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Information About Honeymoon Glossary

Airport tax: This is usually included in the price of your airplane ticket. However, some overseas airports charge this tax separately to the ticket. Many a honeymooning couple has been caught out in the Philippines or another airport, having spent all of their local currency, only to find that they cannot board their flight without handing over cash for the airport tax. Make sure to research every airport you will be flying through and read your ticket carefully to see whether or not you have already paid the airport tax required.

B & B: Abbreviation of ‘Bed and Breakfast’. A small, quaint style of accommodation, which usually involves a room in a cottage, or townhouse, and a home-cooked breakfast. Local B & B accommodation is popular for couples on a ‘mini-moon’ whilst honeymooners in Europe might choose to stay in a B & B for a cosier, more affordable style honeymoon.

Booking confirmation: Any bookings made online will come with a booking confirmation reference code, usually via email. You will need to print this page out and present it at the desk at the airport, hotel and/or car rental office.

Frequent flyer points: The points which are accrued on certain types of credit cards. You may be able to use your points to help pay for your honeymoon airfares or accommodation.

Honeymoon: A short holiday where a newlywed couple getaway to spend some quality time alone, right after the wedding.

Honeymoon cruise: A trip on a cruise liner to the destination of your choice. Many couples enjoy the onboard entertainment and luxurious rooms just as much as they enjoy exploring the tour destination spots.

Honeymoon lingerie: Special, seductive underwear which is reserved for surprising your husband-to-be on your wedding night and honeymoon.

Honeymoon package: A combination of airfares and accommodation with affiliated airlines and resorts, which offer a significant discount to newly-married couples.

Honeymoon registry: A special registry which is set up by an engaged couples whereby wedding guests can choose to help fund the couple’s honeymoon rather than purchasing a wedding gift. Some guests may choose to donate towards the honeymoon fund in addition to purchasing a gift.

Honeymoon suite: Usually one of the most luxurious and expensive rooms in a hotel or resort. This room is reserved for newlyweds and usually has the best view and easy access to the hotel’s facilities. Honeymoon suites book up fast so make sure to plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

Mini-moon: A small honeymoon which is taken by couples who are on a tight budget or have time restraints due to work commitments. A mini-moon is usually taken in a local hotel for a couple of days and then a longer, more official, honeymoon is taken on the couple’s first anniversary.

Traveller’s cheques: Fixed amount cheques, pre-printed in the bride or groom’s name, which can be exchanged into local currency in most countries. These days, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, so traveller’s cheques are less commonly taken on honeymoons.

Wedding lingerie: The white undergarments which the bride wears under her wedding dress for the duration of the ceremony and reception. She may choose to wear this lingerie to surprise her husband on the night of their wedding but most brides choose to wear different, sexier lingerie on the wedding night and during the honeymoon.

More Information About Honeymoon Types and Their Ideal Destinations

No matter what type of trip you choose or where you go, your honeymoon should be an unforgettable experience to fantasize about for the rest of your life. We’ve created a list of honeymoon destinations to suit just about any type of experience you’re wanting, and will certainly leave a long- lasting impression!

Exotic

Exotic honeymoons are made up of the stuff that has inspired generations (and we’ve got the art, poetry, prose, music and film to prove it!). Prepare to completely immerse yourself in a new culture, a new way of thinking, and completely unfamiliar experiences. This is one honeymoon that you’ll truly never forget.

Some of the most popular exotic locations include:

  • Egypt
  • Mexico
  • Indonesia
  • Czech Republic
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Thailand
  • Belize
  • Phillipines
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Iceland
  • West Indies
  • Lebanon
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • Uzbekistan

 

Romantic

If you’re considering taking a more laid back and romantic holiday, your honeymoon is obviously the best opportunity of your life to do so! These locations offer incredible scenery, plenty of contact with the local culture (should you wish to leave the bedroom), as well as some of the finest spas, restaurants, private pools and beaches on earth.

  • Hawaii
  • The Maldives
  • Fiji
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Bali
  • The Caribbean
  • French Polynesia
  • Seychelles
  • Australia- Lord Howe Island
  • Patagonia
  • Hint: If you’d like to consider the absolute easiest and most fuss- free holiday imaginable, consider booking a cruise or organised tour to the destination of your choice. There are hundreds of these tour/ cruise companies, and thousands of destinations to choose from. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is your luggage!

 

Adrenaline

If your idea of an ideal holiday involves bold travel and the highest possible levels of adrenaline, we’ve picked out the perfect holiday spots for you! Although you can have a eye-watering,skin- tingling experience just about anywhere in the world, we’ve picked out destinations that offer truly unique experiences.

