In the months leading up to your wedding, a lot of planning will revolve around the big day. However, your honeymoon is just as important. The honeymoon is more than just your first vacation as husband and wife. It is a time to unwind and enjoy each other’s company, and to create those first few memories as a couple. But just like your wedding day, there are logistics required to make the honeymoon a reality. Follow these steps for planning your trip with ease.
Determine your vacation budget
If you received monetary wedding gifts, resist the urge to spend a huge chunk of this on your honeymoon. You do not want to start your marriage broke! Decide together on a working budget that is within your means. Don’t feel obligated to go on an all-out European trip if your vacation fund can’t accommodate this. There are several beautiful sites within the Philippines that you may want to consider.
Decide on the destination
Would you rather spend a lazy weekend at a quiet beach, go museum hopping at a cosmopolitan city, or go sightseeing in a national reserve. Make a list of all the activities you want to do, as this will help narrow down destination choices. It is certainly possible to mix up different activities. For example, if you choose to go to Thailand, start off with shopping in Bangkok followed by a week at Phuket’s Patong Beach. Or soak up the culture of Baguio through an art and food trip, followed by a visit to Benguet to climb the infamous Mt. Pulag. Feel free to DIY your trip itinerary or seek advice from a travel agent, who can help you save with a packaged tour.
Work out the logistics
Set a date for your vacation then purchase tickets. The earlier you buy them, the cheaper they will be. You may want to consider scheduling your trip during the off season to further save on expenses. If a visa is required, apply for this in advance. You do not want to be rushing to get a visa while in the thick of last-minute wedding preps. Take note that some countries require vaccinations. Even if they don’t, consider getting travel insurance. Don’t overlook your passport either. Make sure it will not have expired come honeymoon time. Finally, book your accommodations. Consult websites like Expedia or Tripadvisor for rates and user reviews, or consider AirBnB as an alternative to hotels.
As you get closer to your honeymoon, re-evaluate your travel checklist, go through your itinerary, and make sure all required documents are complete. Finally, shop for any items you might still need, whether it’s a nice new swimsuit for that island sojourn or a new set of lightweight luggage. Pack as early as a week prior to departure, then sit back, relax, and get your selves psyched for the fun times that lie ahead.
Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.
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