Time line Eight Months - Before
Make a budget and Decide Where To Go. Determine how much money you can spend. Keep in mind tips and purchases you may want to make while you are on your honeymoon too. That will help you to determine where you would like to go. Remember to consider the time of year you will be going and the seasonal weather for your destination.
Travel Agent ( optional). Make an appointment with a travel agent. Using a travel agent can be very beneficial, keep in mind some fees may be assessed for using their service.
Purchase tickets. If you are using a travel agent he/she will do this for you. Booking your travel arrangements early can help to prevent having to change flights. Keep in mind if you are using frequent flier miles, you’ll have a much better chance of getting the flights you want if you book well in advance.
Book your accommodations. If you are using a travel agent he/she will do this for you after you have discussed it. Do your research and then book your accommodations early. Keep in mind affordable hotels overseas often have smaller rooms and availability can be tough so have a few options before you start contacting hotels.
Timeline Six Months Before
Schedule any transportation. If you are using a travel agent he/she will do this for you. After you have your itinerary, reserve or purchase rental cars, train tickets, etc. Even if you are honeymooning in an all-inclusive beach resort you still may need to plan for transportation to and from the airport.
Passport. Get or renew your passport. It can take up to two months to get your passport. Keep in mind if your passport is current and will be for at least six months after you return home. That is a requirement for some countries.
Apply for any visas or other documentation. Do your research ( or ask your travel agent) verify you have all necessary visa, etc. for the country you will be traveling to.
Purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance can cover everything from illness to acts of nature, it is a wise purchase.
Get your shots. You may need immunizations and some are given over a few days or weeks. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, cdc.gov, for details.
Time FrameThree Months Before
Plan your activities. If you are going on a cultural trip, purchase tickets to museums, or book a trip to a nearby architectural site. Book spa appointments or other activities. If you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, you may want to prebook spa treatments and special activities, like sailing trips or other excursions that might fill up. Call and ask the resort concierge for advice. If it’s all about sleeping, eating, and laying on the beach, and ummm honeymooning, then just book when you get there or use your hotels concierge service if it’s available.
Make packing list. Do you have everything you need, camera, seasonal wear ( a new bikini) etc. ?
Time Frame One Month Before
Finalize transportation. Finalize your itinerary or confirm your car rental. If you are driving in a foreign country, get an international driving permit (available at AAA offices).
Fill prescriptions. Make sure you have full bottles of any medications you take regularly.
Shop. No explanation needed, get what you need for your trip. Don’t forget things like outlet converters or specific garments (like a head covering for a place of worship) you’ll need for some countries.
TimeLine Two Weeks Before
Confirm. Check with your travel agent to make sure all confirmations are done. If you are not using an agent call the hotel, car rental, etc. as well as any restaurants to confirm your reservations.
Make copies of your documents. Have copies of your passport, visa, credit cards, driver’s license, and any other important documents in case something is lost or stolen. Leave a set with someone at home and pack one in your suitcase.
Write down important phone numbers. If you are visiting a foreign country, know the location of the closest U.S. embassy. Also, have the phone numbers of your credit card companies so you can quickly call if there are any problems.
Get some local currency. You can easily get cash from an ATM in any country, but having a little bit of money on hand rule to go by is $200.
Pack. Don’t wait until the week before the wedding, when you’ll be extremely busy. Pack what you can ahead of time. You can throw in toiletries at the last minute.
Time Line Three or Four Days Before
Stop . Mail and newspaper delivery and give a key to a trusted neighbor friend or family member. Make arrangements for care of your pets ,plants, garden, yard,etc. while you are away also.
Time Line One or Two Days Before
Time Line One or Two Days Before
Check the weather. If your destination is having an unseasonably cold week, you may want to add some warmed clothes to your suitcases.
Pack a carry-on for the flight. Have essentials, like your passport, cell phone charger, and anything else you tend to forget, ready to go. Remember there are still rules for liquids, etc in your carry ons.
Home and Mail. Make sure you have set timers for your lights, have stopped your mail and newspaper delivery and that you have someone you trust stop by your home and check on things once in a while. It is also good to have someone park a car in front of your home once in a while to give the appearance someone is there.
Have fun, stay safe and make happy memories.