Cory and I decided to delay our honeymoon and take our time planning it. Below are my tips for planning your honeymoon.
1 - Decide what you're looking for in your honeymoon.
We wanted to go somewhere where we could spend our days on the beach and relax but also have an adventure and we wanted to go somewhere neither of us had been. That narrowed it down immediately.
2 - Set a budget.
Set a rough budget for how much you're willing to spend and how long you want to go and narrow your list down from there. Having a budget will immediately eliminate some destinations for you based on cost of airfare or how expensive a country is.
3 - Make a list.
We thought long and hard and took our time deciding where to go. We made a list of potential places we'd like to go and narrowed it down further from there.
4 - Do your research.
Watch airfare sales, check out the time of year to, consider going in the off season, there's lots of ways you can slim down your budget based on these things.
5 - Don't get caught up on calling it your honeymoon.
This is the most important tip! We found what was causing us the most delay in picking a place was calling it our honeymoon. Inherently that made it feel like it needed to be grand, lavish, once in a lifetime trip. But it doesn't. Finally we decided to ignore the title and just book a trip to where we want to go right now. You have your whole life with your spouse and plenty of time to go on lavish vacations. Just book a trip wherever you want to go and enjoy!
So, to Tulum Mexico we go! The minute we let go of the title it made it so easy to pick a destination and we couldn't be more excited to eat tacos and drink margaritas on the beach for a week in May. And we're starting to plan a trip to Asia for later this year without worrying about the grandiose that comes with the honeymoon title. We're just doing us.
What's catching you up planning your honeymoon? What did you find was the most helpful for you in deciding where to go?