In a recent survey of 7,000 Australians by lastminute.com.au, only one third of women and less than half of men said their honeymoon was their best holiday ever with their partner! Find out the reasons behind the stats and read our tips to ensure your honeymoon is memorable for all the right reasons.
You’re meant to depart for your honeymoon the morning after the wedding, right? Well, that’s certainly the tradition, but when you pair weeks of anticipation with a 14-hour event and plenty of champagne, there’s only one thing you’re bound to feel like doing the following day (it isn’t dealing with airport security…).
A great way to avoid feeling rushed is to give yourself some extra time between your wedding and holiday. Booking your post-reception accommodation for a second night means a well-deserved sleep in! It also allows for some relaxed time with family and friends before jetting off.
Also, try to organise an itinerary that leaves plenty of time for you and your partner to enjoy each other’s company without worrying about the clock. If you’re planning on visiting a new city (or country) every two days, it might be a good idea to review the schedule and spend more time in fewer locations so your honeymoon isn’t mistaken for The Amazing Race!
… Just don’t plan so little that you end up feeling like there’s nothing to do. “Boring” is the last word anyone wants to associate with their honeymoon so find a happy medium with a destination that offers relaxation and plenty of activities. Even if you spend the entire holiday hidden away in your hotel room or bungalow, at least you have the option of doing as much or as little as you like!
It’s tempting to splurge on a luxurious 5-star getaway all in the name of romance, but where’s the fun in spending only three days in that amazing $2,000 per night overwater bungalow? Avoid feeling like your honeymoon is over before it begins by choosing a location you can afford to visit for at least a week. If a long-haul flight is involved, ten days to two weeks will give you and your partner enough time to adjust to the time zone and soak up the experience before returning home.
Post wedding illness is more common than we think. The best thing you can do to avoid falling ill during your honeymoon is to take care of yourself before the wedding! If you eat, sleep and exercise well prior to the day, you reduce the risk of post wedding burnout which can lead to holiday sickness. Building some flexibility into your itinerary will also allow time not only for relaxation but recovery if you need it.
Finally, it’s a good idea to pack a medical kit that will help cure the most common holiday ailments, from sunburn to blisters to upset stomachs. Even if you don’t end up needing any of it, it’s great knowing that you won’t have to spend any precious honeymoon time at the local chemist or doctor!
It all comes down to looking after yourselves and not setting too many expectations for your holiday. If your focus is on spending quality time with your partner and taking everything as it comes, you’ll have a fabulous time. Happy travelling!