When was the last time that you and the man you love splurged on an all-out paradise of a vacation? Never? Well your honeymoon is the perfect excuse to indulge, and with so many possibilities for romance just waiting for a happy couple to take advantage of them, the only problem you should have is deciding where to go!
But let's not be hasty. The first step to an unforgettable honeymoon does not lie in choosing the destination, but rather choosing a travel agent. They have the inside connections on discount airfare, hotel accommodations, and car rentals, as well as knowledge about the best package deals and most romantic places to go.
When you and your fianc�e first visit a travel agent, you should have a definite agenda. Know how much you can afford to spend, what type of vacation you are after, and how long you want to be gone. If one of you wants a secluded island paradise, and the other thinks that a teeming metropolis would be the perfect honeymoon, ask your travel agent about places that might combine these qualities. Consider both opinions when making decisions -- after all, this vacation is the time for you to indulge in your own whims, as well as cater to your partner's.
Another good idea is to look at travel books and videos for ideas. Ask friends about favorite places they went on vacation, and read up on popular hot spots.
Your travel agent provides a valuable resource to help you choose the perfect vacation area to suit your style. There are so many areas to choose from, at home and abroad, that it helps to have a background knowledge of popular honeymoon spots.
Starting close to home, there are many bed-and-breakfast inns all over that provide charming accommodations in quaint surroundings, as well as delicious meals! These are perfect for the couple that is on a tighter budget, or can't afford to take a week off from work.
Some of the best honeymoon bargains can be found in parts of Mexico... In eastern Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains provide the quintessential romantic retreat, from miles of lakes, golf courses, ski runs, and trails to all the pampering luxuries of champagne breakfast in bed, a private sauna, sunken whirlpool bath, and heart-shaped pool. The Poconos also boast of an active night life, for those who care to venture from their room!
Further south we have the fun and affordable sights of Walt Disney World and Disneyland, both of which offer packages to suit any budget.
Hawaii is the perfect tropical retreat for the pair that doesn't want to fool around with passports. Many couples flock to the tranquil Kauai, with its rolling hills, lush gardens, and cascading waterfalls. Still others are attracted to the great tourist mecca, Honolulu, although anywhere touched by the warm temperatures and balmy breezes is a good bet.
Some of the best honeymoon bargains can be found in parts of Mexico: Cancun, Mexico City, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, to name a few. Each has its own personality and attraction, so check with your travel agent to see which might suit your idea of the perfect getaway.
Cruises are always popular for their relaxing atmosphere and great value. A cruise to the Caribbean or Bahamas includes all the meals and entertainment you could want, as well as stops in several islands.
Also popular for their economical value are all-inclusive resorts, such as those found in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Aruba, and the Caribbean.
Areas in France and Italy, such as Provence, Paris, and Rome, continue to be favorites of romantics everywhere. The English countryside and the Greek Isles are other spots of cultural and romantic interest. Couples who travel to Europe find it is more beneficial to remain in one city, rather than opt for the "seven countries in seven days" grand tour. This allows them to really experience the location, with all of its unique sights, sounds, and tastes. This option can also save you money, since renting an apartment for a week or two can take almost thirty percent off of the cost you would normally pay for a hotel.
With so many wonderful options to choose from, you and your fianc�e will no doubt hit upon the perfect destination, with a little help from your friendly travel agency. Still, there are a few other considerations you should make: Try to make your plane reservations for the afternoon after your reception instead of the morning... Try to make your plane reservations for the afternoon after your reception instead of the morning, to give yourselves time to sleep in and not worry about rushing to the airport.
Don't spend every minute together once you reach your destination. Time apart will give you different experiences to talk about, as well as keep you from getting on each other's nerves.
Plan your honeymoon together, and carefully consider both opinions before making a decision.
If you are having a hard time financing your honeymoon, or can't think of any other gifts you could use, you may want to open up a bridal registry at your travel agency. Family and friends can make donations to your fund in lieu of gifts, and thus give you the resources to plan your dream vacation.
With these suggestions in mind, you and your fianc�e are on your way to an unforgettable honeymoon! This is the time to indulge -- you will thank yourself after the wedding is over.