You guys know our radtastic sponsor Honeymoon Pixie, right? Well, not only can they help you set up a badass registry for your big post-nuptials jaunt, but they’re here to lend some helpful advice on how to make it the greatest, stress-free time possible. Stress and anxiety from all the wedding planning can certainly wreak havoc on your sanity, so Honeymoon Pixie is offering up these 5 tips to bust all that negativity.
1.) Get the deets, and hang on to ’em.
One of the most stressful things that can happen on any vacation or honeymoon is not being able to figure out what numbers you need to call, where to find a good restaurant, or how to get to your hotel. Take time to print off lists of important local phone numbers, directions to places you know you’ll be going, and addresses for the places you’ll be staying, which are particularly important if you’re using public transportation or catching a cab. This information can also be stored in your smartphone, but it’s smart to have a paper copy in case you can’t access your electronics.
Another thing you might want to put in this folder is ideas of things you can do at your destination. You can search for ideas on the Internet and read the consumer reviews to find what’s best for you. Ensure that you’ve selected a variety of activities you can do in different types of weather.
2.) Don’t over-pack!
Over-packing so that you have to carry heavy bags can add to your honeymoon stress. Think carefully about all the decisions you’re making as you decide what to pack for your honeymoon, and be cautious about over-packing. If you can each take one suitcase and one carry-on, your entire travel experience will be more pleasant. No one has ever complained about packing light!
3.) Get oiled up.
What better way to bust stress on your honeymoon than to give each other sensual massages? Pack a little bottle of nicely scented massage oil, and prepare to give each other neck, back, and foot rubs every evening. You can, of course, schedule a couple’s massage, too, but there’s nothing like being massaged by your new husband or wife as you relax together in your room.
4.) Bring distractions.
Just because it’s your honeymoon doesn’t mean you need to be talking or snuggling the entire time. Sometimes it’s nice just to enjoy one another’s closeness on the beach or at a park as you read your own separate books or listen to music. It’s especially nice to have books and music on plane, bus, and train rides, when it’s harder to have a private conversation.
You can also include word puzzles, movies on your iPad, electronic games, or whatever else will keep you personally entertained for an hour or two. Having a little bit of alone time where you’re near one another, but not necessarily interacting, can help you both relax.
5.) Don’t forget that high-quality H2O!
It might seem obvious, but one of the easiest ways to get stressed on your honeymoon is to let yourselves get tired and dehydrated, which leads to headaches and bickering. Avoid this problem by purchasing some nice water bottles before your honeymoon. Reusable water bottles can be refilled with bottled water or tap water, depending on where you are, and you can keep water with you all the time. Even if you’re just planning to lie on the beach and enjoy a margarita, having bottled water nearby can help you stay hydrated, healthy, and happy. Remember, though, that you can’t take full water bottles with you through airport security. Leave them empty, and fill them up when you get through to the other side.
Your honeymoon should be a time to relax and enjoy your new spouse’s company. Just think ahead about things you can take with you to help you relax and unwind on your honeymoon. Also, give yourself one or two days of free time at the beginning of your honeymoon, since you may just want to relax in your room or on the beach instead of jumping straight into your agenda of activities.
About the Author:
Andrew Marino is the CEO of HoneymoonPixie.com, an industry leader in providing honeymoon gift registries for engaged couples. Couples create their free honeymoon registry website and receive honeymoon planning advice and travel tips. Andrew also serves as a contributing Senior Travel Editor.