5 Things you MUST do Before You Go on Honeymoon
Every couple has a different idea of the perfect honeymoon. But no matter what that is, every couple needs to do a few things before they can go away. While they might be a bit boring (who enjoys filling out form after form?) they will mean you have the honeymoon you dream of without any unexpected hiccups. Check out these five pre-honeymoon must-dos so you have a trip you will never forget!
Book your insurance
It’s amazing how many people leave this until the last minute, with some even booking their travel insurance at the airport! Check if any insurance policies you already have cover you when you’re travelling, and make sure the country your are visiting and any activities you want to do are covered – whether that skiing, diving or paragliding! If you are planning on taking a few trips in the next 12 months look at annual travel insurance policies, it could work out cheaper.
Check your paperwork
Is your passport running out soon? Get it renewed. Some countries require that you have a passport that has more than six months until it expires. Do plenty of research into any visas you need and make sure you have all the paperwork you need. Depending on the country you’re visiting it can take anything from a few days to a few weeks. Your travel agent should be able to fill you in on the details, but you can contact the country’s embassy if you want to double check.
If you’re going somewhere tropical you might need some vaccinations. In some countries, if you don’t have the right vaccinations then border control might not let you in (especially in the case of yellow fever). You also need to find out if you have to take antimalarial precautions because some tablets need to be taken three weeks before your honeymoon. Check out your country’s foreign travel advice about your destination as soon as you book your trip.
Get foreign currency
While credit cards are accepted pretty much everywhere, you should carry some cash with you. There’s nothing more annoying than landing in a foreign country and having no money for a snack to pay for a taxi. If you do your exchange before you leave you can make sure you get the best exchange rate available. Research shows that if you leave it to the last minute and exchange money at the airport, ferry terminal or train station, you will get the worst rate. If you are planning on using your credit or debit card when you are abroad, don’t forget to tell your bank you’re going away because they might suspect that the sudden spending abroad is actually fraud!
Lock and leave
Before you go make sure your house is secure. You could tell a trusted neighbor or family member that you will be away, then if they see anyone suspicious hanging around your house they’ll know to alert the authorities. Unplug electrical items such as TVs, but you can put a timer on light switches so your home looks occupied while you are away. Make sure you cancel any deliveries, because nothing screams ‘We’re on holiday’ like a pile of uncollected newspapers! If you will be away for a long period of time then it might be worth getting someone you trust to check on your house and collect the mail from time-to-time. You could always get someone to housesit for you, and then you have all your bases covered.
Lastly, don’t advertise the fact that you’re going away on public forms of social media. If you’re burgled and your insurance company find out you posted on Twitter about your two week trip to Hawaii, they might not pay out!