The honeymoon period is a period where love blossoms between two separate individuals. People who were only strangers a couple of days back become a part of each other during their honeymoon. Honeymoon is a trip like no other, a trip whose fragrance will stay in your life forever. The trip may last for 5 to 10 days, but the memories, impressions, experiences, bonds, comfort levels, romantic connections, affection and confidence developed during this trip will last forever. It’s a time when the groom shows the bride that she is the queen of his life, and the bride shows the groom that he is the king of her heart.

Although the memory of you being with your loved one is enough to bring a smile on your face, adding a few surprises and romantic gifts will make sure that you cherish the moment like no other in your life.
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Following are some tips drawn out from the experiences of thousands of couples who have had successful honeymoons. This tip would help you in making your honeymoon a memorable period of your life:
  1. Travelling dates and whether gaps are required before and after the honeymoon:
    It’s recommended that you spend some time at home before flying off for your honeymoon because this will allow you to start getting comfortable with your new spouse. You should take rest of at least two to three nights post marriage, introduce your better half to her new world, her new house, her new people so that she can settle down and get to know the people for whom you will need to pick up gifts.
    As with starting out, you should keep a gap of at least one complete day before going back to work. This will help you to unwind and unpack in addition to prepare for the week ahead. In case of international travel, you should keep a gap of two nights, in order to recover from jet lag.
  2. Duration of the honeymoon on basis of the availability of leaves, budgetary restrictions and even fatigue levels:
    The duration of your honeymoon should be based on various factors such as leaves, budget, travelling location, distances, interests and fatigue levels. There is no standardization for honeymoon schedules. As it’s your honeymoon, you should be the only one to decide such details.
  3. Preparation of the honeymoon travel itinerary:
    Now this is one activity, which you should invest maximum amount of time and effort in. We all have numerous dreams for our honeymoon, which may range from partying whole night to just holding hands under the starry sky.
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Whatever your dream honeymoon is like, you should start planning for it. You can use following steps for finalizing your itinerary:
  1. Have a discussion with your fiancé to understand each other’s aspirations. Based on same, shortlist few locations you wish to visit, activities you want to do and the manner in which you both want to travel.
    Also, see if there are things that your partner and you are allergic or averse to. For example, many people have motion sickness which can result in vomiting on long road trips. This will help you avoid embarrassing situations on your honeymoon.
  2. Try and avail the services of a good travel agent because such an agent will not be charging you anything for providing advice. Instead, you will get professional guidance and information from them in planning your honeymoon. Ideally, you should get someone who specializes in designing of honeymoon packages.
  3. Based on your requirements, ask your travel agent for relevant itineraries.
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  1. Keep a generous amount of free time for yourself. A rushed and overly organized itinerary might not allow you enough time to get close to your beloved.
    A typical plan should consist of the following:
    1. A luxurious breakfast in the morning.
    2. Relaxed sightseeing tours.
    3. Late afternoon naps.
    4. Some sumptuous siestas.
    5. Free and flexible evenings.
    6. Combined and solo spa therapies.
    7. Visits to local pubs and discs.
  2. Equip yourself with some basic knowledge of the city, especially in terms of its history, various tourist attractions, food habits, shopping locations and climatic conditions.
  3. Make a list of all the tourist places in the city and select the most romantic ones. It is certain that such preparation would impress your partner greatly and earn you brownie points.
  4. Set aside free time for simple activities involving just two of you such as playing some games or taking a walk on the beach.
  5. Include morning walks in your schedule but avoid sightseeing tours that start early in the morning.
  6. Have multiple rounds of discussion with your agent for making changes that suit your requirements.
    Keep in mind the following things while negotiating with your agent:
    1. Make a comprehensive list of everything you want in your package and ask your agent to give you a detailed status report on each item.
    2. Be realistic in your approach. There may be many fancy things that you want on your honeymoon but which may not be possible because of either budgetary constraints or even circumstances.
    3. Obtain a detailed day by day itinerary of your honeymoon.
    4. In case of foreign travel, make sure you have accounted for VISA related costs into the total estimated cost of the trip.
    5. While negotiating with a travel agent, ask for bonus inclusions into your package. Most hotels are reluctant when it comes to reducing prices, but will be willing to increase bonus inclusions like complimentary use of the swimming pool, candle light dinners, airport transfers, bed and room decorations, cake on arrival and many others. These types of inclusions can make your honeymoon truly worthwhile.
    6. Check for the flight times and try to reach your destination by early morning. Furthermore, while starting back take last flight available. This will help you enjoy two additional full days at your destination.
