9. Must I Travel Abroad for a Honeymoon?
No. A honeymoon trip can be taken to anywhere near or far, as long as you and your new husband/ wife go somewhere else, away from your home – just the two of you. You can have a honeymoon trip within Nigeria or abroad – can be to a hotel/ place on your street, to somewhere in the same city or state where you live, or to another state, or to another country (in Africa or elsewhere). Where you choose to travel to for your honeymoon is a decision to make between you and your husband/ wife. Obudu Mountain Resort is a popular honeymoon destination in Nigeria, and neighbouring Ghana offers many affordable romantic getaways – for couples who are on low to medium honeymoon budget.
10. I Can’t Afford a Honeymoon: My Wedding Is Already a Lot of Money – What Should I Do?
If you make having a honeymoon a priority and budget even a small amount for it, you can have it. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg, and it doesn’t have to be outside the country or outside your state of residence. There are honeymoon options at every price point, as long as you can keep your taste within your affordability. We usually advise that couples cut down their wedding dreams to make room for a honeymoon. It is okay to have a few days’ honeymoon vacation (minimoon) at a cheap hotel/ location nearby – even budgeting N30k or less for your honeymoon can get you a 2 nights stay at some low-cost hotel in the state where you live.
Usually, most Nigerian couples want to have a big, fat wedding with over a thousand guests and 400 wedding crashers, but the reality is that if you cut down the size of your wedding, you can have a classy event AND still save some money to travel somewhere nice for your honeymoon.
11. I Don’t Have Plenty of Time and Money, How Can I Have a Honeymoon?
If you are short on time and/ or money and your budget cannot afford to pay for the kind of honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of, consider taking a minimoon (that is, a toned-down, short version of your dream honeymoon) at a nearby location – could be a romantic weekend getaway. This way, you and your new husband/ wife can still relax and bond alone after a stressful wedding planning period.
12. What Are Popular Honeymoon Destinations for Nigerians Planning an International Trip?
I used to have a small travel business and top in-demand travel destinations for Nigerian couples were the USA, UK. Usually, couples came to us with much assurance that they would get a visa. However, after booking their travels, most of them were denied visas. So, we always advice couples planning a honeymoon to consider countries known to easily offer travel visas to Nigerians, such as: Dubai, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius.
13. We plan to travel abroad for a honeymoon; Should we travel immediately after the wedding? or the next day or when?
No, not immediately after the wedding. The best time to travel for a honeymoon is one or two days or a week after the wedding. It is best to first get some rest from the whole wedding day thing. We at NaijaGlamWedding advise that couples check into a hotel right after their wedding, then spend a night or two there before taking off to their international honeymoon trip. Otherwise, you’ll be looking like a mass of stress on the plane and at the destination, if you travel the same day of your wedding.
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14. When is the Best Time/ Season to Travel Abroad for Honeymoon (from Nigeria)?
It differs from country to country – so, you’ll only know if you ask friends/ family, or a travel agent, or search the internet or travel forums. For a Nigerian traveling abroad for honeymoon, the first thing to consider is the weather – Nigeria is a very warm country, and so you are most likely to be most comfortable visiting a country when it’s the weather is similar to what we have here. You don’t want to visit during peak hot or cold or winter months – because you don’t want to be only indoors when you are on honeymoon (maybe you plan to go on sightseeing) , and only friendly weather will enable you to move around as you like. By the way, this advice also applies to other Africans, especially West Africans, who plan to travel abroad for a honeymoon – because their weather is similar to Nigerian weather.
15. How Do I Handle Couple Fighting During Honeymoon?
Fighting and quarreling among couples is common when they’re planning the honeymoon. They fight about the choice of honeymoon location or hotel, among other things. Sit down and come to a compromise and do not ignore it and hope that it will quietly die down. It is very dangerous to ignore it. Our wedding planning quiz for couples is a great tool that couples can use to agree on a single thing in every wedding area, during their wedding planning.
The honeymoon is the most memorable trip of your life but then it is the most difficult to plan. Because you’re not a twin of your husband/ wife, there’s bound to be disagreements and quarrels about the honeymoon details and plans – such as where to go for honeymoon (he wants Dubai or Vegas, you want Paris), or type of hotel or place to stay during the honeymoon (you want a quiet romantic beach and he wants a hotel in the city center), OR when to have the honeymoon (you want it right after the wedding and he says maybe when planning your first wedding anniversary).
Such disagreements add to the stress of wedding planning. What should you do if faced with these kinds of situation during honeymoon planning? We’ve heard and seen many couples totally cancel their honeymoons and in extreme cases, some have even called off the wedding – just because they could not settle on how to plan their honeymoon when they have different views of what the honeymoon should be like. We know that you want the wedding and also want the honeymoon – and without any arguments.
16. Any Idea How I Can Get My Honeymoon Story and Pictures Featured on NaijaGlamWedding Website?
This one is a bonus question and answer. We love weddings and honeymoons, and if you have a really interesting honeymoon story plus gorgeous pictures, you can go here to submit them to us – for a chance to publish it on this blog.
Did I Answer Your Honeymoon Planning Questions?
There you have it for my answers to the common questions that couples ask about how to plan a honeymoon from Nigeria (or generally, from Africa or anywhere). Hopefully, you saw the answer to your own specific honeymoon questions that have kept you worrying. But if you didn’t find your own question answered above, write it in the comments section below. Also, keep an eye on this blog for more articles on honeymoon planning and hotspot destinations for Nigerians.
By the way, I’d like to know – where is your dream honeymoon destination or location and how long wish to stay? Tell me in the comments box below. And, if you’ve recently come back from your honeymoon, I’d like to hear about it too.