Your honeymoon will be one of the greatest adventures of your life. It completes the wedding and marks your first trip as newlyweds. Therefore, during your extensive wedding planning, do not forget to devote some planning time to organise your honeymoon. Here are five factors to consider when choosing your romantic destination.
The first thing to consider is the season, because the destination, price and climate of your honeymoon will all depend on this. To take this step, bear in mind that the high season for weddings runs from June to October, so, most of couples go on those dates, in addition to coinciding with many family vacations because schools are off for summer. So, if you go at this time, there will be a large number of tourists in your couple photos, many queues to visit certain places, and, above all, a spectacular rise in prices.
Bear in mind that not all places in the world share the same high or low seasons, so check your wedding dates against the part of the world you would like to visit – or look for cheaper destinations at the time of your wedding.
Traveling is an exciting adventure, but certain trips are not for everyone. If you are used to airplanes, hikes, special means of transport, different languages and different environments, we recommend that you avoid the typical honeymoons that only involve hammocks and the sea. For you, there is an extraordinary range of exotic places and unique experiences in famous and unknown places, depending on your level of adventure.
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But if you are flying abroad or further afield to new continents for the first time, be sure to choose a destination that will not involve a large shock to the system. You could have an incredible experience, but do try to inform yourself of the customs of the country or area in question. However, there is nothing like discovering a different world.
If you dream of a completely different and unique honeymoon, an experience you have never had and will always remember, then a safari will tick all of your requirements. Adventure, nature and romance will be guaranteed! An organization that could help you is Botswana Holidays. Based in Botswana, this company is made of expert consultants from many countries and organizes safaris both in and around Botswana, including Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique. They will create a tailor-made service according to your budget, your interests and the time of the year you wish to travel.
It goes without saying that your trip should be designed around how much time you will have. Because of the honeymoon myth, many couples try to cover a myriad of destinations, neglecting the purpose of the entire trip and leaving some places without properly visiting them. Do not go crazy. Design a trip that works well with the time available. Less is more.
What else should be considered with regards to timings? Well, the time of journeys and travelling between airports or destinations can take a while. So count the days of transfers as lost and plan everything from the day after the travelling days.
Many couples use what they have left of their holidays at work, and end up with a wonderful month available to travel the world, with destinations as far away as New Zealand, Chile or Vietnam in their itinerary. With that amount of time and a broad budget, the only thing that could limit you is your imagination. However, if you only have 10 or 15 days for the honeymoon, two or three close destinations would be more than enough.
Each country has many different wonders, cuisines, animals, climates and customs that make them unique. Therefore, it is advisable to study in depth all the cultural differences of your preferred destinations, because there is more to think about than just vaccines. If you visit Africa, South America or Asia, for example, find out about the food and weather, perhaps two of the main aspects to consider.
Countries like Jordan, the Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, for instance, are hot all year round. With this in mind, winter is a better option. Others like India and Nepal suffer from Monsoon season and it is better to visit them between November and March.
Some of these countries have a different gastronomy and have foods that we would never imagine being part of a menu. Therefore, it is worth having a prior knowledge to avoid surprises.
It is also vital to find out about the means of transport in the area, the languages, and the sociability of the people. First of all, respect the place you visit, try to adapt to their customs, enjoy it, and bring a bit of that land home to keep as a memory.
When you know what you want, it is time to choose a place that suits your budget. There are a multitude of packages that combine cities or countries and vary according to low or high budgets. With these, many couples can visit contrasting environments such as New York and Riviera Maya.
But if money is not a problem for you, you can travel the globe, and, with the help of travel agencies, organize an expedition with incredible options and unusual destinations. With knowledge of your destination you can adjust the itinerary to visit everything you are interested in.
The budget is one of the most important factors for both your destination and the agency that organises your honeymoon, so be clear on what your budget is from the start. You do not want to run out of money when you are on the other side of the world!
There are couples who decide to organise the honeymoon on their own. However, a problem might arise in a distant destination that will require support from professionals. Booking through a travel agency is always advisable.