Plan The Perfect Honeymoon
Location, Location, Location
This article is written by ‘TakeABreak’
Just as location is important for your big
day, for both the ceremony and your reception, choosing the
right honeymoon destination is key to your enjoyment once
all the hard work is over.
Whether it is the bride or the groom planning
your honeymoon, there are a range of things you should consider.
Selecting the right place to stay
Finding the perfect place for your honeymoon is a big decision,
but don’t let it overwhelm you. The following outlines
some key areas that you and your partner should decide on
well in advance:
- One of the first things to decide is
whether you want to go overseas, or stay somewhere local
and simply hide away.
- How long can you afford to take off (how
long will your boss give you and how much will it cost).
- Will you be driving, flying or a combination
- What is your budget per night, or in
total (this may help you to determine how long you want
to go for).
- Are you planning an active or passive
honeymoon and is this what you partner has in mind too (if
you have not yet checked, best to ask now).
- By when do you need to book?
Travelling overseas sounds exotic, and it can be, but it can
also be mean dealing with both long flights and the unknown.
If you or your partner has your heart set on a specific destination,
then go for it… to make the most of your overseas stay
it is best to use a reputable travel agency in your local
Researching international destinations online
can also be done quite easily now too.
Staying closer to home
If staying closer to home is more your style, then you still
have a range of options from which to choose.
- Where do you want to go? Beach, mountains,
- Which state or region.
- What type of accommodation, do you want
to stay in a hotel and get service, but perhaps not have
the run of the house, or do you want to stay in a self-contained
secluded cottage high up where no-one can find you?
Choices, Choices and more Choices…
Without wanting to go and check every place out, how do you
make a decision as to where is the best place to take your
honeymoon. Our advice is to start by narrowing down the type
of accommodation you want, then think about the type of honeymoon
you want (do you want to go bushwalking, diving, skiing, sightseeing,
or simply laze around). Look for places that meet your needs,
then make a shortlist of, say 10 and contact those properties
to find out:
- Are they available?
- How much do they cost?
- Do they have the facilities you are looking
for? (do you want a spa, a pool, an open fire, resort facilities
or a secluded location)
There is no point ending up smack bang in
the middle of Surfers Paradise, if you are looking for a wilderness
escape. Looking specifically for adult only retreats, or something
advertised as specifically ‘honeymoon’ may be
the best approach.
Booking Your Perfect Escape!
There are a few different options for booking your honeymoon.
Understanding these options will give you a head start in
- Book directly with the accommodation
by searching through the yellow pages, or local tourist
directory. This option may be cheaper, but may also be a
lot of hard work.
- Ask friends and family for recommendations
(especially friends who have recently looked into this themselves).
- Book through a travel agent. A travel
agent can help to put a package together including flights,
transfers, car hire and accommodation, depending on what
you want. Travel agents typically take a percentage of the
value for each of the items they book.
- Booking online through a dedicated travel
directory such as http://www.takeabreak.com.au/HoneymoonHideaways.htm
This type of site is often able to offer lower rates than
available through travel agents and the added benefit of
also dealing with the property direct, just make sure that
you can book the property well in advance. A dedicated website
is often much easier to navigate than using a search engine
and you can look for specific accommodation places and types.
The Must do’s
- Book well in advance.
- Read the terms and conditions of bookings
regarding cancellations and deposits.
- Ask for a written booking confirmation.
- Advise the property if you will be arriving
late, or have any special requests, well in advance.
- Confirm payment options (can you pay
by credit card, cheque and/or cash)
- Remind them it is your honeymoon, you
never know what extra special touches they might add…
Penny Young a Director of ‘Take A Break Away’,
has written this article. www.takeabreak.com.au is an
Australia-wide holiday accommodation directory with
a range of ‘theme’ holidays, including a
Venue and Honeymoon
offers a complete range of accommodation alternatives
across Australia from luxury resorts to private, secluded
forest cabins and self-contained beachside apartments,
giving couples what they deserve for their break away!
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