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Choosing Your Honeymoon Travel Accommodations

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Before you start packing your bags, you will need to determine what accommodation style best suits your honeymoon desires.

Would you rather be in the company of other newlyweds, joined by families and other groups of vacationers, or shut off from the rest of society? Read on and discover the types of honeymoon accommodations that are out there…

All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts

As the term implies, an all-inclusive rate covers it all-from your overnight accommodations, meals, unlimited drinks, and entertainment, to tips, taxes, airport transfers, and a mile-long list of activities for one flat fee. Once a phrase that carried negative connotations, more and more resorts are beginning to offer all-inclusive packages. While resorts vary on what exactly is included, you will likely only need to carry cash if you plan to indulge in gift shop paraphernalia, off-site excursions, a rental car, or spa treatments. But aside from booking a flight to your destination, all of the essentials are included. Sounds good, huh? Make sure you consider all aspects before hopping on board:

Pros
* All-inclusive packages can save you up to 25% off the cost of a vacation-just be sure to scout out the best deals and consider the cost of airfare to get to your destination. (our honeymoon travel for less guide offers more budget-friendly advice)
* Knowing exactly what your trip will cost you before you leave-no surprise costs or charges to deplete your funds.
* No need to carry a wallet-the ultimate stress reliever.
* Having the luxury of choosing a destination that offers activities to your liking.
* If your travel plans include a destination wedding, most all-inclusive resorts offer packages that include on-site ceremonies and receptions with the assistance of an on-site planner.

Cons
* Because all of the inclusive costs are for on-site activities, you may be less likely to venture outside of the property and discover all that your destination has to offer.
* A restricted number of activities and places to dine has the makings of monotony.
* If seclusion and spontaneity are what you crave, then you might want to consider another option that gives you the freedom to interact at your own leisure.

Couples-Only Resorts
What better way to start your new life together than with other starry-eyed lovers? Couples-only resorts are limited to just that-exclusively twosomes. These love nests are havens for fine dining, dancing and live entertainment, and all things romantic to ignite your libido. Before marching two-by-two to the next adult getaway, be sure to take the good and the bad into consideration:

Pros
* No scathing singles scene or screaming kids to distract you from spending some one-on-one time with your lover.
* Most couples-only resorts also fall under the all-inclusive category, where the flat rate includes a number of perks to make your stay as stress-free as possible.
* All of the amenities are crafted with romance in mind, from the intimate tables for two at dinner to the plus-size beds in the rooms.

Cons
* If you roll your eyes every time you see a revolting display of PDA, then a lovers-only getaway shouldn’t be in your itinerary.

Honeymoon Cruises
Cruises have come a long way since the mainstream “mandatory-fun” voyages. Cruises now range from weekend excursions to week-long journeys with tropical stopovers. Before climbing aboard, be sure and understand all that comes along with the price of setting sail-otherwise you might find yourself in a scene from Boat Trip!

Pros
* Because of their nature, most cruises are all-inclusive, incorporating the cost of your cabin, meals, on-board activities, and entertainment.
* Endless amounts of action abound, from buffets galore to on-board sports and dances.
* Cruise types range according to length, destination, and type so you are certain to find one that tickles your fancy.

Cons
* The phrase “cabin fever” comes to mind when thinking of being stuck out at sea.
* If you are not happy with your honeymoon selection, you are as good as stuck with your choice until the boat docks.
* Moments of privacy are few and far between.

Adventure Excursions
If rapid rivers and Gatorade run through your veins, you might want to consider an adventurous expedition for your honeymoon. Whether you yearn for a safari, multi-sport adventure, or a week away at a dude ranch, the options are boundless.

Pros
* While most vacationers come home lethargic and a few pounds heavier, you will come home lean and lively.
* Most exploits include the cost of meals, accommodations, sightseeing trips, and instructors to guide you on your tumultuous expedition.
* Form camaraderie with your new husband as well as others in search of a little excitement and solidarity.

Cons
* While exercise is known to fuel the libido, you may be too exhausted at the end of the day to do anything about it.
* No matter how restless you and your hubby are, after months of tireless planning and a whirlwind wedding weekend, you might find yourself craving a little R&R.
* If your adventure plans include activities that you and your husband don’t normally engage in, you might have to spend more than anticipated on buying or renting equipment.

How To Select The Best Honeymoon Destinations

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

For the newlyweds couple their honeymoon should be the most second most memorable event of their new life together right after their wedding. And after all the craziness that a wedding involves picking the best honeymoon destination is very important. It is important to remember that this may well be the happy couple first real extended time away from their everyday life and should be a time of romance, relaxation and of course loads of fun. There are so many choices available for the perfect honeymoon destination that it may to prospective newlyweds. You want this trip to be filled with happy, and loving memories that will last a lifetime. The wrong honeymoon destination could be a huge disappointment. By choosing the right honeymoon destination they will be sure to remember this time of their lives together with fond memories.

The first thing couples must decide is when to take their honeymoon. Years ago most people went immediately after the wedding, sometimes leaving on the same night! These days more and more couples are opting to wait a few months before taking their trip. After all the wedding fun and planning many people feel the post-wedding blues so postponing your honeymoon leaves something to look forward to. Many people will go away to a private bed and breakfast or for a short weekend getaway so they can enjoy a “mini-moon” right after the wedding.

Before you choose a destination for your honeymoon, decide how much time you can take. If it is only going to be a week then discount faraway places like Europe or Asia. You’ll end up being jet-lagged at both ends, leaving little time to enjoy your destination. Remember also that you’ll be losing at least two of your days to travel. The Caribbean is an excellent choice if you are taking a week-long honeymoon. There are a number of islands to choose from, and most of them offer great package deals. You can stay at an all-inclusive luxury resort, where you will enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment for a good price. If you want to enjoy sunny beaches and each other’s company, the Caribbean might be just the right spot. It is great in the winter months as well.

If lying in the sun is not your idea of a good time, there are plenty of great honeymoon destinations in North America. Consider one of the many resort type towns that offer plenty of outdoor activities. Banff, Alberta is a unique resort town in the middle of the Rockies. If you ski or snowboard you and your sweetie will enjoy the fantastic hills in this area. Banff is a winter paradise, with plenty to do, and a town that is full of unique shops. If you prefer not to travel far, find a cozy bed and breakfast near your home. Many offer spa packages, including massage and other pampering. A getaway such as this is a super way to relax and enjoy one another’s company. If you are fortunate enough to have two or more weeks for your honeymoon, the destination possibilities will seem endless. Currently the South Pacific is very popular. The weather is great all year and you can find luxury resorts to treat you like royalty.

With all of these choices available, you and your future spouse need to spend some time deciding what you most want from your honeymoon. Sitting down with a stack of travel brochures will be almost as much fun as the trip itself. Make the right choice, and you’ll create a most memorable experience. If you have a shortlist of possible destination that fits your budget, the next you should do is identify what places offer the best accommodation, amenities, services, sights, luxury, and comfort among others. Then, choose one that is right for both of you. Keep in mind that the place should not necessarily be the least expensive; it should be the place where you will be able to enjoy and have fun together.