How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon That Won't Leave You Feeling Worn Out
Resist the urge to cram too much into this one trip.
After the whirlwind that was planning and celebrating your wedding, it's understandable that you'd want to make the most of your honeymoon. After all, if you're going to spend 24 hours flying to another continent, you might as well check out a few cities—or even countries—while you're there. However smart that may seem, though, there is a major trade-off to a trip with multiple destinations. "For many honeymooners, the goal is to find some time to relax and unwind after the wedding," says Kristen Korey Pike, founder and CEO of KK Travels Worldwide. "If you bite off more than you can chew and visit too many destinations, you might come home feeling more tired than before."
We're not here to crush your dreams; it is possible to hop around on your honeymoon. Just follow these dos and don'ts to avoid getting overwhelmed or burned out.
Talk to a pro.
It's always a good idea to work with a travel agent for your honeymoon, as they can help pick properties and destinations to suit your preferences and even negotiate rates and upgrades, saving you time and stress in the long run. Trips to several locations require a lot more logistical work, making a professional trip-planner even more necessary. "Before we begin the planning process, we learn as much as possible about our clients in order to understand how best to structure an itinerary that is customized to fit their expectations," Pike explains. "Our collaborative process allows us to plan the trip of a lifetime filled with memorable experiences at a pace that's comfortable for the client."
Make plans far in advance.
In this case, the early bird gets the worm. It's always true with travel, but especially so with more elaborate excursions. Pike emphasizes that it's essential to book early if you want to secure the hotel you've been eyeing, in the room category you'd prefer. And since you'll be hitting multiple cities, you'll probably have multiple properties. Save yourself some stress and don't leave it to the last minute.
Don't go overboard.
While the length of the honeymoon and the number of locations is entirely up to the preferences of the bride and groom, avoid the temptation to go too big. "It is not the only vacation you will take together, so don't cram the whole world into one trip," says Jack S. Ezon, the founder and managing partner at New York-based Embark.
All that running around will start to feel like a marathon if you're not careful. Switch off between active and restful destinations so you can catch your breath. Kick things off at the beach, then move to a major metropolis bustling with art and culture. Or embark on a safari and finish at a spa. "If you like movement, be mindful of scheduling downtime each day," Pike advises.
Stay a while.
Ezon and Pike agree: Don't be in such a hurry to cross places off your bucket list that you don't fully get to experience them. "We prefer at least four to five nights per destination and never less than three nights," Ezon explains. "Hopefully you are set up for a successful career with many opportunities to travel again, so save some places for the next journey."