Enjoy the Best, Stress-Free Honeymoon With Proper Planning and these Genius Ideas
Guest post by Kara (Whimsy Soul)
Planning my honeymoon with my fiance Robin has felt like Christmas. We’re treating ourselves to the longest, largest trip we’ve ever taken before (3 weeks and 4 countries!) and I’ve learned a lot of travel tips along the way to share with you. So, here they are. My 5 secret honeymoon travel tips to make your trip so much better!
Don’t feel limited to “traditional” honeymoons: Seriously. Just because it’s traditional to go somewhere beachy like Hawaii or Bali, you don’t have to if there is another destination that is calling your name. Robin and I love road trips and exploring a bunch of new places. So, we’re doing a road trip across Europe… but first, we’re stopping in Munich for a few days to attend Oktoberfest. A huge beer festival isn’t what people usually think of for a honeymoon, but that’s us and I’m so excited!
Just because it’s traditional to go somewhere beachy like Hawaii or Bali, you don’t have to if there is another destination that is calling your name.
Use Instagram to find the hot spots: Pinterest and blogs are great, but Instagram is my favorite way to discover cool places to visit, hot brunch spots and neat hotels to stay in. I always pop in the name of the country or city I am traveling to and scroll scroll scroll – saving all the photos that catch my eye to a collection in Instagram. Then, I can go back and sort through all the ideas to pinpoint what I want to visit!
Book reservations you can cancel at the beginning (so you can have more time to find really cute places!) Planning a honeymoon takes time, but it’s always the worst feeling when you drag your feet and wait too long to book a hotel, only to learn here aren’t any more affordable or nice hotels left in your dates. My tip is to book your hotel(s) all at once right away at anywhere that looks decent and make sure you can cancel for free. This buys you time to do a lot of research and find the hotels you actually want to stay in without risking that everything semi-decent is booked in the city. Sneaky? Totally. Brilliant? You bet.
Get yourself with an anti-theft bag so you don’t have to worry about being pickpocketed on a trip that’s suppose to be romantic and carefree. My favorite is this adorable white cross body purse by Arden Cove. It’s equipped with anti-theft feature you can imagine. Each bag has full body anti-slash lining, a cut-proof strap, locking zippers, RFID protection to prevent digital theft, and fully waterproof exterior & zippers for an added touch. I mean it when I say this is the only purse I’ll be bringing on my honeymoon. It’s the holy grail of travel bags!
Get yourself with an anti-theft bag so you don’t have to worry about being pickpocketed on a trip that’s suppose to be romantic and carefree.
Before you leave – print out all your bookings and keep them in a folder in your luggage. Don’t rely just on email confirmations or screenshots on your phone. You don’t know if you’ll have service, or if your phone will have battery power, or even if you’ll have your phone (they get snatched from tourists every day by people who don’t have Arden Cove bags - Ha!) When traveling internationally, I always print out the confirmation/ticket for every single flight, hotel, tour, train, car rental, etc. I organize them in a folder by date so it’s quick and easy to check-in. I also usually go a step above and write directions from one place to the other in case our phones aren’t working. Example: if we are leaving one city to travel to another, I’ll write down the train to take or driving directions or include a map from the station to our hotel. It’s a lot of work ahead of time but will make your honeymoon seamless!
Kara of Whimsy Soul is a blogger from the Midwest who moved across country to San Francisco. She loves inspiring women to travel in style, to travel well, and to travel often. "I believe the world is bigger than your hometown" Follow her blog and instagram for body positive fashion & travel inspiration.
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