Honeymoon Tips

Before I recap our honeymoon, I want to start out with a few tips. While some of my tips are Hawaii specific, I think most can apply to any honeymoon destination. When Mr. Warbs and I were planning our trip we had so many questions! Most were answered just by doing things, but we did second guess ourselves a lot. So if any like-minded brides are on the fence about something, take my advice…

DO

Fly First Class.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking and believe me I’m not made out of money either. That shit can be expensive. BUT, you’re on your honeymoon. You only get a few of these! (Points for movie reference). Mr. Warbler and I didn’t fly first class and we regretted it for a couple of reasons. First of all, our flight to Oahu was five and a half hours and we had really crappy seats. We sat in the back row where you can’t recline your chair back for those extra centimeters of space. It was especially uncomfortable because we’re really f@*kng tall.

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We were giants in Hawaii.

On the flight home, we were able to upgrade our seats for a little more room, but I secretly openly envied those first class passengers.

Book at least one tour.

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Up bright and early for the Road to Hana tour.

I don’t know why there’s a stigma against doing “tourist” activities, especially if you are a tourist! In my opinion, it’s the best way to explore if you want to maximize your time. Our tour guides were amazing and gave us recommendations for other activities that weren’t “touristy.” Which brings me to my next bit of advice…

Go local.

Of course, Hawaii is amazing because of the amazing beaches and everything, but you seriously need to take the time to visit with the locals. From cultural centers and swap meets to shrimp trucks and shave ice stands, you get a different view of Hawaii than you do on the resorts. And the people are so friendly! On our first night in Hawaii, we went to a small restaurant for dinner. I got a little nauseous and went to the restroom to splash water on my face. I spent about fifteen minutes trying to mentally force myself not to ruin the first night of my honeymoon. Well, one of the women sitting at the next table noticed I had been gone for a while and asked Mr. Warbs if I was feeling OK. He told her I was feeling sick and she immediately got up to go check on me! The next evening we ran into her again on the street and stopped to chat for a while. Seriously, the people are amazing.

DON’T

Feel like you have to eat outside of your food comfort zone.

I’m a picky eater and Mr. Warbs is even pickier. While we did eat at local restaurants and try new food, we made sure to order things we knew we would like. Vacations are expensive enough without wasting money on food you don’t even like. A couple nights in Maui, we even cooked our own food at our condo.

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You better believe he was making steaks.

Get sucked into buying souvenirs too early/avoid ABC stores.

One of our tour guides offered up some advice about the ABC stores. Apparently the locals have a joke that ABC stands for “A Bunch of Crap.” Like Starbucks or McDonalds, there’s one on pretty much every corner. They’re tourists traps because everything is dirt cheap, but the items are not very well made. I bought a pair of plumeria earrings and they broke when I got back to our condo. What can you expect for three bucks?

Over-pack!

Between the two of us, we packed three large suitcases and one carry on bag. We ended up buying a lot of souvenirs and accessories. On the way home, we were barely able to get all of our stuff back in the suitcases. Definitely plan on buying things on your honeymoon ahead of time so you can make sure to leave room!

What’s the best honeymoon advice you’ve received? Or, if you’re already married, what advice do you have for other brides?

*All photos are personal

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Mrs. Warbler

Location:
Long Beach/Malibu
Wedding Date:
April 2012
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    LauraandBrad915 237 posts, Helper bee @ 10:29 am

    Good post!
    I am hoping there is a upgrade option for us when we check in for our flight, FI is 6’8″ I cant imagine him having to be stuck in a little seat for 6 hours each way on our flight to and from PR. To book first class jacked it up an additional $1000.

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    MrsACarpenter 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:35 am

    As a travel agent, I’d say as an alternative to getting first class seats, pay a little extra to pick your seat in advance. Most airlines charge around $25 each. Also, picking the emergency exit seats usually give you a little more room too. Some airlines offer “More Space” seats too. Check out the prices of those once you pick your jaw up from that first class price. Another option is to turn in those frequent flyer and/or credit card reward points for an upgrade, instead of waiting for a free flight.
    My best tip for honeymooning is go all-inclusive. I don’t just sell it, I lived it. We went to an all-inclusive in Jamaica for our honeymoon and it couldn’t have asked for more. Plus it saved our wallets. We didn’t have the fancy upgraded package and still got pampered and fully enjoyed ourselves.

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    Mrs. French Toast 298 posts, Helper bee @ 10:42 am

    Great tips! I miss Hawaii now :(

    Another tip I would add is make sure your honeymoon isn’t TOO long. Yes, I said it. TOO long. Our honeymoon in Asia was 3 weeks, and you know what they say about honeymooning.. by the end of 3 weeks, we were “exhausted”. Yes, I went there.

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    Mrs. Sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:52 am

    @Mrs. French Toast: HA! Love it.

