Did you start dreaming of honeymoon destinations as soon as you got engaged? The romance and relaxation of this newlywed escape is something many of us have mapped out before the wedding plans are finalised! But there are still a few things to consider to ensure smooth sailing. Here are five of the most common honeymoon mistakes to avoid.
1. Travelling immediately after the wedding
Your honeymoon should start straight after the wedding, right? That’s certainly the tradition. But when you pair months of anticipation with an all-day event and many bottles of champagne, there’s only one thing you’re bound to feel like doing the next day (and it isn’t dealing with airport security).
Forget madly stuffing clothes into suitcases with that checkout time looming! Give yourself a break and book your post-wedding accommodation for a second night. This allows for a well-deserved sleep in and a relaxed catch up with family and friends before you head off.
2. Overlooking domestic honeymoon destinations
Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be an international flight away to be special! There are so many amazing destinations on our doorstep offering luxurious escapes for lovebirds without the transit time. If your focus is on spending quality time together, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience in any location you choose.
3. Cutting your honeymoon short
It’s tempting to splurge on all the trimmings in the name of romance, but where’s the fun in spending only a handful of days in that overwater bungalow you just crossed an ocean to get to? Choose a location you can afford to visit for at least a week to avoid feeling like your honeymoon is over before it’s begun! If a long-haul flight is involved, you’ll want at least two weeks to adjust to the time zone and enjoy your piece of paradise before returning home.
4. Planning a packed itinerary
We recommend planning an itinerary that allows plenty of time to bask in newlywed bliss, even if you’re the adventurous type. Plotting stops in new cities or countries every couple of days could have your honeymoon mistaken for The Amazing Race, and no one needs the added stress of those logistics after the wedding!
‘Boring’ is the last word anyone wants to associate with their honeymoon, so it’s all about choosing destinations where you can kick back and kick on. Even if you spend the entire holiday hidden away in your hotel room, at least you have the option to do as much or as little as you like.
5. Getting sick on your honeymoon
Post-wedding burnout is more common than you’d think! The best thing you can do to avoid falling ill during your honeymoon is to take care of yourself before the wedding. Good food, regular exercise and plenty of sleep in the lead up to the big day will reduce the risk of holiday sickness. Slowing down your travel plans will also allow recovery time if you need it.
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 a relief to know you won’t have to spend any precious honeymoon time at the doctor. Let’s book adventures, not appointments!