The other day I posted a recap of our honeymoon, and I had one of you ask if I could write a blog covering tips for planning your own. I have a blog post on our honeymoon, so if you’re thinking of going to Tulum, that post will be helpful! But I didn’t really go into what to consider when planning in terms of where to go, what to splurge on, etc. So figured I’d talk about that some in today’s post.
I think the first thing is to think of what you want to spend overall/what your budget is. This will help you determine if you’re going to travel abroad, stay within the country, and also probably how long your trip is going to be. Obviously if you go somewhere for four days vs. two weeks that is really going to impact cost. So I think it’s important to first think of how much you want to spend as that can help you narrow down where you may go and for how long.
The other thing to consider is to ask yourself what you and your partner actually like to do on vacation? For example, Stephen and I aren’t really beach people. We enjoyed Tulum (for our honeymoon) because there was other stuff to do there – like going in the cenotes, visiting the ruins, etc. but we personally wouldn’t have liked to be at a resort per say. We get really bored when really the only activity is “relaxing at the beach” so that helped us eliminate where to (not) go. We did consider Europe for example, but we couldn’t really be away for longer than a week plus we knew Europe would be more expensive (again, going back to point number one). I feel like some people are like “After our wedding, we will just want to relax!” which may totally be the case. But just ask yourself what are you both going to actually enjoy doing for several days, weeks etc.
In terms of where to splurge/focus your budget on, that is really personal preference! You may not care as much about where you’re staying (especially if you’re not in the room most of the day), and choose to put more of your budget towards restaurants, experiences etc. Or if you’re going somewhere like an all inclusive resort, maybe the majority of your budget goes towards the room/resort itself since you know you’re spending the majority of your time there. For us in Tulum, we knew we wanted to stay somewhere nicer than we normally would – so we did that, but we didn’t get the most expensive room on the property. We picked one of the less expensive rooms so we would have more money to put towards experiences and going to restaurants.
I feel like it really comes down to personal preference for each couple, but hopefully this gave you some things to consider for planning your honeymoon!