Tips For Planning a Honeymoon
Initial planning. Choose a reputable travel agent with whom you have worked before, or get a trusted recommendation. Many travel agents don't charge a fee, so take advantage of their services and spare yourself the research. Meet the agent in person with a firm budget range and some desirable destinations in hand.
If traveling outside the United States, find out immediately if a passport, special visa or medical clearance are required -- these things take time.
Evaluating all-inclusive packages or cruises. Generally, all-inclusive resorts or cruise packages can offer good value for honeymooners, but be sure to look closely to see exactly what is included in the price, and then compare it to an "a la carte" vacation.
One of the best things about all-inclusives is that they allow couples to know exactly what they will spend ahead of time; often, another benefit for active honeymooners is the chance to try snorkeling, horseback riding or other new experiences without worrying about extra cost.
Packing. Prepare a master packing-list well before the wedding, so that you don't have to spend any extra time debating about what to bring before you depart.
Check to see if your hotel provides hair dryers, irons and robes so that you don't have to lug your own. Stock up on basic sundries such as Band-Aids, aspirin, sunscreen and toothpaste -- these items often are expensive at a resort shop.
Put a contact name and address on the inside and outside of each piece of luggage, and carry essentials with you, including your itinerary with emergency contacts, your travel agent's phone number, and hotel and car-rental confirmation numbers.
Trip safety. It's easy to get caught up in the fun and romance of a honeymoon -- to the point where basic caution is forgotten. Be realistic about security: Keep a close eye on your luggage en route; use traveler's checks or credit cards instead of flashing cash. Ask your rental car agency about emergency assistance or request a car phone (you're often only charged if you use it); store valuables and airline tickets in your hotel or room safe.
Use Credit Cards When Out Of The Country. Almost all countries will accept US Dollars in tourist areas. Unfortunately, local merchants are experts at ripping you off using the Dollar Value to their currency. Almost all major US credit card companies will automatically convert your purchases to US Dollars using the correct current conversion. Check with your bank for details.
The National Safety Council has brochures on safe vacationing.
Call (800) 621-7615.