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2017

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Sunday, January 29, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 23 A honeymoon provides a welcome retreat for couples after months upon months of budgeting, planning and ironing out the details of their wed- dings. On their honeymoons, couples get the chance to escape the pressures of everyday life and simply enjoy being alone with each other in special locations. Honeymoon vacations can be expensive, and many couples want to ensure they get the best value for their trips. A honeymoon that is overshadowed by inclement weather can make this once-in-a-lifetime trip memorable for all the wrong rea- sons. While not every hiccup can be avoid- ed, couples can plan their honey- moons for those times of year when specific locales experience their best weather. • JAMAICA: Couples tying the knot in the earlier part of the year may want to honey- moon in Jamaica. With average tem- peratures in the 80s year-round, Jamaica makes for a great honey- moon destination. January through April see less rain than other times of the year, and keep in mind June through the end of December is hur- ricane season. • AUSTRALIA: People opting to get married in the winter in the Northern Hemisphere might want to escape the cooler temperatures and shorter days with a honeymoon south of the equator. Australia and New Zealand are beautiful spots to visit and enjoy summer when those in the Northern Hemisphere are mired in winter. • FRANCE: Paris and other French cities can be enchanting to visit any time of the year, but locals advise honeymooners visit in Septem- ber when the climate is quite com- fortable and tourism is minimal. Spring is another great time to visit France, especially for those people who want to spend plenty of time outdoors. • MEXICO: Areas of Mexico, such as popular Cancún and Cozumel, tend to stay warm all year long, but they can be particularly hot in the summer. Spring brides and grooms may want to venture there before the sum- mer season is in full swing. Couples might want to avoid vacationing in certain areas in March, as stu- dents visiting for spring break may compromise the romantic atmos- phere honeymooners are hoping for. • HAWAII: Spring and sum- mer can be ideal times to visit the islands of Hawaii, as the weather can be beautiful and travel tends to be less expensive during these times of year. Rains increase as autumn sets in, and Hawaii often sees the bulk of its vacationers during the winter, meaning higher costs and bigger crowds. • ITALY: April through June and September through October are some of the best times to visit Italy. Be aware that Venice tends to be misty and damp during the late fall and early spring. Italy, especially southern Italy and Sicily, can get quite hot during the peak summer months. Weather and tourism should be considered as newlyweds choose where to go on their honeymoons. A couple's honeymoon is their first real chance to relax and unwind after the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Couples who want to make sure their first getaway as husband and wife goes off without a hitch might want to heed the following advice. Start saving early. Honeymoons are expensive, so to afford the vacation of your dreams it's wise to begin saving for the honeymoon as early as possible. It may be well worth it to compromise and make sacrifices in other areas to ensure you have enough funds for your dream honeymoon getaway. Do not expect cash gifts at your wedding to pay for your trip. If you do, you may be sorely disappointed when the time comes to take off. Read online reviews. Online reviews can paint an accurate picture of a potential honeymoon destination. Look at vacationer-supplied photographs to see how the accommodations match up to the resort's own marketing materials. You don't want too many surprises, such as service fees, dirty rooms or a lack of beach amenities, to ruin your trip. Plan at least one exciting outing. While on your honeymoon, be sure to go on at least one adventure. Try an activity you have never done before, such as snorkeling, traveling a zip line or swimming with stingrays. Pack early. After a long wedding day and reception spent dancing into the wee hours of the morning, you probably do not want to spend time packing. Pack your suitcases and travel essentials in advance of your wedding day so you have more time to sleep in before you depart for the airport. Also, remember not to over-pack. You want to have room for the souvenirs you purchase along the way. Enjoy your surroundings. Put down the smartphone or tablet enough to truly enjoy your surroundings. A honeymoon is an opportunity to relax, and that may not be possible if you're tied to your devices. Friends at home can wait for your status updates and wedding pictures. Splurge on something expensive. Whether it's an ultra-fancy dinner or an exotic souvenir, indulge. Leave your itinerary open. After scores of wedding appointments and watching the clock, it's nice to fly by the seat of your pants. when to visit these HONEYMOON HOTSPOTS Seven tips for a great HONEYMOON

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