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How to Plan Your Honeymoon in 5 Easy Steps

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Couple exploring vineyards in New Zealand

The goal of any honeymoon is to find the right destination that speaks to you as newlyweds. While planning your wedding, cut through the many details with this helpful honeymoon-planning discussion guide.

The sheer possibilities for your dream honeymoon can be both exciting and overwhelming, but working together to figure out what is most important to you both will lead to the honeymoon you have always dreamed of.

When the two of you are ready, use your wishlist to work with a honeymoon destination specialist on where to go, when to go, and how to maximize your time spent together.

1. Decide together what is essential

Couple lounging by the pool with a view of the beach in Fiji

Couple lounging by the pool with a view of the beach in Fiji

Many couples find themselves balancing their wedding budget against their travel budget. What have you always imagined for your honeymoon? What feels realistic, but where does your imagination take you? Are you the type of couple who can spend days relaxing on a beach and still need more time? Do you like to be active, exploring and engaging in what’s around you? Consider what kind of travelers you and your partner are. Perhaps your ideal honeymoon lands somewhere in between relaxation and adventure with a mix of rest and exploration.

Discuss what you feel are the essentials of traveling together, from how you like to travel to the types of food you want to eat, the places you have always wanted to visit to the must-have experiences you each expect. By figuring out which type of travelers you are as a couple and how much you want to spend, you will more quickly be able to refine which destination and trip style is best suited to your honeymoon.

2. Determine when you can travel

Couple at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Couple at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

There is a perfect destination for you both no matter the time of year you choose to travel. Zicasso travel specialists cover 92 countries around the globe, and we can help you determine the right place for your once in a lifetime honeymoon. Do you want to travel immediately following your wedding? Or would you prefer to wait for the ideal travel time for your dream destination?

Taking your long-dreamed-of tropical beach honeymoon will not work out well if you travel during the wet season, while visiting a romantic European city may feel less intimate during peak season. With some flexibility, in either timing or perspective, the best destination for your essential travel goals is in reach.

3. Set your travel budget

Couple on safari in the Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana, Africa

Couple on safari in the Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana, Africa

The key to setting your travel budget revolves around your flexibility when it comes to things like transfers, accommodations, dates, and tours. Where you want to travel will also have a major impact on your budget with some parts of the world inherently more expensive than others.

Planning your perfect honeymoon is a welcome and enjoyable getaway as a couple. It can take you on a brave adventure or to white sandy beaches, through vibrant cities or to ancient ruins. The best destination for you and your honeymoon goals may be the one you have always dreamed of but could also be a place you have not yet considered, that offers you similar experiences but within your preferred budget. You can find more information on how to plan your honeymoon costs with 3 steps to determining your trip budget.

4. Consider the best destinations for you

Couple in Santorini, Greece

Couple in Santorini, Greece

Do you share the same image of a perfect honeymoon or do you need to find a destination that combines a variety of possibilities? By thinking about the type of experiences you want to have, and considering the places where you could have these experiences, you will better understand the best destination for you.

While your honeymoon will be your first trip as a married couple, you are setting off on a lifetime of travel and adventures together. The right honeymoon destination relates to your dreams and expectations. Working together on what feels essential and when you can travel is the ideal place to begin a conversation with our Zicasso Traveler Care team on what destinations might suit you best for a stress-free travel planning experience.

5. Work with a Honeymoon Travel Specialist

Couple visiting Machu Picchu, Peru

Couple visiting Machu Picchu, Peru

A travel specialist is like a secret weapon you can use to create your perfect honeymoon. They take into account the details important to you, which could include the budget, the destination, the time of year, your likes and dislikes, and design a customized itinerary that is perfect for the two of you. Not only is every detail covered, but your honeymoon specialist will infuse your romantic getaway with personal touches, thoughtful surprises, important upgrades, or other intriguing possibilities.

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Couple snorkeling in Tahaa, Tahiti.  Photo by David Kirkland, courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Couple snorkeling in Tahaa, Tahiti. Photo by David Kirkland, courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Planning a honeymoon can cause equal parts excitement and anxiety as you balance where you want to travel with the logistics of realizing your perfect romantic getaway. As you are likely busy planning your wedding, why not have a travel expert handle your honeymoon?

Whether you want an intimate escape into a secluded tropical beach or prefer sampling wine in a historic hilltop town, you can find inspiration with Zicasso's Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations. Our Honeymoon Travel Guide has plenty of information and tips information to help you plan your perfect trip. You can also speak with a honeymoon travel expert for free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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