Choosing your Honeymoon Destination

Choosing your honeymoon destination. By Packing my Suitcase.

Your honeymoon trip is probably the one you most waited for, and the one you will plan the most. It might be that you have always known where you would spend these romantic days, but it might also be that you are stuck among many wonderful options and you just can’t make up your mind.

Don’t worry, the World is huge, and there are amazing places to see, it is only normal that you just can’t decide where to go. I had trouble myself making a decision together with W for our honeymoon, we changed our minds many times. Options went from the Maldives, Fiji, Caribbean to nothing at all.

Looking back at the time I spent hours researching on Internet, I think of what really helped me to make my decision. And I gladly share with all of you who are in the process of deciding and planning, some tips that will help you making up your mind when choosing your honeymoon destination. However, just remember: in the end the decision is all yours!

What do you want to do?

That is the first question you should ask yourself. What kind of things you expect to do in your honeymoon trip – apart from the most obvious one? Lay on the beach? Visit cultural places? Go shopping and dine at fancy restaurants? Diving and snorkeling? Relax? Have a massage? Go to parties and drink a lot? Island or a big city? Safari?

Defining what you and your other half want to do to spend a romantic time together is the most important step. After you think of what kind of place you want to go, comes the next important step…

The Budget

Yes, I know! That is probably most people’s problem. We can’t always afford what and where we really want to do and go, that is why you need to agree on a maximum budget. How much can you spend on the trip? How long do you have to save some extra money?

Knowing your budget will most probably refine your options, and it will also help you know the maximum you want to pay for a hotel and for flight tickets. Still don’t know how you are going to save some extra money for your dream trip? W and I had the idea of asking our wedding guests to contribute with any amount they could, to help us pay for our honeymoon in the Maldives. It was a great idea and it worked out pretty well, we managed to pay our flight tickets with the money!

When?

Are you planning to travel during high or low season? Right after the wedding or a few months later? Deciding when you are going is a crucial decision, because it means it will be cheaper or more expensive. Depending on where you are going, the weather will also play a big role. Is it rain season? Winter? Too hot? Monsoon or hurricane season? Perfect weather? Don’t forget to check this, I know people who went to a normally sunny island in the wrong season and all they got was rain!

Choosing your Honeymoon destination, by Packing my Suitcase.

For how long?

Knowing your budget will probably define how long your honeymoon will last, but of course that it also depends on where you want to go. My honeymoon trip lasted 12 days, I spent the first days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, then headed to the Maldives for a week. At first I wondered if I would get bored spending a whole week in an island, it turns out I thought that it wasn’t enough. So, the length of your trip really depends on you and the place you are going, of course, keeping your budget in mind!

Compare

If you managed to narrow down your choices, you can now compare them. Take your time to read reviews, check what other people have to say about the hotel you are considering to stay, or what other honeymooners thought about that place you want to go. Which one is your favourite destination? But which one goes with your budget? Which hotel is cooler? Which activities you prefer? This step is crucial to make your final decision!

Choosing your Honeymoon destination, by Packing my Suitcase.

Compromise

Not everything is perfect, you might have to compromise on something in order to have the honeymoon you both want. Is that hotel too expensive? Are the flight tickets more expensive to that destination than to that other one? Do you prefer to pay a bit less for the hotel just so you can stay longer? Or you prefer paying a bit more for that dreamy hotel even if that means you can’t stay longer?

It’s ok to change your mind!

Yup! It is ok if today you want to spend your honeymoon in Paris, but tomorrow you are feeling like going to Thailand! It happens to everyone, and it is normal. Even before I started dating W I knew I wanted to go the Maldives for my honeymoon. However, when I started researching and saw the prices I panicked, so I started considering other places. After changing my mind a dozen times, W and I made a few compromises and decided to go to where we wanted in the first place, and it was the right decision for us…. we would definitely do it again!

In the end, all you have to do is to keep in mind what honeymoons are all about… spending time with each other in a way that both of you enjoy! That being relaxing at a spa or diving the whole day… just go for what makes both of you happy!

