How To... Plan the Ultimate Maximoon
Thinking about your honeymoon but can’t decide where you want to go? Then why not take a maximoon and visit all your dream destinations in one trip!
What is a maximoon? The traditional honeymoon usually lasts one or two weeks, but the maximoon is a trip that lasts longer, with some newlyweds taking a few weeks, months or even years to do some travelling. Some stay in luxurious resorts, while others make do with hostels and campsites. Some use the time to volunteer with international agencies, while others go from party to party. Essentially, a maximoon is as different as the couple who is travelling.
Travel agents are reporting a rise in bookings of long-term honeymoons. Some of the most popular destinations include India, Asian and African countries. Usually a maximoon includes a multi-stop journey, so rather than taking one long flight to the other side of the world, couples are stopping off at interesting spots along the way.
The first thing to consider when booking a maximoon is where you want to go. If you are thinking of visiting a few countries or destinations then you should plan your trip effectively. You can cut costs by breaking up air travel with some overland journeys. Do plenty of research into safe modes of transport at your destination, or see if it is worth hiring a car and driving from place to place. Look into any risks for foreign travellers and check with consular services about any risks or dangers in the countries you hope to visit.
Secondly you need to decide what you want to do while you are away. Are you looking for the YOLO experience filled with adrenalin sports and adventure? Or would you be happier relaxing by the beach, visiting cultural attractions or getting to see local villages that are off the beaten track? What you want to do can affect your decision about where you go on your trip. If you’re looking to get up close with nature then a safari and visits to animal sanctuaries in Kenya might be your perfect starting point. If you want to visit sites of cultural importance then you could head to Europe and visit France, Italy, the UK and Ireland. Try to have some idea of what you will do in every stop and you will be able to make the most of your visit.
If you want to take the hassle out of organizing a long trip, you can join a tour that takes in multiple destinations. G Adventures organize trips in every part of the world and vary from trip to trip as to what experience you will have. If you have a bigger budget then you can try luxurious travel firms who will organize top class hotels and tailor your trip to suit you. Just do a bit of research about any companies you plan to use before you book anything.