23 April 2015

Honeymoon Tips


Cheers and bubbly and flowers and wedding cake! It's wedding season! So freaking fun. I love weddings so much. And, of course, honeymoons are a blast.

We have had some requests for honeymoon tips...so I put together this list. Hopefully you'll find something worthwhile here! (And I hope you all will help us out in the comments, too.)

HONEYMOON TIPS:

1. Plan a surprise for your new spouse! 
For example, think of your spouse's interests and arrange something fun. Set up a cooking lesson with the chef. Have Manhattan Fruitier deliver some gourmet fruit. Arrange for a meal at a special place. Book an event or special concert. Have a package delivered to the hotel (or even each day of your stay - even board games or books or favorite treats). Book a dinner for two on the beach. Arrange for a picnic basket to be prepared for the beach or a hike. I am sure the concierge at the hotel can provide ideas and help you arrange something.



2. Buy (or make) a memorable souvenir. 
Think of what is special in the region. Maybe a special rug or piece of pottery or a piece of artwork from a local gallery. Maybe a certain kind of jewelry. Do some research in advance to find out what artisans are in the area as otherwise you may just see tourist traps. You could also find something very small and inexpensive, too, like a coffee table book or even a shell or rock collection. You can even visit some local thrift stores (I love doing this while traveling!) Or perhaps you could find a workshop (like VT glassblowing, for example!) where you could actually make something. I just love the idea of bringing home a memento that you plan to keep.



3. Create a custom scent for the trip.
There are shops that can create custom perfumes for you use essential oils (like Le Labo or Enfleurage in Manhattan) or you could create your own. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a custom scent or massage oil for your honeymoon? Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, and Patchouli might be nice options.





4. See if you can learn how to make a new dish from your trip.
If there's a dish you LOVE - take photos. Ask the chef for ingredients, recipes, or tips. Try to perfect the dish when you get home and let it be a romantic meal you have on special occasions. It was on our honeymoon that Danny's desire to learn to make salsa and "street tacos" began. :) We also had ceviche on our honeymoon and now that is one of our special dishes.





5. Plan some great down time. 
One suggestion: Bring a TV series to watch! We totally started watching Lost on our honeymoon and it was so, so fun (and one more reason to cuddle!)



6. Watch the Sunrise or Sunset together.
Ask the hotel where the BEST place to view the sunrise and sunset would be. Then go there. Maybe it would involve getting up super early and going on a little hike. Or heading to the rooftop or a certain area town. But it will for sure be a fun memory!



7. Find a book that you both want to read and bring two copies. 
I love doing this with Danny. It's time spent alone, but also time spent together as you then get to discuss the book as you go along. We both read this book on our honeymoon and it remains one of our favorite books.



8. Visit the local grocery store to stock up on snacks for your room.
Our friends actually take their rental car to the nearest Costco while on vacation so they can buy a flat of water, snorkeling or outdoor gear, and snacks. On our honeymoon in Mexico, we looooved shopping at the grocery store as they had LOADS of all our favorite ingredients [avocados, chiles, fresh tortillas, fresh salsas, beans, Mexican spices, dulce de membrillo (quince)].



9. Take Some Pure Beeswax Candles.
I'm hearing these are perhaps the safest kinds of candles to use (it turns out most candles contain lead, chemicals, and carcinogens). Here's a possible beeswax shop. Or this highly rated shop on Etsy.



10. Travel by Train
Unless you are going a very far distance, consider traveling by train. Train travel can be so romantic and roomy and full of great conversation! It's a nice thing to do when you aren't in a huge rush. (We'll be traveling by train again from NYC to Vermont for our retreat there. I am soooo excited for that part.)



11. Meditate Together.
If you're into this - I think it's an amazing way to start of a marriage. Perhaps you could go do it in a beautiful spot. Perhaps you could even visualize the kind of person or couple you plan to be.

12. Constantly ask people to take pictures for you. :)
It's something we don't do often enough. On your honeymoon, just do it!



13. Do not take your wedding ring - & get ring insurance.
If you have a fancy ring, I would recommend leaving it at home when you travel. Take that from someone who had her ring stolen on her honeymoon (yep). Though if you do take it, make sure that you have jewelry insurance! It's usually very inexpensive to add to your plan and it's totally worth it.

