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Do’s and Don’ts for Planning a Honeymoon

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! You’re probably knee deep in wedding plans, but you should also turn your attention to planning a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. Here are some do’s and don’ts for planning your first trip as a married couple:

Don’t rush: Planning for a wedding is an incredibly stressful experience. Between booking the venue, and the DJ, ordering the food, sending out all the invites, getting the dresses and tuxes, and setting up tables, you can become so stressed from the wedding that you might want to rush straight into the honeymoon for a much-needed break. This causes couples to often plan their honeymoons so they can hop on the plane out right after the wedding ends. Instead, try to slow down and take your time. You don’t have to leave right when your wedding ends; you could wait weeks or even months afterwards until the time is just right for you.

Do ask for advice: It can be tempted to take a DIY-approach to your honeymoon. After handling all of the other people you had to rely on for the wedding – the bridesmaids, groomsmen, caterers, and even the guests – you might want to just take a step back and rely on nothing but your partner and a Google search. While this could work, you might find yourself benefitting more by asking other people for tips. Your friends and family might have insider info from traveling to the same places you’re considering, and travel agents can remove a lot of the stress from your planning, leaving more room to enjoy the vacation.

Don’t forget important documents: You might be so focused on things like the hotel, the location, and the activities of your honeymoon that you forget important things such as insurance cards, identification, tickets, or any travel documents you might need. Keep everything in check, easy to access and organized. You don’t want to miss a flight because you’re fumbling around for your license or shell up a large sum of cash because you didn’t get any proper travel insurance policy.

Do look for deals: Creating a budget and staying with it is important for any trip, including a honeymoon. Weddings are expensive, so you want to make sure you don’t overdo it for the honeymoon. Look for special deals and accommodations that hotels and flights offer for people on a honeymoon, and even finding coupons for local restaurants wherever you’re traveling could cut back on some expenses.

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Why Honeymoon in Ireland

When it comes to choosing your honeymoon destination there are so many options it’s mind-boggling, but if you want a destination that’s romantic and makes a couple feel special, book your trip to Ireland.

No, you shouldn’t enjoy your first days as a married couple in Ireland simply because some celebrities did it. It was big news when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took off to Ireland after they exchanged their vows. Victoria and David Beckham also celebrated their wedding in Ireland.

So what’s the draw to this amazing country? To begin with, let’s talk castles. There are more than 30,000 of them, from the 400-acre Dromoland to The Waterford Castle which sits is on a private 310-acre island on the River Suir. If you’ve ever dreamed of castles and living happily ever after, Ireland has your romantic storyline. Dromoland’s fortress, which is built entirely of dark blue limestone offers the couples a relaxing massage and a romantic boat ride.

If it’s a beautiful view that you and your honey want, then make sure you visit the 394-foot Cliffs of Moher that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. What a selfie that will be! Maybe a horse-drawn carriage ride is what you consider romantic and you’ll find one at the Killarney National Park. Another beautiful view can be found at The Mussenden Temple, built in 1785, which sits on top of a 120-ft cliff top above the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the most photographed scene in Ireland. Another selfie!

Beautiful Irish Ballads are performed in the Ashford Castle’s Dungeon Bar, which was once owned by the Guinness Family. Speaking of Guinness – and when you’re talking Ireland you must – toast your brand new life together at the Guinness Storehouse.

Of course, a honeymoon to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Blarney Castle and sharing an upside down kiss on the Blarney Stone.

If you’re more of an active couple, Ireland won’t disappoint. You can mountain bike at Ballyhoura, the largest trail network in Ireland, go cycling or kayaking in Kilkenny, take a cliff walk at the Greystones, hike at Wicklow Mountains or go spelunking at Aillwee Caves.

A honeymoon in Ireland is filled with something for everyone and you won’t be disappointed. If you’re interested in making Ireland your honeymoon destination, contact your travel agent.

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The Best of Ireland

One of the most popular sayings in Ireland is, ‘May the road rise up to meet you.’ If you have decided to travel to the country known for its music, landscapes, castles and craft beer, here are a few things you should do:

Visit a castle: There are more than 30,000 castles and castle ruins of all shapes and sizes to see, including Dromoland, which sits on 400 acres and was for the Kings of Thomond or Waterford Castle, which is located on a private 310-acre island on the River Suir. You can enjoy a meal in the Castle’s Munster Room and visit the Fitzgerald Bar which houses the finest Irish whiskey collection. Stop at the Ballynahinch Castle, which overlooks the famous Ballynahinch River or the Cabra Castle Hotel, which dates back to 1760 and has 80 bedrooms, impressive hallways and stairwells.

Throw one back: When in Ireland, do as the Irish do and drink the ale. You can also tour Metalman Brewing, and Blacks of Kinsale or, if you prefer a little Irish whiskey, visit the Irish Whiskey Museum, an interactive, modern experience. You can sample Irish whiskey, Irish Coffee or whiskey cocktails.

Explore the countryside: Get on the bike and explore that gorgeous Ireland mountainside at Ballyhoura or go cliff walking at the Greystones. If you’re a hiker, check out Wicklow Mountains or the remote and rugged Cliffs of Moher. Spelunkers can also explore Aillwee Caves and see the frozen waterfalls. You definitely don’t want to miss Killarney National Park near the town of Killarney, County Kerry. It was the first national park in Ireland, and is home to another popular castle, Lakeside Ross Castle, which dates back to the 15th century as well as Torc Waterfall, a 20m-high waterfall which cascades down a series of rock steps. If you’re so inclined, check out Newgrange, an Irish passage tomb that dates to c.3,200BC or the beautiful National Botanical Gardens. There’s free entry to the gardens.

Share some smooches: Bring your lovebird to the famous Blarney Castle and share an upside down kiss on the Blarney Stone. You can also visit the beautiful Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, a medieval paradise created in 1191.

If you’re interested in a trip to Ireland, contact your travel agent to put together the perfect itinerary for you.

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