The 'Do's' and 'Don'ts' of planning a honeymoon
I am new to this forum and I hope someone here who is better travelled than me can offer me some inspiration for a honeymoon destination. I am getting married in October to my beloved and we originally decided that we wouldn't have a honeymoon due to work pressures (and a bit short of money too) but we changed our minds a couple of weeks ago!! We are not too bothered about going to somewhere tropical, staying in Europe is fine and we will probably drive (getting ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland maybe).
I saw this article on stumbleupon and thought it was quite nice - here is a bit of it:
"Do your research. If you have found a place or want to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of a selection of holiday destinations then the internet is a good place to start and an initial Google search of the resorts you had in mind will throw up numerous forums and reviews which you can analyse. Asking someone you know who has been there is a good idea but bear in mind that they may have tastes that vary from you and your partner's and what seems like tropical bliss to them may be a flea-bitten and overcrowded nightmare to you. The more information you can get, the better and more informed your decision will be. Forewarned is forearmed. Do not be taken in by the 'beautiful' pictures on the company websites or in brochures. Remember that the travel agent, hotel or tour operator will photograph only certain features of their resort and in a very favourable light indeed. Think airbrushed cellulite and bowls of waxed fruits and apply your savviness of marketing ploys.
Do check what the weather will be like at your destination so you can pack accordingly or - in the case of hurricanes, typhoons or other major weather events on the horizon - opt to go to somewhere with more temperate climes (like Skegness for example). The same goes for the safety of the country you are travelling to. The Foreign Office offers advice online by country on travel, safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, and healthcare.Foreign Office - Travel Advice
Do remember when packing to include a camera along with memory cards and other necessary paraphernalia. Mobile phone cameras are ok for the 'spur of the moment' snap of something humourous spied on the way to Morrisons or on a night out. But, a decent digital camera can produce good quality pictures and have the capacity to store hundreds of them. It all depends of course on the value you place on such articles but many, and me for one, regret the times when I could not be bothered or forgot to take a camera along with me to somewhere special. Pictures are memories and sitting together when finally at back at home and looking at your photographs of the places you've been and time away are a lovely conclusion to your honeymoon.
And DO remember that you are madly in love with each other and have chosen to be together for the rest of your lives. Be patient if not everything is perfect with your resort and accommodation as things rarely are as you imagine. We have very high expectations when it comes to this big and often once in a lifetime break away and can easily be disappointed by the smallest of imperfections. Some holiday companies and hotels have packages that best suit honeymooners and this is well worth looking in to.
I think that it's quite nice but I am still no sure where we can go. Any ideas?