Historically honeymoons lasted 30 days. At that time, the
first most important (well, make that second most important) honeymoon
activity was the drinking of mead, which was said to increase fertility.
Today only a few lucky honeymooners get to spend a month
on their trip (with or without the mead). Just how long can you afford
to take for your honeymoon?
Theres no prescribed time: take what the two of you
feel comfortable in taking. A long weekend at a wonderful local inn can
be a magical honeymoon. So can a four-night Caribbean getaway, a week-long
cruise, or a two-week tour of Europe. Its completely up to your
own tastes, budget, and time constraints.
vacations usually come in three-, four-, and seven-night lengths, with
the option of adding additional nights if you like. If you're setting
up your own vacation, then the sky (OK, your budget) is the limit.
If you are flying off on your honeymoon, we have found
that three-night trips are just a little too short even for a quick getaway
especially if youre leaving the country. Three nights sounds like
it should also include four days, but you have to be realistic. Usually
your arrival day will be lost; departing from Texas we arrive in the Caribbean
no earlier than mid-afternoon and sometimes much later than that. If you're
arriving from the West Coast, expect a full travel day. You'll probably
miss both dinner and the evening show and just be ready to roll into bed
after you check in.
The departure day is also lost. With a two-hour international
check-in, you're often off to the airport just after breakfast.
So, on a three-night, four-day package, expect two full
days of vacation: the days between your arrival and your departure. We've
done it, but it's not relaxing and can, especially if you've never been
to the island before, be very frustrating.
If your budget is a major factor, we suggest a four-night
trip. You'll have a little time to start to feel at home and, although
it's not as glorious as a week-long stay, you'll start to get into the
honeymoon groove and state of mind.
On a week-long trip you'll start to feel really relaxed
and you'll also have some time for exploring whatever region you choose.
Two-week trips are the epitome of luxury, allowing you
to recover from jet lag if thats an issue, set up a "home base"
in your new destination, and really get into the feel of a new country.
If youre traveling from continent to continent, a two-week trip
is an excellent length.
Long Weekend Honeymoon
If youve got an eye on the budget or on the calendar,
a long weekend honeymoon may be just right for you. These extended weekend
honeymoons give you the chance to mark the occasion of your wedding with
a little time away from home but dont have the same financial or
time burdens as an all-out honeymoon. Whether youre postponing your
honeymoon for a few months (see below) or just want to keep your honeymoon
short and sweet, a long weekend honeymoon can be just the answer.
So where would you go on a long weekend honeymoon? Obviously,
pretty close to home. Youll want to minimize your travel time. Consider
a honeymoon suite in a downtown hotel (weekend rates can often be a fraction
of the weekday rate at many downtown hotels). Or you might like the cozy
comfort of a B&B, a place where you can enjoy a home away from home
atmosphere for a few blissful days.
Postponing Your Honeymoon
Many couples opt to postpone their honeymoon a few months,
providing them a chance to settle into their new life together and focus
on one big event at a time: first the wedding, then the honeymoon. This
can also provide couples the chance to catch a bargain season at their
Other couples opt to honeymoon right after their wedding.
They prolong the magical period of their nuptials and, fresh from the
bliss of the wedding, sweep right into the sometimes fantasy world of
travel to really mark their first days as husband and wife.
Which is best for you? Only the two of you can decide!
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