One of the most exciting parts of getting married is the awesome vacation that follows—the honeymoon! Honeymoons aren’t like just any old vacation, however. The average honeymoon holds expectations of limitless excitement, fascinating adventure, and unparalleled romance. Additionally, this will be the first time that you and your significant other are out in the world as a married couple. Whether you choose to plan your entire trip yourself or hire a travel agent, make sure you avoid the following activities to ensure you have the best honeymoon possible!
Inviting Social Media
If you’re a social media person, this could be a tough one. Whether your Facebook “needs” wedding photos posted, your Instagram is begging for story updates, and your Twitter feed is dying to know what you’re thinking, all these apps will still be there when you return. The average honeymoon lasts between seven and ten days, and you typically lose at least two of them to travel. Spending time staring into your phone or computer is a complete and utter waste of your vacation.
You don’t have to eliminate phone use entirely during your special getaway, however. There are a variety of great reasons to have your smart phone handy while you and your spouse experience the many wonders your honeymoon has in store. Instead of hanging around on social media, however, use your phone to ask Google about a foreign word you don’t know, to capture pictures of the beautiful moments of your trip, or to check for neat activities in your area. Just remember, your trip won’t last forever; spend your time living in the moment instead of looking for things to brag about online. Wait until after you’ve returned to update your status and post all of your fantastic pictures.
Taking Unnecessary Risks
Adventure is fun, but too much can be dangerous. Even if you and your spouse are huge adrenaline junkies, remember your limits. Hitting the surf in unknown waters, skiing down steep mountainsides, or even renting all-terrain vehicles for the first time can all be very exciting, but spending the rest of your trip in a local hospital is not. If you wouldn’t do it at home, then there’s a good chance you shouldn’t attempt it while you’re on your honeymoon. Take time to do the things that you both love, but remember to also be mindful of your safety and the safety of those around you.
Forgetting About Allergies
When you’re in an area that’s new to you, it’s easy to get swept away in the excitement. You may be more likely to book that couples massage you’ve both always wanted, order an exciting looking dish you never thought you’d try, or sign up for a crazy, adventure through the wilds of a jungle you’ve never heard of. Go for it! Do all the things that test your boundaries—just make sure that you don’t forget about your allergies along the way. There are loads of honeymoon horror stories about couples who forget to check the massage oil’s base or didn’t check for nuts in their dessert. Always remain alert when you’re in an area that isn’t familiar to you, especially ones where the locals speak a different language.
If you do have an allergic reaction on your trip, make sure you can get the help you need as quickly as possible. Remember to pack an emergency EpiPen or medication you may need, as well as over the counter allergy solutions for minor reactions. Not every allergic reaction is life threatening, but leaving them unresolved is a great way to ruin part of your honeymoon.
Staying in Your Comfort Zone
While safety is extremely important, you also shouldn’t spend your entire trip hiding out in your comfort zone. Every long trip warrants a day or two filled with nothing but rest and relaxation, but your honeymoon should include more. This is especially the case if you are visiting a location the two of you have never been to before. Make sure you spend at least some time exploring what the area has to offer, like trying local cuisine or taking a hike on a nearby trail. Even if you leave your comfort zones for a single adventure, the two of you are bound to have some amazing memories to cherish together forever!
Eating Too Much
Regardless of where you choose to have your honeymoon, it is certain that you will find delicious food. Food is the one language that everyone in the world speaks! As a result, it’s very easy to over indulge in all the delightful dishes, especially if you spend your time at an all-inclusive resort. You’re on vacation, after all, so why not live it up a little?
While this mentality is fine to an extent, there are limits. If you gorge yourself too much, you’re likely to feel some rather negative effects afterward. No one wants to spend part of their honeymoon holed up in their room groaning and moaning because of their stomach. Yes, you’re on the vacation of a lifetime, but make sure to keep your regular eating habits in mind too.