Booking a honeymoon is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime event, so you’ll want to have everything in order well in advance. If you are planning a honeymoon for yourself or your loved one, there are a few often overlooked factors that you need to keep in mind to make your romantic getaway a trip to remember.
It’s a running theme with travel to book your accommodations early. In an industry where everything is first-come, first-served, the early bird truly does get the worm. Not booking enough in advance can have a trickle-down effect on your entire trip.
First, you might miss out on the resort or hotel that you want, then you have to settle for expensive flights or long layovers. You don’t want to be scraping the bottom of the barrel for such a wondrous occasion.
Peak Season gets its name for a reason. When given the choice for a honeymoon destination, many newlyweds opt for the beach: Caribbean, Cancun, Florida, etc. Travel agents like our Jacky B. tell their clients the same thing we tell our members when booking a condo.
“The best way to score the most ideal accommodations in stunning places is to book around a year in advance,” she says. “Even just being in the planning stages, knowing when and where you want to go, what you want to do, is a big factor early on.”
Remember Hurricane Season
If you’re set on going to those beach places – Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean – or any other place known for hurricanes, you have two options: Plan around it or take the risk. Peak hurricane season lasts between August and October, which is key information when booking vacation.
You can plan around hurricane season by waiting until late winter or early spring, or simply change destinations. But couples who don’t have that luxury or have their heart set on a particular place, are taking a gamble.
Those who take the risk (as Hurricane Matthew recently showed) will want to buy travel insurance. Should the unthinkable happen and a storm strikes, be willing to re-book at whatever lodging is available on short notice. Worst case scenario, you lose your vacation altogether.
“Traveling in hurricane season can be nice, but you’re taking a risk,” Jacky says. “I’ve booked people at resorts that suffer damage, so then I have to find new accommodations and we’ll only have two and a half weeks to do it. So just think about where you’re going, the time of year and what the weather is like.”
Don’t Fear the Splurge
In most cases, vacations should be about the destination, the accommodations secondary. But on a honeymoon, the intimate times you and your significant other spend in your condo or hotel should be a main focal point. That’s why you should go big.
Travelers often look for rooms with their wallets on their mind without considering why a room is more expensive. Think all-inclusive resorts, ocean vs. garden view, better room features and more.
“Sometimes, when I’m booking a honeymoon, I try to go for a very romantic experience,” Jacky says. “If that means upgrading room type, I recommend splurging. They might not always do that on a regular trip, but this is their honeymoon and it should be special.”
Jacky also says that, when booking a hotel, she would rather guests stay a shorter amount of time with an upgrade than try to go for as long as they can with standard accommodations. Just imagine getting to a resort, missing out on goodies such as swim-out suites and exclusive spa access, and wishing you had upgraded when you made the reservation. If there is one time to live it up and treat yourself, what could be better than your honeymoon?
To make a honeymoon truly unforgettable, tackling the task early and knowing the risks can help the bride and groom make the best decisions. Yes, it takes place after the wedding, but your honeymoon is very much a part of the celebration, so don’t put it on the backburner.
Do you have any questions about planning a honeymoon or tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below.