Should You Plan an International Honeymoon for 2021?

A couple on their honeymoon in Europe with old buildings in the distance.

As many couples navigate the pandemic and the ever-changing restrictions it’s placed on weddings over the past year, it’s caused many brides and grooms to proceed with caution in the planning process. This same rule of thumb applies to planning honeymoons. While many couples dream of European expeditions, African safaris, or visiting a faraway island for an unforgettable trip, there’s an abundance of hesitancy in actually booking these trips for this year given the uncertainty of the virus. Although there’s no hard and fast rule as to whether or not you should plan an international honeymoon for 2021, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some general guidelines and items to consider in weighing whether one of these trips would be feasible for you in this calendar year.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

There is a lot of information out there right now surrounding the COVID-19 vaccinations but not much certainty, unfortunately. The news of the approved vaccines came at the end of 2020 with a rollout shortly after. However, the process has been less than quick in many states, which has people questioning when international travel to places like Europe will be realistic. The Washington Post noted in a recent article that Gloria Guevara Manzo, chief executive and president of the World Travel & Tourism Council, is feeling optimistic that the rollout of vaccines will lead to feasible international travel to many places by this summer. Obviously, this is not a guarantee, but it’s a spark of hope that by mid-year, international honeymoons may be possible. As the situation with vaccines continues to evolve, keep a close eye on how the rollout is going in the destination you’re hoping to visit to get a more complete picture on what to expect.

Setting Expectations

A couple in the airport wearing masks.

Since there are so many unknowns as far as travel goes right now, setting expectations as you plan your honeymoon is essential. First off, it’s important to understand that things may not go exactly as planned. Next, you also need to understand that even if your trip goes off without a hitch, international travel will look different than it once did after it makes its return. This means that certain health and safety measures will likely be needed when traveling internationally, such as negative COVID-19 tests, proof of vaccination, wearing masks, and social distancing properly in what were once crowded areas. Understanding these factors and how they may affect your trip is vital to the planning process, so make sure to reconcile these things for yourself before you fully commit to the idea of international travel in 2021.

Planning for Uncertainty

A couple on their honeymoon at the beach.

If you have your heart set on an international honeymoon, planning one for later in 2021 is definitely a possibility as long as you do it correctly. The right way to go about this is to protect yourself against the uncertainty that exists given the current state of the world. If you book a trip internationally, be sure to book hotels and flights that are completely refundable if you cancel as the trip gets closer. Another thing to do to plan for the unknown is to have a back-up plan in case an international trip won’t work out. Whether your back-up trip includes choosing a domestic location or picking different dates for your international trip, having something else in the works will help taper disappointment if your originally planned trip can’t occur.

Staying Healthy for Your Trip

If you’re able to travel internationally for your honeymoon, ensure that you’re staying healthy during your adventure. Be sure to wear a mask, of course, and take other measures to stay germ-free. Use antibacterial wipes to clean your area on planes or at restaurants when traveling, get enough rest leading up to your trip, wash your hands often and always have hand sanitizer readily available. Take vitamins such as vitamin D and C to keep your immune system firing on all cylinders.

While the ability to travel anywhere on the globe this year isn’t guaranteed, it’s fun to think that it’s a possibility as we continue fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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