A Trip to Remember: Tips for an Unforgettable Honeymoon
Once upon a time, honeymoons held a very different meaning than they do today. In fact, in the beginning honeymoons occurred during the period of time a man and his wife went into hiding – after he had kidnapped her from a neighboring village.
Thankfully, today honeymoons are typically a mutually agreed upon and enjoyed vacation. They can provide the setting and time for a couple to reconnect, after the chaos and stress that typically accompanies wedding planning. Whether you exchanged your promises of forever in front of a large or small crowd, the anxiety tends to build up in the days and months preceding the big event. Having a getaway planned shortly thereafter can provide husband and wife with the opportunity to create some memories as a newly married couple, getting away from all the rest (even if just briefly) as they start their new lives together.
There are a lot of ways to make your honeymoon special. Start by picking a location that neither of you have ever been to before. You can do this even while taking budget concerns into consideration. Fiji is always nice, but heading a few hours north with a tent and some sleeping bags can be exciting too if you are doing it together. Set your sights on destinations new to both of you, allowing for the opportunity to explore and discover foreign locales together. Hit up your friends and family for recommendations, and turn to your social network for tips on hotel deals and restaurants you shouldn’t miss. No matter where you go, the goal is simply to have fun making this new place something special to you both.
Allocate some time for exploration and relaxation while you are away. Take into account the hobbies you each typically enjoy, and try to incorporate them if you can. If you have a history of hiking together, find local trails the guidebooks say you won’t want to miss. If dining out is more your thing, plan a restaurant tour and commit to checking out local favorites while also searching for some hidden gems. Allow yourself to sleep in too. Snuggle up in bed and enjoy those days when you don’t have to adhere to alarm clocks and other plans. In fact, spend whole 24 hour periods in bed if you want to. Not every day of course – you still want to make those other memories outside as well – but at least a few. There is always something to be said for those honeymoon bedroom memories!
Don’t be afraid to brag while you are traveling either. Letting the hotel concierge and waiters know that you are on your honeymoon could mean extra upgrades and special attention. There are only a few times in life when you can take advantage of such VIP treatment, so enjoy it now while it lasts! People love love, and by doing a little bragging – you are just giving them the opportunity to bask in the glow of your happiness for a bit. Share your story, and don’t be shy about accepting the kindness of others in return!
Even if you can’t get away immediately following your nuptials, don’t be distressed. Make an attempt to plan something, no matter how far down the line it needs to be. Having a trip on the books can give you something to look forward to. It may even help you eradicate the slump which could follow the excited buildup to your wedding day. Keep your eye on the prize and enjoy having another big event ahead of you – there are still plenty of memories to be made.