How did you plan your honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I think first you need to narrow down your choices. Do you want to relax or sightsee? Do you want to be in a city or a beach? Are you resort people? What kinds of things do you see yourselves doing on your honeymoon?

What FI and I did first was to talk about what was important to each of us. For him it was a beach and a convenient flight and to not go somewhere that we would spend all of our time sightseeing (he wanted to relax first and foremost). For me it was that we go somewhere I hadn’t been before and be able to stay 10 nights. I wound up compromising on both of mine (I’ve traveled quite a bit and we had to cut a night off to make our budget work). But it gave us a starting point of figuring out a destination that works for both of us.

If you’re set on Estonia, the first thing I would do is some research on places you’d like to see in Estonia. Then find a city that is centrally located to those places, that you would feel good about using as your home base. Since neither of you has traveled internationally very much and neither of you are familiar with the area, I would recommend the home base method over changing hotels and cities every few days. Considering it’s your honeymoon, I doubt you’re going to want to be on the go constantly. Then I would head to expedia or bookit to price it out (as a package, including hotel & flight) to see if it works for your budget. If so, then either check out tripadvisor for hotel reviews or go to a travel agent who can help you choose the right place for you. THEN, you can go and book excursions and day trips from your home base city.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

FI is planning our honeymoon in secret, so I’m unfortunately no help!!  I know we decided on a week somewhere warm and outside of the country, but that’s all I know at this point.  Also decided on a budget, which I think will be the main determinant of our destination.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

baileyjosephine:  Same here – but I don’t even know the budget! I did ask him to at least make sure it’s warm, haha. I also requested that it’s by an ocean, as I’ve never seen the ocean before. Other than that – well, we’ve both passports and love to travel, so as far as I know the only thing determining a limit is our budget! 

Secretly I’m hoping for a backpack tour through places in Europe we haven’t visited or a tropical island (without large spiders, preferably. Yich). 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

HonoraryNerd:  If you want to go to Estonia, your could either use a travel agent or book everything separately. The latter one is probably cheaper. You could get a guide book (personally I love Lonely Planet books) to help you with planning an itinerary. Decide on a budget and time of the year (summer is by far the best time to go to Estonia), think which places you’d like to see, and take it from there. I always use Tripadvisor to look for hotels, I trust their ratings.

In Estonia you could spend a few days in Tallinn in some romantic hotel in the charming old town. Then you could hit the beach in Pärnu, or go to the islands of Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. You can either rent a car or use public transportation. Tallinn is pretty easy to get around on foot.

You could also check if it’s more affordable to fly to Helsinki or Stockholm, and take a ferry from there. It’s only two hours from Helsinki to Tallinn, and an overnight trip from Stockholm. The ferry from Stockholm is like a cruise ship. I think there are also some low-cost airlines flying to Tallinn from UK, probably Ryanair, Easyjet, or Air Baltic.

You can PM me if you have any questions regarding Estonia. I have been to Tallinn a few times, it’s a really nice little town. 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

gillykat824:  oh boy!  hope your FI does well!  don’t know about you, but the suspense is killing me (I’m too much of a control freak lol).  maybe you can start leaving him subtle hints about backpacking through Europe, if he hasn’t booked the honeymoon yet?    

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

baileyjosephine:  Haha, it’s killing me too because I’m too impatient and I want to know now! 🙂 We’ve discussed all sorts of options – from Europe to Hawaii to Alaska (I said nope) to Australia. He just won’t tell me what exactly he’s picking, and he’s not seeming to lean towards anything in particular. *sigh*

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

HonoraryNerd:  I agree with the prior bee. You should think about what you want to do. Do you want beachy and warm? Do you want to sightsee? Do you want to stay in the same place for the entire honeymoon? How much time do you have for it? If you are doing international then you need to block off days for travel time i.e. your 8 day honeymoon might more realistically be 5.5 days when you exclude travel. 

I wanted to do something in Europe and we just searched around the South of France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Portugal until we found something to do. We are spending a few days in Italy, then traveling up to Germany/Swiss Alps, and then ending in Paris. Our honeymoon is much more sightsee and explore than relax on beach. 

We booked everything on our own, no travel agent. We kept changing our minds about how long we wanted to stay in certain places and added on Paris as a last minute change. It was nice to have that flexibility. I’ve actually never used a travel agent though so I’m not sure what the advantages might be besides help with planning (like I don’t know if certain ones have access to special rates). 

It’s also sooo helpful to talk to someone who has been where you are planning to go. They can give you tips on the best places to exchange your money, best deals on transportation while over there, any problems they might have encountered. Like we are renting a fun car and driving through the Swiss Alps and through the Black Forest. Someone who has done the same advised us that speeding tickets in Switzerland are based on your income and are might need to be paid on the spot. Good to know!!

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