And please do share your ideas in the comments - I'm sure there are so many good ones! And...where would your dream honeymoon (or 2nd honeymoon) be? Would you want to repeat your first honeymoon?? :)

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8 comments:

  1. My advice is to go somewhere that is new to both of you. It can be fun to commiserate and laugh about butchering the language, getting lost, etc. (One of our favorite parts of our honeymoon was when we got lost and "discovered" a fabulous town and sandwich shop.) Also, consider what kind of travel you like to do, and do that--i.e., don't go stay in a fancy resort if that's not your thing, just because it's your honeymoon and you feel it's what you should do. But if it is, do it, and enjoy every minute of it.
    My ideal second honeymoon would be in Burma. It was not in the cards the first time around, but maybe some day...

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    1. Laura, thanks! So fun to read this. I've never thought of traveling to Burma - I should ck it out! My next wanderlust destination is Croatia. (My ancestors are from there - so it's been on my list.)

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  2. One of the suggestions I have heard and that worked for my husband and I was to go someplace that isn't one of the places you really want to go to (especially for couples who waiting for marriage to be intimate). We spent so much time in our room which was fine because there wasn't a lot we wanted to go and do. We purposely planned a lot of down time so we could focus on each other. At the end of the week we were a stronger couple and felt no guilt about the minimal sight seeing we had done.

    I love the idea about the special souvenir. I wish we had done that. Also I second the idea to get lots and lots of pictures. We didn't get nearly enough.

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    1. Love this. We felt this same way. :) We chose our honeymoon (in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) just based on good deal we could get for a nice hotel. All we cared about was spending time together - so we wanted the hotel to be nice and super comfortable. We didn't care much about any other sightseeing.

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  3. I have two more tips!

    (1) If you can't afford to splurge on an exotic location, splurge on the small things! By the time we were done paying for our wedding, we had no money leftover for plane tickets to go anywhere. So we ended up going on a 2-week roadtrip through Oregon (we live in Washington) and camping 75% of the time. BUT! Because the framework of our honeymoon was so cheap, we were able to splurge on the small things. For example, I didn't think twice about ordering $25 crab-stuffed chili rellenos one night and buying a $15 pot of lip gloss from a cute boutique in the next day. In my normal everyday life, I would have hemmed and hawed over both of those things, but I made both of those purchases (and a lot of others) guilt-free because I was on my HONEYMOON!

    (2) Second tip: save silly mementos! I'm really glad that I saved a lot of small things from our trip: candy bar wrappers, takeout menus, our pack list, my husband's fishing license, etc. They are such a nice addition to the photo album I'm making and they help us remember the small moments of our trip.

    Love this post!

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    1. such cute ideas! I love these. Thank for sending them in. It is kind of nice to splurge even a tiny bit (if you can) - as once married life sets in, it seems to be all about saving money.

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  4. We chose an ornament as a souvenir so we'd be reminded at least every Christmas. I got the idea from a friend who has done so on every family trip they take, starting with their honeymoon. We chose a little cottage as opposed to a hotel for added privacy, and since we both love to cook, it allowed us to work in the kitchen together. We ate out most of the time, but the option was there depending on if we wanted to go out (read: get dressed) or not. Also, it was a priority for me personally not to travel far because I didn't want to have to waste our already limited vacation time on just getting there. We chose a spot on Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of MI and it was lovely. Just right.

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  5. 1) If you ever get a frequent flier miles card, don't use up the miles until your honeymoon. We got two RT tickets to Italy because there were years of saved miles on my husband's card from the time he opened the account after college until we got married at almost 30. I think we did spend $400 on fees/taxes but it was over a $2k savings.

    2) There was never any question that we would be footing the bill for our own wedding, although my parents did purchase my dress. So we had a cheap DIY wedding (where we served salmon, beef, and had an open bar for $3k) in order to have the honeymoon of our dreams and I have never regretted it. A friend of mine and her husband were gifted $25k from family to pay for their wedding and I remember the day she told me she hoped people gifted them things off their honeymoon registry so they would have enough money to go on a honeymoon because of how much over $25k their wedding was going to cost. My eyes nearly fell out of my head.

    3. Go for two weeks or as long as you possibly can. It's worth going to a less expensive place to get the extra time together because 1) There's still a lot of guilt over taking a huge chunk of vacation time at once or not even having a lot of time to take so this is your chance to do it guilt-free 2) Life changes all the time. It's easy to say let's take a small trip now and do something bigger in a few years. I know a few people who sacrificed going on a honeymoon immediately to have the wedding of their dreams, only to end up with kids right away or a family or job emergency that stands in the way of having that time with your new spouse.

    4. If you go abroad, try to honeymoon in the off season if it's not too undesirable weather-wise. We saved a ton of money on hotels and avoided crowds. It was great.

    5. Eat a lot of ice cream.

    Sorry that these were more Suze Orman-esque financial tips, but we set ourselves up to have a pretty luxurious honeymoon on not a lot of money at all.

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