Getting married? Well, first of all congratulations! Now, lets plan that buddymoon of yours…
Wait?! Buddymoon? Don’t you mean honeymoon? What’s a buddymoon?
A buddymoon is when a newly married couple has good friends join them on vacation following the wedding celebration.
My husband and I recently had our buddymoon in beautiful Guatemala with four of our good friends and wouldn’t have had our first travel experience as newly weds any other way. However, when planning your buddymoon, there are some things to think about and consider:
Choosing the Right Group of Friends
This is one of the most special trips you will take in your lifetime, so choosing the right group of friends is important. You want to travel with people who are interested in seeing and doing the same things. If you are up for a buddymoon that involves a lot of adventure, you don’t want to invite your friend who prefers lounging on the beach every day.
Since, this trip is about celebrating your new relationship status, travelling with other strong couples is recommended. What about the intimacy and seclusion that typically accompanies this special trip? Will you still be able to have that romance that comes with a honeymoon on a buddymoon? Absolutely! Especially when you are with other couples that will equally appreciate that alone time.
Choosing the Right Destination
After choosing the group you will be travelling with, deciding on a destination is the next step. You will want to ask yourself what kind of experience you want to have as a group. Do you want more of a relaxing or active experience? Do you want to be able to spend time relaxing on the beach with the option to take adventurous day excursions? Are you looking for a more cultural experience? Do you want to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a city or the tranquility of a beachfront villa?
The amount of time you have for your buddymoon plays an important factor when choosing a destination. If your planning a week long buddymoon, you may want to choose one country and one or two areas within that country to spend your time. If you have two or three weeks, perhaps you may want to visit a couple of countries that are located beside each other. Whatever length your buddymoon is, just be sure not to rush it. Don’t feel like you need to see everything. It’s better to spend a week settling into one place and really taking in your surroundings than be exhausted because you’re travelling from one place to another every other day.
Planning Ahead or Winging It
The amount of time you have for your buddymoon will also affect how you plan your trip. If your trip is shorter, you may want to plan and book everything ahead of time. The reason for this is because you don’t want to waste any time planning while on your buddymoon. You want to be able to enjoy that limited and precious time you have. If you have planned a trip before then you may choose to do it all on your own. The other option is to book a pre-packaged tour. After all, you already had to plan a wedding, so having someone else plan your buddymoon saves you time and energy. Either way, it’s nicer knowing that your seven-day buddymoon is all planned and all you need to do is hop on a plane and arrive at your destination. The rest will be handled from there.
Another reason to plan ahead of time is because it can make travelling with a group much easier. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination on the first day of your buddymoon and then try and decide what everyone wants to do. Even if you are with a bunch of open-minded travellers, you may end all being indecisive and waste time talking about all of your options when you could already starting your adventure. It may be easy to make plans when it’s just you and your significant other, but when you add more people into the mix, it can get a bit trickier to make final decisions. When you plan ahead you have already gotten the trip suggestions and discussions out of the way.
Now, if you’re going to be off on your buddymoon for a longer period of time, planning a bit while leaving the option for spontaneous decisions can add to the fun! It’s no secret that plans can quickly change when you travel, so not making any concrete plans allows you to be more flexible.
Setting a Budget
Setting a budget for your buddymoon is a good idea. Out of respect, tell your group about anything that you and your partner really want to do that may cost a bit more. As long as everyone in your group knows toughly how much they will be spending on the trip, there will be no surprises or awkward situations. Even if you don’t have a concrete itinerary planned for your buddymoon, it’s a good idea to research how much things roughly cost in the destination your heading to.