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EXPERT ADVICE: 7 Honeymoon Tips

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A newlywed-to-be recently asked me for my top tips for planning a honeymoon, so I thought I'd share them with you as well!

Top left, GoldenEye, Jamaica; suitcase illustration, Fiona Purves.

TRAVEL DURING THE OFF-SEASON
As long as you can deal with more intense weather (hotter, colder, stormier, etc... depending on location), you'll save a ton of money and avoid crowds.

CONSIDER A DELAYED HONEYMOON
This gives you time to recover from wedding stress, and might help prevent any post-wedding blues by giving you an exciting trip to look forward to.

MAKE RESERVATIONS BEFORE YOU GO
Be sure to secure tables at special restaurants and, if you like, book spa treatments prior to departure, especially during the high season.

TRY SOMETHING NEW
You can be adventurous in a way that's still relaxing. Go on a tour, take a scuba diving lesson, or learn how to cook the region's most popular dish—together.

DON'T OVERPACK!
Honeymoons are about bonding with your spouse—not heavy luggage (my husband would find this ironic considering how I packed for our honeymoon). Check the weather before you leave, then bring only necessary items.

LEAVE  SOME SUITCASE SPACE OPEN
You'll want to bring home treasures you only find on vacation. And if someone is walking Fido or watering your plants, you'll need room for gifts, too.

UNPLUG YOURSELVES
Leave computers at home and turn off your phone as much as possible. You’re on your honeymoon. If you need info, ask a local or your concierge. Just one email could take you out of the moment.

Get even more honeymoon tips from real newlyweds! 

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