Insider travelling tips for your honeymoon

Pack smart

Most of us will already be familiar with the ‘roll, don’t fold’ rule. However, to ensure your honeymoon wardrobe is packed even more efficiently, try a few of these tricks: keep your shoes in a plastic bag or in a shower cap (available at most hotels), to prevent them making your clothes dirty or smelly. Pack two tops for every pair of bottoms: this will prevent you from taking too much, as we are more likely to wear bottoms than tops again. Lastly, instead of taking a whole guidebook, just take photos of the pages you need on your phone to save the valuable space!

Use air miles

Many credit cards (like American Express) include free air miles when you sign up. You could use these to book a flight, but the best value you can get from these type of air miles is to use them on cabin upgrades as these type of flights are far more reasonable when you use miles compared to paying the full fare. What better time than your honeymoon to experience Business Class at economy prices?

Know when to book

While last minute deals can be great, it doesn’t guarantee that you will find a deal that saves you a lot of cash. For long-haul flights it is advisable to book two to four months ahead, while for shorter trips you can look closer to the planned date, keeping an eye out for airline sales, as airlines will begin to worry about filling up all of the seats. Additionally, when you fly could impact how much you save, with midweek flights usually being cheaper than weekends.

Get the best deal

To really make the most of your honeymoon budget, you can always use a deal finder platform, where you can easily find great value-for-money deals. For example, HolidayPirates (www.holidaypirates.com) have a dedicated editorial team, which, with the aid of algorithms, manually searches the Internet for the best deals based on the time that you want to travel, the kind of experience you want to have and even the particular part of the holiday you want a deal on, whether it’s a hotel, flight or entire holiday package. You can find other excellent deals on platforms like Loveholidays, which also includes last minute deals, or Kayak, which collates the best deals from a number of holiday, airline and hotel providers.

How to avoid jetlag

There is nothing worse than suffering from jetlag on your honeymoon, however there are a few effective things you can do to limit the effects of this upon your holiday. On the day you are travelling, it’s a good idea to start by setting your phone or watch to the time of the destination you are travelling to, in order to get yourself into the psychological mind-set of that time zone early on. Once on board your flight, try to stay hydrated as this will help you to feel more refreshed once you land. If you are arriving to your destination in the evening, then it’s a good idea to try to stay awake during the flight, however if you are arriving in the morning then try to ensure you have slept, sticking to this will help your body adjust to the time zone and lessen the effect of jetlag.

Reach your hotel quickly

Make sure that you know the quickest and most financially feasible ways to get from the airport to your hotel or rented accommodation. If you need a taxi really quickly just head to the departures area of the airport to avoid any queues. Alternatively, you can save money by splitting fares with other travellers, or many cities will offer shuttle services from the airport to the city centre, which are quick and efficient. You can also pre-empt looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot to use Google Maps if you pin your destination and enable offline mode, which will save the map on your phone or tablet.

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