9 Things to Avoid for Your Honeymoon
1. Spending Too Much Time Travelling
If you are taking off from the wedding, or very soon afterwards, for your honeymoon, you’re going to likely be met with a bit of post-wedding exhaustion. Try not to plan a honeymoon that requires a lot of intricate travel details to far away locations, especially if you only have a few days to spend once you get there. Instead, try planning more locally or at least only spend 1/2 day or less in the travelling each way.
2. Overscheduling During Your Stay
Maybe you’ve been on wedding planning overload, but don’t try to cram every activity and adventure into your honeymoon. Chances are you’ll want some down time to recover from the chaos of wedding time-tables. Look into what you and your new spouse might want to do, but avoid making solid plans until you actually arrive.
3. Taking the First Online Deal you Find
Yes – there are wonderful travel deals to be had online, but this isn’t a last-minute weekend getaway where you are taking the most crowded red eye flight available. Triple check the offerings and contact hotels directly to verify their amenities. Many guests have been surprised to arrive and find that the online description was very little like the actual accommodations.
4. Surprising Your New Spouse
Maybe when you celebrate your 10th wedding anniversary you will know enough about each other to pack the other’s bag. The honeymoon, however, is a time to learn even more about the other person and you don’t want to spend it realizing you forgot to pack his favorite sweatshirt and didn’t realize that he gets airsick so you left for the airport without any Dramamine.
5. Travelling as a Married Couple
Even though you may have taken his name during the ceremony, if you leave for the honeymoon before your legal paperwork is complete and your driver’s license still lists you with your maiden name you could run into challenges. Make sure that until all legal documents – passports, credit cards, driver’s licenses, etc. – match up with your reservations and other paperwork. You might be excited to introduce yourself as the new Mrs. Smith, but your passport might say otherwise.
6. Going as a Group
Don’t invite friends, decide to visit friends, or try to travel on a group tour for your honeymoon. You’ll probably soon realize that you were hoping for more alone time and those “friends” will probably be ready for a break from the happiest couple in the room who are still only talking about the wedding.
7. Travelling to an “Old Flame” Location
Even if it leaves only the backyard or the local grocery store, do not plan a honeymoon for a location you or your spouse already vacationed at with a former boyfriend or girlfriend.
8. Announcing on Social Media Your Every Move
For safety and security reasons alone, keep your honeymoon plans to yourselves. If you announce on social media that you are travelling for the week to beautiful Hawaii, everyone knows how long you will be gone, but also that your home could very well be stocked with some amazing, brand-new wedding gifts.
Even if your budget and your time only allow for one evening at a new restaurant or a romantic picnic in the park – do something to mark your honeymoon period. This is the only time when you will be newlyweds. It is not so much the adventure of the honeymoon destination as it is taking those extra moments to celebrate – just the two of you.