When it comes to planning your wedding, there is no doubt that the groom gets off lightly. With no cakes, dresses, flowers or chair covers to consider organising the perfect honeymoon is traditionally the groom’s main responsibility.
More often than not the honeymoon is a surprise for the bride, which only adds to the pressure to make sure it lives up to expectations. With inevitable exhaustion following the build-up to the wedding and the emotion of the Big Day it is vital to get the right mix of relaxation, romance and adventure on your honeymoon for the perfect start to your married lives.
To ensure honeymoon harmony, here are 10 practical considerations when planning this once-in-a-lifetime trip:
1. Be different – Two weeks in the Costa del Sol isn’t going to win you many brownie points, this occasion warrants a little more creativity.
2. Currency exchanges rates – In these unprecedented financial times it is extremely important to choose a destination where your spending money doesn’t add up to more than your holiday. Exchanging GBP, USD or EURO to South African Rand will provide you with more than enough spending money at a fraction of the cost compared to other countries.
3. Time difference – Weddings are exhausting and jet lag can be harsh – choose a destination without a huge time difference.
4. Flights – More often than not a honeymoon requires some long haul; if possible choose a destination with overnight flights – you can sleep on the plane and this gives you more time, at less cost, at your destination.
5. Climate – Unless you plan to ski you will usually want blue skies and warm sunshine on your honeymoon; this can severely limit your choices depending on the time of year you travel.
6. His & Hers activities – It can be hard to find the right mix of relaxation, romance, activities and adventure in one place. Quite often combining two locations in a twin-centre honeymoon is the perfect option.
7. Passports & Visas – Remember to check out the passport and visa information carefully. Some destinations require a certain number of blank pages in your passport. Also, it is usually much easier for the bride to travel on her maiden name as getting passports changed before you go can add unnecessary stress.
8. Financial Protection – Now, more so than ever, we hear of more airlines and travel operators going bust. It is vitally important to book from a reputable operator with 100% financial protection.
9. Travel Insurance – Travel insurance is not just for accidents that happen while on holiday, the right insurance can protect you from airline failure and unexpected holiday cancellations. Buy your insurance at the time of booking.
10. Travel Specialists – Avoid the glossy brochures and speak to a specialist that can provide complete peace-of-mind and creates a unique honeymoon fitted to your personal specifications. A true specialist will have personally visited the hotels and locations they are offering; they also have preferential rates so will be more competitive than booking direct. Booking with a specialist saves you time and money and a guarantee that your honeymoon experience lives up to your dreams.