So you’re done with wedding planning and it’s finally time to plan the honeymoon destination. If you thought this was going to be less stressful than the wedding planning, you might want to think again. It’s okay though because there are some things you should think about before you start planning.
What kind of atmosphere do you want?
The vibe you want to experience on your honeymoon is one of the biggest deciding factors when you are picking a location. For example, do you want a hustle and bustle vacation backpacking through Europe? Do you want to explore a new city and shop til you drop? Or, do you want a relaxing beach vacation? More than 74% of people say they prefer spending their vacations on the coast, making the beach the best for most travelers. You also have to think about whether you want a domestic honeymoon or an international one. For example, Florida has more than 100 million visitors every year, but you might want to travel to Japan instead.
How long do you want to go?
You must next determine how long you want your honeymoon to be. The average length of a honeymoon is eight days. You have to figure out if that much time off work and money is feasible for the two of you. It may not work and you need to take a shorter one, or you might be able to go for a whole month. You also want to make sure you keep realistic plans. A four-day getaway could easily turn into a six-day getaway if you don’t plan to see everything you want to see in the time you’re at your destination.
What season is your honeymoon taking place?
Another thing you want to consider is what time of year your honeymoon will be. this is important because weather conditions vary throughout the year in various places. For example, American ranks number two among countries with the most natural disasters, and hurricane season is a real thing. From May until October, Florida is at risk of being hit by a hurricane. You also have to remember that summer and winter exist at different times in different parts of the world.
What’s your budget?
Before you start picking out flights for that trip to Hawaii, you need to figure out how much you can afford. For example, if you’re budget is capped at $2,000, then a trip to Fiji won’t work for you. You need to make sure you’re planning within your means. Try to get creative to save money on your flights and hotels. You also can create a honeymoon registry and let your friends and family contribute to your funds.
What does your fiance what?
As excited as you are to plan your dream honeymoon, you should consider what your fiance wants too. After all, they will also be attending this vacation. Based on the way you answered the questions above, write down your top five dream destinations. Then, have your fiance do the same. If one destination appears on both lists, you have a winner. If you don’t have any of the same places on your lists, then you should go through them and pick the one you both would enjoy the most.
In the 1950s, the median age for marriage was 23 for men and 20 for women. That number jumped up to 27 for men and 26 for women in 2004. The trends for marriage has changed, and so have the trends for honeymoons. You get to pick your favorite destination for your first vacation as a married couple. Just make sure you consider the list above before making a final choice.