(Closed) Confused about honeymoon. Help?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Where should we go for our honeymoon? (Maybe say why, below, too! :) )

    Are you crazy? Paris, Rome, and Venice for 12 days... this is a no brainer!

    I prefer unlimited drinks, food, and no jet lag. Call up Sandals or Secrets and stay for 10 days!

    Honeymoons are best for a week of luxury. Contact the Ritz Carlton ASAP. (Aruba? St. Thomas?)

  • Post # 16
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    crackktheskyy:  can you do both? Either plan a European cruise or spend 3-4 days at a resort in Italy then visit Venice and Rome. 

    Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’d go to Europe, but only do 2 cities.  Checking in and out of hotels sucks and traveling between cities eats up so much time.  If you’ve always wanted to do Paris, maybe do Paris and another city, and save Italy for later? Or just do Rome and Venice.  There is definitely enough to keep busy!

    Post # 19
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

    Just on the jetlag thing – I’ve flown from New Zealand to the UK a few times and if you can time your flight to land in the morning, I’ve always found that by staying up until 8-9 pm then sleeping for 12 hours tends to kick the jetlag right away. The 13-hour difference from NZ summer to UK winter is about the biggest difference you can get, so hopefully from the USA it wouldn’t be as bad. I vote Europe!

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    Bumble bee
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    crackktheskyy:  Having lived in Paris for 10 years, I have to say that there is no way you could do those 3 cities justice in 12 days. Paris is amazing, beautiful, romantic, and exhausting!! There is tons to see and do, but one of my favourite things to do was just sit on a cafe terrace having a drink and soaking up the atmosphere. You wouldn’t have time for things like that in a 12 day Europe tour and I feel like you would just be ticking things of a list rather than really experiencing Parisian life.

    Also if you are not used to travelling long distances you should take that into account. If this is your first holiday together, I would go somewhere where you can just enjoy relaxing and being together.

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    crackktheskyy:  I vote Europe, but I wouldn’t attempt 3 places in 12 days: it won’t be enough time IMO as you will lose a lot of that in travel between places, and Paris alone (not done the other two) warrants at least 5 days IMPO. So I don’t know whether that would influence your decision at all. 

    Otherwise, I’d do the all inc trip as for me, 7 days isn’t enough of a break; 10 is kind of my minimum unless I’m going short-haul (eg I’ve been to places like Spain quite a few times for just 3-4 nights) 

    Post # 22
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    Blushing bee

    Why don’t you and your husband do a 12 day Mediterranean cruise? You get to sightsee at different ports and you get unlimited food and drinks!! Best of both worlds!! My family and I went on one a few years ago. We stayed 2 days in Rome before the cruise, then on our cruise we stopped in Florence, Naples, Athens and another city in Greece, and 2 stops in Turkey. It was amazing! 

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    Busy bee
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    Is there some way you can figure out a way of doing both? Maybe 9 or 10 days sightseeing in Europe then a few nights of complete relaxation at a luxury spa hotel or private villa or something (either somewhere in Europe or you could even look for something closer to home so you can recover from the jet lag in style and have that few days just to enjoy each other before going back to reality).

    There are some beautiful places to relax in Italy though (Tuscany, the Italian Lakes , Sardinia etc) maybe you could just stick to Italy for this trip and choose two or three cities to visit then 5-7 days of totally chilling out…it’s such a beautiful and romantic country, we have actually chosen to have our Destination Wedding there (on lake orta)

    Travelling around cities you have never been to in a relatively short time frame is extremely tiring, I wouldn’t even attempt it unless you have a few days to relax at the end! Fiance and I love travelling and have had some amazing trips together but whenever we go anywhere, we always factor something in at the end of the trip just to do absolutely nothing for a few days. I agree with PP that pointed out that travelling together can be stressful, maybe even more so as this is your first trip away together…if you can’t find a way to combine both, I would personally recommend saving Europe for another trip and sticking to a week or two of luxury in the Caribbean.

