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Everything you need to consider when planning an overseas honeymoon

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Everything you need to consider when planning an overseas honeymoon

After all the stress of planning a wedding, newlywed couples deserve an unforgettable honeymoon. And where better to celebrate your marriage than overseas? You have an opportunity to make new memories and spend time in beautiful countries with the love of your life. It’s a win all around, you just need to make sure that you’ve considered everything when it comes to planning this overseas trip.

 

Narrow down a destination

The most difficult part about planning a honeymoon is choosing where you both want to go. And that starts by deciding what type of holiday destination you’re looking for. There are so many different climates and adventures out there, from countryside getaways to island vibes or cityscapes to snow-covered mountains. You could have a relaxed honeymoon where you take things as they come or a touristy honeymoon where you wake up early, catch the tour bus and explore all day, every day.

When you know what type of honeymoon holiday you’re looking for, you can narrow down the list of destinations. Then it becomes a matter of what those destinations offer, whether you’ve been there before or not, what the weather conditions are like at the time of year you’re wanting to go and, more importantly, what you can afford. The cost of things is the best deciding factor.

 

The cost of things

Honeymoons are expensive and you don’t need a financial calculator to tell you that. It’s not uncommon for couples to take out a personal loan to pay for their wedding and honeymoon. Because you shouldn’t compromise on going overseas because of money. You don’t have to go overboard and stay in five-star hotels, there are affordable ways to travel.  

Funnily enough, you’ll find that some “at-home” honeymoons end up being the same price (if not more expensive) than overseas holidays as South Africa is a popular tourist destination. So you might as well go overseas. But, it is important to consider the cost of things and to use a loan calculator to make sure you can afford your holiday over time.

If you find a honeymoon package or destination experience that is worth every cent, making use of personal loans to get you there isn’t a bad move. As long as you are able to afford the repayments once you get back to real life after the honeymoon bubble.

When totalling the amount of the loan you need to take, a few costs you need to consider for an overseas honeymoon include:

  • Flights.
  • Accommodation.
  • Food (which, in most countries, can add up very quickly).
  • Transport.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Activities (water sports, tours, spa treatments, etc).
  • Souvenirs.

 

Valid passports and travel docs

You also need to take a look at both of your passports and make sure they’re valid for up to six months after your departure date. For most countries, those are their passport requirements and you could easily not be let into the country if otherwise.

So, as soon as you know when you’re getting married, you need to check your passports and take the time to renew them, if that’s the case. The sooner you apply for a new passport, the less you’ll have to stress about getting it back in time for your flight.

The same goes for countries you’re travelling to that require a travel visa. These applications can take some time to be approved and printed in your passports (which you won’t be in possession of during the visa application process, for that reason). Getting a visa is a tricky process as you, generally, need to have your tickets booked already with all the travelling dates for them to check. You don’t want to be left with non-refundable flight tickets and tour packages, and no visa to get into the country, do you?

 

Honeymoon and travel itinerary

The next thing you want to plan and have out of the way before you land in your honeymoon destination is an itinerary. This is the number of hours it will take you to travel to the country, the number of days and nights you’ll spend there and the activities you’ll be doing during those days.

You’ll likely need to take leave from work and that can’t be done without this information, but also needs to be done in advance so the company can organise themselves around your absence. You also need to know what you’ll be doing when to make sure you fit in all the attractions you want to see and don’t end up spending all your time at the hotel. Unless it’s on the beach, then you have a valid excuse. The main thing though, is that you can’t just “wing it” when you get there and not have any transport or tour plans arranged beforehand. If it’s a popular time of year, they might not be able to accommodate you.

But most of the time, you can’t go wrong with a honeymoon and overseas trip.

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