CHOOSING A HONEYMOON DESTINATION
Ah, the honeymoon. It’s your reward for all those hours of wedding planning and surviving the whirlwind of the day itself. And let’s be honest, it’s when the real fun starts. But with all the choices in the world, how do you decide? After speaking to many brides, here are our tips to help narrow down the search!
First and foremost, your honeymoon is ‘together time’, so consider what you both like to do. Are you dreaming of lazing around on a deserted beach or hiking through the wilderness? Perhaps you’re culture vultures who are happiest wandering through a museum hand in hand, or adrenalin junkies who are brought even closer together after a daredevil adventure like climbing a mountain or jumping out of a plane. Make a combined list of places that fulfill most of your dreams, most of the time.
Many couples have different interests, so consider a destination that offers a variety of experiences. For example Greece has glorious beaches and aeons of culture, while Aspen has thrilling ski slopes plus uber luxury.
It’s a holiday you’ll remember forever, so if you still can’t decide, consider somewhere with significance. Visit his grandparents’ Italian village or return to that romantic B&B where you first realised he was the one.
Establish a budget so you aren’t fretting about costs, but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on a great experience. If you can’t afford the Maldives, why not try Fiji? Or head to snow-covered Prague instead of Paris.
It’s also important to take into account your timing. Flying around the world probably isn’t an option if time is limited as you’ll spend too long travelling and fighting off jetlag. And the time of year can also narrow down choices – in a good way. Your dream destination could be cheaper and less crowded in the off season.
Finally, remember a honeymoon doesn’t have to be overseas. We aren’t called the lucky country for nothing – and Australia has plenty of great honeymoon destinations. Enjoy the romantic sunsets of Broome or stroll through the pretty streets of Hobart. Sleep under the stars on Fraser Island or explore the Mars-like landscape of Lake Mungo. Go snorkelling in the Whitsundays or hiking on Lord Howe Island – the choice is yours!
The two of you are setting out on the biggest adventure of all, so take this time to enjoy each other’s company and most importantly – have fun!