Post # 1
My Fiance and I are trying to decide where we want to go for our honeymoon and I’d love some advice from you ladies! Has anyone been to Nagasaki, Japan? We’re trying to decide whether to go there (for sentimental reasons — his grandfather was stationed there when he was young) or going to New Zealand or Australia. Even if we pick one of those or do a combo we have never traveled outside of the US and I have no idea where to start the planning process. Help?
Post # 2
It sounds like you want more of an adventure honeymoon than a beach honeymoon. I would get in contact with a travel agent to help you narrow down where you want to go. Sometimes you can get travel assitance without any additional cost to you if it’s with an airline or resort that you work with directly. I’d also try going to AAA, they can help set up trips as well. I hope you find what you’re looking for 🙂
Post # 3
I second AAA, as that is who we booked our trip though. It was nice to have someone knowledgable with different countries, as well as suggest resorts. Plus, you had time to pay for the trip (we had 2.5 months), so that was nice.
Post # 4
I would consider how much travel time and jet lag recovery time is required to go so far. Tripadvisor.com is great for reading reviews.
Post # 5
Second what PP have said. If you’ve never travelled internationally, meet with a travel agent or travel expert of some kind to discuss what could be a good fit and consider jet lag. I’ve travelled internationally a lot and the long flights are brutal as well as the adjustment to a new time zone. It’s generally worth it, but consider how that will impact your honeymoon.
I’d recommend sitting down with your Fiance and discuss what kinds of things you’d like to do and then decide on a location from there.
Post # 6
Thanks yall! I think my “no idea” part was a little vague. I somewhat know what we’d like to do in any of the locations but the more practical things like jet lag, currency exchange, travel agents, is what I’m not as knowledgeable about. Sounds like I need to find a travel agent for sure! Also would love to hear from anyone who’s gone to those places for their opinion about them as a vacation/honeymoon location.
Post # 7
I studied abroad in New Zealand for a year, and I would recommend going anywhere in the country! Its all gorgeous and the people are wonderful.
Depending on where you are, it’s quite a haul to get there. I’m on the East Coast and wouldn’t go to NZ for less than two weeks. Also the time of year you are going is a big impact as well.
If you want more specifics about things to do or places to goin NZ let me,know!
Post # 8
We are going to New Zealand a month after our wedding and we planned it on our own! We will be gone for about 2.5 weeks and will be spending only 4 of those days on North Island and the rest on the South.
I used Google to search for everything. They have an easy converter for the exchange rate (1 NZD = 0.65 USD) which helped me tremdiously when getting prices for hotels and activity costs.
We just decided what we wanted most out of our trip and researched NZ (newzealand.com is SO helpful) Once we decided what MUST DO activites we wanted to do/see (Hobbition, Milford Sound, Queenstown, lots of hiking etc) we created our driving route. We booked our flights first and after that, I researched hotels and booked them! We also just booked the ferry crossing from the North to South island. All thats really left is to pre-book the rental car and our absolutley cannot miss activities.
It honestly only took me 1.5 weeks to do all this and mostly because I was SO EXCITED! It definitely can be done and is waaaayy less overwhelming once you get into it!
Edit to add:Regarding jet lag, most NZ flights leave out at night (after 8pm) and get to New Zealand in the early morning so we are planning to do our best to sleep late on the flight so we wake up with New Zealand (our flight will land around 6:30am)