Before You Go

Advice for honeymoon couples and vacationers

It seems ironic that many couples will spend $25,000 - $50,000 or more for a half day wedding ceremony, yet they have difficulty justifying $6,000 for 7 days of an equally important part of that ceremony, the fantasy getaway known as a honeymoon.

Every vacation or honeymoon traveler desires to experience the “Wow” factor, be it elegant lodgings, exotic locations, great food, beautiful views, or unique recreational opportunities; actually, sky is the limit. However, if your expectations don’t match your budget, then it’s wise to either reassess your expectations or reallocate your budget.

Discuss what will “wow” you, and evaluate how your budget will enable you to be “wowed”. In my experience most people’s expectations far exceed their budget, which is what I refer to as the 50% rule, wherein most people under budgeted their vacation or honeymoon by 50%, and in some cases, more. If you budget for beer, you can’t expect to be served expensive champagne.

Try to look beyond the price of an important trip. The most important question to ask yourself is what will you remember 5, 10, or 15 years from now about your experience … how much you spent on the trip? or how much you enjoyed your time together, the location, and the experiences you shared?

Your luxury travel planner will help to guide your selections and give you suggestions based on what you wish to experience within your budget, but she/he cannot tell you all the information you should know, so it’s important to take time and become familiar with your proposed destinations. Become as familiar as possible with your destination(s) through on-line research and discussions with your travel planner.

Ultimately, the key to a good travel experience is matching up your expectations with a property and destination that meets your budget and expectations so everything (including your budget) will be in-line with those expectations. It’s also wise to have a clear idea of what you would like to bring back from your trip, and what you would like to achieve through your vacation/honeymoon experience – for example, it is more important to:

  • Visit the Louvre, see ancient ruins in Italy, or walk through a colorful marketplace in Mexico?
  • Go deep sea fishing in the Caribbean, scuba diving in Australia, or horseback riding in Austria?
  • Stroll a pristine beach in Tahiti, ski the Alps, or walk the hills of Tuscany? or perhaps to
  • Spend your entire time in a splendidly appointed room, suite, villa, or yacht?

After all, life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away!