    Good tips and especially the one on not overpacking. I made sure not to overpack knowing I’d end up wearing the same few t-shirts and shorts half the time and my swim suit the other half. The lighter the luggage, the better!

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    Mrs. Warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 11:22 am

    @LauraandBrad915: Damn, that’s tall!
    @futuremrscarpenter: Good point. We were able to upgrade to seats over the bulk head for around $60 more.
    @Mrs. French Toast: hahaha girl, sometimes the exhaustion is worth it!
    @Mrs. Sunhat: The thing I went overboard with was shoes. WHY did I think I would wear heels in Hawaii? I brought like 8 pairs!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:35 am

    Great tips, Warbler!
    @Mrs. French Toast: So true :)

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    Future Mrs.Bridges 18 posts, Newbee @ 12:05 pm

    TIP: do not buy a vacation club membership at the the resort! WE did this :( Thankfully, Mexico has a policy stating that if you contact the vacation club and ask to cancel your membership within 5 days, they are LEGALLY required to let you out of your contract and get a full refund. We are still battling with the vacation club, but thankfully our credit card company has our back and we’re close to the end…I think (two weeks later)!

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    carol, Guest @ 12:08 pm

    This is going to sound odd, but I haven’t bought a flight in the past 5+ years for cash (or charged it) unless it is under $100 round trip. I use credit card miles. I don’t like the one airline cards, you usually don’t get such a good deal. I know the deal with AmEx and Virgin Atlantic is crazy good. A round trip in Upper Class from SFO to London is less points than SFO to NYC in Economy with United on the United credit card.

    A great way to combine the eating at home and doing something local is to go on a farm tour where you get to pick your own fruit/veggies. You usually get to meet some cool local people, get a great deal what ever you are picking, and doing something that you wouldn’t be able to do at home. I know there aren’t a lot of these places in Hawaii, but there are for other honeymoon spots around the world.

    ABC stores are great for things you can use on your trip that you don’t plan on bringing home with you. I once had a rental car that got wicked hot seats, so we stopped and bought a couple of cheap (clearance) shirts to use as seat covers. Plus, after a couple of hikes, we didn’t have to worry about the rental car getting muddy. At the end of the trip, we just tossed the shirts and the car looked perfect.

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    priyathescientist 1513 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:16 pm

    These are GREAT tips! I’m a notorious overpacker. I’m going to try my best to pack minimally for our upcoming anniversary (4 years!!!) trip.

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    Mrs. Hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:45 pm

    Awesome tips! I’d say, check before the honeymoon to see if you can put your credit card reward points towards either your flights, hotel or restaurants — we had enough points to cover almost all three nights in our hotel in Florida!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:46 pm

    @futuremrscarpenter: How do you upgrade using miles? I don’t have enough miles to book us first class round trip, but is it possible to pay for tickets with cash and then just upgrade with miles?

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:57 pm

    you shared some great honeymoon tips! Every time I travel, I’m guilty of packing WAY too much! Even when it’s a sunny beach destination, I pack so many things! I always think, “oh I should bring THIS because it would be perfect if we… (insert any possible activity here). For our honeymoon I really need to try and pack much less!

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    Miss Fairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 5:14 pm

    Great tips!! The over packing one might be hard for me though.. sigh haha

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:20 pm

    What fantastic tips Mrs Warbler! My fiance and I are going to Oahu too! I am really excited as we haven’t been to Hawaii before! I know you are a friends fan, so my fiance and I are going to try the “We are on a honeymoon give us free stuff” trick and hope it works to get upgrades for free lol!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:54 pm

    Great tips! We went to the Outer Banks (first time for us) and did all sorts of toursity stuff. We enjoyed everything we saw. PS I’m glad you’re back!

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    Mrs. Warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 9:37 am

    @carol: Seriously, the fruits and vegetables are so fresh and delicious. I agree the ABC stores are OK if you’re buying disposable stuff. I just wouldn’t shop for souvenirs there.
    @priyathescientist: Awww happy almost anniversary! :)
    @Mrs. Hyena: Nice! Mr. Warbs won our airfare and hotel stay through his job so our honeymoon didn’t cost us too much.
    @Jacofblues: Hahaha we totally tried that. I told Mr. Warbs: “Quick, act like we’re in love!” Sadly, I did not get a free upgrade to first class, but we DID get free drinks on the plane! That’s more than Chandler and Monica got right?
    @Future Army Wife: Awww thank you! :)

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:27 pm

    You are right, that is more than Chandler and Monica got! My fiance will be the one driving the whole “We are in love, give us freebies” drive lol!

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    CattyMN608 1603 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:42 am

    Hi Mrs. Warbler! Can I ask which company you did the Road to Hana tour with? Sounds like you’d recommend it? I really want to try this for our trip this winter, but am not a confident driver.

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    Mrs. Warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 6:43 pm

    @jduck84: We went with Discover Hawaii Tours. They were excellent! We were also apprehensive about driving and after seeing the winding roads I’m glad we booked the tour.

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