Post # 1
My FI and I are not the relaxing types (as in, sitting on a beach would drive us crazy), and I’m thinking of doing an unconventional honeymoon. One in particular is catching my attention: a luxury resort dude ranch.
The ranch offers kayaking, white water rafting, fishing, horseback riding, archery, geocaching, zip lining, canoe tours, challenge courses, etc. I’m so stoked by the idea of doing all of these!
Best part? They are offering a wine tasting week, where they do tastings of wine with dinner each night!
Am I crazy to be considering such an active honeymoon? Is anyone else here doing any such thing? I feel so out of the loop with everyone talking about island honeymoons!
Post # 3
you’re not crazy at all! i think your idea for the honeymoon is great! it sounds exciting, adventurous, and hello? wine tasting. that’s all you’d have to say to me! 😉
FI and i are always vacationing on a beach somewhere relaxing and so we have decided we are gonna do something different for our honeymoon. we are thinking of camping somewhere fun like lake tahoe or yosemite. just as relaxing as we want it to be but definitely different than the average beach.
Post # 4
If that’s the type of trip that you like, go for it. A honeymoon is just a fancy name for the vacation immediately following your wedding imo. Our typical vacation is activity and site seeing packed, and our honeymoon would have been too if it was up to me, but my husband wanted the ‘typical’ relaxing beach honeymoon. I gave in and we did the island thing, but I sort of regretted it and wish we’d gone to Greece instead.
Post # 5
@HaumeasHeart: Definitely not – that sounds like so much fun (especially the zip lining and wine tasting) and if that’s what you both want to do then go for it! I’m not a fan of the tropics so our mini-moon will most likely be spent skiing or snowboarding in Queenstown or Wanaka.
Post # 6
Your idea sounds awesome and if that’s the thing you like, definitely go for it!
FI and I are not beach people. I do want to go to a gorgeous island someday, but for our honeymoon we are doing something much more ‘us’ – a week-long tour of breweries and wineries in our home state. It’s definitely not the norm but we are stoked for our trip! I’m actually looking forward to the honeymoon more than the wedding, haha.
Post # 7
@pinkshoes: *sigh* I love Greece. We’re hoping to do a big trip six months or a year after the wedding and travel around Europe and the US.
Post # 8
@Miss Circe: We did that too! A big trip to a destination of my choice the following year was my compromise to the beach honeymoon. We did a Italy/Switzerland and Peru the following year. 🙂 Queenstown/Wanaka sounds amazing. I loved it there!
Post # 9
That sounds amazing and there’s nothing crazy about it. Personally, while I’ve never been to a tropical island, I probably won’t end up going for a honeymoon since I have vampire skin and can’t be out in the sun. Drinking pina coladas on the beach = not in my future and major sunburn = no fun for a honeymoon. Your plan sounds fantastic to me!
Post # 10
Hahaha, Kgirl91, I have vampire skin too! It takes all the fun out of beaches!
Thanks everyone for your replies! I felt like I was thinking about a yokel kind of honeymoon, but getting tipsy on wine after doing adventures all day sounds like a darn good time to me! I’ll just have to talk my FI into the horse riding part, lol.
Post # 11
SO and I have been talking about honeymooning in America. We’d go from east to west coast, visiting big cat rescue centres (my passion) and speedway/motor races (his passion), see a few friends and relatives over there as we go through too. Then go to Hawaii to wind down before we head back home to Sydney. A honeymoon is what you want to do!
*id secretly LOVE to go to Africa to some rescue reserves there too, but money would be an issue lol*
Post # 12
@HaumeasHeart: Not crazy.
We are going to Costa Rica for our belated honeymoon and I am booking volcano hikes, hanging bridges hikes, an entire day outside, and other tours but I am also planning a long evening at the hot springs. I am not the outdoorsy type at all but my husband LOVES it and I want to experience all I can from that region of Costa Rica.
Post # 13
@HaumeasHeart: we’re not beach people either (I get so bored). So we’re going to Gettysburg! We both love history and quaint old towns, we have an awesome honeymoon suite and will spend the week doing night walk ghost tours, battlefield tours, shopping, and may try to go to DC for the day. We’re still gonna take at least one day for doing nothing, but we like to stay active.
Post # 14
That sounds awesome, we’re totally this way too. All these resort honeymoons would be so boring to us. We are saving a trip to Moab for our honeymoon when the time comes. It’s a six hour super senic drive from our house and we plan on doing lots of hiking, rock climbing, fishing, photography and definently some relaxing time and exploring the downtown a bit. Also there are real nice cabins for rent up there for 30-50$ a night so it’ll be way cheaper than the resort style.
Post # 15
While I am a beach person, FI is not as much and we both are big into food and wine, as well as exploring other cultures so we’re doing three weeks in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand next year! I’m so excited- I’ve been all over europe and FI has been through europe, africa, south america and japan so this is one of the few places we both haven’t been Our best friends lived throughout those three countries for 16 months a few years ago (basically backpacking) so they’re helping us come up with a plan. We’re not quite backpacking (my one requirement is AC in the places we stay) but we’re not doing the resort route at all- we have the rest of our lives to take easy vacations. This might be our last big trip as a childless couple, so we want an adventure!!!
I am so excited…taking 3 weeks off of work also sounds a-mazing.
Post # 16
@HaumeasHeart: That sounds awesome! Probably not what I personally would go for, but who cares, it’s your honeymoon! Go where you want! (In particular this is the part where NO ONE’s opinion matters except for you and FI!)