to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon
(ARA) - The date is set, the
dress is bought and the tuxes are rented -- now you get to plan
your first vacation together as husband and wife. Whether your
ideal honeymoon is traveling to the Swiss Alps for some mountain
fun or relaxing on an exotic beach in the Caribbean, it's a special
time you'll never forget. So what do you need to know to plan
the perfect honeymoon that goes off without a hitch?
"Everyone wants the greatest
honeymoon possible, but be sure to review the little details
so they don't turn into big problems," says Michael Kelly,
president of On Call International, a medical and travel assistance
company. "The best thing you can do is research, plan and
prepare together as a team."
Here are some things to consider
when planning the perfect honeymoon:
1. Choose a destination together.
Pick a destination that you both really want to visit. Each person
should choose the top three places they would like to honeymoon
and then compare lists. If you both want something relaxing,
a traditional spa vacation in the tropics is a good choice. If
you are adventure junkies, be sure to visit a location that offers
lots of fun activities.
2. Prep ahead of time.
Make a checklist of things you need to do before your trip. Research
the laws of the country to where you will be traveling and see
what rules are different. It's a good idea to check with the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out what types
of immunizations are recommended for Americans at that specific
destination. And remember, if you don't have a passport or need
to renew, allow ample time for processing. If you're changing
your name after your wedding, make sure that the name on your
travel documents matches what is on your passport so that you
don't experience any delays through security and customs.
3. Get medical and travel assistance
No one plans on getting sick or having other problems on their
honeymoon, but wouldn't it be nice to have the peace of mind
to know that if something happens, you're covered? That's why
it's important to get medical and travel assistance.
Your health insurance might not
cover you while you travel, so a company like On Call International
is there to help. On Call members get access to a 24-hour emergency
response center to find doctors in their travel area, a 24-hour
English-speaking nurse line to help identify symptoms, and coverage
should a traveler need to return home for medical reasons.
In addition, On Call can help
you with other travel woes such as a lost passport, misplaced
credit card, lost baggage or the need to reschedule a delayed
or cancelled flight.
4. Pack the right stuff.
Sure you want to look great for your spouse, but sometimes looking
chic and dressing appropriately for the location you're visiting
might not be the same thing. Research what tourists usually wear
at your chosen location. If you're traveling internationally,
different cultures might have different expectations. Also remember
that extreme weather, hot and cold, requires different types
of clothing, so pack accordingly and you won't have to buy something
at an exorbitant price when you get there.
5. Eat, drink and be merry.
No one wants to be stuck in their hotel bathroom with a stomachache
on their honeymoon. Food and water in different countries can
be contaminated so do your research before celebrating at the
local restaurant. When in doubt, ask your hotel concierge for
advice. If you are buying your own food, sealed products are
usually safer options because they come directly from the distribution
"These planning tips should
help you have the honeymoon of your dreams. If something does
go wrong, remember to work through it and enjoy the time you
have together. After all, it's one of the most important and
special vacations you'll ever take," says Kelly.