Standard honeymoon rules don't apply when your post-wedding retreat registers at just a few days. Make the most of your time together with this expert mini-moon advice from our travel expert, with tips to help you maximize your limited time, and ensure a super-fun, romantic honeymoon experience you won't soon forget.
1. Upgrade your room.
Don't dismiss your hotel or room choice simply because you've shorten your stay, cautions Susan Moynihan, travel expert and founder of The Honeymoonist. Even if your usual travel style is to skimp on the room in favor of saving for other ventures, "remember that you will use your room, even if it's just to sleep off the emotion of the wedding," says Moynihan. "You want it to be special." Think: A room with a view, so you never have to leave it to be amazed by where you are, or a Jacuzzi in the bathroom so that you can relax in private.
2. Do something unexpected.
A mini-moon isn't the time to repeat past experiences. "Just because it's a short vacation doesn't mean it can't be memorable" and new to you both, says Moynihan. Kick your trip up a notch, she suggests, with a couple's massage or a romantic private dinner. "A couples' massage can become a half-day experience with champagne and time to relax and enjoy with spa suite after your treatments," she says. "A romantic dinner can become a private dining experience in the sand or on a dock. Or you can try something new, like ATV-ing or hot-air ballooning, which is a great way to create strong memories and start your life off with some adventure."
3. Pick a destination based on convenience.
If you search for spots that are easily accessible, even international destinations may be available to you for a weekend getaway. "I love Mexico because it has great airlift, and is so easy to get to Cabo from the West Coast or Riviera Maya from the East Coast," says Moynihan. Also in the Caribbean, consider the Bahamas or Turks and Caicos. "They are both easy to get to, and have some of the prettiest beaches and water this side of French Polynesia," Moynihan attests.