your first holiday as husband and wife - didn't somone say somewhere that marriage was all about making small compromises!

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be the typical week on a tropical island; unless sipping cocktails from coconuts and having your feet massaged in the sun is your cup of tea of course; honeymoons today are so much more.

Why not safari in the African wilderness, discover the hidden laneways of Prague, cruise the Mediterranean, even trek the Antarctic or plan your very own combination! 

2. Wish List

Write down everything you want to do, see, experience or encounter. Everything from breakfast in bed every day to climbing an active volcano to sipping a Singapore Sling at sunset! When you have a description of your ideal destination – just match it with your holiday!

3. Budget

Decide on a budget. You don’t need to break down how you want to spend the money just yet. Have a firm idea of just how much you want to spend.

4. Use A Tavel Agent

If spending hours pouring over travel brochures, atlases and Lonely Planet books doesn’t sound appealing right now find a friendly, competent travel consultant to assist you.

A good travel consultant will have in-depth knowledge about everything you need to know on planning your dream honeymoon and will ensure you don’t forget any of the little details.

5. Be The Travel Agent

If a travel agent isn’t your speed, and you have the time to plan your honeymoon on your own then the most important thing to remember is you need to cover all bases! Get as many brochures, testimonials, destination guides and suggestions from friends before you book anything.

6. Quick And Easy Access

If you are the type of person who would prefer a single flight and a quick cab ride – don’t choose a destination that requires four legs, three transfers and a boat ride!

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7. Timing

Choose a honeymoon destination that will meet all your expectations at the time of year you want to go.

8. Itinerary

Next, you need to plan a basic itinerary – what do you want to do, see and experience while you are on your honeymoon.

9. Accommodation Expectations

Once you have a simple plan, you can select your accommodation! You will need to decide just how important your accommodation really is. Do you want to be pampered and indulged in pure luxury or is this just somewhere to lay your head at the end of a busy day sight-seeing?

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10. Read The Fine Print

Read the details and fine print of all tours, flights, car hire and accommodation to ensure you are making the most informed choice.

11. Time It Right

You don't need to shoot off on your honeymoon straight after your wedding if it doesn't suit you to.

These days most couples choose to leave a little later after the wedding day, to allow time to refocus and come back to reality after the incredible high of the wedding. Kate and Prince William decided to hold off on their honeymoon for similar reasons we are sure and to make an unexpected getaway to throw of the prying eyes of press.

12. Book

Finalise your destination details and chose who you're going to book through. It's now time to book.

Always give yourself plenty of time to do this, whether you're booking everything over the phone, online or in person with an agent - lots of details need to be swapped and checked. The last thing you want on your honeymoon is to arrive at the airport and realise the tickets you have will take you to the Paris Creek South Australia instead of Paris France, believe me it's happened to one frazzled bride.

Wedding Tip :

Tell everyone you are on your honeymoon, some companies offer upgrades or honeymoon packages for you to take advantage of.

13. Confirmation In Writing

Make sure you have a written confirmation of everything and take the name of the person you book with so you can ask to speak to them if you need to go back with any questions.

14. Proof Of Booking

take all booking details with you on your honeymoon particularly if you are staying in a number of different places as proof of booking and payment or deposit.

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