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Top tips for planning a honeymoon painlessly

Q Report Team
Updated on October 06, 2022
5 min read

A painless guide to successfully planning a honeymoon.

When your mind has been overridden by Pinterest pictures, and your sleep is riddled with thoughts of a major mishap on your big day – it can be hard to picture the light at the end of the tunnel – your honeymoon.

When times get tough, and it seems like your approaching wedding has completely taken over your life, try to imagine lying on the beach or a misty morning in the mountains with a warm fire and cosy cabin. This isn’t just any holiday, it’s the one that you and your partner share as a married couple for the first time and something that you will reminisce about for years to come.

An incredible holiday doesn’t just happen however, it requires careful planning and execution to ensure perfection.

Here’s a guide to help you with planning a honeymoon for the perfect getaway:

Decide what type of destination

Your first holiday together as a married couple should incorporate aspects that both of you love, which can be difficult if you have different ideas on the ideal destination. If you are keen on tanning and cocktails before 12, but your partner is looking for something a little more cultural, try and compromise on both sides and find somewhere in between. Destinations such as Thailand have a rich history and cultural significance, as well as glorious beaches. As such, it may be perfect for you.

The key is making a list of the aspects you really want in your honeymoon. Is it mountains and forests? City or Savanna? Safari or spa? Once you have whittled down what you want to experience on your honeymoon, you can begin looking for ideal destinations.

Decide if you want to enlist the help of a travel agent

Once you have a shortlist of destinations that appeal to both your wishes, it’s time to decide whether you want to enlist the help of a professional travel agent. Having an expert on your side can be a massive weight off your shoulders and allows you to focus on the fast-approaching big day. Let your travel agent know what you are looking for, what your budget is, how long you can be on holiday for and other important information that they will need to find the perfect spot.

If you have decided to do it by yourself, then you need to choose your ideal destination from your shortlist at least six to nine months in advance. Remember to check the season of your destination before you book, or you could be stuck in a monsoon instead of getting a tan.

Book accommodation and activities

Once you have decided on your perfect honeymoon spot, you need to get on with booking your accommodation. Don’t go with the first spot that you see; rather do your research, read reviews and ensure that it has everything that you are looking for – from amenities to price and location.

You should then make a list of all the activities (or lack thereof) that you want to do on your honeymoon. Are you interested in scuba diving? A spa day? Or a local tour? Make sure you research companies before booking them, or simply use your travel agent. However, don’t forget that lying by the pool with mimosas is also an activity – one that you most certainly don’t have to book for.

Packing for your honeymoon

  • Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute to begin packing for your honeymoon, that’s the best way to guarantee you will leave something important behind.
  • We advise that you start the process a week before you leave, this is especially important if you are leaving straight after your wedding.
  • Big, heavy bags are a pain to travel with, so make sure you don’t overpack.
  • Remember to check what the weather is going to be like and pack appropriate clothing – this also goes for local cultural expectations.
  • Provide your flight details, accommodation and itinerary for your family to keep; if there is some sort emergency when you are away then they will be able to contact you without a problem.

Get your documents in order

There are a number of documents that you will need for your honeymoon, and you must ensure that they are all sorted out well before you leave:

  • Copies of your ID, passport, and bank cards: One to take with you and one to leave at home.
  • Visas: If you require a visa for your destination then you need to ensure that you get this done far in advance. Research whether you need to book an appointment at the embassy, or whether you are entitled to a visa upon arrival at the airport.
  • Vaccinations: Do you need to get any vaccines for the destination you are travelling to?
  • Copies of flight details and other important documents: Always make a copy of your flight details, accommodation booking, activity plans and other important documents such as car rental contracts.


Insurance is a must-have for your honeymoon; this will cover you in the event of lost luggage, broken belongings and accidents. It takes away the worry of being caught in a foreign country, with no money during an emergency.

Don’t forget that you will also be sporting the added weight of a wedding ring. You wouldn’t believe the number of people that lose their precious jewellery while frolicking in the ocean or simply sunbathing on their honeymoon. Travel insurance is often inadequate when it comes to jewellery, therefore, ensure that you are covered with comprehensive jewellery insurance to avoid heartbreak at the loss of your valuable jewellery.

Make sure that the sentimental value of your jewellery is protected by taking out specialist jewellery insurance with Q Report. We have a number of different options to fit your budget. Make sure your honeymoon is as perfect as your proposal was, find out more about Q Report jewellery insurance.


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