Your honeymoon should be a sacred time you look forward to spending with your new spouse. After going through the wedding planning process, a relaxing and romantic honeymoon is usually heavily anticipated.
When it came to planning our honeymoon, I’m glad my husband and I took the time to research deals and accommodations and pay attention to even the tiniest details. Knowing that we were overly prepared and had all our ducks in a row made our honeymoon carefree and much more enjoying.
Sometimes when you’re planning a big wedding, it can be easy to get caught up in all the details of your big day that you completely forget to plan your honeymoon out just as carefully. If you can’t afford to hire a travel agent to plan your honeymoon out for you, you’ll need to make time to sit down with your partner and hash out all the details.
This can actually be a fun activity and can even prevent you from experiencing some awful honeymoon disasters that can ruin your big trip.
Here are 4 common honeymoon disasters to consider during the planning process along with how you can potentially avoid them.
1. Bad Weather
Bad weather is the most common honeymoon disaster newlyweds experience while on vacation. While a little rain or snow probably isn’t going to be too devastating, severe storms and natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and dangerous snow storms can basically ruin a honeymoon trip.
While you can’t really control the weather, you can try to plan ahead by choosing your destination and the timing of your trip wisely. For instance, if you wish to travel to a tropical island for your honeymoon, you may want to avoid hurricane season or even simply check the weather a week or two in advance.
I do this all the time when I’m traveling because if you know about bad weather a week ahead of time, you can possibly change your flight without being charged a fee to avoid delays at the airport or other inconveniences as a result of bad weather.
2. Lost Luggage
Lost luggage can also contribute to a honeymoon disaster. While most airlines are good with keeping up with your luggage, it’s possible that they can misplace it or that you can even lose your luggage during a plane or ground transfer.
To avoid lost luggage, be sure to properly tag your luggage or do something to distinguish your suitcase from others like putting a unique-colored ribbon on the handle. Take a picture of your bag on your phone before checking it in so you can have it on hand to show people if it does get lost.
You might also want to pack at least one outfit and a few essentials in a carry-on bag that you take with you. That way, even if you do have to go several hours without luggage, you’ll have clothes and toiletries on hand until you get your items back.
3. Sporting Accidents
Sporting accidents can be very devastating. When you’re on your honeymoon, it’s understandable that you’ll want to explore and try spontaneous things. However, it’s also important to proceed with caution when it comes to trying out new activities especially water sports.
Doing things like snorkeling, boating, and zip lining can be super fun, but you have to prioritize your safety first. Before you go on your honeymoon, do some research on the excursions you’d like to try. Learn more about the location and procedures you’ll be following ahead of time. Also, when you are presented with a waiver before you begin your activity, spend a few minutes reading it carefully instead of rushing to sign your name at the bottom. Doing these small things will definitely help ensure your safety and make the experience much more enjoyable.
You want your honeymoon to be a truly unforgettable experience but in a good way. While you can’t control every good and bad thing that will happen during your honeymoon, you can prepare, lay out a plan B, and do neccessary research which will only enhance your experience.
Is there anything you wish you would have done differently when planning out your honeymoon? If you’re currently planning a honeymoon, what’s your biggest concern and how do you plan to prepare for your trip?