It's time to take a break from wedding planning stress and dive deep into planning your honeymoon! You might already have a list of places you'd like to learn more about, or you might be starting your honeymoon search from scratch. Don't worry there's a destination out there for you, but don't book it before taking a few things into consideration. Whether you're looking for a honeymoon that's jam-packed with activities or something that's more relaxing (aka a good selection of lounge chairs, a beach, and a cocktail), here are nine things you should consider before choosing your honeymoon location.
1. Think About the Weather
Look up past weather trends for the month you are planning on honeymooning. If basking in the sun is your thing, try to avoid going during that location's rainy season or heavy winter.
2. Out of Pocket Costs
Perhaps you're getting a good deal on airfare and hotel, but it's important to double check how much local restaurants, activities, and even transportation will cost you. Sometimes those costs can add up and be way more than you expected.
3. Getting Time Off From Work
If you're going somewhere far or even planning a road trip, be sure you can take off a longer amount of time instead of rushing a trip that should be a week or two.
4. Keep Current on What's Happening in the World
Research the location you have your heart set on romancing in to make sure you are aware of any problems or health risks, like the current Zika epidemic in Brazil.
5. What Type of Vibe Do You Want
Before picking a place, decide together what kind of honeymoon you both want. Are you looking for something active or are you okay with something that's all relaxation all the time? Make a decision together (it won't be your last!).
6. Is One Location Enough?
When you're looking into destinations, you don't just have to pick one place. If your budget and vacation time allows, you can look into island hopping or jet setting to a couple of places at once.
7. Are You Finding Any Hidden Gems
Try not to book a honeymoon like anyone else's who has been there. Research and read up about hidden gems you can explore while you're there.
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Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.