Post # 1
Oh my goodness!! We’re leaving for our honeymoon in TWO DAYS!!! I’m so excited I could burst! And my husband just started getting excited too, which makes me even more excited. He’s the type that can’t really get too excited about anything until it’s happening so he’s been pretty calm this whole time while I’ve been anxiously planning and going crazy 😉 But last night he started asking about seeing certain sites and mapping everything out. Yay!
Anyway, we’re on our way to Italy (Rome) and Spain (Barcelona and Salou) in 2 days and will be gone for 2 whole weeks. Any last minute tips you want to give me? I did just find out that all debit and credit cards transactions there come with a 3% fee so we’re going to try to use cash as much as possible. So that was good to know!
Post # 2
llevinso : I recommend keeping all travel documents in the hotel safe and leave them there at all times unless you’re going to the airport. We did that because I didn’t want to lose our passports and spend part of our honeymoon at the embassy trying to get new ones 🙂
We did a European honeymoon as well but in different countries from yours, but I still would recommend you bring some light outerwear (sweater, denim or leather jacket) because it tends to get really cool in the evenings.
Also, make sure that anything packed in your carry-on is FSA-approved and everything else throw into your checked bag because there’s nothing worse than holding up a long security line while trying to throw out things that aren’t approved. Wear socks too (or bring socks in case you’re wearing sandals) so that you don’t need to walk barefoot on the dirty airport floor while going through security 🙂
Post # 3
llevinso : Notify both of your cell phone company that you will be international. They have a one time fee for any calls needed rather than a crazy $30 per minute or more charge. Just in case you need to use it, better to have the coverage in place.
Enjoy your trip! See sights but don’t watch the clock and rush to places. Don’t set an hour by hour tour guide for your self. You want to see things, yes, but you want to relax and ENJOY your honeymoon.
Take pictures but don’t live through your camera.
Make sure your bank/credit card companies know you will be traveling so they don’t freeze your cards.
Check exchange rates from your bank, if you haven’t exchanged cash yet – sometimes the rates are cheaper through your own bank vs the airport or overseas places.
Post # 4
prinzesschen : Yes I plan on keeping all important docs in the hotel safe. I did make photocopies of our passports though so in case anything happens that’ll make it easier at the embassy because I still have all our info. I know it will be hot there but I do have cardigans/sweaters to wear in the evenings. I do get cold easily. I do fly domestically a lot so I know what to expect re: TSA and carry-ons. Thanks so much!
BrideK2Wings : I have a “passport” plan with my phone company all set up (and so does my husband). And our banks know about the travel too so hopefully nothing will get shut down while we’re there. I do have to remind myself to take time while we’re there just to relax and enjoy it. I’m a big planner but I have made sure that we have several days with nothing specifically planned so we have time to just walk around and do whatever strikes our fancy. Thanks so much!
Post # 5
Just enjoy it! And take time to relax and slow down and enjoy each other. I adore Rome and can’t wait to go back. Have a wonderful time!
Post # 6
writersblock : Thank you! Yes I will try my best 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
Make sure to REALLY check the local weather forcast. Darling Husband and I had a brainfart and didnt (we live in Southern Ontario and were going to Montreal Quebec which is the next province over so we assumed the weather wouldn’t be much different)…and there was an unusual cold snap. We packed for much lighter weather, so in most of our honeymoon photos my cute outfits are covered with my ugly’ just in case’ sweater…and we both got sick!
Thats another thing…bring a small kit with all the medicines you like (cold meds, anti diareah meds, etc) its better to have them and not need them, than be scouring a pharmacy and wasting your honeymoon money taking a chance on a product you aren’t familiar with because they don’t sell you ‘tried and true’ brand where you are staying.
Post # 8
Agree with all the PP.
Take an umbrella.
Take little cash. Don’t exchange money at the airport or exchange places, the best rates are from an ATM at a bank.
I normally avoid dairy and carbs, but the best advise I can give you for Italy is eat all the pasta and gelato you can. Wash it down with as much espresso and wine as possible. It is considered VERY uncool to drink cappuccino after 11AM. I don’t know why, it just is….
Have a great time!!!!
Post # 9
snowflake8 : Looking at the forecast it’s supposed to rain the first 2 days we’re there 🙁 But I’m bringing an umbrella. And I always bring my own meds wherever I go. I take a lot of prescriptions (migraines) so I always like to be prepared.
shxbm : Yeah it’s looking like with the transaction fees the best idea is to just use our cards to get cash out of ATMs as opposed to 3% fees on all sorts of purchases. So use an ATM at a bank only? Got it.
Post # 10
Also…what about tipping? I’ve heard that you don’t really tip waiters in Europe, maybe a few euros at the most. But my parents who travel over there at least once a year say they always tip. So…?
Post # 11
llevinso : It is not a tipping culture in Italy & Spain. At most you can just leave some or all of the coin you get back as change. But no tip at all is necessary or expected. Plenty of Americans still do because tipping is so ingrained in them but they are acting out of the norm.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
llevinso : Ahhh Barcelona and Salou 🙂 two of my favourite places!
We usually say ‘keep the change’ which varies from a few cents to about €5.
Take cash, and if you do pay by card then you should do the transaction in Euros, not Dollars. Certain places will ask this, but you get a better exchange rate from your Bank than you do the store 🙂
The weather is lovely this time of year – there might be a few showers but it’s really light rain and it’s warm rain at that 🙂
Make sure to only drink bottled water, don’t buy from people in the street and keep your bag secure.
Most of all, have a great time! Oh, and I think it’s Salou that has the waterpark on the boardwalk down the beach. That’s pretty fun – make sure to go if that’s your kind of thing 🙂