  1. Accommodation, hotels and resorts:
    The accommodation would play a major role in the success of your honeymoon. Hence, you should consider following points while finalizing your accommodations:
    1. Hotel or Resort:
      1. If you are planning to do a lot of sightseeing on your honeymoon then you should choose a convenient hotel with all the requisite facilities.
      2. However, in case you are looking to spend a lot of time with each other at the hotel then you should go for a resort. Most of the resorts, nowadays, offer a wide variety of facilities such as swimming, music and dance shows, lavish gardens, long walking paths, spa treatments, massage therapies, water parks and games – both indoor and outdoor games are often available including badminton, lawn tennis, table tennis, billiards, snookers and carom.
    2. View from the room:
      1. Try and get a sea facing, valley facing, river facing room or any other panoramic view. A picturesque view from the room acts as a perfect catalyst for setting off a romantic moment between your beloved and you. For instance, simply watching a sunset with your better half in the evening will be a memory that you will cherish for many years to come.
    3. Location of the Hotel:
      1. There is an array of options available in terms of hotel locations. There are hotels in peaceful areas, seaside hotels, hotels next to forests, riverbank hotels, hotels on the top of the mountain and even exotic locations like hotels in the middle of the jungle, in the middle of a river, in the middle of a sea and in the middle of a tree i.e. a tree hotel. Furthermore, you can even go to private villas which have been turned into hotels. Alternatively you can choose options where the two of you will be alone like a tent house or a beach house.
      2. Your choice should ideally flame the fire of your imagination. It is also worth noting that many hotels have their own conveyance to arrange the transfer of guests from the local hot points to the hotel and vice versa. Some examples of this would include a ride to and from the local market, lake or some other attraction that the city is famous for.
    4. Facilities:
      Check for your priority and choose the room with one or more than one of the following options so that you have a great time on your honeymoon:
      1. Size of the bed i.e. king size or queen size
      2. Toilette facilities like a Jacuzzi or a bath tub
      3. Lifestyle options such as the inclusion of equipped kitchens
      4. Luxury options like a private pool with or without the option of hot water (Imagine taking a plunge in the swimming pool in middle of the night with your beloved)
      5. Lighting options in the room
      6. Music system and the music collection
      7. Winter trips should focus on wooden flooring and a fireplace
      8. Balcony and a beautiful view from it
      9. Lockers for the peace of mind.
    5. Review:
      1. Check the review of the hotel on different travel websites. This will allow you to know exactly what to expect.
    6. Safety:
      1. In case you plan to take late night walks outside the hotel then you should choose a location that has suitable safety arrangements so as to avoid unfortunate incidents. During a honeymoon, couples have a tendency to wear revealing dresses. Thus, it is critical that you choose a hotel that offers an environment that is safe for such activities.
    7. Romance:
      1. Make your room the most romantic place on the whole planet. Do this by getting it decorated with flowers, scented candles, dim light and matching music.
    8. Choice of Hotel:
      1. Choose to stay in the best room of a reasonable hotel as against an ordinary room of the best hotel. There may or may not be a difference in the cost but there will definitely be a great difference in other non monetized things. The foremost of these things is the treatment by the staff. The staff of the ordinary hotel will treat you like you are the best person in the hotel, while in the best hotel you will be treated like peasants.
    9. Safety:
      1. In case you plan to take late night walks outside the hotel then you should choose a location that has suitable safety arrangements so as to avoid unfortunate incidents. During a honeymoon, couples have a tendency to wear revealing dresses. Thus, it is critical that you choose a hotel that offers an environment that is safe for such activities.
  2. Budget, double edged sword.
    Ideally, amongst other things, the budget plays a major role in your choices when it comes to your honeymoon. Thus, one needs to plan the honeymoon very carefully in terms of financial limitations from the beginning.

    In most of the cases, the honeymoon and its contents are decided on the basis of the funds available. Even though this appears quite a cold method of planning a honeymoon, it is still the most practical method. It makes sure that you do not spend beyond your actual ability to spend. Once you have decided on a budget cap, you can make relevant allocations to the following heads:
    1. Travel costs from the big flights to the small rickshaw.
    2. Accommodation – hotels, resorts and added services
    3. Duration of car rentals and other transportation costs
    4. Massages, spa treatments and other luxurious activities
    5. Excursions and cruises and similar elements
    6. Shows, theatre and other entertainment related variables
    7. Clothing, souvenirs, and sundries
    8. Cost of wining and dining
    While expenses on some of the heads, like travel costs and accommodation can be calculated correctly, the other expenses can only be broadly estimated. Hence, all other heads need to have inherent margins.123
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