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The Best Websites To Book Your Honeymoon (& The Travel Gear You’ll Need!)

Feeling a little restless lately? At Bridal Musings, we believe it’s never too early to start planning your honeymoon (we say as we’re caught in a Mediterranean daydream…)

If you’re a travel lover like me, you’ve probably been eyeing flights and fantasizing about your next trip for a while now. Maybe your wedding plans changed and you’ve got a little extra time to create a honeymoon to remember. Or perhaps, you’re ‘all systems go’ with wedding plans and it’s finally time to pull the trigger on those honeymoon flights.

While traditional travel agents are a thing of the past, there are so many online companies these days that aid in honeymoon planning. Yes, DIY travelers happy to browse through every hotel, flight & rental can take advantage of all the deals that Booking.com has to offer, but there are also plenty of luxury travel outfitters ready to tailor the perfect, relaxing honeymoon.

We’ve even found companies that allow you to crowd-fund your honeymoon – looking at you, Honeyfund – and use the money gifted to book your trip directly through their site, or on your own travel outfitter of choice.

Whether you’re an avid outdoor adventurer or a refined creature of luxury, we’ve found the travel site tailored for you. Here are our favorite websites for a swoon-worthy honeymoon and all the things you’ll need to pack.

Booking.com

For the One-Stop-Shop Travelers

Flight, hotel, car – check, check and check. Booking.com makes it incredibly easy to cross off most (if not all) on your travel booking to-do list.

Customize your searches to match your budget, check the thoughtful reviews and take advantage of their Genius membership discounts. The site also offers fully refundable options during this uncertain time for a little peace of mind – more information on their policies here.

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Airbnb Adventures

For the “Live like the Locals” Travelers

Already a fan of Airbnb? Now you can sign up for an adventure with the locals of wherever you’re staying. Experiences include lodging, tours and more. How magical would it be to “glamp” under the northern lights or take a motorbike through Vietnam?

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Why You Should Consider Vietnam for Your Honeymoon – Claire Eliza Travel Guide
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National Geographic Expeditions

For the Highly Invested Travelers

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been dreaming of a trip to that one place for awhile now. You’ve done your research and you want a site that’s done the same. Look no further than National Geographic Expeditions expert advice and curated tours based on your interests. (Did someone say whale watching?)

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Wild Winter Ice Cave Elopement in Iceland – Your Adventure Wedding
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Tablet

For the Insta-Worthy Travelers with a Taste for Luxury

Tablet’s MICHELIN approved boutique hotels means that you’re browsing through the best of the best. The site provides endless inspiration for your next picture-perfect escape. My current daydream venture is to The Paramour Estate.

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Mr & Mrs Smith

For the Insta-Worthy Travelers with a Taste for Luxury (part two!)

Yes, there’s more! Mr. & Mrs. Smith has a 15-year history of highlighting boutique hotels around the world. For honeymooners, they offer a free inspiration booklet, discounts and expert help based on your destination.

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Virgin Limited Edition

For the Travelers with a Serious Case of Wanderlust

Virgin Limited Edition offers unique and stunning retreats for the most adventurous spirits. We are mesmerized by Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp in Kenya, and the Ulusaba Game Reserve in South Africa.

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Claire Eliza – South African Elephant – Bukela Lodge – Amakhala Game Reserve
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Eleven Experience

For the Outdoorsy Travelers

Eleven Experience is a treasure trove for those who prefer to see the world with a pair of skis or with a set of wheels. Take in the great outdoors and come back to a luxurious room.

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Apple Vacations

For the All-Inclusive Travelers

If you’re looking for minimal hassle and maximum relaxation then Apple Vacations is the site for you. Their all-inclusive options make it simple to book your ideal vacation and flight with just a few clicks.

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Honeyfund

For Crowd-funding Travelers

So long household appliances on the registry! We’re making room for an adventure! Honeyfund lets you create a registry for your dream honeymoon (including the flight and goodies) so your guests can help send you on your way. Once you’re ready to book, you can use the funds gifted by your nearest & dearest to book your trip directly through Honeyfund.

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Travel Zoo

For the Travelers Who Love a Bargain

Who doesn’t love a cheap flight to an amazing location? Sign up for travel alerts so you don’t miss your chance to score a deal on your romantic getaway.

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Exoticca

For the “Take Me off the Grid” Travelers

Exoticca prides themselves on their thorough cultivation of remarkable curated trips. All of the hotels selected meet their high-quality requirements and each travel package is created with the utmost respect for the culture and environment of the destination.

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Gear You’ll Need

Calpak is the definition of traveling in style! Their sleek and modern luggage will have you strutting through the airport. Swap out your oversized purse for this iconic hatbox.

Growing up in the Northwest, I know that the quality of outdoor gear is something to be admired. (Especially if it’s in the sale section.) Backcountry offers an impressive range of necessities for adventurous honeymooners.

Do you thrive on being organized? Flight 001 is the perfect site for travelers who want gear that just makes good sense. Avoid the stress of cramming your clothes into your suitcase with this Spacepak set.

Where to Shop for Honeymoon Outfits

Now that you’ve picked your dream trip with matching luggage, it’s time for the outfits!

ASOS is a solid choice for year-round shopping, especially when it comes to oh-so-chic swimwear. This cute floral two-piece with these block heeled sandals are made for a romantic beach escape. Free People is an essential destination for all boho enthusiasts. We love them for their effortlessly elegant dresses made for an island breeze or a night out in a new city. I recommend packing this two-piece set.

Be sure to bookmark Moda Operandi for luxe resort wear – the retailer that brings designer clothing right off the runway into your closet. How about this white bridal swimsuit & this Zimmermann mini dress (currently on sale!). Alternatively, The Outnet is our pick for discount designer duds galore. This site is one for those who don’t mind last season’s wears for the sake of an incredible deal.

Where to Shop for Travel-Sized Beauty

Now onto the toiletry bag:

Browse through Sephora for literally anything and everything beauty-related. They have a generous stock of travel-ready products like this facial spray with rosewater and aloe. Or maybe a mini set of hair products like this one from Bumble & Bumble is just what you need.

Credo Beauty is a must for eco-friendly and cruelty-free products. They have fun travel sets to peruse and pack like this rose hydration trio.

Check out Anthropologie for the latest in beauty trends including this crystal facial roller – great for in-flight rejuvenation.

Looking for even more beauty inspiration? Our editor Claire put together this amazing list of travel-friendly must-haves.

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Need inspiration on where to go? Check out our Travel section filled with honeymoon guides.

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