Are you planning a fun getaway for your honeymoon? Each year about 1.4 million newlyweds in the U.S travel for their honeymoon. While this time will bring some of the happiest memories, there are a few things you need to prepare to ensure that you travel smart. Here are five important areas to consider as you plan for your honeymoon to ensure that you travel smart and enjoy your vacation.
Aside from deciding on the location, transportation is one of the number one things to consider when planning your honeymoon. Here are a few things to consider when making decisions regarding transportation:
- Figure out what the best transportation service is for you. If you’re staying in your home country, rent a car or travel by train. If you’re traveling internationally, air travel or even cruise ship may be the best option.
- If you get a rental car, check your car for serious dents before you leave the lot. Agencies are cracking down on the condition a car comes back in and you don’t want to be held accountable for damage to auto parts auto parts caused by someone else.
- Travel smart and buy travel insurance. It will protect you in case you need to cancel your flight, lose your blags, have travel delays, and many other things.
- If you rely on programs like google maps for getting around, download navigation maps for offline use. You don’t want to get stuck somewhere and not know how to get back to your hotel or lodging.
- While many people rely on Uber and Lyft to get around, the area you are visiting may not offer such services. Travel smart by using public transportation to not only save money but also learn more about the area.
- Be careful purchasing tickets with small airline companies, especially if you book the ticket in advance. Sometimes small airlines go out of business and it can cause a hassle for you being reimbursed and purchasing new tickets in time.
- While a hotel concierge may seem like a helpful source, be careful, they may be receiving commission for recommending certain taxi companies even if they aren’t the most cost-efficient.
- The easiest and cheapest mode of transportation is always walking. Don’t rule it out as a way to get around, it will also allow you to see the place you are visiting in a whole new way!
While some people are gifted a honeymoon as a wedding present, not everyone is that lucky. A big trip can start to become very expensive if you don’t know the ways you can save. Here are a few ideas for how to save yourself money in all areas of travel:
- The first thing you should do regarding funds for your trip is to create a budget. Having a travel budget will help you to stick to a specific amount for any given area and avoid overspending. It could also help you get an idea of how much you should be saving for your trip after you’ve done some research.
- The best day of the week to buy airline tickets is Tuesday. This is typically when airlines give serious discounts to compete with low-cost companies.
- Travel smart by using metasearch sites like Kayak or Expedia to compare different times and prices all in one area. This will give you an idea of what times and what airlines will have the best fares.
- Always check the actual airline site for ticket prices. You can often spend a little less when buying directly through them.
- If you can, choose to travel during the shoulder seasons. Travel, lodging, and even activities will all be less expensive during this time.
- Packing light enough to just bring you a carry on could save you quite a bit. Checking bags, depending on the airline, can be quite expensive.
- Consider using a travel agent to plan your itinerary. They often have ideas for how to save money in certain areas and know the best places to visit and where to spend your time.
- When traveling internationally, travel smart and don’t change money at an airport. Exchange rates are usually much higher in airports than outside.
- Travel with more than one credit card or type of money. If you get pickpocketed or lose your card, you don’t want to be without funds.
- Before you travel, make sure that your cards are no-fee cards. If you are charged a foreign transaction fee every time you use your card the total will add up by the end of your trip.
Whether you’re taking a trip far away or will be staying near home, smart travel requires considering how to be safe. Think about these tips when planning how to be safe on your trip:
- Travel smart by letting someone at home know about your travel plans and check-in periodically so they know you’re safe.
- If you’re traveling somewhere where they speak another language, learn a few key phrases in that language. You’ll want to be able to ask how to get somewhere in case you get lost, or even just how to say “hi”, “please” and “thank you” to be respectful and friendly towards the residents.
- Travel insurance can also help with medical care and it’s cheaper than paying for healthcare abroad. If you travel without travel insurance and a medical incident occurs, you will have to cover all medical costs. Don’t take the risk, pay the extra few dollars for the travel insurance.
- While free WIFI may be tempting, remember that many hackers can easily steal your info or credit card number there. Error towards safety by using password-protected WIFI networks.
- While free WIFI might be dangerous, having a WIFI connection is important to many. Look into bringing a mobile WIFI hotspot so you can have a secure network to connect to while you’re out.
