Backpacking for your honeymoon?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

If it’s a 6 week holiday visiting a lot of different cities I don’t know how you could do anything other than backpacking (unless you have a very very nice budget!). If it’s warm weather you probably won’t need that much – mainly bikinis and dresses which don’t take up much room (although wearing a dress WITH the backpack might be an issue… Always bring pants for travel days!). With shoes, maybe just 2 pairs of heels and then nice sandals or flats which can pack down small. 

Also even if you can’t carry that much (you’d be surprised at how much you can though with a decent backpack – they distribute weight really well) your FI should be carrying far more than you anyway with his superior back strength! Maybe make it a deal if you get a backpack he has to carry your heels to even the load? 

IIt sounds like he’s really keen to give it a go, and I imagine if he’s this excited he must have organised something amazing for you both. 

Ps if you are walking with a pack also get decent trainers so your feet can deal with heels in the evenings! 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Also on your packing for 6 weeks question, I backpacked around India in winter with a carry on size backpack only! It can be done! Have a few practice packs – you’ll fit in just as much as in a suitcase. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

You can get backpacks now days that have have wheels and a handle which sounds like a good compromise for both of you. Here is a great article on them http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/12/wheeled-backpacks-why-theyre-the-best-and-tips-for-buying-one/

I love backpacking. You get to meet some many people that way and often find the most interesting oddball people along the way. I back packed solo around the world for 2 years not counting stops to work in different countries. The key is to pack light. Since the key to backpacking is not staying too long in anyone place packing light is not a problem because since you are in a new city or country no one will know that you wore that dress to dinner 8 times in the last 3 weeks!

However if you have never backpacked before I would probably not recommend trying it out for your honeymoon, especially if it is your first trip together and if you already on the “No to backpacking” team.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

It’s a great way to get a longer trip for less 🙂 the best thing to do would be to go to the Kathmandu type stores and try some on and ask their advice – they’re the experts! 

Also quick dry towels =amazing for space saving. 

Two of my friends backpacked for 6 or 7 weeks around Europe for the first time together and came back engaged – so it can be tough on the relationship but can bring you guys even closer once you’re married. Maybe have an emergency cash amount for a hotel for a couple of nights if it gets too much! Also if it’s your first go I’d recommend doing less travel (maybe only change hostels/cities every 6 days or so) to make it a little less stressful. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

MrsMY:  Just a tip. If you are going to be doing private rooms in hostels, it is often cheaper to source a B&B or pensione or budget hotels.

And if you are staying in a city for more than a few days you can also try a private rental through a website like VRBO.com or airbnb.com.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I second airbnb! Plus nicer to be in someone’s apartment or hose than a hostel I think. 

I’m on my phone so can’t link to a quick dry towel but they’d have them at all the camping shops. Just very small and dry very fast, so good to travel with (I use mine at the gym now, really convenient!). 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MrsMY:  oh lord. I’ve traveled in both high end ($400+ / night) and backpacking (hostels) and I would NOT travel with someone for the first time in a backpacking situation. That said, if you’re committed to some backpacking elements, I would:

Pack 15 things. You really only need 15 things — the rest can be bought / discarded along the way. If you pick up any souvenirs, MAIL THEM BACK. Don’t try to carry them. It’s obnoxious. If you have too much stuff, you become a target.

Typically, you need a base pair of pants (highly recommend yoga pants / leggings), comfortable walking shoes / sneakers), 2 tank tops, 2 blouses, hoodie / light jacket, a pair of comfy yet dressy flats and 1-2 dresses + cardigan that you can dress up or down. Expect to do some laundry / washing and make sure you can combine all the things to make outfits. Everything should match everything else. Minimal makeup and toiletries. 

I flashpacked through Vietnam with nothing more than a bookbag. It was perfect. Enough to have everything I needed but not too much. 33 lbs is too much – I wouldn’t want to carry that much. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MrsMY: you can still pack pretty things, just be smart about it. Also note that I don’t think that your honeymoon should be your first trip together.

I’d go on another trip together first because travel can bring out the worst in people. It’s good to know if one of you is the show-up-2-hours-before-a-flight and the other is run-down-the-terminal-as-you’re-being-paged ahead of time.

I used to travel 100k airmiles a year and log 20-25 nights / month at a hotel. There’s definitely a way to be feminine while backpacking but you have to limit yourself to less than 15 things. You can also buy stuff on the road. Shampoo and other toiletries are available in other parts of the world too. 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

MrsMY:  I personally don’t backpack (I have stayed in hostels before when I was younger and didn’t have much money – now that I do have more money I choose hotels/b an bs etc) but I second the suggestion of Air BnB an VRBO etc. We are going to a major city in a few months with another couple who like to do things on the cheap so I checked out hostel prices in the area – no cheaper than a decent hotel sometimes! I couldn’t believe it.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Bring or buy pretty scarves, necklaces and that will help stretch your ‘fashion’ for not a lot of space!

if you are fit, at 50 kg you should be okay with (no more than) 15kg. Backcountry camping guidelines say to not exceed 30% of your body weight and that is right on the nose.

do you have your backpacks yet? Personally I am in love with Osprey, they have a great compressed travel duffel/backpack as well as fantastic hiking bags that balance nicely between features that make them easier to wear (like venting, padding and a waist belt moulded to your body) and being lightweight. They also have a good number of ways into the bag, as well as a few compartments to help organize your stuff. When I was backpacking in Cuba, I took off the top of the backpack and was able to use that as a day pack for hiking all day.

 

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