Plan early! Try to make your reservations at least 6 months in advance if possible. This can usually result in getting early booking discounts, with a better selection of room choices and also better flight connections.
Resort Accommodations. Choose the best room you can afford. We tend to try to book you into the best possible resort that would be within your budget, even it would be in a room without the best view. However, we find from feed-back from the staff at many resorts, that guests invariably try to upgrade after they see the better view or location choices.
Cruise Cabin Choices. Get the best cabin you can afford. Some people say that it doesn't matter what your cabin is like, since you'll only dress and sleep there. Not so! If this is your honeymoon, you'll want every detail to be perfect. Most cabins have small (single-person) showers, not bathtubs, so if you like to soak ask for a room with a tub. Most important, a nice cabin makes you more inclined to enjoy things like room service and sipping morning coffee in your PJs. The ultimate luxury: a private veranda so you can leave your sliding-glass doors open and fall asleep to the sounds of the sea.
Budget. This will be a trip you will remember for the rest of your life! Splurge without over doing it. The memory of the Honeymoon will long outlast the memory of the expenditure. By considering either a cruise or an all-inclusive resort, budgeting can be easier since these choices include the majority of your expenses in their basic costs.
Activities and Time Planning. Allow for de-stress time! Then consider the time to indulge in the activities available at your chosen destination. An important factor can be travel time! If you can only manage a few days, it would probably be better to select a destination close by. The longer the time available, travel time becomes less of a factor.
Name Change Nightmare
Name change nightmare. Planning to take your spouse's name? Unless you're taking a delayed honeymoon, you won't be able to amend your passport, driver's license, etc., until after you've returned from your honeymoon. Even though you'll be anxious to start using your married name, it can be a real nightmare if you haven't legally changed it yet. Instead, use your maiden name on visas, airline tickets, etc., so they match your name as it appears on your official documents.
Credit & ATM Cards
It is important to notify them about the trip timing and destinations in advance. If you don't, unfamiliar spending patterns might cause them to suspect that the card is being used fraudulently and delay or block your approvals.
Cruise Booking Timing
Book early. There are two ways to get the best price on a cruise: book early or book at the very last minute. Both will save you money, but early bookers get the best choice of cabins for roughly the same "sale" price as late bookers-and avoid being disappointed because the ship or cabin choices are sold out. "Early" usually means four to eight months before the cruise. The savings generally are 25 to 50 percent off the published brochure price per person. Early booking also can result in better flight connections and rates. -
Protecting Your Health
If you have any food allergies, learn the names of those foods in the languages used in the countries you'll be visiting. This way you'll be better equipped to stay on the look out for them.
Find out what types of diseases are common to the area you'll be visiting and take actions to prevent your exposure to those diseases.
Find out what types of vaccinations you will need to enter the country, there may also be medications you'll need to take before, during and even after your trip. Get your vaccinations early in case you have a reaction and need some recovery time. You should consider a dental appointment if you haven't had a check up in a while.
Be careful what you eat and drink.
Carry complete health information with you on your trip.
IAMAT: International Assoc. for Medical Assistance to Travelers
For a voluntary contribution ($40 or more), you get information on world health risks and a directory of doctors (except USA) around the world who speak English and accept a rate that has been coordinated by IAMAT. A membership card is provided for your identification. Address:1623 Military Road, #279, Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1745.