If you’re getting married soon, you might already be thinking about how to start your new life together as spouses! One common way to celebrate your marriage is by going on a honeymoon. Planning a honeymoon can be exciting, but for couples from different countries, it may come with some complexities and challenges. If you and your spouse have different nationalities, there are several things to consider before jetting off on your trip, including visa requirements, language barriers, and more. We’ve put together some helpful tips on how to plan your ultimate honeymoon with these specific details in mind:
- Check Visa Requirements
Before booking any travel, it’s important to check visa requirements for both spouses. Some countries may require a travel visa for one spouse but not the other, so many couples of different nationalities may try to choose locations that are convenient for both partners. If you do choose to travel to a country with specific visa requirements, make sure you allow enough time to apply for and receive any necessary visas before making concrete plans.
- Consider Travel Restrictions
Depending on your immigration status, there may be restrictions on travel to certain countries. For example, if one partner is in the process of applying for a green card or a visa in the U.S., they may not be able to leave the country until their green card or visa is approved. Doing so could potentially pose a risk to any pending immigration application. Make sure you research any travel restrictions that may apply to you before leaving the country. You can learn more about possible travel risks for green card applicants in Boundless’ guide.
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- Prepare All Required Documents
International travel rarely means just showing up at the airport to board your flight! Depending on where you’re traveling, you may need to bring certain documents with you, such as your marriage certificate or proof of your immigration status. Make sure you have all necessary documents (including valid, unexpired passports) with you when you travel. It may take some time to obtain required documents, so be sure to plan ahead and request them well before the start of your trip.
4. Plan Ahead for Possible Language Barriers
If you and your spouse don’t speak the same language fluently, it’s a good idea to plan ahead for any language barriers you may encounter on your trip. Research whether English, or another language you speak fluently, is widely spoken in the country you’ll be visiting, and consider learning some basic phrases in the local language to ease your travel experience. If you or your spouse are bilingual, it may make for a seamless honeymoon to select a location where you have a language in common with locals!
5. Incorporate Cultural Activities
If you and your spouse come from different cultures, consider incorporating activities that celebrate both cultures into your honeymoon. For example, if the country you’re visiting has historical or religious sites that are meaningful in your spouse’s family or culture, set aside time in your itinerary to explore them together. Or take a cooking class together to experience your spouse’s traditional cuisine! Shared cultural experiences can help create a deeper understanding and appreciation for each other’s backgrounds, especially during such a special trip.
Following these tips can help you navigate any immigration complexities during your travels and ensure that your honeymoon is a memorable and enjoyable experience, no matter where you choose to go!
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