Plan early! Try to make your reservations at least 6 months in advance if possible. This can usually result in getting early booking discounts, with a better selection of room choices and also better flight connections.
- Name change nightmare. Planning to take your spouse’s name? Unless you’re taking a delayed honeymoon, you won’t be able to amend your passport, driver’s license, etc., until after you’ve returned from your honeymoon. Even though you’ll be anxious to start using your married name, it can be a real nightmare if you haven’t legally changed it yet. Instead, use your maiden name on visas, airline tickets, etc., so they match your name as it appears on your official documents.
- Cruise Booking Timing. Book early. There are two ways to get the best price on a cruise: book early or book at the very last minute. Both will save you money, but early bookers get the best choice of cabins for roughly the same “sale” price as late bookers-and avoid being disappointed because the ship or cabin choices are sold out. “Early” usually means four to eight months before the cruise. The savings generally are 25 to 50 percent off the published brochure price per person. Early booking also can result in better flight connections and rates.
- Credit & ATM cards. It is important to notify them about the trip timing and destinations in advance. If you don’t, unfamiliar spending patterns might cause them to suspect that the card is being used fraudulently and delay or block your approvals. They may also be able to offer some useful services that they can provide while you are on your trip.
- Protecting your health. If you have any food allergies, learn the names of those foods in the languages used in the countries you’ll be visiting. This way you’ll be better equipped to stay on the look out for them. Find out what types of diseases are common to the area you’ll be visiting and take actions to prevent your exposure to those diseases. Find out what types of vaccinations you will need to enter the country, there may also be medications you’ll need to take before, during and even after your trip. Get your vaccinations early in case you have a reaction and need some recovery time. You should consider a dental appointment if you haven’t had a check up in a while. Be careful what you eat and drink. Carry complete health information with you on your trip.
- Resort Accommodations. Choose the best room you can afford. We tend to try to book you into the best possible resort that would be within your budget, even it would be in a room without the best view. However, we find from feed-back from the staff at many resorts, that guests invariably try to upgrade after they see the better view or location choices.
- Cruise Cabin Choices. Get the best cabin you can afford. Some people say that it doesn’t matter what your cabin is like, since you’ll only dress and sleep there. Not so! If this is your honeymoon, you’ll want every detail to be perfect. Most cabins have small (single-person) showers, not bathtubs, so if you like to soak ask for a room with a tub. Most important, a nice cabin makes you more inclined to enjoy things like room service and sipping morning coffee in your PJs. The ultimate luxury: a private veranda so you can leave your sliding-glass doors open and fall asleep to the sounds of the sea.
- Budget. This will be a trip you will remember for the rest of your life! Splurge without over doing it. The memory of the Honeymoon will long outlast the memory of the expenditure. By considering either a cruise or an all-inclusive resort, budgeting can be easier since these choices include the majority of your expenses in their basic costs.
- Activities and Time Planning. Allow for de-stress time! Then consider the time to indulge in the activities available at your chosen destination. An important factor can be travel time! If you can only manage a few days, it would probably be better to select a destination close by. The longer the time available, travel time becomes less of a factor.
General packing tips:
- To avoid last-minute anxiety, make a thorough packing list before traveling.
- Avoid over-packing. Do not bring things just because they might come in handy.
- Pack mix-and-match clothes to help minimize baggage without sacrificing variety.
- Take things that dry quickly, like synthetic fabrics and lightweight cotton.
- Iron before packing and then roll – don’t fold – clothes. For bulky items like sweaters, stuff the rolled garment toward the foot of a pair of pantyhose – it makes a tight container that takes up less space. Leave dry-cleaned items in their plastic bags to help avoid wrinkles.
- Hang clothes immediately after check-in to prevent wrinkling. If clothes do wrinkle, hang them in the bathroom while taking a hot shower to steam them smooth.
- Consider bringing “disposable” clothing, such as older socks, underwear, T-shirts, and even old shoes. Before departing, donate them or throw them out to make room for souvenirs.
- Layering is a great way to make a wardrobe more versatile and accommodate changing weather.
- Place anything that could ruin clothes – such as liquid make-up, shampoo, and toothpaste – into a sealed plastic bag.
- Pack a small lint brush.
- Take along your eyeglass prescription in case you lose or break your glasses. Consider buying glasses that darken in the sun to eliminate the need for sunglasses.
- If you plan to take along items such as an electric razor or hair drier to a foreign country, check with your hotel to see if you’ll need an adapter.
- Even the lightest traveler should bring a day bag. A small backpack can hold your umbrella, camera, book, souvenirs, and whatever else you want to carry while you go exploring.
- A security pouch is essential. Worn concealed under clothing, it is the safest place to keep money, travelers’ checks, passport, and other valuables.
- Don’t forget a small “first aid kit” of bare necessities: aspirin, antibiotic cream, cotton swabs, ant diarrheal medicine, and cold medications.
- A small, inflatable pillow is indispensable for avoiding a sore neck on a long overnight flight or train ride.