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Honeymoons are so exciting, not just to take but to plan as well and years later, bring back so many incredible memories. My own honeymoon feels like another lifetime and it was only 12 years ago.  RELATED: California newlyweds flying Delta Air Lines make rookie mistakes on Caribbean honeymoon

When I’m asked about honeymoon destinations, I always say that it’s a difficult question to answer since there are so many variables. It really all depends on how much you want to spend, what you like (mountains vs beaches vs cities), what you want to do (spa, sightseeing, adventure, relaxation), how long you want to go for and whether you have traveled extensively before.

If someone tells me that their honeymoon will be their first big trip with their significant other, then I highly recommend they take their honeymoon before they get married! It might sound like a crazy idea but travel can really bring out so many different qualities in a person and traveling together is a great way to see just how compatible you are. But that’s a whole other story … and maybe better for a daytime talk show!

Johnny and Nat flying first class on their honeymoon aboard Korean Air.
If you’re flying somewhere, your honeymoon is the perfect time to splurge on first class or business class tickets, which is what I did for our honeymoon. don’t be this guy: Husband takes wife’s business class upgrade on their honeymoon … and the Internet has thoughts. Pictured above: My wife and I flying first class aboard Korean Air to Seoul, and then on to Bali. To find the best deals on airfare, check out these 17 tips to find cheap flights. And to get the best price, always set a fare alert so you know if the fare drops. Then, set a seat alert to get the best seat.

The ultimate honeymoon destination arguably involves overwater bungalows. The problem is that they aren’t cheap. So unless you have deep pockets, you better start figuring out ways to accrue hotel and credit card reward points or look at places that offer them at a discounted price. The photo above is of Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

The most popular overwater bungalows can be found in French Polynesia or as their tourism board calls it, “the Islands of Tahiti.” The other is the Maldives. I’ve been to both and they don’t disappoint. A good alternative that is much cheaper is Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia. The water isn’t as clear or clean but the food and spa are fantastic.

If you don’t want to travel so far from North America, the Caribbean now has several hotels with overwater bungalows but again, they aren’t cheap except for the El Dorado Maroma Resort just south of Cancun.

No matter where you go on your honeymoon, the most important part is to really enjoy it. Don’t let the stresses that often accompany travel put a damper on things. This special time with your new spouse is going to come and go so fast that you really need to make the most of it.

My advice is to do whatever makes you both happy and not what your friends and family suggest. By now, you should know what each other likes and if you both like different travel experiences then compromise. No one says you have to just go to one place. My wife and I went to South Korea and Bali on our honeymoon (the photo above is our private bungalow at Amandari) because we wanted to both explore and relax … and it was perfect.

Ideally, wherever you choose to go, it’s best to disconnect from the world. I know that’s easier said than done. On my honeymoon, I turned my phone to airplane mode so I could still use it to take photos but not be distracted by messages and we kept the TV off. For peace of mind, just give a loved one the number of your hotel or rental in case there’s an emergency. I did document the trip but not necessarily to share on social media but rather for my wife and I to relive our honeymoon down the road, especially because even at just 12 years down the road, the memories are starting to get fuzzy.

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