What is the hardest part for you in planning your Honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Newbee

honeymoonhacker:  

Nothing was hard!  Short of limiting our destinations to the time we have to hineymoon.  I’m like you, I had the honeymoon planned, replanned & planned again way, way brfore our wedding – over a year out.  And I LOVED every bit of it.  I love travel planning, I always have.  I guess if I have to pick my least favorite thing it’s buying public ground transfer in advance (bus/train tix on froreign websites) because there’s often just plain old technical glitches AND the added tug of war of reserving your bus/train tix in advance only to have your flight or other plans delayed and missing your fare anyway & possibly having a long wait till the tride bus/train.

Where & when is your honeymoon?

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

honeymoonhacker:  Hardest thing for us was picking a place!  We live on an island and it can be expensive to get a lot of places (limited direct flights). We’ve decided on a Caribbean cruise from Florida and have it narrowed down to 2 now. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

honeymoonhacker:  The toughest part was narrowing down where we wanted to go. Once we figured that out, timeframe and duration were next. We’ve got it all booked now but it did take some time – like ONE MONTH. Not a year. Ay yay yay, girlie! 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The hardest part for us was deciding where in the world to go, then after deciding and planning our trip.. my FI got a new job with less vacation time! It was a real bummer at first, having to replan something shorter but we’re ok now and really looking forward to it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

honeymoonhacker:  Well, let’s see… originally I had my heart set on Venice and Paris. Then my brother got orders to go to Germany so I was trying to figure out Venice, Germany, Paris AND put Oktoberfest in there. Then, after thinking and plotting, we just couldn’t make it ALL happen AND do Oktoberfest during a weekend (which is what my bro wanted) and only take off two weeks, etc. So, we scrapped it. IT was getting way too complicated and frankly, we had just come back from a lovely summer holiday in the UK (glorious).

Then it was onto French Polynesia and when I priced out what we wanted we both shrieked in horror. Then I won two first-class round trip tickets in a work raffle to anywhere in North America (excluding HI) so that put another wrench in it… in a good way. Blah, blah, blah… it took a while. Apparently waaaaaaaaaaay over the month figure I put down above (lo siento). Yeah, it probably took like 6 months of thinking and plotting and rethinking, etc.

So now, we are taking a cruise out of Miami followed by a road trip to Key West via convertible and then back to South Beach for a few days. Hopefully we will visit my brother and his family in Germany in December for the Christmas markets. We shall see…

Just typing that brought back the logistical horrors! I love spreadsheets but it got crazy at one point! Yikes.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I never hated anything about planning my honeymoon, but I think the most time consuming and stressful part was trying to find comfortable and safe hotels relatively close to the things we wanted to see AND had English speaking staff, hairdryers in the bathroom, and free breakfasts. Also it was hard trying to find outfits that were “appropriate” to wear in religious facilities (Vatican City, for example) but that were still cool enough to wear in ridiculously hot weather. Deciding on footwear that’s fashionable enough so Europeans wouldn’t think we were frumpy, but also comfortable for all the sightseeing we were doing was also a challenge. (FYI I failed at that part lol. In normal situations the shoes I brought are very comfortable, but were not suiteable for marble floors and cobblestone streets. My feet hurt just thinking about it lol!)

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

honeymoonhacker:  The hardest part for me with every trip is putting together a day to day itinerary.  I can book flights, figure out what attractions would be interesting, and schedule like a pro but sitting down and putting this together makes me want to rip my hair out!

Like how do I know how long we should spend at this attraction?  Where will we go next? Should I plan somewhere for us to eat lunch or play it by ear?

FYI for others that struggle with this, Tripadvisor reviews have a section where other people tell you how much time you should set aside for each attraction! 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

the honeymoon planning has been my LEAST FAVOURITE THING EVER. i love planning, love logistics.. but travel plans are a completely different ballgame. i’m not an introvert or germaphobe or anything, but it makes me so nervous thinking about what vaccines you need to get before you go away, what you can and can’t eat, high risks of food-borne illness, etc… doesn’t sound like fun to me! plus i don’t like paying thousands of dollars to things i can’t physically see first. i also had bed bugs before so hotels make me nervous ALWAYS.  we’re probably doing Sandals Whitehouse (Jamaica), but I’m not excited lol. FI isn’t interested in a cruise or Europe, and October will be too early for snowboarding anywhere, so we’re kinda settling! It’s sad, really 🙁 We’re doing a honeymoon because we know we’ll need a break, but that’s about it. I know we’re going to get bored on day 2 lol

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t plan.  It stresses me out!  I don’t enjoy feeling like I have to be in a certain place at a certain time.  I traveled extensively as a kid, and everything always just worked out, so that’s how I travel now.  For our honeymoon, we did an AI in Mexico – we knew we didn’t want to sightsee, just laze around by the pool.  For a road trip in CA last summer, we got plane tickets and a rental car in advance and that was it!  We had ideas of where we wanted to go, but we just got up in the morning and decided where to go that day, or maybe stay put.  We had no trouble finding a hotel wherever we happened to end up that night.  

I couldn’t stand to be with someone who had to have everything all planned out in advance.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

honeymoonhacker:  I love love LOVE vacation planning!  I’m currently planning our honeymoon/one year anniversary trip to Europe.  I actually finished planning 90% of it when we booked the big flights overseas back in February.  Now I’m just waiting for schedules to open up so I can book our train tickets for Cardiff and Exeter and our plane tickets from Exeter to Paris (already booked Paris to Amsterdam.)

I already researched and booked hotels for 3 of the 5 cities we’re visiting.  The others are picked but I can’t book until the calendar opens up for December in another month or two.

I also researched restaurants and museum hours so we can make the most of our time and stay within our budget.  I’ll print and mark maps when we get closer so I can add them to my travel folder.  I make a travel folder for every trip with all of the confirmations and tickets then I tab it by dates so I can access what I need when I need it.  Okay, I’m a neurotic travel planner.  I always wanted to be a travel agent but I ended up going to law school instead.

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