Road trip honeymoons are pretty popular in South Africa, and when you think about all the fantastic places there are to see around here it is not hard to see why. How romantic to spend your first days together as man and wife exploring The Garden Route of the Western Cape, or driving through The Drakensberg Mountains, or meandering along The Midlands Meander. And all that time you spend in the car? Well, you get to listen to your favourite music and chat to your favourite person – for hours on end. It can be kind of perfect.
Here are a couple of tips to help you make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible with you honeymoon in South Africa.
1. Get your car serviced
The last thing you need on honeymoon is a breakdown that could have been avoided. Make sure your car is ready for a long trip before you leave.
2. Pack the GPS
If you don’t have a GPS borrow one from a friend. Why? Because fighting about being lost is not romantic.
3. Pack a HUGE picnic basket
It might seem silly but you won’t regret taking a bit of food with you on your road trip. You might be tempted to just pick up take-aways here and there, but junk food can get to be a bit much after a while.
Pack a cooler with juice, crackers, cream cheeses, fruits etc. Not only will this save you a bit of money, but it will also be great for when you find yourself snug in your hotel room and you’re completely uninspired to go out again.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll just “find somewhere to stay when you get there”. Rather book all your accommodation up front. That way you already have somewhere to go after a long day of driving and exploring.
5. Don’t be rigid about your schedule
Instead of planning every minute of every ay, allow your mood to dictate what you do. Stop at strange padstals and wander through the various animal sanctuaries that are dotted all over the country. If there are specifics that you definitely want to do, do them by all means. But don’t limit yourself to “plans”. Allow time for a little bit of spontaneity.
6. Tell people you are on honeymoon!
When booking your accommodation and as you go through your daily activities, let people know you are on honeymoon. Honestly? You get free stuff. Hotels will send you complimentary champagne and sometimes even a whole meal and some touristy places will give you a little extra royal treatment as well.
You only get one honeymoon. You might as well make the most of it!
Happy Wedding Planning!