The honeymoon is some well-deserved time to kick back, relax and forget about rules as a newly-married couple. But crafting a list of creative guidelines can make the trip completely different from any other time you've traveled together before. Here are some ideas for newlywed "dos" and "don'ts" that will lend an added dose of fun to your first trip as husband and wife.
1. Do ditch the cell phones.
You have just a few days or weeks all alone with your newly betrothed. Don't waste a minute on email, Facebook or Instagram. Even though you may be eager to check social media for pictures from your big day, see what everyone else is up to, or share your post-nuptial adventures, you'll enjoy yourselves as a couple much more if you focus on each other — and only each other. Depending upon how far afield your getaway is, this rule may be pretty easy to follow, especially if you're in an area with spotty or no service. Social media feeds and daily news updates can wait. It will all be there when you get back.
2. Don't plan every single minute.
This is especially important if you're a type-A planner in your day-to-day life. Abandon the idea of meticulously planning every minute of your honeymoon and allow yourselves free time to explore or just be. You might be surprised how much you enjoy the lack of a schedule. If it helps, take off your watch so you're not constantly checking the time. And your cell phone shouldn't be anywhere in sight (as per rule #1!).
3. Do plan a surprise excursion.
Set aside one day for you to plan and one day for your spouse to plan and surprise one another with a secret itinerary. Do some research ahead of time to find off-the-beaten-path adventures that your partner won't expect. If you usually read all day on the beach, find a nearby hiking trail to traverse as newlyweds. If you tend to pack your mornings with museums, treat yourselves to a few hours at a nearby spa instead.
4. Don't keep to yourselves.
Strike a conversation with another couple staying at your hotel or resort. Whether they're also on their honeymoon, a 40th anniversary getaway, or just a vacation for the sake of it, find out their life story and enjoy each other's company. These kinds of exchanges help you live in the moment.
5. Do get totally drunk together one night.
If you didn't indulge on your big day because you wanted everything to go as planned, now is the time to get a little tipsy as husband and wife. Toast your marriage with pre-dinner cocktails, share a bottle of wine at dinner, and then find the nearest bar or club to let loose. Dancing usually guarantees an even better night.
6. Don't drink every single night.
If your post-nuptial getaway is already filled with champagne and alcohol-related merriment, reserve one night to take it easy and enjoy yourselves sans booze. If you have a sweet tooth, make a decadent dessert the focus of the night. If you love long walks, traverse the town or city on foot by moonlight. And you'll both wake up feeling amazing.
7. Do buy a souvenir for your spouse.
Your first gift to your significant other as husband and wife should be memorable. So hit the local shopping scene and find something one-of-a-kind that will remind you both of the special trip for years and years into the future. Bonus points for making each other laugh.