You got married! Here is how to have an awesome honeymoon.

You did it. You are married! Congratulations. Now it’s time to start your married life off with the perfect honeymoon.

Did you know that a honeymoon has evolved from the typical beach getaway? Almost any locale in any part of the world can be the perfect spot for your honeymoon. With so many Instagram-worthy options, how do you know which honeymoon option is the best for you and yours? I am going to try and help you figure it out.

So, a perfect honeymoon means something different to every couple. To get started on the right track, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions. Be honest!

Question 1: What’s your dream honeymoon location? Where have you always wanted to go? Where does your mind go when you think of the perfect destination? If you are the kind of person that hates the sun, you should probably not consider a beach getaway. If you got married in the middle of the summer, and you want to go somewhere cold and exotic, you might need to wait until later in the year for the cold weather you love. If you don’t want to wait, did you know that the southern hemisphere has the opposite seasons that we do? When it’s hot here, it’s cold there! Also, I heard toilets flush the opposite direction too. So there’s that.

Question 2: What is your budget? There is a fantastic honeymoon for every budget. You definitely don’t want to start your marriage off with an extremely expensive honeymoon that is going to add a ton of financial stress. There are several ways to score some sweet honeymoon deals, or even get a honeymoon for free. Attending a bridal show like the Great Bridal Expo will put you in front of wedding professionals that offer incredible deals on their honeymoon getaways and some even offer contests to win free honeymoons! You can also use your bridal shower events as well as your wedding registry as a sort of “fundraiser” for your honeymoon. Don’t need all the stuff? Do you already have several mixers? Have people donate to your honeymoon cause!

Want to save even more money? Why not volunteer on your honeymoon? Yep, these days there are lots of couples who go on a honeymoon volunteering experience. You can go to wonderful, exotic locations and actually do some good. Want to plant trees? Teach kids English? Learn how to build houses out of the Earth? The options are limitless. On a plus side, this is a really good way to build a bond through shared “do-gooding” between you and your spouse.

Question 3: How long do you want your honeymoon to be? How much time can you take? Depending on the timing, especially with the vacation time you have left from work, certain destinations will be better than others. Only have a week or so? It’s probably better to stay within the country, or neighboring countries. You don’t want to spend 2-3 days of your 7 day vacation in an airport. Right?

If you are strapped for time, there is always the option of taking a “mini-moon”. A mini-moon would be a weekend road trip to a town or state near where you live. You can even pretend to be a tourist in your own city. Always wanted to go camping, hiking or check out that awesome restaurant nearby? Go do it!

Maybe you want to go on a honeymoon, but want to bring your friends. You can! This is called a “buddymoon”. You, your friends and family can split the costs of all expenses, and continue your wedding party anywhere you want to go!

 

 

At the end of the day, your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t let other people pressure you into doing anything you don’t want to do!

A honeymoon does not have to be an expensive, time consuming or over-the-top experience.

Be honest with yourself. Have a heart to heart with your spouse and make your dream honeymoon a reality! You’ve already had the dream wedding. Have the dream honeymoon!

Let me know where you decided to go or what you decided to do in the comments. I would love to read your stories.

Have fun!

~Sarah A.

 

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