Useful Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon Road Trip

Tip to plan a honeymoon road trip
A road trip is always a lot of fun. Whether it’s with friends, family, or your spouse. However, when we talk about a honeymoon road trip, the situation changes a little. This road trip, in all probability, is going to comprise the first few days after your wedding. You HAVE TO make sure nothing goes wrong―from the start, until the end, it has to be beautiful.

It is advised that you start planning for your road trip well in advance. As a couple, both of you have to be prepared for it. A road trip demands patience and determination. If even one of the two can’t put up with it, it’s going to lead to fights and maybe, even sickness. If both of you have agreed on this journey―probably your first as a married couple―it’s time we get down to business.

To Be or Not To Be Spontaneous?

Be spontaneous, not careless.
Spontaneity is welcomed, but let it not be mistaken for carelessness. Don’t be completely clueless about what you want to do. Know the places you want to see, the days you want to spend at a particular location, etc. What you can leave for later is where you’re going to stay, what you’re going to do there or see, and perhaps, how much you’re planning to spend at a particular destination. If you leave everything for later, you’ll waste all your time planning your trip, instead of enjoying it.

To Rent a Car or Take Your Own?

Prefer renting a car to allow yourself flexibility.
It is always better to rent a car. If you are covering several landscapes in this trip, you probably cannot have a car suitable for each. Thus, rent. It might increase your costs, but will definitely save you a lot of trouble. There may be areas where you might even consider hiring a bike. If you’re planning a road trip in another country (countries), you must have an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you don’t have one, make sure you get one as soon as possible. Last but not the least, make sure you rent a car that both you and your spouse can drive. Cars in Europe usually work on manual transmission. Call a rental company in advance, and explain your requirements. For travel through multiple states, always rent a car from a company that has presence in those states. This will prove helpful even if your car breaks down en route.

To Select Spots or Destinations?

Prefer spots to save time.
As much as possible, zero in on one-horn towns or cities. This way, when you halt, you can cover everything in a day or two. If you have a city like Paris marked on your route, you’re probably going to need a week there. Cities like these score extremely low on road trip maps. Instead, hunt down spots that can be covered in a one- or two-day halt. There are a lot of unique, remote, and secluded places that don’t make it to travel magazines. You’ll find information about these on the Internet though. However, make sure you don’t choose something too secluded, it’s just the two of you. Limit your adventure to the drive this once.

Select a route that both of you want to see. For a lovely, scenic drive, you can choose California’s Pacific Coast Highway. For an adventurous drive, you can select the New Mexico to The Million Dollar Highway, Colorado. For those who want to wander and explore at the same time, national parks such as Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Yosemite are what you should look out for.

To Save or To Splurge?

Don’t spend on things you don’t need.
Road trips are NOT about shopping; they should never be. Don’t spend a single penny on something that you don’t need, or something that you’ll get anywhere else in the world. You can pick up a small keepsake here and there, but that’s about it. If you’re planning a trip through several national parks, you can get the annual pass. This will save you some pennies. Always let ALL the hotels you’re staying in know it’s your honeymoon; you might just be surprised by their hospitality. Also, don’t be too concerned about the accommodation. You will stay in most places only to rejuvenate, and not relax. If it’s safe, it’s fine, however it is.

To Pack Food or Not?

Pack only emergency food.
Packing a little food is your best bet. Don’t pack for the entire trip, but definitely pack things like a little chocolate, energy bars, etc. Convenience store prices are much higher than those at grocery stores. Don’t pack anything that might spoil in a day or two. It will cost you time and money. Keep refilling these few things at every stop, or at places where you find a grocery store. Always pack enough water at every halt, specially if you’re traveling through secluded routes. You don’t want to find yourself dehydrated in the middle of Death Valley.

To See or To Do?

Concentrate on doing things together.
You may find it difficult to decide what you actually want to do. Whether you should visit a famous festival, take part in adventure activities famous in the region, or just take in the marvelous landscape. Instead of just looking at the beautiful scenery around you during your road trip, it is advised that you do things together. This could include taking part in adventure activities, hiking on a certain trail, exploring a certain locale, etc.

