Top tips for choosing a honeymoon destination*

Your honeymoon is probably one of the biggest and most expensive holidays you’ll ever go on. As it’s the holiday of a lifetime, you’ll want to make sure it’s perfect in every way and so deciding on your honeymoon destination can be tricky. Luckily there are plenty of options, from luxury honeymoons to long haul backpacking trips, you’ll definitely be able to find something to suit both of your tastes.

Here are some top tips for choosing your first holiday as a married couple…

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Decide what you’d like to do

Are you all about adrenaline fuelled activities, or relaxing with a mimosa on the beach? Or maybe you’d rather explore ruins and soak up the culture on a city break? Sit down with your other half and discuss what you’d both like to do. Remember to compromise – if one person wants to do something different to the other one, maybe you could do both with a multi-centre holiday.

For activity and sightseeing holidays try a road trip in Australia, safari in Botswana or hiking in the Canadian Rockies.

A weekend in Venice

Long holiday vs mini moon

A few days away to recuperate after the wedding or a couple of weeks somewhere far away? This will depend on how much time you can take off work and other commitments that you may have at home. Why not have a mini moon straight after your big day and then a fortnight somewhere exotic a few months later when you (and your wallet!) have recovered from the wedding.

Your mini moon could be a few days in a romantic European city like Paris or Venice, or even a UK staycation in the Lake District if the outdoors is more your thing.

Set your budget

The first thing that will really help you decide on your destination is your budget. Plan how much you’d be comfortable spending on your honeymoon and have a look for holidays within that budget. This can be tricky when you’ve got a wedding to plan for too, so you may need to commit to saving a certain amount each month.

Mauritius

Consider the weather

The weather has got to be a big consideration too. If you like it hot, why not try French Polynesia from June to August or Bali in May or September to avoid rainy season. The Maldives and Mauritius are really popular luxury honeymoon destinations and are great to visit all year round.

Zebras in Tanzania

Decide how many destinations you want to visit

Are you happy to stay in one place, or would you prefer to travel around during your honeymoon? If you’d like to see a few different places New Zealand is an amazing country and has plenty of variety – from rugged mountains to wide open plains, it looks absolutely beautiful and has lots to keep you occupied during your honeymoon. Or, if you were unable to decide between activities and relaxation, why not do a week of each?

My dream honeymoon would be a few days on safari in the Serengeti in Tanzania, followed by a week of pure luxury chill time on the nearby island of Zanzibar. Pass me the cocktails!

[post in collaboration with Rich Vein Travel]

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