Dreaming about a tropical honeymoon spot, but undecided where to go? Choosing your honeymoon destination is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning, but it can also be stressful. After all, with all the amazing hot spots to travel to, how do you decide where to go? If you’re dreaming about a beautiful beach for your post-nuptials bliss but need some advice on how to narrow down your choices, we offer some guidance on how to choose the tropical honeymoon destination of your wedding dreams.
What’s your budget like?
The first question to ask yourself isn’t the sexiest, but it’s probably the most important. Determining where you’re traveling to and the duration of your stay will depend on how much you’re willing to spend. Before you start to think that you can’t afford a big beach vacation, fear not! You don’t have to fork over a ton of money for a memorable tropical vacation. Once you’ve defined your budget, then your choices of locale become easier to choose from.
So, what do you need to think about when it comes to budget? You’ll need to consider:
- The duration of your trip
- Your airline tickets (and/or anything else you might need to consider when it comes to transportation)
- Where you would like to stay: a hotel, resort, or Airbnb?
- Food costs: are you going to dine out or stay in?
- Visas or any other travel costs that you might need to incur to get to where you want to go
Plan for unexpected costs
No matter how good you are at budgeting, there will always be unexpected costs. The more isolated you are in the world—like Bora Bora or the Maldives or Costa Rica—the more expensive it might be. For example, you might end up paying extra for transportation, like sea planes or taxis. There might be extra hidden costs when it comes to food and beverages, too. Hard-to-reach locales might charge extra for internet, Wifi, and other “luxury” extras that might be hard to come by at those locations. So if you’re planning to really ‘get away from it all,’ remember that you could be paying a little extra for that experience.
When are you traveling?
The time of year also plays a factor in not only how much you will pay but also where you will travel. Many tropical destinations have hurricane seasons while others, like Australia, might be warmer during the winter months in America and vice versa. When you’re choosing where you want to go, make sure to consider which places are more likely to have the best temperatures for that time of year. You probably don’t want to travel to a tropical honeymoon destination when it’s actually cold and raining!
How long do you want to travel?
Do you want to whisk away for a short weekend or are you planning a month’s stay? Is a two-week vacay more your style? Knowing how long you’d like your honeymoon to last will also help you determine where you go. If you’d love to visit the Maldives on the other side of the world, then you definitely need more than a few days off since you need to factor in travel time and jet lag. But if you’re short on time, then jetting off to the Caribbean might be the right choice for you. No matter where you go, make sure it makes the most sense with how much time you’ve booked off from work and other responsibilities. Ultimately, you want to make every second of your vacation together count.
What do you want to do?
Some couples love to be adventurous and dream of spending their days snorkeling, swimming, and hiking. Others dream of just lying by the beach for an entire week! Knowing how you want to spend your time will also help you choose the right destination.
Choosing the perfect tropical honeymoon destination is a breeze once you know which types of questions you and your fiancé need to ask yourselves. After getting clear and honest, the honeymoon will surely be the paradise dream you’ve been waiting for.