How I chose my backpacking honeymoon to Vietnam and Cambodia – and tips for planning yours

One of the most exciting things about getting married is that you get to go on honeymoon afterwards – is it wrong to say that?! I don’t think so. So, you’re busy hard at working planning the wedding of your dreams, and then you want to go on the romantic holiday of your dreams afterwards… how do you decide where to go?

Pictured: Halong Bay in Vietnam

Pictured: Halong Bay in Vietnam

I was lucky enough to go travelling to Latin America for five months a few years back so my promised man and I were quite clear about wanting another adventure. For some this would be the antithesis of what a honeymoon should be – but the beauty is that you get to decide what’s right for you. So we opted for a couple of weeks backpacking. That way we get to travel, discover places and food and people and, opportunely, do it on a relatively low budget, with a few luxuries thrown in.

Hoi An in central Vietnam is famous for its colourful lanterns, so I've been told

Hoi An in central Vietnam is famous for its colourful lanterns, so I’ve been told

Where to go? Some might want to keep it close, or go to paradise on the other side of the world. The Maldives? Goa? Seychelles? South Africa? Will it be beach bliss, an isolated island, or a thrilling safari? We went for one of the continents we don’t know yet – Asia. Then we chatted to some traveller friends and decided on Vietnam and Cambodia. So, we had the destinations. Now, to go with an agency or fly solo? Again, an agency is perfect for ease, no stress, and is just what plenty of brides and grooms sign up for considering they already have their hands full with THE WEDDING. But a big part of the fun of travel and exploration for me is in the planning – or not if you’re lucky enough to have plenty of time on your hands so you needn’t plan day-to-day.

Halong Bay is on Vietnam's must-see list

Halong Bay is on Vietnam’s must-see list

TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON Check the weather! You don’t want to go to paradise and be rained on for two weeks. Lonely Planet. THE best travel companion ever – bar your new husband, obviously. Thorn Tree – A forum within the Lonely Planet where travel buffs ask questions and share their knowledge on destinations, activities, good companies, hidden treasures and must-visit restaurants. Set a budget. Just like for your wedding day, you need to know what you have to work with. Will it be margaritas at The Four Seasons or a cold beer at the beach hut? Timing. Don’t leave it to the last minute. You’ll want to get your flights, you might need vaccinations, you might even want that luxury suite – and maybe there’s only one. I’m backpacking around Vietnam and Cambodia. Where are you going on your honeymoon?

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