There’s an art to travel. Some secrets you learn along the way, like making sure you find a map at the airport before you leave and always throwing spare plastic bags into your suitcase for dirty clothes. Here, we’ve done the research for you, and tried to save you some time and inconvenience. Avoid these common travel blunders and have the time of your life on your honeymoon.
1 Consider the season
To begin life together, you are likely to be going on a honeymoon, and like weddings, spring and summer are busy travel seasons. Ensure you check the dates that you are leaving and make your plans accordingly. For example, will it be school holidays or a popular travel or holiday weekend? Are you travelling during the wet season?
2 Learn how to pack light
Overpackers I’m talking to you! You do not need to take 40kg for a couple of weeks of travel. That means leaving things behind such as laptops, valuables, bags of makeup, full-size toiletries and only packing essential clothing. The less you have to carry, the happier you will be.
3 Take control of your itinerary
Having that once in a lifetime adventure trip skiing the slopes… heading to a beach destination on an island… or visiting a city where art, music, theatre and fine dining are available. It’s up to you – just make sure you don’t take on too much or you’ll need a vacation from your vacation.
4 Plan ahead
As with most things in life, the better prepared you are and the more you do in advance, the more time you’ll have to enjoy. Make airline and travel reservations, book your hotels and make sure you have the right room with the right view confirmed. Don’t wait until you get there to find you’re too late to do everything you’d planned. The last thing you’ll want to be on your honeymoon is disappointed.
5 Make sure your bankcards work
There is nothing more annoying on holidays than spending hours on the phone to the bank back at home. Another handy tip is to have a spare stash of cash hidden away. Remember if you lose your wallet you will still need to eat. An empty Chapstick can be a fantastic secret hiding spot!
6 Check your passport
Check to see that your passports are valid, your camera is working and that you have all necessary documentation. There’s nothing romantic about being detained in customs.
7 Wear good walking shoes
Blisters aren’t fun and high heels are useless on Europe’s cobblestone streets.
8 Keep a change of clothes and basic toiletries in your carry-on
If your luggage is lost you will thank us.
9 Take a jumper and thick socks on your flight
Planes are cold. They have air conditioning, and if you plan on sleeping on a long haul flight, you’ll need to be warm and comfortable.
10 Letting go
Even the most well planned trips are subject to hitting snafus. Traffic, flight and train delays, and weather are all beyond your control. However, you can control how you react to these things. If bad luck strikes, make the most of your trip by letting go and not getting upset. After all, you’re travelling with the person you love!