  • Kathmandu- Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Mexico (Cenote Ojos)- Cave diving
  • Australia (Great Barrier Reef)- Scuba Diving
  • Spain (Pampalona)- Running with the bulls
  • USA (Alaska)- Heli- skiing
  • Costa Rica (Monte Verde Cloud Forest)- Zip lining
  • Turkey (Mount Baba Dag)- Paragliding
  • Spain (Sierra Nevada, Granada)- Hang gliding
  • USA (St George, Utah)- Rappelling
  • Zimbabwe- White water- rafting along the Zambezi
  • Switzerland (Lauterbrunnen Valley)- Paragliding
  • New Zealand (Queenstown)- Ledge jumping
  • USA (Dugango, Colarado)- Zip lining
  • Nicaragua (Mombacho Volcano)- Canopy Tour
  • China (Macau Tower)- Bungee jumping
  • Australia (Gold Coast)- Sky diving
  • South Africa (Bloukrans Bridge)- Bugee jumping (the world’s highest bungee jump)
  • New Zealand (Lake Taupo)- Sky diving
  • Argentina (Barlioche)- Hang gliding
  • USA (Six Flags Adventure Parks)-Rollercoaster riding (Kingda Ka- the world’s fastest and tallest roller coaster)
  • New Zealand (Sky Tower, Auckland)- Base jumping
  • Guatemala (Rio Usumacinta)- Rafting, waterfall visits
  • Jamaica (Mystic Mountain)- Rainforest bobsled

Cheap as Chips

Travelling between Australia and just about anywhere else in the worl is one of the most expensive flights money can buy. So if you’re planning on holidaying overseas, it pays to make the rest of the trip as cheap as possible. For breathtaking holidays without the enormous price tags, check out these destinations.

  • Domincan Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Nicaragua
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cambodia
  • Uruguay
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Czech Republic
  • Portugal
  • Hungary
  • Ukraine
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • Bali

Whatever you decide, remember to try to take in as much of this holiday- as well as this very short time of your life as newlyweed honeymooners- as possible.  Make your experience worthy of your honeymoon!

Tips To Planning your Honeymoon

While plenty of emphasis is placed on the wedding plans, the task of planning your honeymoon often doesn’t get quite the same attention to detail. But considering that the honeymoon will last far longer than the wedding, and that it’s one of the only occassions where you can indulge yourself for weeks on end, it probably should get a little more attentiveness! We’ve mapped out (yes, four sentences into the article and I’ve already resorted (ha! again) to puns) the fundamental tools you need and actions to take when planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Planning your trip
Work out a suitable budget for your honeymoon. Remember to include all the expenses. These will include: airfare, accommodation, car rental, meals, souvenirs, sightseeing trips and taxes. You might be able to subsidise a few costs with any frequent flyer points you might have stored up. Use these points for your air fares, car rentals or hotel room upgrades.

Once you have decided on your destination, be sure to book your plane tickets and accommodation. Make a note of all reservation and receipt numbers so that you will always have a point of reference if anything goes wrong. You might also want to set up a manila folder in your filing cabinet or a folder for all the paperwork relating to your honeymoon. Include a list of phone numbers for all the places you will be staying during your trip and all other related services.

Requirements
If traveling overseas, you’ll need a passport. Make sure yours is valid and remember that the names on your plane tickets must match the names on your passport. When booking your plane tickets, be sure to use your maiden name.

There may be visas required for certain destinations so be sure to apply for these if you need to. You may need to meet certain pre-requisites before traveling overseas. For example, if you are traveling somewhere exotic, you may need to have vaccinations before you leave. Be sure you know what is required of you for the trip.

Final Preparations
You might need to buy luggage. Also purchase any travel accessories you might need. These could include: electrical adaptors, film for your camera, batteries and sunscreen.

Organise your credit cards and make sure they are valid. You’ll need to have enough money or travelers cheques for the trip. It is a good idea to purchase some currency of the country you are visiting. It is always a good idea to have a little cash on hand when you arrive.

Make sure that all your reservations have been confirmed and give a copy of your itinerary to a friend or relative. Include a list of phone numbers so that you can be reached in a case of emergency.If you are going away for more than a month, arrange to have your bills paid and make sure any outstanding bills have been paid for.

Make sure any pets are taken care of while you are away. Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house and to stop by to water plants and pick up any mail. Alternately, you can get your mail forwarded to a friend or relative’s house for the duration of your trip.