Post # 1
We are 4 months from the wedding and still havent picked a honeymoon. Our top destinations right now are Hawaii or Europe (Italy or Greek islands). Thailand was in the mix but its just too far.
We want beach and relaxation but also some exploration and stuff to do as we’d be going for 2 weeks. We are on the east coast so both are about the same travel time, Europe a little less.
Fiance wants HI. To me Europe gives me more excitement when I think about it because it is a completely different culture. The negative is, I don’t want to be in hotels for only 2-3 days at a time and constantly on the move. We definitely want to relax after the craziness that is wedding planning. The added bonus of HI is we would stop on Napa on the way home for a few days so that adds a different aspect to the trip.
I think I just need to be “sold” a little more on Hawaii. We have been to the Carribean several times and I want to be sure it’s going to be a unique experience compared to that. I want to know there’s a bit of its own culture instead of just American tourism. Help me out bees!
Post # 2
Go to Hawaii for a more relaxing honeymoon, then go to Europe for a 1 year anniversary! I really wanted to go to Italy for the honeymoon, since that was next on the list of places I really wanted to go, but DH didn’t want to be running around like my typical vacations, he wanted he lazier beachy honeymoon. So I told him, ok, but we’re going to Italy the following year as our “last” big pre TTC trip. If it wasn’t realistically possible in the very near future though, I would have pushed to go to for the honeymoon though for the same reasons, when I bother to take time off, I want to make the most of it, and to me that is to see and experience different cultures.
Post # 3
You’re in the USA, yes? There is plenty of HI culture, especially on the islands away from the tourist traps. Do some googling. Visiting Napa en route sounds fab. Also, if you’re experiencing wedding stresses then pick a trip that has fewer travel stresses. HI and CA require no international travel, limited jetlag, and will afford you more chances to relax and enjoy some downtime.
Just my $0.02.
Post # 4
Regarding Europe, why must you be constantly on the move & changing hotels every 2-3 days? For a honeymoon I’d rent a villa on the sea for the first 5-7 days to relax, swim, eat good food, etc., and then move on to another 4-5 nights each in two other bases.
I’m not the one to sell you on Hawaii over Europe. Once has so far been enough for me for Hawaii. Europe on the other hand I have returned to many times. But there are plenty of others here that love Hawaii and can give you lots of great insight.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice!
I guess we wouldn’t HAVE to but while over there we’d want to take full advantage. For instance in Italy we’d want to see Florence, then Tuscany then drive down to the Amalfi coast and probably stop on Rome along the way. It just seems like a shame to go all that way and not make the most of it.
I actually love that idea of the one year anniversary trip! Thank you!
Post # 6
You can do all that with a good amount of relaxation. It makes most sense to start on the Amafl coast to rest, relax, sunbath, etc. Stay there for 5 days in a private villa or hotel with a terrace. Then go to Florence visiting Tuscan villages before ending with a stop in Rome.
Fly to Naples
Stay 6 nights Positano (or whatever village you prefer)
Train to Florence (via Naples or Salerno)
Stay 5 nights Florence (visit Tuscan hill towns as day trips)
Train to Rome
Stay 3 night Rome, fly home from Rome
Alternatively you could stay in Tuscan hill town and visit Florence as day trip
I don’t think that it’s “not making the most of it” to not jam pack your itinerary full of as many stops as possible. In fact, I see that as not making the most of it. More places does not equal more vacation. You see less of more things by doing that.
But your wish list is very reasonable for 2 weeks. It would be a very nice trip for me anyway 🙂
Post # 7
I vote for Hawaii and Napa. We went to hawaii for our honeymoon, and also got engaged there, and are headed back in two weeks for my birthday. Each island has something different to offer and there is plenty of exploring that can be mixed in with the relaxation. It really is paradise! And you have enough time in your trip to island hop and see 2 or 3 islands if you want. Also biased because I live in the Bay Area and the Napa Valley is SO beautiful so a stop over there would be really enjoyable. Plus as PP mentioned, it’s nice not to have to deal with passports, foreign currency, language barriers etc.
Post # 8
I have say the Napa add-on makes for a wonderful trip. I do like this plan a lot.
Post # 9
I think more relaxed sounds good, too. If you pick somewhere you “have to take full advantage of”–you are going to be running around finding a lot of interesting and fun things–but right after a wedding, you might be tired already, so it’s really nice to have some unwinding time with just you and the hubby. If you do Europe, maybe try to be intentional to only pick one or two things a day, and pick a day that nothing is scheduled in advance, so that the pace is slower and more relaxed. You can always go back, but that honeymoon is a great time to de stress and focus on each other again after wedding craziness.
Post # 10
We had a really hard time choosing too. We were torn between Italy, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Japan was thrown in… eventually we decided to go to Jordan! We’re big on culture and will be traveling a lot (definitely not a relaxing honeymoon) but Fiance has never been out of the country so we wanted to do something we’d never get to do again. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but it sounds like it’s amazing! Friends who have gone said it was incredible – you’ll have a fabulous time relaxing there!
Post # 11
We had the hardest time picking a honeymoon, too! After lots of dileberation and research, we finally decided to honeymoon in Moorea, an island near Tahiti. We are SO happy with our choice and the honeymoon was a dream. I highly recommend Moorea! Since you will be gone for 2 weeks, you could even split your stay between Moorea/Bora Bora.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the wonderful advice! I definitely think the Napa add on sells it for me and adds such a different element to the trip. I was looking on Airbnb and found this amazing treehouse like home for rent there that looks incredible! I was also browsing places to stay in Hawaii and there are some really nice options for less than $200/night. I think we would do Maui then Kauai. Doing some research today really helped get me on board and excited with the idea. I think the time of year is a bit more reasonable in HI as well since it’s not peak season.
I really want to do Europe at some point also and love that one year anniversary idea! I’ll have to propose it to Fiance. 🙂
Post # 13
We are in the exact same position as you. We were throwing around ideas such as Hawaii, Greece, and I think we are leaning towards Bali, Indonesia. We want to relax for a few days in a beachy/rural area and then have options to go snorkelling, shopping, seeing shows etc. Hawaii would have been nice but it’s more expensive for us Canadians, unfortunately. With that price tag, I would go see the other side of the world. Hotels in Bali are very reasonable too, about $100 per night for a nice luxurious room and the food is to die for. Happy honeymoon planning!
Post # 14
I am in the same boat as you! We are having a tough time picking where we want to go! Right now we are looking at Lake Tahoe, Barbados, US Virgin Islands, but we just can’t decide where to go. People have been telling me that Hawaii is great. They say there is a ton to do, so now that is on our list as well! Good luck!
Post # 15
I’ve been to Kauai many times and I never get bored. It can be very relaxing, but I love it for the adventure sports. I have done scuba diving, sailing, hiking, paragliding, helicoptor ride, 4 wheeling in the jungle and it has all been fabulous!
We are doing napa valley. Originially we were planning to do Paris France, but due to some family health issues we can’t really be gone for two weeks.