It’s been a year of postponed weddings, but if you’re one of those thousands of couples who are feeling that you’ll never get to become Mr. & Mrs. don’t despair, you will get your big day and when it does arrive it will be amazing. In the meantime, and it is a mean time isn’t it, why not use your time together to plan the perfect honeymoon.
One of the upsides of having a delayed honeymoon is that it gives you more time to save, though of course many of us have found ourselves furloughed or made redundant, in which case money is going to be tight. You can still have a wonderful, memorable honeymoon on a tight budget, for example, cycling through France with a tent, but you need to be realistic about how much money you can afford. Overestimate costs rather than underestimate, because you don’t want the stress of running out of money on holiday and you don’t want to come home with massive credit card debt.
You’ve got plenty of time to chew this one over and obviously your decision is going to have a big impact on your budget. Hot or cold? City or country? Far or near? Learning about places that you’ve not even heard of is a great way to get you through a dreary covid winter. You need to be honest with one another about the type of experience that you want. The temptation is to go for what you think will please your partner, but the problem with that is that you won’t enjoy the experience and that you’ll feel cheated or resentful. You both need to be open to new experiences and you both need to be prepared to compromise.
This is going to be a big part of your budget and it’s obviously a very important part of the honeymoon experience. The cost of accommodation could well be a factor in helping you choose a location. Self-catering holiday accommodation in Portugal, for example, is very cheap compared with a hotel in Barbados. You might decide that you want to mix it up a little by booking a couple of nights in a classy hotel and the rest of your honeymoon in more economical accommodation. Be sure to scour the net to see if you can pick up special deals.
When and for how long?
Certain locations are best visited at certain times of the year so if there is only one time when you can both get away, that will influence your choice of location. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to go away for as long as you like, then your only constraint will be budget. If you do plan to get away for, say six weeks, you should consider a long-haul flight to somewhere like South East Asia, where your daily expenses will be much, much cheaper.
We all live in the hope that by 2022, the world we knew will have returned, but be sure that everything you book is backed up by insurance, just in case you need to change your plans.