Okay, so I'm not a really a pro, but I've traveled enough that I think I'm pretty qualified to weigh in on this topic! ;)
When June rolls around, I've got vacations on the brain 24/7. I'm a big fan of road trips, and taking a spontaneous road trip during the summer is perhaps my favorite thing in life. My husband and I are currently planing where we'd like to travel this summer, so it only seemed appropriate for me to blog some travel tips! Honeymoon tips, to be more specific. :)
I'm by no means an expert on honeymoons, but I've traveled enough that you could probably consider me an expert on vacations! And I'm definitely a pro when it comes to traveling on a budget. Here are some tips for planning a honeymoon that's as awesome as your wedding!
(Oh, and these photos? They're of our awesome couples leaving The Barn and heading out on their honeymoons!)
Your honeymoon doesn't have to be super fancy! You don't have to drop thousands of dollars on airfare to go to some exotic, super expensive destination. Fun honeymoon alternatives: 1. A road trip without a destination in mind. Just go! May I suggest road tripping out west? You'll never run out of things to do or outrageously gorgeous sites to see. You can stay in inexpensive hotels or even camp! 2. Rent a cabin in the mountains. It doesn't have to be far from home. What's more romantic than cooking breakfast and cozying up around a campfire with your new husband in the woods?! Absolutely nothin'. 3. A cruise. They're packed with people, I know. But cruises are all-inclusive, which means can be one of the cheapest ways to travel. You can score great deals on a room with a balcony, which is so romantic!
Sign up for a honeymoon registry. If you've got all the things you need for your home, consider signing up for a honeymoon registry. Buy Our Honeymoon is great (although the name is pretty awful), but there are several honeymoon registry sites out there! You can register for specific aspects of your honeymoon, like airfare, hotels, museum tickets, meals, etc. Here's an example I found for a couple who registered for a honeymoon to Greece and Italy. Some people think honeymoon registries are tacky (I disagree), so it may be a good idea to put a few "normal" registry things on a regular wedding registry, too!
You don't have to leave for your honeymoon the day after your wedding. In fact, I would recommend taking at least one day to rest and pack before you leave. Packing up your dress, undergarments, makeup and hair products, shoes, garter, jewelry and everything else you're taking to your wedding venue is stressful enough without having to remember to pack everything you need on your honeymoon, too! Take a day to chill out at home before you head out. You won't regret it!
Actually, it's totally normal to wait a while before going on your honeymoon. Weddings are expensive, and they can be stressful! Honeymoons can be expensive, too, and planning a vacation can be more stressful than wedding planning! If your wedding has left you broke, wait a few weeks (or even months) before taking your honeymoon. The last way you want to begin your marriage is being stressed out about money!
Put your wedding gift money toward your honeymoon. Is this completely tacky?! Maybe, but my husband and I spent our wedding money on our honeymoon, and we didn't regret it. If your vacation is flexible and doesn't have to be fully planned out and paid for ahead of time, bring your wedding money to pay for last minute hotel accommodations, fancy dinners and fun souvenirs!
Pretty sure this could be my favorite post ever. Travel + weddings?! That's pretty much what I care about in life, y'all.