Whether you and your hubby picture yourselves lounging on the beach, backpacking through Europe or spending a quiet getaway in a romantic bed and breakfast, there is a lot to consider when planning the perfect honeymoon. Park Avenue Travel Advisor Mary Anne Ellifritz shares the important questions she discusses with her clients when planning their honeymoons.
What’s your vision of the perfect honeymoon?
While the bride may be the chief decision maker when it comes to the wedding and reception, the honeymoon has to be a joint decision. Your travel advisor can make it easier by suggesting locations and itineraries so you both have the time of your lives.
When are you going?
If it’s hurricane season and your ideal spot is in a high-potential area, are you willing to delay your honeymoon to go there or will you consider other options? Determine what you will or will not consider when avoiding things like inclement weather or increased costs for high season.
How much time can you devote to your honeymoon?
If you are traveling outside of the country you will need to factor in travel time. Even if you can get to your hotel, cruise ship or resort in a few hours, most couples want more than one week together, while some are choosing private weekend getaways followed by an elaborate honeymoon months later when time allows.
What dining options do you prefer?
Do you prefer the affordability and variety of an all-inclusive resort or cruise ship, or do you long for authentic local cuisine and don’t mind the price or distance? Resorts or hotels in remote areas may require a longer trek to restaurants, while concierges in busier cities can suggest a multitude of exquisite dining options.
What kind of nightlife do you want?
Consider all of your options — from clubbing to folklore performances — and plan locales fittingly.
Do you want to learn about the culture?
If art, architecture or history is important to you, you might be happiest in one of the capitals of Europe or South America. Maybe museums and local tours need to be part of your plan. A good travel advisor will help map out places to see and things to do that will help make your trip truly remarkable.
Where do you want to stay?
Do you need air-conditioning or room-service to be happy? A beautiful view from your room or a spa on property? Then plan accordingly.
What is your budget?
The average American couple spends approximately $3,700 for their honeymoon package, not including expenditures at their destination, but many couples spend less or far more. Travel advisors help the couple select the trip that meets their expectations without blowing their budget.
by Mary Anne Ellifritz, Park Avenue Travel