Over The Moon

By Teresa Iqbal

July 1, 2015 5 min read

The honeymoon is typically the last climactic event of the wedding process. As the culminating event that pulls everything together and leaves couples with their first opportunity to relax and begin enjoying life together, it's important to make it as enjoyable as possible. But where do you begin when it comes to choosing where and how to enjoy your first moments together as a married couple on your honeymoon?

Choosing a honeymoon destination that represents your interests as a couple is perhaps the best place to start narrowing down destination choices. Do you love art and museums? If so, a large city with ample opportunity for you to spend the days among art exhibits and historical pieces is probably best suited for you. Perhaps you're a couple who consider themselves literary. Take some time to research places where literary authors made history, and immerse yourself in these same spots. Maybe a good time for you means spending most of your days beachside. Be sure to choose a honeymoon destination where you can spend your days on the beach and take part in activities on the water. Enjoying the overall culture of your destination is an important key to having a happy and fulfilling experience on your honeymoon.

You needn't spend an outrageous amount of money traveling to a tropical destination, either. Chances are that there are beautiful spots closer than you think where you could make great memories doing the things you both love. In fact, building your honeymoon itinerary around the activities you love allows you to consider an array of vacation spots that fit a number of budgets. Whether it's staying in your country, your state or even your own city, you're bound to find a number of ways to celebrate. They key is to narrow down activities that are important to you both and plan your honeymoon around cities where you know you can have a good time doing the things you enjoy.

If you are hoping to spend your vacation traveling to faraway destinations, there are other ways to be budget-conscious while still having a good time overseas. Cruises are one honeymoon option that more and more couples are taking advantage of every day. They're great for those hoping to get more bang for their buck. According to Luxury Travel Magazine, "with some cruise lines, port taxes, meals, drinks, entertainment, activities and even tips are all included in the upfront cost of a cruise. It's easy to work out a per-day cost to compare to other forms of travel."

Taking a cruise also simplifies the logistical process of vacationing. For example, you need only unpack and pack once. Most, if not all, meals are included in the passenger fare, as well as an array of activities to be enjoyed on the ship. Splurging on meals at local spots where the ship docks allows couples to experience fine dining without having to worry about shelling out cash at every single meal. The same goes for activities. Many cruise lines organize activities off the ship that couples can take part in, such as scuba diving and museum tours, which means less hassle and work involved in finding fun things to do in your destination city, leaving more time both on and off the boat to enjoy yourselves to the fullest.

A similar option for those who don't want to deal with all the stress and planning of both a wedding and a honeymoon is the all-inclusive resort. All-inclusives are great for those looking for a hassle-free experience. Couples can pamper themselves and share all of the same benefits as cruisers, such as included activities and meals. Just be sure to choose a destination you'd both be interested in exploring and experiencing to some depth, because you likely won't be doing much more than day trips to closer, more local spots. This is definitely an upside for those looking to stay in one place for a longer amount of time and more deeply immerse themselves in the culture, art and cuisine of one location of their choosing, rather than visiting an array of destinations for a short amount of time.

It's clear that no matter your focus, interest or budget, there are several different options to take advantage of when creating a lasting honeymoon experience.

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