5 Travel Tips for the Newlywed Bride

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Traveling as a newlywed bride can present some challenges if you are not ready, in particular if you are a traditionalist and want to change your maiden name to your husband's surname. The bridal media sources simply do not put enough emphasis on preparing you to resume checking off destinations off your travel wish list.

The U.S. name change process is not an easy one if you attempt to do it on your own. Going to your social security office, updating your identity with every government agency can be daunting. Speaking from recent experience, it is easy to forget a thing or two.

Here are a few tips to help you from your honeymoon and beyond when traveling post-wedding.

Either Change Your Name Immediately or Wait Until After Your Honeymoon.

You may be eager to start to use your new last name. Don't forget, the world doesn't automatically update for you once you say "I do" if you have not told it to do so. If your license had your maiden name on it before the wedding, make sure you book your travel under the same last name. You would hate to be rejected boarding that plane or cruise ship due to your last name being incorrect.

Update Your Passport ASAP.

If you like to travel via plane outside of the U.S., you do not want to book your flight under the wrong name. You should have your passport updated to reflect your new name as soon as possible. It would not be cool to miss out on a last minute deal to Jamaica because your passport is not correct. Depending on how recent you purchased your first passport, you may be eligible to get a free update. (See the Travel Gov Site for more information.)

Even If You Plan On A Cruise Honeymoon Consider a Passport.

No. You do not need a passport if you take a cruise to the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, you may need one for other Caribbean Islands. If there is an emergency or you simply get caught up in taking pictures at the coolest viewpoint of a tropical island and miss the boat, you will not want to be stranded for days waiting for permission from the embassy to return home.

If You Need Vaccines Account for Discrepancies.

This is another timing issue similar to the first tip above. Either get your vaccines completed under the maiden name and keep the maiden name until after you have traveled. Basically, make sure your vaccines are completed under the name you are traveling under to avoid any issues when attempting to leave to or return from countries requiring vaccinations.

Remember Your Credit and Debit Cards Need Updating.

This really is a general do not forget, but you do not want to miss this one when traveling abroad. You need to make sure your bank and credit card companies are updated with your name change. Some shops you stop in may not ask for identification when using a card to purchase items, while others may. If your name doesn't match, you may have problems. Who wants to be considered a thief in a foreign country? Not I!

While it is great to be a woman married, it can provide a few challenges immediately following the nuptials. Hope this article was of some help. Certainly, I accidentally tested a couple of these tips and learned the hard way. My mistakes are your lessons.

Are there any other tips I missed? If so, comment below. They may be used in a future article.

Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.