To Concentrate on Geography or History?

Take in the best of both worlds.
This is a little dicey, and it really depends on what you want to do. If both of you love wandering through places, talking to people, and discovering newer things about a particular place, you could invest time in knowing about the history of a particular place. For example, visiting the various national parks will be a good option since it will let you hike, discover, see, and stay―all at the same time. However, if you’re not all for discovery, you could probably avoid the interaction, and instead, cover an additional place or two.

To Be Insured or Not?

Prefer an insurance if your road trip is long.
Well … this is a tough one. Travel insurances don’t always cover everything. Some don’t cover the entire amount, some don’t cover all countries, etc. The best thing to do would be to take your itinerary to a travel agent and seek advice. Depending on the places you’re staying at, the routes you’re traveling on, etc., he’ll be able to tell you whether you really need insurance or not. This decision can be taken only and only after your entire plan is ready.

To Rely on Technology or on The Age-Old Diary?

Use as many apps as possible for a well-planned journey.
Though the age-old diary is the safest option, it’s certainly not the best. Today, with so many people taking up so many different forms of travel, technology is being used to make these travels easier. If you don’t want anything to go wrong during your honeymoon, plan it thoroughly with some of the best road trip apps, that will not only make your listing tasks easier, but also provide suggestions, advice, and tips.

To Divide Roles or Not?

Divide roles for a less-tiring trip.
Ideally, the person who isn’t driving should …

… make a list of things to do at the next halt.
… call up respective hotels/resorts to see if what you want to do is possible or not.
… search for a good hotel, talk to concerned people, and book a room (don’t forget to tell them it’s your honeymoon).
… take care of both the cell phones.

And the driver should …

… not be tempted at spots such as wineries, cities such as Las Vegas, and adventurous routes such as those in the Death Valley.
… not, at any point, exceed the speed limit. For God’s sake! You just got married.
… not overdo with the driving. If you feel sleepy, halt somewhere soon, and take a quick nap.
… not take calls, unless extremely urgent.

Last but not the least, if you’re traveling through several countries at once, make sure you’ve taken all the vaccinations. You don’t want to fall sick during your honeymoon road trip.

Last Minute Packing Tips for Cruise Vacations

The worst nightmare for any traveler would be the dearth of time available to pack. Imagine receiving the tickets for your dream cruise liner, but at the very last moment. That would leave you enraged and with very little time to think. Cruise travel, especially for newbies, can have loads of surprises in store. And mind you, they may not always be really pleasant. So, how does one prepare himself/herself for these luxurious cruise vacations? Here are a few ideas to enable you to bring some order into your last minute packing.

Packing Tips for Cruise Vacations

The destination of your travel holds weightage when packing for such trips. Keep comfort and practicality in mind, and do proper homework to narrow down the items required.

  • First check the number of days you would probably be at sea. This would determine the number of clothes you would require.
  • If your destination is a cold one, then go in for layered clothing. Pack in some warm parkas, winter sweaters, and hats. Make sure you incorporate long sleeved t-shirts so you can combine and co-ordinate between light and heavy layers of clothing.
  • Warmer weather requires lots of pure materials like breathable cotton. During the warmer months, you can pack some shorts, skirts, and capris for comfort. Sometimes, one can witness a lot of weather changes on the way. Do be prepared for occasional showers. So pack in some rainproof jackets to protect yourself.
  • Some cruise vacations may require you to know about any formal dos slated for the evenings. A quick look at the brochure will help you plan some last minute packing for this vacation. Pull out your formal wear and try to incorporate the basic black in the wardrobe. This would help you mix and match the garment with other clothing and create a whole new look.
  • Medical care is of prime importance, as such cruises may cause the person to feel seasick at any given moment. This is more prominent in rough weather. Keep some medicines handy in your bag. Some luxurious cruise ships have their own medical centers on board. The lesser known ones have doctors or people trained in giving medical assistance. For such cases, do purchase separate travelers insurance to cover the medical expenses. This would also help in recovering items and last minute cancellations.
  • If you always experience seasickness, then remember to have some crackers and water. The idea is to keep your stomach full without really having anything heavy. This would help in stopping you from popping pills every time you feel a little queasy.
  • Snorkel equipment is generally included with shore excursions. You can carry your own gear if you wish to spend some time on your own.
  • When it comes to footwear, one of the must-have items is a pair of black tennis shoes. These work well for all occasions. Heels are generally uncomfortable for such journeys, especially when the ship experiences rough weather. Therefore, comfortable walking shoes are important and prove to be very useful when you want to spend the day on land.
  • Add a bathing suit with a cover up; some of these items are also available on cruise liners, albeit at a higher price.
  • Throw in a hat with a brim that will add protection to your ears.
  • Do not forget your polarized sunglasses.
  • Keep your basic shampoo and conditioner in your tote bag.
  • Always include a dressy outfit in the suitcase as it might just turn out to be useful when you want to explore any happening hangouts on the shore.