- Protect your devices and important documents from water damage by purchasing cases or protective covers before you travel. If you plan on being at a beach or participating in water sports and want to take pictures, a water protective phone or camera case is a must.
- Travel smart by keeping some emergency cash somewhere safe, whether in your sock or in your hotel room in a safe.
- While you’re likely trying to save money, remember that the cheapest is not always best or safest. You may need to spend a bit more money on local transportation or lodging to make sure you are in a safe situation.
- Your health while traveling is important. If you are traveling during a warm season, make sure you stay hydrated. Pack a small first aid kit in the bag you’ll be carrying with you in case of a minor injury.
Planning ahead is one of the number one ways to prevent any potential conflicts or problems and ensure the most stress relief possible on your getaway. Here are a few things to consider when planning your trip:
- Contact your phone company and bank ahead of time to let them know that you’ll be traveling. The last thing you want to worry about are extra charges on your phone bill for international calling or having your card frozen.
- Call ahead and let your hotel or other types of lodging know that it’s your honeymoon. Often, they’ll have some sort of special treat at your room upon arrival as congratulations.
- Make sure that when you do create your plan, you do it together. You want to be on the same page for itinerary and budget plans to ensure the least amount of confusion and cut down on potential conflict.
- Make photocopies of your important documents as well as have electronic versions. The last thing you want is to lose your documents abroad and have to spend your time dealing with replacing them.
- If you’re traveling internationally, travel smart by bringing the correct adapters for charging your devices. You don’t want to be caught with a dead phone or camera battery.
- Travel smart by doing research on the area you’ll be visiting. You’ll want to know everything from the weather and climate, cultural norms, activities available, common types of food, etc.
- People often like to be spontaneous with their traveling. That may include finding lodging or planning activities once they arrive. While this seems like it could add an element of excitement to your trip, planning everything ahead will help you avoid many headaches in the long run. Make sure you’ve created some sort of itinerary, even if it’s just a list of possible ideas for each day.
- A smart plan for getting a good idea of the area you’re going to visit is by reading travel blogs. Bloggers often have great ideas for places to eat, activities to do, and sights to see.
The main reason you’re planning your honeymoon is to have some summer fun, or winter fun if that’s when you’re traveling. While you surely know how to have fun, consider these ideas for even more enjoyment on your trip:
- Bring a camera, whether on our phone, digital, or something else. You’ll never want to forget the memories you make and having photos is one of the best ways to relive them. Make sure to travel smart by bringing extra batteries in case you get stuck with a dead one while you’re out or in case something happens to one.
- Many people bring a travel journal on big trips to remember small details or funny things that happen to them. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just a simple notebook and pen will do the trick.
- Regardless of the crowds, take the time to visit the “touristy” places, especially if you are somewhere far from home. You’ll regret it later if you don’t.
- Visit the “non-touristy” places too. Try going to a less crowded area of a city, or eating at a restaurant that isn’t as populated. You may find some hidden treasures this way. Ensure that you travel smart though by being aware of your surroundings and not being in a place that could be dangerous.
- If you’re hoping to avoid crowds, the early bird gets the worm. If you wake up early to visit some of the more touristy areas, you’ll be able to enjoy them with a bit more quiet than usual.
- Be flexible. Regardless of how much planning and preparation you have put into your trip, things are bound to not work out perfectly. If you’re prepared to be flexible, then changes won’t set you reeling.
- Get to know new people in the area you visit. Whether it’s locals who can help you learn more about the area or other people traveling too. Friends you make while traveling can end up becoming lifelong friends.
- For a really exotic vacation, try staying at a luxury private community. They often have planned activities, private cooks, and a lot more ready for you.
- Consider trying things that may be out of your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised at what fun new activities and adventures can bring.
- While a lot of people like to be constantly on the go and doing all the area they visit has to offer, make sure to plan for time to relax and enjoy your time off.
While there are a lot of things to consider when planning a honeymoon or any big trip, don’t worry too much. Remember that while there is money to consider, transportation, planning, and more, the trip is ultimately for your enjoyment and relaxation. Happy traveling!