There are those among the female population that have dreamed of their wedding day since childhood. There are others who haven’t given it a moment’s thought. Then there are those who have always dreamed of their honeymoon. That last one is where I reside. I’ve had a forever-changing parade of destinations marching through my brain for a long time. A road trip through Tuscany morphed into waterfall chasing in Costa Rica. I oscillated between chilling in the Chilean desert and catching the Big 5 in Botswana. Something we’d normally call A.D.D. became my active honeymoon daydream.
My man surprised me with a sweet proposal last August while en route to our 10-day adventure in the Canadian Maritimes. It took our entire trip for it to fully sink in, but once it did my eyes filled with tears of joy. And then I got to planning. Honeymoon planning, that is. I soon found out that my years-long reverie had made the task a difficult one, so naturally I turned to the internet for advice. Unfortunately, the internet has a homogeneous picture of what they think we all want in honeymoons. I needed something a bit more conceptual so of course I headed to my peers: travel bloggers. With a wealth of experience under their belt, where do the writers I admire go on honeymoon? Here’s a few ideas from the bloggers themselves.
Stay Local like Cristina from LooknWalk
We all look to destinations far and wide when planning our trips, often at the expense of our own backyards. If you’ve explored the four corners of our planet or are on a budget, consider visiting within driving distance. Cristina did exactly that and discovered a (not so) hidden gem within a few hours of home:
“I got married in May 2012. It was one of those small family & friends Town Hall weddings as we really didn’t want to make a fuss. True to our style, the honeymoon was planned for mid-July. A mix of being too busy with work and having a rather limited budget led us to decide quickly on taking a long weekend to disconnect from everything and head to a mountains resort very close (100km) to home: Moneasa, Arad County, Romania. And by the way: I booked the room two days before we left.
Moneasa is very well-known as a resort to treat various illness thanks to the air and mineral water. It is also known to be the favorite of… older people. And perfect for us to just recharge and “hide” from the real world.
We had quite a bit of money with us (about 150 EUR) and didn’t even spend it all. We did splurge though. At home, we don’t go out to restaurants much (maybe once every 3-6 months). On honeymoon, we went to a restaurant every day (or several times a day) during our weekend away because it was super affordable.
I love to slow down while I travel not rush from one place to another. So once we arrived we decided to just see what we feel like doing. We took a lot of walks and some short hikes in the woods. Unfortunately because the weather was not exactly cooperating, our long hikes didn’t happen.
If you are a couple that wants to go clubbing or needs fancy restaurants, Moneasa is not for you. You can find places to do this, but I wouldn’t say you’d want to. If you want to disconnect, love to be in nature and don’t get bored easily, then it’s just perfect. We played A LOT of rummy while there, and the last night of our stay, we were completely alone in the B&B. Loved it!”
Go Exotic like Hannah & Adam of Getting Stamped
Let’s be honest, sometimes you just need some good old rest and relaxation. Especially after planning a wedding. When you’re looking for the tropics but don’t want the packaged experience, an exotic adventure may just be for you. Hannah and Adam picked Thailand for a spot of tropical fun.
“When planning our honeymoon my husband and I wanted somewhere epic that none of our friends have ever been and we wanted to go on a LONG honeymoon that wouldn’t break the back. We had always dreamed about Asia and decided a Thailand honeymoon was just what we were looking for. Thailand was budget friendly, we could eat & drink as much as we wanted without worrying about how much money we were spending, and it has epic beaches.
We spent 2 weeks in Thailand and knew the biggest chunk of our budget would be for flights, after that expense we gave ourselves an accommodation budget where we decided to splurge on nicer hotels a few nights and budget accommodations to make up for it a few nights. We ate at local restaurants as opposed to fancy restaurants not only because it was cheaper but it was authentic and tastier. My only regret was planning too much, I wish I would have had a few days where I had nothing planned.”
Destination Weddingmoon like Tarah & Tip of Fit Two Travel
With the high price tag of weddings these days (don’t get me started…), efficiency might be the best way to have your cake and eat it too (also works literally).
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“We actually ended up with our honeymoon destination because we also had a destination wedding so we combined them. When we decided to forgo a big, expensive, traditional wedding in Oregon, we literally asked each other where we wanted to spend our first week as husband and wife together. We wanted to go somewhere that was a little “different”, not the typical Mexico or Hawaii, which is easiest to reach from the west coast. So somehow between all the wonderful Caribbean islands, we picked Jamaica. After what felt like never-ending research, we booked our wedding and honeymoon at Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
We were able to splurge a little on the honeymoon part of our “wedding moon” since we didn’t spend as much money on our wedding. We don’t usually stay at 5-star resorts, but we figured a honeymoon is something special and we wanted to truly enjoy our first week together as husband and wife. The budget for a honeymoon can be tricky. While we don’t think its worth it to overspend, it is a nice way to spoil yourself and celebrate your wedding. However, there are plenty of places that are luxurious without breaking the bank!”
I think honeymoons should be whatever the two of you want. Whatever your style of traveling is, that is how you should spend your honeymoon together. If you have different styles, make sure to compromise. While it is nice to sit by the beach and just relax, make sure you get out and explore. The word is a huge place, and this is the perfect time to start to learn about different cultures and countries. We ended up planning 2 days of tours and exploring around the island. We spent one day exploring for 14 hours. It was a good way to really spend some time around the island, but didn’t take away too many days just relaxing at the resort. During the time, it felt like there just wasn’t enough time to fit more in, but we probably should have tried to see more of the country. While its important to relax and enjoy each others company, it’s also huge to explore the country especially if you’ve never been there before.
Sometimes there can be a lot of pressure for the honeymoon, and we all know that weddings are stressful enough. When you are planning your honeymoon, make sure it is what you and your spouse are wanting and not what anyone else wants. This time is for you to celebrate each other. It should be the best part of the whole wedding planning process! We picked the perfect resort on the perfect island. It was absolutely amazing. Everything a honeymoon should be. We have no regrets about our honeymoon, except that it wasn’t long enough!”