Your honeymoon is supposed to be the biggest adventure of your life and the best holiday you’ve ever been on, so of course, you want to make it special. Forget your regular package holiday where you sit around a pool all day, every day (as great as that is). You want something unforgettable that’ll kickstart your married life and give you stories to tell for years to come.
If this sounds like you, then you’ll probably love nothing more than the thrill, the excitement and the freedom of a road trip – but you don’t have to leave the country to find stunning scenery and epic roads to navigate.
Whether you want to trawl the hills of the Highlands or explore the Southern coastline, there’s a road trip for everyone here in Britain – as long as you know how to organise it properly. So, with that in mind, here are some top tips on how to plan a perfect honeymoon road trip.
Ensure your car is up for the journey
It’s worth booking in for a service before embarking on a road trip to ensure it’s roadworthy and in good order. No one wants to break down at the side of the road due to a problem that could have been picked up with some planned maintenance beforehand. Ensure the oil and windscreen washer fluid is also topped up.
The most important thing is to make sure you have the proper insurance to cover you for your trip. This ensures you’re covered should you have an accident or if damage is caused to your car while away. Consider black box car insurance and you could even get some money back throughout the year, as long as you drive safely throughout your trip.
Sit down together
This should go without saying, but for an adventure so big, it’s important that you both take the time to sit down together and make joint decisions. Road trips need to be carefully thought out and, as they’re such a tailormade, personal experience, it’s just not going to work if only one of you does all the planning.
Set a budget
Before you get too carried away with your plans, make sure you have a clear idea in your head of how far your budget will stretch. There’s a lot to take into account, including food accommodation, spending money, entrance tickets to attractions, petrol, emergency roadside assistance and any essential little extras that you might not have thought about yet.
Write a realistic bucket list
You might already know exactly where it is that you want to hit the open road, but if not, write a realistic bucket list that will fit into both your timescale and your budget. Once you know where you’re going, you then need to do the same thing, but with all the stops you want to make along the way; carefully choosing each town and attraction that you want to visit.
Allow time for rest and relaxation
A common mistake that people make when planning a big road trip is not leaving themselves enough time. They expect to drive hundreds of miles each day, getting from point A to point B without any breaks. You need to all plenty of time for rest and relaxation, especially after the exhaustion and come-down following your wedding. Always factor in rest days and plenty of time to take breaks along the way.
Similar to allowing time for rest, you need to be open to your plans changing while you’re out on the road, for a number of reasons. A change in circumstances might force you to change your route, you might have an issue with your car that will set you back timewise, you might meet someone who tells you that you MUST visit somewhere that you hadn’t included in your itinerary or, as is the nature of a road trip, you might discover places that compel you to pull over and take a look around. Don’t stick rigidly to the itinerary – have fun with it!