Planning your Honeymoon

Get Ready for Your Post-Wedding Getaway!

Although the big day may be over your wedding memories don't end there. Your honeymoon is the perfect cap to your wedding. It allows you to relax and have fun for the first time as a married couple. Many couples greatly value the solitude of a honeymoon following the excitement and hectic pace of planning the wedding.

You should start planning your honeymoon early. The further in advance you plan the greater your options. Keep a notebook when planning your honeymoon - just like planning a wedding there are a lot of details to keep track of. If you're organized feel free to plan your honeymoon yourself. If you feel you need help hire a travel agent - they're paid to take care of all those little details.

First decide the type of honeymoon you want. Does your dream honeymoon involve relaxing on the beach in the Caribbean? Or maybe you'd like to go site seeing in Europe. A secluded ski chalet provides plenty of romantic alone time, while a trip to Disney World satisfies the kid in you. Explore your options. Ask family and friends for suggestions. Look at travel magazines and watch TV travel programs. Search the web or go to a travel agency for some preliminary research. Once you have a few ideas start researching those destinations extensively. What's the weather like? Is there a lot to see and do? Are there plenty of restaurants and shopping? Does the area have a problem with crime? Will language be a consideration? Will you be visiting during the busy tourist season? Are there any all-inclusive honeymoon packages available? Evaluate the pros and cons of each destination. Decide what factors are "must haves" and which are the ones you can let go.

Narrow your choices down to two or three destinations. Compare the costs associated with each destination with your wedding budget. Which destination allows you to stretch your dollar the most? There's no point in going somewhere if you can barely afford it. You should have enough money to go to some restaurants, enjoy activities and do some shopping. You want your honeymoon to be fun and memorable - after all this is your first trip as a married couple.

Once you've selected your final honeymoon destination, you'll need to book it. This can be done through a travel agent or using the Internet. The benefit of using a travel agent is you're entrusting your honeymoon in the hands of a professional. Your travel agent can make recommendations for fabulous hotels, the best times to fly, transfers and local attractions. They can also provide information about the area so you'll know what to expect and give you a detailed list of shots, drugs or visas required for your honeymoon destination. Booking your honeymoon online can save you lots of money, especially if you're willing anywhere, anytime. While some online travel services are well known and reputable, others are not. As a word of advice, be cautious when booking your honeymoon online. Always read the fine print and know your rights.

Wherever you go, consider getting travel insurance. This type of insurance will protect you against the unexpected, including missed flights, lost reservations, Hurricanes, or illnesses. Some types of travel insurance will also cover the cost of replacing lost luggage and its contents. Insurance prices vary and some exclude pre-existing conditions so shop around.

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