Post # 1
Hi All! We are getting married in September of this year, however we are not taking a honeymoon straight away. I’m just starting a new job this month and I don’t have a ton of vacation time. However, both of our jobs give us the week between christmas and New Years off, so we were thinking about potentially taking a few days on either end and having a christmas honeymoon.
Is this crazy? Is everything going to be a million dollars? (Our budget will be decent but I don’t know how much things are upcharged around the holidays). Are we way too late to book something for christmas of this year?
If its not a crazy idea.. does anyone have any suggestions on where to go? We are looking for a more laid-back vacation. Potentially beachy and warm, but this is not necessary. Some pretty nature or local culture to explore might be fun, but we won’t be up for anything crazy adventurous and we’re not partiers (neither one of us drink and we like to go to bed early haha). We live in New England, and are open to traveling out of the country.
We don’t travel much. I tried googling a bit and got totally overwhelmed. Reading the other posts here, it seems a lot of bees are very well traveled and knowledgeable! I’m open to any and all ideas 😀 thanks!
Post # 2
Yes, it will generally be more expensive to travel during holidays, both flights and hotels. Also consider the location if things will be closed down on the actual holiday dates making seeing the sights or eating out difficult (more of an issue in rural areas as opposed to big tourist destinations).
European capital cities are lovely during holidays. Many have Christmas markets and elaborate holiday lighting schemes or decorations (I just love walking down streets with Xmas lights strung between buildings as the architecture and ambiance are so totally different than at home in Florida for us).
Another place we loved visiting around the holidays, that is closer to home in the states is San Antonio TX. It is a fun city to visit any time of the year, but the Riverwalk is especially beautiful with the holiday lights display they set up.
Post # 3
Australia or the South Pacific! Can’t be beat that time of year. Honestly the flights are long but not that long, and it would be a trip of a lifetime.
Post # 5
I’d recommend Cook Islands. I’ve said it a few times here on the hive and we did our honeymoon there too. Totally secluded, near-empty beaches, great selection of hotels and tons of activities… and you get the allure of Tahiti/Fiji without all the ‘touristy’ stuff. No big name brands either, all really authentically Polynesian. An agency I regularly book through has a Cook Islands special *just* for the Christmas holiday period and I’d totally recommend it (they’re Canadian but also work with American travellers too): http://www.downunder-travel.com/christmas
Post # 5
Yes, we always travel to South Pacific during that time!
Post # 6
If it doesn’t have to be warm, I’m totally voting for cities in Europe. Christmas markets in Munich, Nuremberg, Prague… Be aware though that a lot of things are closed 24th to 26th. My advice would be to enjoy the markets before the 24th and then find a really nice hotel that has all inclusive service, maybe somewhere in the Alps for the Christmas days. There are loads of concerts and stuff happening that would give you things to do.
Post # 7
I love traveling during the winter holidays, no it’s not crazy
European cities would be very charming and atmospheric at that time. As would Montreal & Quebec City.
San Antonio was a good suggestion and I’ll add New Mexico, Savannah, Charleston & New Orleans.
Mexico would be festive that time of year. I might split my time between San Miguel de Allende and Puerto Vallarta or Sayulita or another beach town.
It sounds like you are taking one week for the trip, which wouldn’t be enough for meal to go to Australia or French Polynesia personally. But im not totally clear on your time. If I had 14+ days I’d consider it. YMMV.
Post # 8
I think Christmas markets in Germany would be fabulous, as well as going to a fancy ball in Vienna. For warmer destinations I would recommend the Dorset Primevera in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Totally charming, quiet, private beach and individual pools and balconies for each room. I’ve also heard good things about Palm Island, FL.
Post # 9
my favourite place is Japan and I think it would still be great at that time of year. The majority of their population isn’t Christian so there is a good chance things won’t be closed during those days, not sure so much about New Years. It’d be a bit cooler in Tokyo but still a good temperature for exploring. You could also check out the weather in Okinawa if you want some beach time.
Post # 10
I’ve done the Christmas markets in Europe several times and I just love it.im trying to talk Fiance into doing it this year!
You can also attend a beautiful mass, the ballet, good concerts, spend a few days in Vienna (see the dancing Lipizzaner stallions) and then as PP said head to the Alps for Christmas.
That sounds so romantic and lovely to me, but I get bored with beach culture, so YMMV.
Post # 11
If you’re concerned about money, all inclusive resorts in places like Mexico and the Bahamas can be quite affordable and also easy and laid back if you’re not accustomed to a lot of travel.
Europe and Australia would be amazing but they’d be more expensive and more work. If you only have a week off, it’s kind of a waste to spend 24-48 hours of it travelling, especially since by the time you start adjusting to the jetlag the trip will almost be over. And it will require more research and planning for what you’ll want to do each day and what you want to see.
If those things don’t bother you, Europe would be my top suggestion. But personally, if I only had a week I’d go for a resort or condo in Mexico or the Bahamas.