While the perception is that honeymoons simply consist of martinis on a beach and relaxation, the planning that goes into them isn’t easy. In fact, trying to plan the perfect honeymoon can cause a lot of unneeded stress.
In order to avoid this unwanted stress when planning your perfect honeymoon getaway, here are five ways to make sure your planning period is as relaxing as possible.
1. Planning Makes Perfect
It may sound obvious, but many honeymooners fail to fully plan out their trip from beginning to end. This can result in an overload of stress, as you and your partner try to do everything at the last minute.
It’s important that you take preliminary steps before you leave and sketch out your trip together as it will save you the stress of last-minute organization. It’s always better to plan too much rather than too little. You’ll thank yourself for the extra time spent planning later.
It’s one thing to choose a destination, but you need to make sure that your days are full of interesting activities to do so you don’t have to make any decisions when you arrive. If you plan to take a day or two to simply relax by the pool, make sure they’re accounted for.
Within each day of your trip, cover the timing of everything to make sure you’re making the most of your experience. Anticipate changes – not everything will go according to plan so be aware that some of your plans may change.
Sometimes it pays to look for outside help. If you’re too busy with your wedding it’s worth exploring talking to a travel agent to help reduce the stress that comes with decision making on your own.
2. Set a Budget
Did you know that the average cost of a honeymoon is nearly $5,000? If you’re not careful, you can start seeing costs skyrocket – especially when unforeseen changes show up when you arrive in-destination and start to deviate from your plan.
Therefore, it’s important to create a budget to make sure that you don’t overspend – you don’t want to start your marriage in the red after all.
Make sure that you have enough money to do everything that you want to do and set aside some money in case you want to add an additional experience or two along the way.
3. Relax, Breathe, Take a Break
During the planning process, the stress can sometimes seem insurmountable. Therefore, it’s important that you allocate yourself some personal time to yourself. Make sure you plan downtime into your days: Have a drink, read a book, or meet up with some of your friends.
Weddings are stressful – after countless sleepless nights, junk food diets, and not much exercise, you’re rewarded with an emotional wedding night. At times, it can seem like too much.
But after the wedding, you finally have the time to simply be your best self. Now is the time to get back into the good habits that you ignored during the craziness of the wedding. Get exercise, practice meditation, do whatever you have to do to feel healthy.
4. Be Patient With One Another
Post-wedding blues are a thing. Long nights of planning combined with the actual wedding itself can cause even the best of us to express hidden emotions at the worst of times. Because of this, it’s imperative that you’re patient with each other at all times during the planning process.
A little bit of patience can go a long way. If you or your partner start to become overwhelmed with your honeymoon, it’s important that you treat each other with the care and respect you both deserve.
5. Make Sure Everyone Has a Say
Honeymooners need to get on the same page in order to plan the best experience. Both of you may have very different ideas of what the perfect honeymoon entails and may want to do different things when you get there.
For example, maybe you want to shop and your partner wants to surf. Learn how to divvy up the day with them in the perfect balance to have the most fulfilled experience that caters to what both of you want to do. Marriage consists of a bit of give and take – and that is no different when it comes to your honeymoon. Make sure you listen to what your partner wants to do and plan accordingly.
After the stressful wedding period, honeymoons are supposed to be the light at the end of the tunnel. However, as with any major event, they can cause unneeded stress for a newly wedded couple. But if you take these five things into account, you make your honeymoon the trip of a lifetime.