5 Top Honeymoon Questions
1. When is the best time to go on a honeymoon?
Times have changed and no longer are honeymoons always immediately following the wedding.If you have your heart set on one of the destinations that are ‘seasonal’ and we would definitely alert you to avoid rainy seasons, or if career commitments are constraining your time away, it may mean the honeymoon may be as far as a year after the actual wedding date. Some couples may also want to plan on travel right after their wedding with a fresh newlywed vibe. The good news is that many destinations lend themselves to year round travel. No matter when a couple chooses to celebrate this special trip, as a travel advisor we will ensure you go somewhere perfectly fitting to the time you want to travel and the experiences you want to enjoy so your honeymoon is as memorable or more memorable than the wedding.
2. How do I select the best honeymoon destination?
Many decisions go into choosing the best destination for the most memorable trip of your life. Deciding whether relaxing, sightseeing, adventure or a combo of all three is just the start of narrowing down the options for the perfect honeymoon. It’s great to ‘envision’ yourselves somewhere and then work with the experts in zoning in on your preferences both in experiences and ‘styles’ of travel. Do you see you two in a a luxurious suite with a dipping pool on a lagoon in Bora Bora, on a Costa Rican hillside glamping, being food critics for the week in Italy, Morocco, or Japan. Your travel advisor’s job is to help hone this down, curate the trip and then manage the components through travel. Thankfully, we have questions that truly vets your preferences for the “Wow Moments” that you may not even realized were available to you.
3. How long should a honeymoon be?
My quick answer is, as much time as you can take away from other priorities. We have organized weekend getaways in an Irish castle when work constraints are tough and we have also filled in several weeks of tooling around New Zealand wineries. Time does not have to be a limiting factor but it does weigh in. For example, Bora Bora may not be the best option if a couple only has four nights to travel. The good news is as a travel advisor we can still give you that same over the water bungalow dream without the 15 hours flight time! The important thing to remember is a honeymoon is not always about how much time, but the quality of the time you have together to make your honeymoon one of the best memories of your wedding experience.
4. How much should we budget for the honeymoon?
Similar to the amount of time a couple has, the amount of money spent on a honeymoon is really determined by the couple’s wants and needs. The national average spent on a honeymoon is about $6000.00 for the traditional Caribbean or Disney 7 day honeymoon while a destination or activities driven luxury honeymoon could be between $10,000.00 to $50,000 depending on what experience they want to have as their honeymoon memory. It could be that foodie trip to Peru or the bucket list private journey into Africa or the Galapagos. As a travel advisor, we work with our couples to set realistic expectations based on the best experience at the destination.
5. What are the most popular honeymoon destinations?
Some destinations are continual favorites because they fall into the wedding budget or because an ‘all inclusive’ is easy. But there are others that really live up to that ‘it was on our honeymoon when we traveled to’ story line.
Story book honeymoon destinations
- Tahiti (French Polynesia) specific favorite of ours is Bora Bora – St Regis or Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
- Italy – Le Sirenuse Positano
- Hawaii – The Grand Hyatt Kauai
- Africa – Cape Town’s Twelve Apostles & Botswana’s Kings Camp
- Thailand – Four Seasons Tented Camp or Ritz Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay
- Morocco – Amanjena, Marrakech and/or Kasbah Tamadot – Sir Richard Branson’s Retreat
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