Choosing your Honeymoon destination, by Packing my Suitcase.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Great tips ! Whatever the destination is, I think il will still be an awesome memory 🙂

    • Exactly, great point!! I think we always worry too much to make it special, and we forget that it is already special anyways <3

  • The Maldives!!!! YES! Your pics from there are fab…I need to get myself over there!!!! maybe for an anniversary trip! 🙂

    • hahaha I totally think it’s a great idea!!! Get planning, you will love it <3

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Lots of really useful tips here Allane! I kept changing my mind between Borneo and Bali or Tanzania and Zanzibar which is the one we ultimately chose as it was a bit of a mix of beach and safari – it does feel like a big decision and I know many people who have decided to postpone their dream honeymoon whilst they tried to save up a bit more to get there. Maldives is so beautiful that I’m sure it was magical for you guys!

    • Wow, all your options were amazing… indeed very hard to decide! Zanzibar is on the top of my list, Im dying to dive there 😀
      Your honeymoon must have been amazing… safari + beach sounds perfect to me!
      We did love the Maldives, we really want to go back there! <3

  • Sha

    So where did you go for your honeymoon? Good tips for me to think of in the future…:)

  • Great post! My honeymoon was…interesting. We went to Mexico, but before we even got there, my husband had accidentally spilled his scolding hot coffee over my WHITE trousers, on the plane. I had hobble to the back of the plane where the air hostesses removed my trousers and dabbed ice packs on my burn… no modesty spared. *Blushes* We then got burnt lobster red and spent the majority of our two weeks complaining. We also got lost and ended up in a dodgy area of town and as we walked into a local shop, the shop owner slyly moved across the front door and bolted it. I thought we were in BIG trouble, but as it turned out, he just wanted us to buy half his shop (which was a pile of old junk, to be honest) … With bagfuls of junk and no money left, he let us free.

    The highlight of our trip: Leaving

    No, I’m just kidding. We went snorkeling in beautiful crystal clear waters and it was a wonderful experience.

    Haha… It was certainly an adventure though.

    • hahahahaha oh my!!! You and your adventures! I love it 😀
      For a moment I was worried, but Im happy you had a great time hahaha… must have been amazing to snorkel on Mexican crystal waters 😀 <3

  • Great advice! It sounds like you put a lot of time into your decision and it paid off 🙂 I’ll be back if I ever get married 😉

    • hahahaha I hope you do get married… of course, if that is what you want 😀
      But yes, making up my mind about my honeymoon wasn’t so easy, and I know many people who have the same problem… so many amazing options to choose from!

  • I’m not even planning a honey moon but I love this!

  • Great tips!! Now you have my daydreaming about the honeymoon before I have a wedding in sight 😛

    Danika Maia
    http://www.danikamaia.com

    • hahahaha it is always good to dream… when the day comes you will know where to go 😀

  • Great tips Allane!
    The tips are also perfectly applied when celebrating the anniversary I guess 😀 But I remember when we did our dream diving destination as our anniversary, we ignored the “timing part” – to consider the season etc. – as it had to be the exact date of our anniversary 😀 Dream destination is the key!!

    • Thank you Indah!!
      You are right, it certainly applies for wedding anniversaries too…. and again right about the timing, as the date is already defined 😀
      No doubt that dream destination is the key <3
      10 years anniversary will certainly need to be very well planned 😀 hahaha

  • Really great and comprehensive list for people choosing their honeymoond destinations. We did the same and asked our guests to contribute to it and it made such a difference. You know how much I love the Maldives! Big fan 🙂

    • Thank you Ting 😀 happy that you like it!!
      It is a great idea isn’t it? It made a huge difference for us too. And the guests liked the idea too, so they didn’t have to think about which gift they would give us 😀
      ahahaha yesss we both crazy about the Maldives <3

  • Especially love the last photo Allane – we went to Paris my in laws paid so we stayed in a wonderful hotel just to the south of the Eiffel Tower 🙂

    • Woww, amazing <3
      Thank you dear, I love this photo too, first time I took my husband to Paris 😉