There are a few essential tips for anyone who is planning a honeymoon abroad, from what time to go and how much to spend to what to do whilst you are there. Planning a honeymoon can be a taxing experience but a little careful consideration is an important step towards ensuring a magical and stress-free honeymoon. Here are my top tips for planning the perfect honeymoon.

Strike while the iron is hot.
Try to book your honeymoon as early as possible, or at least six-eight months prior to your departure date. Normally you can secure your booking with a small deposit and by leaving plenty of time you will allow yourself more flexibility and guarantee a greater range of availability. If you're planning on visiting a popular destination resorts will fill up quickly and the best rooms will be booked up first.

Make sure you set yourself a budget and that it becomes part of your overall costing scheme along with the wedding and any vendor fees or other charges. You must keep in mind that this is a once in a life time experience and to organize your priorities accordingly, what is it that you really want?

It sounds obvious but it's surprising how many couples face a last-minute dilemma when they realize that their dates clash. How much time can you both get off work, after all, this will determine how long you honeymoon for and perhaps how far you want to go.

Although lounging by the pool or strolling on the beach are fantastically relaxing ways to spend your time there may come a point when you want a little more from you experience. Tour operators can provide an incredible variety of activities, which will cater to practically every taste, from water sports, wine tours, trekking and sight-seeing to horse riding, hang gliding and golfing.

Consult a specialist.
Although your local travel agent may be able to bring up a few details on the computer, they may not have actually visited the remote peninsulas of Mauritius, so in my opinion it is always worth speaking to someone who has already experienced it for themselves and who has a real knowledge of the place you want to visit.

And lastly, think BIG!
This is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, so don't be afraid to pursue what you're heart's desire, whether it's island hopping in Fiji or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the street markets of Vietnam or the Mayan ruins, for most people they will only ever have one honeymoon so make it an unforgettable one.