Did you start dreaming of potential honeymoon destinations as soon as you got engaged? The relaxation and romance of an exotic getaway is something many of us have mapped out before the wedding plans are finalised, but there are still a few things to keep in mind to ensure smooth sailing on that Greek islands cruise. Here are five honeymoon mistakes to avoid!
1. Travelling the day after the wedding
Your honeymoon should start immediately after the wedding, right? That’s certainly the tradition, but when you pair months of anticipation with a 14-hour 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. Dismissing destinations closer to home
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.
3. Cutting your holiday time 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 amazing 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. Trying to cram too many things in
Come up with an itinerary that allows plenty of time to bask in newlywed bliss. If your initial plan is to visit a new city or country every couple of days, it might be a good idea to review your 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 some activities. 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. Falling ill on arrival
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. Eating, sleeping and exercising well in the lead up to the day reduces the risk of holiday sickness. Building some flexibility into your travel plans will also allow time for recovery if you need it.
It’s also a good idea to pack a medical kit that will help cure the most common holiday ailments, from sunburn to blisters and 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!