One of the toughest decisions for any newly married couple is where to head for the honeymoon. Couples spend countless hours choosing the perfect place to start their new life together. A honeymoon is once in a lifetime trip, so no stone should be left unturned in checking out the available options. Most of the couples indulge in this process together so that they end up being at a destination that both will enjoy. Several issues may crop up along the way. Here are some of them.
The first problem that most couples encounter is an overload of information. This often leaves them more confused and hassled, especially after having to deal with wedding preparations. From destinations to honeymoon packages, there are so many options from which they have to choose. Most of this time is spent in a blur, looking at itineraries of different destinations.
It is easy to stray from the decided budget, as no one wants to compromise on their first trip together as a married couple. It is, however, important to remember that there will be a lifetime of trips to come. So, save money wherever it is possible. Going to a destination during peak tourist seasons will always put an excessive strain on your resources as opposed to visiting destinations when there are fewer crowds.
Another issue that couples have when planning their honeymoon is how many days they can spend on holiday. Anywhere between one and two weeks is ideal as it means enough time to spend together without feeling homesick or without completely blowing up your travel budget.
Type of destination
This is perhaps the biggest concern - selecting a destination for your honeymoon. Consider personal preferences when deciding this. Avoid visiting a place that you aren't comfortable with. For instance, if the two of you are fond of adventure, avoid going to a place that is steeped in history as you might not enjoy your holiday as much as you should. On the other hand, if the two of you enjoy different kinds of places, choose a destination that offers both. Marriage is, after all, a lot of compromising.
To help make your dream honeymoon a reality, here are some tips that can help make the whole planning process a bit easier.
Always begin with a budget
When you have an idea about how much you can or want to spend, it becomes easy to select a destination. For instance, if you wish to spend INR 2,00,000 on your honeymoon, you will not choose a destination for which airfare will come up to Rs 1,50,000. Setting a budget will give you a clear idea about how much to allocate to different elements of your holiday and the number of destinations you can visit.
Type of accommodation
The next step is to have an idea about different accommodation options. Do you want to stay in a villa or hotel room? Is a BnB accommodation in sync with your budget or you prefer a five-star luxury stay in a premier property? This decision is entirely dependent on your budget, preferences and accommodation types offered at your destination. On the other hand, if you already have a membership in a resort chain like Club Mahindra, this isn't a tough choice at all. With resorts in India and abroad, your stay is already taken care of.
The atmosphere of a place
The overall feel which you seek from a destination or a hotel enables you to narrow down your final choice. For instance, if you are a fan of mega-hotels and like to indulge in a lot of parties, then you will love party-places like Las Vegas and Cancun. But if you want solace and relaxation, and are a lover of history or nature, countries like Spain, Ireland and Italy are perfect.
Consider the time of the year
Some of the most important things to consider when picking a honeymoon destination include crowds, rates and weather conditions, etc. All these elements are based on the time of year. For instance, if you select Rajasthan during the scorching summer months, the entire idea of a holiday gets defeated. Additionally, you will not want exorbitant prices during peak tourist season to dent your savings. So, make this decision carefully. It is also advisable to book your tickets and stay in advance to avoid high costs.
Now that you know how to plan your honeymoon without going crazy, it's time to start executing it. Or you could get a membership with Club Mahindra which has 50+ resorts in India and abroad. This way, you do not have to worry about planning a trip from start to finish. All you have to do is pick a destination, and the rest can be taken care of by Club Mahindra, from accommodation to activities.