How to choose the perfect honeymoon destination.
Every couple is different and this is the number one thing to remember before you start planning. Your friends trip of a lifetime might not be the perfect trip for the two of you.
Write down the 3 things that make a perfect vacation for you, also write down 3 destinations on your bucket list. Have your fiancé do the same thing separately. Vacation Interests can be anything from beach, golf, food, history, culture, scuba diving and more.
Next together decide on time allocated to your honeymoon. Is it 7 days, 10 days or even 14 days?
Next decide on budget, this can be a rough estimate or some have a strict maximum, up to you.
Sit down and review your individual lists together and see what the common factors are.
Are there any destinations that overlap? If yes is it possible to visit this destination during the time you have allocated and during the time of year you are wanting? If yes start doing a quick Tripadvisor search to see if there are hotels in your budget or reach out to a travel agent to do that research for you.
If there are no destinations in common is there a vacation interest that overlaps? If it’s beach then work backwards from time allotted and budget. If you have 14 days, and beach is a common interest it might be too much time in St. John alone but not too much for a two island trip of St. John and Virgin Gorda or a two island trip to Anguilla and Antigua. If you only have 7 days you might want to stay somewhere closer, Turks and Caicos, St. Lucia or St. Maarten vs traveling to Hawaii. Maybe neither of you are beach people and adventure is a common theme, Costa Rica could be a 7 day option or for those with a larger budget New Zealand could be a great 14 day option. If diving is common interest and you have 14 days, larger budget look at Indonesia/Australia or for a closer trip check out the Caribbean.
If culture and beach overlap and you have 10 days, Greece could be a great option for you. Or for those with larger pockets an African Safari combined with Seychelles or Mozambique is a unique experience.
If budget is not a problem but you are limited with time then you might find yourself at a five star resort in Anguilla or Antigua. If you have 14 days, Bora Bora or the Maldives might be that trip of a lifetime.
Again there are three main factors
1. Personal interests
Personal interest should be the most important factor then time. Once you know how many days you can allocate and what you want to do, then you can pick hotel categories or specific locations that fit within the budget.
For many people your honeymoon is the one time in your life without kids that you can get two uninterrupted weeks away from your careers so if you can afford it I recommend visiting a place you might never have time for in the future.
Check out these five honeymoon destinations that could help you get started on next steps;