The Most Common Honeymoon Mistakes

The big errors that honeymooning couples make and how you can avoid them

Your honeymoon is the crème de la crème of all holidays – it’s bigger, it’s better and it’s your first adventure as newlyweds. So, the last thing you want is something going wrong – read on for the most frequent mistakes and how to prevent them… 


Booking your flight in the wrong name
If you’re heading off on your jollies straight after the big day, you won’t have chance to change your passport, so make sure you book your honeymoon in your maiden name. Equally, if your honeymoon isn’t for a while and all of your documents will be changed by then, make sure your holiday booking is with your new last name. Simples!

READ MORE: How to change your name after marriage

Not considering the time of year
Yeah, Vietnam is great – but in the full throes of rainy season you may not get to experience the island exactly how you had hoped. So, make sure you do your research beforehand to avoid a holiday disaster. Our article on where to honeymoon at what time is handy for deciding where to go and when. 

Talk about putting the ‘rain’ into rainforest

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Booking during school holidays
Not only will the prices of holidays sky rocket during term breaks (the joys) you’ll also be met with packed planes and a barrage of kids dive-bombing into the pool. Check the dates before you book, people! 

Packing in a rush
Yes – you’ve got a wedding to plan, so you are probably pretty busy, but it’s important that you don’t neglect your holiday packing. Throwing it all together in a hurry could mean you end up with 50 bikinis and no sunscreen, which is clearly a recipe for disaster. Read our honeymoon suitcase packing hacks.

Only visiting the hotspots
Of course, you’re going to want to get snaps in front of any iconic landmarks, but straying from the tourist path you may just be able to find a little lesser-known café or an authentic shop to make your experience truly unique.


Forgetting about the admin
Yes, we know it’s boring, but as well as flicking through travel agent brochures, booking a honeymoon also means organising visas, insurance and even jabs. Get it, or you’ll regret it!

Not mentioning it’s your honeymoon
Our advice would to be to tell the airline when you check in and your hotel concierge as soon as you arrive – because there are lots of freebies to be had for newlywed couples (bring on the champers)

Now you know the massive honeymoon pitfalls, you can be sure to plan your stay without a hitch. Happy honeymooning!


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