Honeymoons are some of our favorite Major Traveler trips to help plan! As if planning a wedding doesn’t involve enough decisions, top it off with honeymoon decisions! Odds are, you are both differently traveled. Maybe he traveled abroad in Europe and she spent summers in the Caribbean. Maybe neither of you have traveled internationally before and need to get some expert advice on what that is like. Just like bringing two families together with planning a wedding, you are bringing two backgrounds and two travel preferences together in planning a honeymoon. Of course, we think the best plan of action is to reach out to Major Traveler to help with your honeymoon decisions, but first, it’s helpful for you to do a little soul searching. We’ve also included our honeymoon planning timeline at the end of this page for your reference!
Everyone will tell you different things about planning your honeymoon. The most common theme that we heard from friends was REST. After a season of planning combined with a full wedding weekend, I can confirm that it is indeed nice to do absolutely nothing for a week.
Before getting to location, we need decide on your priorities. This is the most important step and crucial in getting the planning process started.
This is one of the biggest decisions clients have to make and one that will largely determine your destination. Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are home to some of the highest quality all-inclusive resorts. As you get deeper into the Caribbean islands, there are fewer big brand all-inclusives and more high end all-inclusives that come with a higher price. There are pros and cons to both options! We love a good all-inclusive resort that allows us to unwind and not think about price when ordering. We also love the elevated quality that can come from a unique non-all-inclusive resort. At the end of the day, this comes down to MANY factors (budget, destination, your specific preferences), but that’s why we’re here – to help you weigh the options!
Many of our honeymoon inquiries go like this – I’m a lay-on-the-beach person, he needs ample activities. It’s tough to navigate! Especially when you’re already having to make so many big decisions together in wedding planning. Another thing we’re here to help you navigate and ensure you’re asking each other the right questions! With my honeymoon specifically, I asked my husband to meet in the middle. I asked for 2 days on the beach and one day in the spa in return for 3 days packed with activities. In the end, we landed on 6 days on the beach because we were exhausted from the season, but it was a great way to give me peace of mind in that I would get rest and give him peace of mind in that he wouldn’t be bored. If you’re nervous about what to do when, fear not. We always include a guide of activities and restaurants so that you have one concise resource to go to when you and your new husband feel lost, bored or in need of some activity.
The timeframe – one of the biggest questions we get asked is “should we leave on Sunday or Monday after our wedding?”. This depends, again, on many factors. Are you getting married in your hometown or out of town (must factor in an extra hotel night for a Monday departure)? Are you early risers (must check those flight times, especially to the Caribbean, as many leave in the morning)? Are you planning to have an after-party (will you be out late and stressed about an early departure)? Do you have unlimited PTO or will you be stretched on your time off? All of these are good questions to ask when determining when to leave. The amount of days you stay is dependent on your destination and time off! If you’re heading to the Caribbean, we tend to recommend 5-7 days at one resort. If you want to take a longer honeymoon, it’s fun to split things up! Stay 4 nights at one resort and 5 nights at another resort to keep it exciting and give you the opportunity to see two different areas or sides of an island. If you’re traveling to Europe, Bora Bora, Asia, or the likes, you’ll want to think about 10-14 days to factor in travel time. Typically it takes a day or so to get across the world and you must allow time to get over jet lag!
What is the minimum you want to spend and what is the maximum you are willing to spend? Does your budget include flights? Does your budget include additional items for transportation, activities, food and drink? Do you want to spend your money on a nice resort in Mexico with a cheaper flight, or would you want to spend more on a flight for a further away destination and spend less on the resort experience? It’s helpful to decide on a range of minimum to maximum spend. This will help give you a standard as well as a limit for planning your honeymoon. We have price ranges for each destination and can always help you narrow down based on your budget range!
What is YOUR ideal honeymoon? Spend some time talking about this together! Make a list of destinations. Is this a one time only trip or will we take bigger anniversary trips together in the future? What do you envision in your travel future? Discussing these things can be really helpful to set expectations in your honeymoon!
Everyone travels differently. You will enjoy things in a different light from your friends. Your friends who just got married might have loved their honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort because it was their first time experiencing the all-inclusive magic and their first time out of the country! If you’re well-traveled and have been to a few different Caribbean islands before, you might have a different set of expectations.
This is our go-to, live-by honeymoon planning timeline. We’ve found it fits in with the rhythm of wedding planning and also helps you to secure the best rates and availability for your destination. If you’re ready to get to planning, reach out to us! We would love to help you on your way to becoming Major Travelers!