Post # 1
My husbands parents have generously offered to help us with a honeymoon (we eloped 3 weeks ago). I do feel a little guilty in accepting since we eloped. With that said, I also would really love to travel somewhere with my husband, and we couldn’t afford something like that any time soon. My husband has mentioned the idea of traveling in the USA to cut down on costs. And I agree, we should try to keep that in mind. He has traveled outside the country a lot in his life, and I haven’t. I would really like to go somewhere outside the USA.
Here are some of my ideas:
Greece / The Greek Isles (though I am concerned about the political situation right now)
Austin Texas (there is a theatre there he really wants to go to. FYI he works in media production)
New Orleans (but I am not sure what it is like there at this point in time since the floods)
Bali (though this would be an expensive endeaver)
What would you pick, and why? Any other ideas?
Post # 3
@iloverocks: see, I think this is a problem when someone else pays, you maybe go somewhere you don’t really want to go to keep costs down. Can you have a frank discussion and ask how much they will contribute and figure out from there?
i would pick New Orleans, but I’m not from America!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
We are doing Greece/Italy June after the wedding. From what I read they are really happy and welcoming to see tourists because it is a tourist destination that has been suffering lately. I don’t think you can do much island hopping in september/october because of the tides? I read that some where…
Post # 5
It’s actually been eight years since Katrina happened. The tourism industry has been up and running for several years and it’s a great place to visit depending on the time of year. Just make sure to avoid hurricane season.
My husband and I took a mini moon to the Catskills outside of NYC and then went on a trip to Morocco and Paris almost a year later. It was great, because we were able to save up more money, vacation time, etc and were really able to enjoy ourselves. We were gone for 2.5 weeks.
Personally I would pick Paris, although Venice seems like an odd pairing for this trip.
Post # 6
I decided to be a little different and voted Bali.
Paris is nice and I enjoyed it both times I went, but it’s not my favorite place ever. And DH doesn’t really like northern Italy. I used to live in Texas and New Orleans just doesn’t really appeal to me.
My runner up would definitely be Greece, but with all the civil unrest there at the moment I’d be a littler nervous about going right now.
Bali seems so exotic and exciting, though!
Post # 7
@iloverocks: What month will you be traveling?
I would go to Italy during the shoulder season and rent a villa in Tuscany, Umbria or the Amalfi Coast. I’m not a fan of Venice and if price is a concern I’d cross it off the list because it’s VERY expensive. If you wanted to include a city visit then Tuscany & Umbria would give you proxmity to Rome. If you want a scenic seaside trip with water excursions and beaches then Amalfi Coast would be my choice (i’d do 7 nights Amalfi Coast and 3 nights Rome with 10 days)
You can find lots of great villas/apartments & aguritismo stays for under $150 night. And you can save additional money by preparing some meals at home, which can be really fun in another country, especially one as rich as Italy in terms of cuisine and shopping at their markets. Plus the privacy is great! You can stay up late listening to music and drinking wine with no worry of bothering anyone. You can often even each have your OWN bathroom!
Or travel the same way in France.
Nola would make a nice honeymoon depending on the month of travel.
I would rule out Bali if cost is a concern.
Austin is no place for a Honeymoon IMO.
For some people a honeymoon is a trip of a lifetime. I’d take my in laws up on their kind offer and plan well to keep costs down.
If you’ve never been overseas then you should go! It’s a great and rewarding experience, you’ll be glad you did! It does not have to cost a fortune and you can still have a quality trip.
Here are some examples of GREAT low cost villas, apartments and aguritismos:
Post # 8
@louisianablue: Morocco was a contender for us, and i sometimes have moon-regret that we are planing Italy. Italy has been an itch I can’t quite scratch and I’m hoping to get it out of my system for a while after this trip!
I’d love to hear about your trip!
Post # 9
Morocco is just incredible. I definitely want to go back as soon as I can. If you don’t speak French or Arabic, I would highly recommend hiring a guide or going on a tour. We only traveled to the North: Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Chefchaouen, Marrakech, but if I could back again, I would skip Casablanca, head to the desert, and to Essaouira. Chefchaouen was my favorite place we visited. A small sleepy town full of beautiful blue buildings said to ward off evil spirits.
I bought lots of amazing souvenirs including a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket, which was a perfect memento for our honeymoon/1st anniversary.
Post # 10
We went to Paris for ours and it was AMAZING. I might be biased because I have always wanted to go and DH made it a dream come true for me. But it truly was awesome – so much to see and do, and very romantic 🙂 If you end up deciding to go there, PM me and I can give you some tips
Post # 11
@yehyehgirl: I think Morocco would be a *great* vacation, but I’d be nervous to do it for a honeymoon.
When I was studying in Spain, a group of my friends went on a trip to Morocco, and when they came back, most of them were sick and had upset stomach for almost a week. :/ Avoid water of any kind there at all costs!
Post # 12
@iloverocks: i would pick paris. we did london and paris and they were amazing.
you definitely need to determine the amount that you are receiving and the time of year. two very important factors. also, how long do you plan on going for?
Post # 13
@rachelmichelle: I think that’s just common sense for visiting any foreign country. I heeded warnings from friends to stay away from things like unpasteurized goat’s milk cheese (which seems obvious). I was fine with bottled water and drinks.
Post # 14
Sounds like a great trip, and the wedding blanket is so sweet!
Language was a consideration for us because my fiance is a high strung traveller as it is and I wanted to minimize stress since it’s a honeymoon – I don’t want to spend it bickering. But Morroco is on our list down the road for sure.
Post # 15
@iloverocks: I think it depends on what time of year and what your budget is….have you figured out either of these factors?
Post # 16
I’m not sure what the budget is yet, but our time of year is flexible. I think we would plan to be gone about a week. If we were to go during the summer (when they retire), his parents might be able to do a home swap with someone in Europe, which would cut down on the costs.
Thanks for all the great ideas Bees!