Oh, I’ll take you somewhere. “To the moon Alice!”
Taking a honeymoon has its roots in the ancient days of bride capture. Once a man snagged his woman, they needed to get away to calm family emotions. Hopefully when the couple returned, everyone would be ready to acknowledge the marriage. You’re probably not escaping her family…yet. But regardless, some R&R after the I do’s is in order.
The average honeymoon lasts eight days and costs $3,700 (including transportation, lodging, meals and all those great sightseeing bus tours).
On your trip, be sure to tell everyone you are on your honeymoon. You might get bumped or upgraded. Also, if you have room in your suitcase, bring extra wedding favors as thank you’s for the people who go out of their way to help. Of course, a bigger tip would always be preferred, but one of your favors is a nice extra.
Also, be sure to order champagne and/or a fruit basket to be set up before you check in. Just another way to tell your bride how much you love her.
Want to be one of the crowd? Here are the 2005 most popular honeymoon cities are:
- San Francisco
Want to go where the pros suggest? Here are the top overall destinations from a survey of over six thousand travel agents:
- St. Lucia
- St. Barth's
Want to be a trendsetter? Here are some up and coming honeymoon suggestions from Modern Bride:
- Costa Rica
- South Africa
- Turks & Caicos
- New Zealand
- Dominican Republic
For more info, visit modernbride.com/travel/top50
Want to really consummate the marriage? According to Men's Health, after the bed, the top three places for honeymoon sex:
- Hot tub
When your lounging by the hotel pool, keep this in mind: it’s okay to look, but just don’t linger. One in three men mentally compare their wife's body to other women’s while on their honeymoon.
- Pack light
- Pack a copy of marriage certificate (might be necessary in case airline tickets don’t match your wife's driver’s license or passport)
- Pack credit cards and traveler checks, not cash
- Pack extra film or camera memory and batteries
- Pack for fun & adventure
- Remember protection (both the SPF and anti-parenthood kind)
Not sure where to go?
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