How to Plan a 2021 Honeymoon with COVID-19 in Mind

A newlywed couple on their honeymoon sitting on a beach.

Planning vacations has definitely changed in the past year or so due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although technological and health innovations are pointing us further towards a vaccine, that doesn’t mean that the scope of travel won’t be changed well into the new year. If you’re planning a honeymoon for 2021, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused as to how to do so to ensure safety and health. But don’t worry—you don’t have to skip or delay your honeymoon. There are many ways to plan a fun and healthy vacation with COVID-19 in mind to commemorate your marriage.

Avoid Booking with OTAs

Booking a honeymoon during uncertain times means that you want it to be easy to make changes or ask questions about your travel along the way. For that reason, avoid booking with Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Orbitz. While these sites are certainly convenient and offer package deals, they also make it hard to talk to an actual person if you want to do so. This could cause a lot of frustration, so book things directly with airlines and hotels instead to avoid this issue.

Do Your Research

It’s more important now than ever to do an abundance of research when it comes to planning a honeymoon (or any vacation for that matter). You’ll want to have a clear idea of what the rules are surrounding travel to your destination as far as quarantining or providing negative COVID-19 test results goes. Many locations are requiring different measures to be taken in order to keep the location healthy, so be in the know of the rules. Check them frequently, too, as things are always changing as the scope of the virus evolves.

Go Somewhere Easy to Socially Distance

A newlywed couple hiking up a hill.

To aid in having a COVID-19 friendly honeymoon, pick a spot where it’s easy to be socially distant and still enjoy the destination. For instance, choose a glamping site or somewhere beach-centered. Anywhere that has an abundance of outdoor activities is a great choice. Avoid heavily populated attractions, such as theme parks or cruises.

Stay Local

A newlywed couple in a Jeep on a roadtrip.

If possible, plan a honeymoon at a destination that’s within driving distance. It’s healthier right now to travel in your own car versus a plane or other public transportation, so find somewhere appealing close to your home in order to make your honeymoon as safe as possible.

Be Flexible

While you may have had a dream honeymoon in mind that doesn’t exactly seem feasible right now, it’s important to be flexible in what you plan to do. The reality of the pandemic is that it does have an effect on our day-to-day lives and on our ability to travel. With that being said, there are so many amazing places within the U.S. and the Caribbean that would make for an unforgettable honeymoon location that are also safe and accepting visitors from the States. Take advantage of this opportunity as a chance to visit somewhere you usually wouldn’t and to explore a new area.

Be Hopeful

Things are changing with the COVID-19 virus every day, and the future is uncertain. You can certainly book that dream honeymoon to Europe for 2021 in the hopes that things will be different a year from now as far as travel is concerned. There is a good chance that you will be correct! However, make sure you book things that can be easily canceled and refunded and keep in mind the fact that your plans may need to change. Having a back-up plan never hurts, either.

Stock up on the Right Items

Having the right items to help keep you healthy is important for your honeymoon. Bring masks, hand sanitizer, and even wipes so that you can sanitize your airplane seat and hotel room. Also be sure to bring some immunity-boosting supplements such as Emergen-C.

Be as safe as you can while planning for the uncertainty that accompanies this virus and you’re bound to have a wonderful honeymoon with your new spouse in 2021.

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