Banking and Communication
- Give your itinerary and telephone numbers to a family member or anyone else who might need to contact you in an emergency. Be sure to remind them that the information is for emergency use.
- Learn your bank’s ATM and credit card fee structures for international withdrawals and charges. The New York Times Travel section has great articles on the best strategy to minimize fees. Packing, How to Beat the Euro, and How to Get the Best Exchange Rate.
- Alert your credit card company and bank of where you are traveling, the duration, and if you are going to be charging a large amount. This will help prevent your credit card from being rejected due to automatic fraud deterrents.
- If you are traveling internationally and plan to call home, set-up a Skype account so your calls are inexpensive (or free). All you need is a Wi-Fi connection. The New York Times Travel section reviews some popular methods. Calling Home for Even Less and Staying in Touch Internationally, on the Cheap.
- Book your activities and adventures after arriving at your honeymoon destination-not before you leave. Often local tour operators will offer better rates.
- Don’t pack too many activities in your schedule so you have plenty of time to relax!
- Withdraw money at a well known and established local bank’s ATM.
- Contact hotel concierges to remind them that you are honeymooners and request suggestions for special tours or events. Many hotels enjoy pampering newlyweds with special attention.
- Pay with a credit card. Often you’ll get the lowest possible exchange rate, and you’ll be protected from unauthorized charges. Caveat: Some banks tack on conversion surcharges of up to 3% so check with your credit card company.
During the Honeymoon
- Take photos of the two of you enjoying the activities your guests purchased from your honeymoon registry so you can include a photo in your thank you card.
- Head off the beaten path. Ditch the “hot” touristy districts and seek out a small neighborhood for a more affordable (and often more authentic) dining experience.
- Beware of cover charges at restaurants. At some places in Italy, for example, a 15% service charge is automatically added to your check as soon as you sit down at a table.
- Visit small neighborhood markets instead of big, flashy shopping venues. That authentic tapestry or handmade jewelry will cost less, and you’ll have a more authentic local shopping experience.
- Keep a journal together so you ill remember all of the activities, romance, and funny moments during your trip. This will also help you write your honeymoon story when you return.
- Relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime vacation!