     

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    Buzzing bee
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    crackktheskyy:  I think it depends on what type of couple you are. I love nothing more than going to a luxury hotel and sitting on a beach all day, but Fiance hates it. He is very active and gets easily bored! I gave him lots of gorgeous beach honeymoon ideas which were in budget but his eyes kinda glazed over. Then I suggested NYC and within minutes he was checking out all the tourist attractions we could visit! 

    I’m based in the UK and have done most of Europe (I think I mentioned in your previous thread how much I adored Rome). Europe is fantastic so much to do and see. I love the culture. A Europe city break doesnt have to be all about rushing around – what can be more romantic than sitting outside a Parisian cafe watching the world go by while eating a freshly baked croissant! 

    So I think you know what I would pick! 

    Post # 25
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    Sugar bee
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    crackktheskyy:  I’ve done both with my husband and I absolutely LOVED going to Europe. It’s just a really memorable vacation that not everyone gets to do and a honeymoon is a great excuse to go!

    I really wouldn’t stress about the jet-lag. The first day was really tough (we took an over-night flight and arrived at Rome 10:30 am – after a 3 hour delay); but after that we were fine. Especially since you are going all the time. I just loved walking the streets and seeing all of those places together.

    We booked a vacation for February, probably the last one before we TTC, and I kind of wish we did a European thing again instead of the Caribbean.

    Post # 27
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would not want to go to Europe on my honeymoon. We’e dying to go there, but not for a honeymoon. Our honeymoon was unbelievably relaxing and I wouldn’t trade that for anything! We spent a week at an all inclusive resort with our private pool, awesome resort and service. We did take a day tour to the ruins and that was more than enough activity! We spent the majority of the time in our room/pool and the other at the nice restaurants and pools. It was the most amazing way to celebrate being husband and wife, not running around looking at other things! We plan to do that when we’re retired. 

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    crackktheskyy:  I have never been to Europe, so I can’t really compare.

    My husband and I spent 8 nights in Aruba in July for our honeymoon, and we LOVED IT. Seriously, bu the first day, we were already saying, “we have to come back!” My husband is NOT a beach person at all either, but it was all SO amazing. We stayed at an adults only resort called Bucuti & Tara and it was probably the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at.

    We did A LOT of relaxing, but we also did some excursions and ate out for dinner every night. The island is totally safe, and we took cabs everywhere. I HIGHLY recommend this resort – I’d even choose it over the Ritz – it’s so peaceful and relaxing and small. 

    I guess it really all comes down to what kind of honeymoon you want… we wanted to just relax and not feel like we had to explore (though we did a bit). It was awesome and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee
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    crackktheskyy:  Another idea would be to spend maybe a week in Paris and then go somewhere else in France – to the sea, to the Cote d’Azur, or even to the mountains. You could go to Brittany or Normandy by train and visit Mont St Michel, Etretat, the WWII landing beaches, the Bayeux tapestry, the cheese making towns (Camembert) if that’s your thing…

    Nice is a 1h flight from Paris and you could go to St Tropez or Cannes, or gorgeous little hill top villages like St Paul de Vence or Eze. Or like I said, a trip to the Alps even.

    So many Americans and Australians go on holiday to “Europe”, which I know, compared to where you are, is pretty small, but it’s easy to forget that every country within Europe is so different, with its own language, culture, amazing countryside and cities. Obviously I’m biased towards France because I lived there so long, but I think you should pick the country which appeals to you most and try to see as much of it as you can.

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    crackktheskyy:  you have to go to europe. Europe is just amazing. The way of living, the architecture, the food, the people. There is just so much to see ajd appreciate. And it will be relaxing just not in the lay your butt on a beach and drink all day. Lol

    I love Europe, I have been to Paris, Barcelona, Ireland. And I am going to Italy next month and Ireland again.

     

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