Set your budget.
While obvious, it’s important to do first – it’s no fun planning your dream trip only to discover it’s way outside your means. Be realistic with yourselves about how much money you’re able to comfortably spend – factor in any honeymoon registry contributions, if you have one. Don’t forget to look for savings in unlikely places – specifically any airline, hotel and credit card rewards you can cash in. These days you can use airline miles to book hotels, hotel points to book rental cars, credit card points for a new bikini – you get the picture!
Finally, agree on where you’ll prioritize spending your money – do you want to go somewhere exotic and far away if it means less money for a hotel? Will you splurge on adventures but not meals? Don’t skimp on somewhere pleasant to stay—you’ll want a beautiful place to relax together at the end of the day!
Agree on the feel of the trip.
What do you picture: lounging by the water? Thrill seeking excursions? Exotic dinners? Choosing exotic vs. familiar, city vs. country, mountain vs. ocean will help you narrow your list. The great news, if you’re like my fiancé and me, is there are plenty of places where you can have it all (or close to it). We are travel opposites, so we chose Spain to be able to explore new cities, but also lay on some beautiful beaches.