Cruise vacations, although fabulous, need a considerable amount of time to plan. I am hoping the tips mentioned above saves you a sizable amount of time, and helps you to have a vacation of a lifetime.

Ultralight Backpacking Tips

Traditional backpacking is no more the norm in the trekking world. As such, there is no hard and fast rule as to what constitutes an ultralight backpacking. As a thumb rule, it is generally considered that ultralight backpack weighs between 5 – 10 pounds. You can lessen or increase couple of pounds as there is no rule book that states ultralight backpacking is strictly less than 10 pounds. Nevertheless, we will continue our discussion further by considering ultralight weight in the range five to ten pounds.

Ultralight Backpacking Tips and Tricks

It’s All in the Mind…
We’re accustomed to filling our bags with lots of unnecessary stuff. To become an ultralight backpacker, you have to get rid of the mentality of packing anything and everything you get! Yes, free your mind! Let it be free, lightweight. What do you experience if all thoughts are just washed away? Relaxation and calmness! Isn’t it? So, the same you have to do while backpacking. Challenge your traditional thinking. You just have to carry the necessary stuff, that is multipurpose and things that you absolutely cannot do without.

It’s All for the Body
Now when you carry light weight, it’s easy on your body too. You tire less, there is less injury to back, ankles or knees, and you can cover more distance. This is all good on the body. When you are carrying less weight, you feel less stressed and hence, you can actually enjoy the trip instead of feeling exhausted. If you are hiking with children, the less weight is an added advantage. You are free to handle children with ease.

What All to Carry
The best way for ultralight backpacking is to carry all the required things but in a light-weight form. This way you will have all that you need without having to worry about the weight. Another important tip is to remember that you have to carry the absolute essentials. Don’t carry stuffs like books, heavy hiking tools, camp shoes, etc., that you can do without. A good way to lessen your weight is to not carry things in duplicate. People tend to carry extra clothes, towels, etc., that really adds up to the total weight. Packing small tubes of sunscreen, toothpaste and other toiletries also helps in reducing the overall weight. Don’t forget to take into account these ultra backpacking tips.

– There are some essentials that you would need – your backpack, a sleep system and a shelter. Here you can carry the light weight yet durable versions.
– The light weight pack that can carry all your stuff is a preferable option. Go for such sleep systems that have lesser zips, ground pad weight and no hood.
– Carry a down vest along to keep you warm. In case of shelters as well, you can pick up the ones that are made of light fabric. Though these require more care while handling or pitching and may not give you bug protection yet are light on your back.
– You can also reduce weight by carrying lighter rain jacket or camping shoes. Other things like small LED light instead of a heavy flash light, smaller stoves or maybe stove and cook pots, water treatment tablets instead of water filters, are some of the other ways in which you can achieve your goal of ultralight backpacking.
– You can make a checklist as well, to make sure that you do not miss out any of the essentials in the name of packing light. As to what should be on this ultralight backpacking checklist will depend upon the place you are going and the duration of the trip. So, a weekend trip would naturally require lesser things to be carried.

In the end, I would like to tell you that carrying less weight doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on your safety; that always comes first. Keeping that in mind, you can trade all the unnecessary stuffs for the bare essentials and enjoy your trip without stress. Happy journey.