Your honeymoon will be a memorable trip wherever you take it. Note that I said "memorable," not "fantastic" or "wonderful." A honeymoon, like any other trip, has the possibility of going terribly wrong. My advice? Don't screw it up because your spouse will never, ever forget it.
Luckily, my wife and I had a phenomenal honeymoon aboard a cruise ship. The service was first-rate. The food was delicious. The seas were calm. I didn't have to take out a second mortgage to pay for it. That's why I often recommend cruises to honeymooners. Not only do the ships provide a lot of vacation for the money, but most also go the extra nautical mile when they know newlyweds are aboard. Shoot, you can even get married on one.
For other tips on honeymoon travel, read on. Below you'll find some information you'll absolutely want to follow. Good luck out there.
Travel Tip Strip
1. Get travel insurance: Honeymoons generally cost a lot of money. For just pennies on the dollar, you can insure your trip, and, if the travel plans go wrong, at least you won't be mad and broke.
2. Plan ahead: This is one trip you need to start thinking about months in advance. If you're getting married this fall, make honeymoon reservations this month.
3. Go ahead, splurge: Don't opt for the cheap hotel just because it's close to the airport. The father of the groom might suggest it as "practical," but do you really want to start your marriage on such an unromantic note?
4. Get advice: Now is not the time to become a travel writer, exploring the untested. Talk to friends or family about their favorite spots. Revisiting places parents and grandparents honeymooned adds a sentimental aspect to the trip.
5. Ask us: If you're still unsure of where to start, check out our favorite Southern hotels and restaurants in the Southern Living Editors' City Guide at editorscityguide.com.
6. Plan for your anniversary: For a truly romantic gesture, choose a place you'll want to visit again for a special anniversary. Some savvy spots encourage such plans. The Cloister at Sea Island, the venerable Georgia resort (with roots back to 1928), has wooed generations of honeymooning Southerners. Save your original receipt, and the rate you paid on your honeymoon could possibly be your anniversary rate for the rest of your life. For restrictions and details, visit www.seaisland.com, or call 1-800-732-4752.
Editor's Advice: Get a Passport
Thinking about a trip to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada, or Mexico for your honeymoon? You'll need a passport. For the first time, visitors to these countries from the U.S. will be required to show passports. To avoid penalties, rush charges, and possible delays, start your paperwork now. Visit the U.S. Department of State at http://travel.state.gov/passport for specifics on how to renew or get a passport for the first time.
"Travel Tips: Honeymoon Advice" is from the May 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.