Europe Trip – Honeymoon

posted 3 years ago in Europe
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

How much time do you have for the trip and what is your budget? I travel a lot and plan everything myself because travel agents are much more expensive than what I find but if you are new to travel/ hate planning/ have a big budget then you should consider a travel agent. 

As for where to go, consider whether you want to spend more time in cities, countryside, small towns and what experiences you want to do ie. more cultural, more scenic, beachy or a mix. Some people are very active and want to city hop every few days, others prefer hiking for a week or staying in a villa and exploring wineries and small towns. What time of year are you going and what weather would you like?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

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isislee :   I try to do my own research but the internet turns into a black hole and all of a sudden I am looking at pictures of dogs in Greece hahah.

Haaahahaha!  I’m glad to know I’m not the only one!

Do not go on a group tour for your honeymoon!  OMG, no, just no.  Get that out of your collective heads right now.  Language is no problem whatsoever.  You learn a couple basic phrases like table for 2, please and thank you, red and white wine, beer, etc.  That’s it, and that’s only to be respectful by giving some effort.  For the most part in European tourist cities almost everyone speaks a little english and many speak a lot of english or are fluent.

I like to plan myself but everyone is different.  f you’re overwhelmed with planning then use a TA.  But whether you DIY or TA you need to fist come up with some bullet points to get started.  

What is the reason you want to go to Europe?  What do you want to do?  Do you want to see big cities and capitals or do you want to visit smaller touristic towns or get out of tourist areas all together?  Do you want to focus on art?  History?  Nature?  Cuisine?  Film?  Local crafts?  Want to spend all day going to the big sights and museums?  Do you imagine leisurely strolling along aimlessly, stopping in a piazza for a bottle of wine and watching the world go by?  Etc.  And of course, you probably want a mix of these things but you need to focus in on what exactly they are as a starting point. 

Have fun! 

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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isislee :

Not sure if you are a Costco Member but they have 11 day vacation packages to London & Paris for around $7,000. Hope this helps!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I lived in France for 9 months and can make some recommendations!! 

 

Language – the French are very sentimental about their language but understand that tourists don’t speak French. They do tend to appreciate if you attempt to say a couple things in French. Learning a few basic sentences from a travel guide for example will go a long way!!

 

where to go- Paris of course. I also highly recommend the south of France. Avignon is an incredibly romantic small town that I think would be perfect for a honeymoon. Nice, Cannes, and all the tiny villages in between are also beautiful and I would highly recommend!! Just jump off the train at any stop in between Nice and Cannes and you will find a beautiful sea village. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

When you say Europe do you mean western Europe? I have a load of recommendations for France, Italy and Spain. You have a good budget so after a few days in Paris there are so many options.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

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isislee :  Public transportation isn’t too bad, especially the train. I like taking the train because it’s a little bit more predictable than the bus. One thing is that France is notorious for public transportation going on strike. It has happened multiple times when I’ve been there. Hopefully won’t happen to you though! 

Some of my favorite little towns other than Avignon are Eze and St-Paul-de-Vence. Gorgeous little cobblestone streets and beautiful views. I can’t wait to go back again!!

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