Travel insurance is something couples groan about all the time!
Since the cost of the insurance is based on the total cost of the trip (and your age), it is usually quoted last and a forgotten expense. So try to remember to include insurance in the honeymoon budget!
Why Would I Need It?
How much will it cost?
The cost of a policy is determined by age, level of coverage and cost of trip. There is no one size fits all when it comes to insurance coverage for a trip. For example, a domestic honeymoon may not require the medical benefits that you want with an international trip. There are many choices of policies, so ask an insurance professional which plan is right for you.
Can I wait to buy it?
Generally speaking, if you want a pre-existing condition waiver included in the policy, you will need to purchase within 7-14 days of initial payment on your trip. Otherwise, you may purchase a policy up to 1 day prior to departure. It is in your best interest to purchase the policy as soon as possible so that the coverage begins before an emergency takes place. Again, each plan is different so be sure to know the specific terms of the policy you are considering.
What is Cancel For Any Reason?
Some companies offer cancel for any reason as an optional benefit. This type of coverage adds to the cost of the policy and you should check the reimbursement percentage, it can start at just 50%. If you think that you may cancel for a reason not typically covered (think Zika scare this past year) then definitely consider looking into this option.
Which Travel Insurance Companies do you recommend?
There are several reputable travel insurance companies, I send quotes from Travel Guard and Allianz.
The most important benefit of travel insurance is peace of mind. It's tough to relax and fully enjoy your honeymoon if you're worried about hurricanes, getting sick, losing your passport or missing your flight. Choosing an insurance policy is a personal matter, everyone's needs are different and there is a policy for every need. I am happy to answer questions or refer you to a trusted partner who can help.
If you are planning a Honeymoon in Hawaii, particularly on Maui, you are in for a treat! There have been some amazing renovations taking place!
Here are 3 of our top picks that you should remember!
The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua on Maui has undergone extensive renovations that recently were completed. The Ritz has always offered fabulous dining choices, from meals with tableside presentations to Poolside Dining in a Private Cabana. The renovation introduces the new Kai Café, located in the lobby, featuring homemade pastries, salads and wraps made with local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Guest rooms have been upgraded and now include floor to ceiling windows to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The color schemes mirror the natural environment of Hawaii with blues inspired by the ocean and greens mimicking the lush landscape. New Cabana Suites bring a new level of romance to the expansive pool area. Butler service, flat screen TV's and a private refrigerator provide honeymoon couples with necessities and comforts beyond their dreams!
The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is a favorite among honeymooners and with its $26.5 million dollar renovation, it's sure to stay at the top of the list! Guest rooms will be modernized to have a luxurious yet still traditional feel. Each of the buildings will reflect the traditions of the three islands in Maui County. The Anuenue and Nalu buildings will be inspired by Maui with warm red tones. The Lahaina and Ohana buildings will incorporate orange and blue from Lanai. The Moana and Hoku buildings, in green and blue, will reflect the cool landscape of Molokai. Renovations are expected to be complete around summer 2018.
The Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott finished renovations Dec 2016 but is certainly worth mentioning here. There is an adults only area for those honeymooners who prefer a vacation without kids around. Experience pure serenity from your private over water cabana! If you do decide to honeymoon with the kids in tow - this is the place to be! Wailea Beach offers the longest water slide in Hawaii along with additional slides, a splash zone, a game room and movie theater to keep kids busy throughout your stay. There are 7 dining experiences, 4 of which have ocean views. If you are a foodie, you may know that Chef Roy Yamaguchi has opened a Humble Market Kitchin at this resort, featuring a Hawaiian inspired menu.
1. Sand Jar
Place a few small toys or household objects such as a button, paperclip, lego, golf pencil, rubber band, etc. in a jar (spice jars work nicely) then fill the jar with sand. The child needs to spin the jar to find all the objects – a stationary scavenger hunt!
Put aside some small toys that your child will not notice are missing or go to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive toys/books/activities. Wrap them up like presents. You can even wrap a present inside multiple boxes so they have to open lots of wrapping and boxes and anticipate the gift even more! (careful, this one can get messy!) Every so often during the trip, give your child a new present to unwrap and enjoy!
3. Don't help!
Make everything last longer. I know this sounds simple, but it really helps. When putting away a toy to take out something new, let your child help. Let them peel the banana themselves – it takes longer – that’s the point! If you are giving your child a wrapped present, don’t help them open it. Let them take time undoing the tape or finding the edge. That extra 5 minutes they are busy, happy and occupied is less time you have to be playing activity director.
I know, you are thinking this is not unique – here’s what is – make the stickers yourself! Use photographs of your family, place you are visiting or anything else your child loves. Sticker paper can be found at office supply stores, amazon or big chains. Print out a page with small pictures and cut them into fun shapes. You can bring a coloring book and use the stickers to create a story with your family in the scene.
5. Play with your food
Use your best judgement on this one but here’s what I mean… I used to eat slices of cheese. My mom would break it into pieces and we would make letters of the alphabet. So maybe we would make a B using 6 pieces – then eat the bottom piece and you have an R, see if your child can get from an R to an F, etc. You can come up with words that begin with that letter or objects you see around you with that letter. Of course there’s always the stringing of cheerios game too!
6. Water in a Ziploc
Most moms carry plastic bags just in case. Bring a few extra – you can get water on the plane. Put some in a baggie and let your child shake, rub, pat and play! Add some ice to make it interesting! Note: you may want to double bag it to make sure it doesn’t rip or leak or if you are really feeling ambitious, you could bring some duct tape to seal the ends. Plus, water is a magnifier, put it up to your eyes and see what happens!
Hi! My name is Buffy and I am the owner of Sunlit Travel! I love to plan special occasions like HONEYMOONS! My favorite part is adding special touches to make the trip especially romantic or adding a fun surprise for the bride or groom!