Weddings: What items to ask for on a back packing honeymoon

Ahhhh, the honeymoon. Apart from the wedding day itself, the honeymoon is one of the most exciting aspects of getting married. Nowadays, more and more couples are choosing to ditch the traditional honeymoon – because who wants to sit on a beach for two weeks? Instead, they’re choosing to spend their honeymoon backpacking around the world. Unfortunately, like everything else, backpacking is expensive. So how do you pay for it? Well, a cool new idea is to set up a flyustothemoon.com registry and get your wedding guests to contribute to your backpacking adventure. Here are some of the items you should ask for on a backpacking honeymoon:

Flights

If there was the option of swimming from one honeymoon backpacking destination to the next, it would save honeymooners a lot of money – but this isn’t really possible. Instead, backpackers have to rely on public transport and flights to get them from country to country. To start your backpacking honeymoon adventure, you’ll first need to fly out to your first destination. Most of the time, this is a long-haul flight, and long-haul ALWAYS mean long price tag. Rather than draining your funds before you’ve even landed, why not ask a few of your wedding guests to pay for the tickets? If this is too much to ask of your guests, you could always do it the other way around. You could pay for the initial flights yourself, and then ask your guests to pay for shorter flights – say, from Bali to Bangkok – which will cost them less than £100.

Accommodation

Backpacking is not a glamorous adventure. Rather, it’s one full of spontaneity, adventure and a whole load of fun. Because of this, honeymoon backpackers are ditching 5* star hotels and opting for 1* hostels and bunk beds. Hostels are notoriously cheap around the world, but will all add up after a while. Dedicating a section on your honeymoon registry to accommodation will be a lifesaver when you find yourself out of pocket in the middle of Hong Kong.

A travel backpack

You’re not a true backpacker if you don’t have a backpack that’s the size of your whole body. There are loads of shops across the UK that sell these kinds of backpacks, but I can almost guarantee the cheap ones will break before you even step off the plane. If you want a sturdy backpack that will serve you for the whole of your backpacking honeymoon, you’ll need to spend a few quid to make sure it is top of the line. However, newlyweds are pretty short on spare cash, and buying two good quality backpacks won’t help that predicament. So, let your guests take the stress away.

Camera

A backpacking adventure is an adventure you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life. One of the best ways to document this is through photographs – but an iPhone camera just won’t do. A good camera will be the difference between grainy memories, and memories that will last a lifetime. You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on the latest Canon or Nikon camera, as you don’t want to risk it being stolen, but you’ll need something more adept than a disposable camera. Go on, add it to your list.

Before you ask your guests to contribute to your backpacking honeymoon, you’ll need to make a list of all of the things you think you’ll need for your trip – whether they are essentials or personal to you. Then you can start planning your adventures!

  • These are good ideas! I just recently got engaged, but I’ve skipped ahead to fantasising about the honeymoon…