Post # 1
So we are paying for our honeymoon ourselves! And so we are deciding between a trip to Aruba (tropical, relaxing) or backpacking in Europe. We know we want to take 3 weeks to a month and just go to europe before we have kids, and this would be a good opportunity. I’m torn. What do you guys think?
Post # 3
I say pick Europe. A month is a good amount of time in Europe. I think that would be too long for Aruba.
Post # 4
@Alip22: I say leave the Europe trip until later–to me honeymoons are for relazing and making love–not staying in hostels
But it’s up to you and what you want
I don’t think a month is too long for a honeymoon if you can swing it–but I would spend a couple of weeks in Aruba and maybe go somewhere else, or even spend some extra time at home recharging before going back to work
Post # 5
I wouldn’t do a full 3-4 weeks in Aruba; you’ll die of boredom. Aruba is great for 5-7 nights tops.
Both would be good honeymoons so it really depends on what you want to do on your honeymoon. Both are plenty romantic. If you want relaxation, pampering, shopping, and outdoorsy stuff like jet skis and boats, then do Aurba. If you want nightlife, culture, shopping, and learning more about how other people live, do Europe. One big advantage to Europe is how easy it is to get around, especially on the continent, so if you only had a week you could still hit 2 and maybe even 3 major cities with just some quick train journeys in between. If you’re trying to stay on a budget and don’t mind taking public transportation, you can usually find hotels in the outlying areas for around the same price as hostels in the major cities– like staying out by Gatwick Airport instead of downtown London; it’s only 30 minutes by airport train to the central Underground lines of London but the hotels are a third of the price.
Post # 6
Go to Europe! What a romantic way to start your marriage.
Post # 7
Europe for sure, unless you are 100% positive you will get to go again later before kids. We had the same problem deciding between St John and Italy/Greece. We went with St John cause my husband wanted a relaxing beach honeymoon. I didnt want to “waste” vacation time sitting on a beach, its just not my type of trip. I agreed though, as this was his one chance I’d ever go on a vacation like that in my foreseeable future, with the understanding that we will absolutely be going to Europe the following year…which we already have booked.
Post # 8
@Alip22: i picked europe but thats more my travel style. i would much rather explore and see the sights for 3 weeks than sit on a beach for that long (dont get me wrong, i LOVE the beach, but 3 weeks?…)
if you are going that long, you could do something similar to what FI and i plan to do:
fly into mallorca (sandy, sunny island off the coast of spain with blue water, palm trees and beaches galore) for 4 days
then on to the main land to explore barcelona (3 days) and madrid (3 days)
fly to london to explore and see family (2 days)
this is our plan as of now, its subject to change, but we like it because we get a few days of relaxation on a beach and we still get to see the world!
Post # 9
I spent 14 days in Aruba in 2007. It is the most amazing place! The food is great, culture is great, the beaches are wonderful!!! Plus, it is a desert so it doesn’t rain a lot! I have been to Europe many times and other Caribbean islands….Aruba is by far the best choice!
Post # 10
I’d definitely vote for Europe. You can actually pick up some great deals on hotels so still do romantic on a budget whilst travelling.
Post # 11
I should calrify. A week in Aruba or month backpacking Europe
Post # 13
@Alip22: Even more of a vote for Europe then!
Post # 14
We intitially planned to go to Europe for a couple weeks, do Germany for Oktoberfest and the castles and then go to Italy with an option of Paris. I couldn’t understand why my FI wasn’t more excited. We actually chose our wedding date based on the Oktoberfest dates!
After talking with him I realized he didn’t want to worry about planning our honeymoon when we were already planning a wedding. He wanted a stress reliever.
So, we are going to Aruba and doing an all inclusive. That way we can relax and not worry about when we get up, where to go get food, etc. If we decide to do some excursions and go off the resort, great! But, if we decide to relax the whole time that’s pretty great too! 🙂
I still want to do the Europe trip, but we can save that for our 1 year anniversary! 🙂
Post # 15
I personally would do Aruba and leave Europe for a later time before kids, unless you think that will never happen. To me, honeymoons are for relaxing. But that’s not true for everyone so do what speaks to you both.
Post # 16
We went travelling around South-East Asia for our honeymoon. We still got to really relax, but we also got adventure and fun. I would have gone nuts lying on a beach for a month!