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At long last, the time for your honeymoon arrives. You and your groom should view the honeymoon as the beginning of a lifelong adventure together, not just the end of a hectic wedding schedule. It should be one of the most memorable of journeys, not only in destination, but in learning more about each other – how to plan together, play together and explore the many opportunities that lie ahead for both of you.

It is important that you and your fiancé discuss honestly with each another what your expectations are for your honeymoon. Do you want a quiet secluded destination with plenty of time alone, or a trip to Europe touring new sites and meeting people? Do you want your honeymoon to include activities that you both enjoy such as skiing or scuba diving, or do you simply want to relax? Would you enjoy a resort or perhaps a cruise? Sunshine or snow? Beaches or mountains? City or countryside? You should also be clear as to what your desires are in regard to creature comforts. Your fiancé may find a rustic cabin ideal, while you dream of a luxury hotel with room service and a whirlpool bath. Whatever choices you discuss, be confident that you and your fiancé will know when you’ve found the perfect honeymoon just for the two of you. Once you have decided on the type of honeymoon, the dates you wish to travel and your budget, consult a travel agent. This is the best thing you can do for yourselves! The travel agent can handle all the details of the honeymoon, and there is absolutely no charge for the services. A travel agency with experts in honeymoon planning will not only help you with the best destinations, accommodations and travel arrangements, but will assist you in all areas of planning. They will give you top-notch advice regarding money exchange, insurance needs and packing. They will also inform you of necessary documents such as passports or visas, records of inoculations you might need to have, and provide you with travel confirmations. Your travel agent can make all the difference for smooth sailing on your honeymoon. Traditionally speaking, your fiancé should handle all the finances of the honeymoon with the travel agent, including necessary deposits. He will want to be careful to stay within the guidelines of the budget so there are no unexpected bills to pay when you return home. A week before the wedding he should make a final check with the travel agent to confirm that all is in order. Remember, your honeymoon does not have to begin immediately after your reception. If you are planning a long honeymoon or going to a remote destination, you might want to allow yourself some time between the wedding and the honeymoon. If so, you can still make your wedding night a special occasion by staying in a nearby bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel. Wherever you go, make it an adventure that is only beginning!

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