Traveling to a foreign country with your partner on your honeymoon is nothing short of a dream come true. However, traveling abroad takes more than just a plane ticket. Before you jet off to Paris or soak up the sun in Australia, make sure you remember these often-overlooked details. They can make the difference between a honeymoon you won’t want to remember and a honeymoon you’ll never forget.
- Pack Your Passport– You will need to pack lots of things for your trip, but the most important is definitely your passport. Before you head off on your journey abroad, make sure that you and your partner both have valid, up-to-date passports. If they are expired, applying for a renewed passport is a lengthy process, and it can take weeks before a new one arrives at your door. Even if you have a few months until yours expires, some countries require that your passport be more than 6-months from expiring to enter the country. Check your destination’s consulate website for more information.
- Get Your Affairs in Order – In the months prior to your wedding, you will no doubt be busy putting the finishing touches on your wedding. Don’t forget that when it comes to traveling out of the country, the devil is in the details as well. Be sure to thoroughly research your destination’s entry requirements to ensure you obtain any necessary visas, vaccines, or other required documents. Being stuck in customs (or being denied entry) is the last thing you want to happen when you are supposed to be honeymooning.
- Secure Your Home – Leaving your home for an extended period of time also comes with many responsibilities you may need to dole out to friends, family members or neighbors. Be sure to inform your neighbors that you are leaving so they can casually keep an eye out for any suspicious activity at your home. It is also a good idea to contact the post office and have your mail held so that it doesn’t pile up, which is a sure sign that your home is sitting empty.
- Notify Friends and Family – Accidents or incidents abroad are rare, but it is still a good idea to keep a loved-one in the loop about where you will be staying and what flights you will be traveling on. That way, if there is an emergency, it will be much easier for them to contact you (or vice-versa). Even a Skype call or email letting someone know that you have arrived safely can provide peace of mind to your family back home.
- Don’t Forget Fido – Anyone with a pet knows that they become part of the family, so make sure that they are well taken care of in your absence. For cats, this usually just means leaving ample amounts of food. However, try to ensure that a friend or family member can visit them while you are gone to provide an adequate amount of attention as well. Dogs require much more attention, and if a trusted friend or family member is too busy to take care of them, look into doggy day cares or pet spas that allow for longer stays.