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Are You Newly Engaged? 6 Things You Need to Know Before Planning Your Honeymoon!

Congratulations on your engagement! This will be one of the happiest times of your life. As you start planning your honeymoon, it can be stressful and overwhelming trying to plan a honeymoon that gives you EXACTLY what you want! There are so many different factors that need to be handled correctly. How do you make the choice of location, resort, airfare, excursions, and all the other things that you need to concern yourself with?

This honeymoon planning guide is just what the doctor ordered to help you fit all of the pieces together perfectly for a relaxing and pampering honeymoon in paradise. Okay, so let's jump into these 6 honeymoon planning essentials!

1. Create a "Honeymoon Wish List"

Before you do any honeymoon planning, you and your future spouse need to take some time to make a list together of what you both are hoping to get out of your honeymoon. I call it a “honeymoon wish list.” Is gourmet food important to you, do you prefer a la cart vs. buffet restaurants? Do you care more about having a stunning honeymoon suite, or are you ok with the standard room? Are you both wanting a beautiful long stretch of swimmable beach, or are pools more important to you? What type of excursions would you like to enjoy? You will want to have at least some of these settled before you start researching destinations and resorts.

2. Don't Base Decisions Solely on Recommendations!

Recommendations are great, but you have to remember that you are a completely different couple than what they are. What is great for one couple, may not be great for you! Your honeymoon is pretty important, you don’t want to take a chance on having an underwhelming or poor experience. It’s fine to take a recommendation, but use it as a starting point, not your end point. And PLEASE, don’t go to Trip Advisor until you’ve narrowed your selection of honeymoon resorts down to two or three options!

3. Do This Instead:

Remember that list I told you to create in point number 1? Once you have that

list made, you’ll want to start thinking about past travel experiences, both good

and bad... What did you like or love about a trip you took, or what did you dislike

or hate, about a past vacation or getaway? Add these to your “honeymoon wish list”. Now you will be ready to move on to point number 4.

4. Make a List of Potential Honeymoon Destinations:

Now it’s time to start making a list of potential honeymoon destinations! Use your honeymoon wish list to help you narrow down destinations that offer what

is on your list, then make a list of potential honeymoon resorts. If you're not a beach person, you may enjoy reading my article on 3 Top Honeymoon Ideas for a Non-Beach Honeymoon.

5. Consider Getting a New Credit Card That Earns Miles

As long as you are going to be charging your wedding expenses, you mind as well earn some reward miles to help you pay for your honeymoon, or at least pay you back for booking your honeymoon. This is a great time to open a new credit card that will earn you miles or points for future or even current travel. You could actually get a discount on your airfare if you play your credit cards right!

6. Consider Working With a Honeymoon Designer or Specialist

If you want to ensure that your honeymoon won’t be a disappointment, as well as, reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when trying to plan this all on your own, it may be worth it to invest in hiring a honeymoon designer or planner. A properly trained honeymoon planner or designer knows how to take your honeymoon wish list, and quickly narrow down destinations & honeymoon

resorts, that will be perfect for both of you! They will also make sure that you receive ALL the honeymoon amenities & perks you will qualify for as well.

I hope this honeymoon planning guide helps make your wedding planning a little less stressful and more fun. Whether you're looking for an over-the-water bungalow or an epic adventure in the Mediterranean where you explore and create memories to last a life time, try to implement these 6 essentials before you do anything else.

If you’re ready to have some of the pressure and stress of planning your honeymoon lifted off of your shoulders, then I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a free 30-45 minute strategy session with me! I would be honored to help your figure out everything you need for you to have the honeymoon you've been dreaming of!

Twin Gemini's Travel is a full service travel agency, located in Jackson, New Jersey. Specializing in destination weddings, honeymoons, couple getaways, group travel and family vacations to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Europe, Disney and, Hawaii via land or sea.

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