- 4 years ago
Fiance and I are going back and forth on where to go for our honeymoon. Started with Japan, then Napa, then Ireland, then Ireland/London, then Portugal, Prague, then finally Italy.
A little background: I’ve been to Europe a few times. London 2x, Paris 2x, Italy 2x, Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), Switzerland (Lucerne), Belgium, Southern France, Heidelberg, & Amsterdam.
He on the other hand, has never been out of the country. His dream was Japan, which I was totally game for. But after consulting friends and family, we decided that it might be a little too hectic (and pricey) for the honeymoon.
I’m WAY too fair skinned to do a glorious beach destination, hence the more cultural/historical destinations. I don’t want to spend the trip exhausted from sun and booze and burned to boot!
So after narrowing down the choices to Ireland/London, Spain/Portugal, and a Tour of Italy, we decided to be spontaneous and throw the options into a hat (literally). He drew Spain/Portugal, but I could tell he was a little disappointed, so I said, “okay, now at least I know what you DON’T want!”
Basically, he wants to do something fun for me, given my (relative) extensive travel in Europe. I say that I’m up for anything and that wherever we go will be an adventure with him! I LOVE Italy. I studied Italian for 4 semesters in college and I like the variety: the history, the Catholic element, the food, the art and museums, and the relaxing aspect of Tuscany. On the other hand, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Ireland. And so has he. But we are worried we will get a little bored after one castle (and I just found out I’m allergic to beer! ). That being said, I’d be fine splitting the trip and doing a few days in London since he hasn’t seen it and it would add that extra oomph to the green landscapes of the Emerald Isle.
A little info about our plans: Wedding May 14. Fly out May 15 (morning wedding will let us get sleep!). Spend about 10 days on the trip. To me, I think that’s enough time to split in two places. (I did London and Paris in 8 days and thought it was perfect and did Rome/Naples/Tuscany in 10 and also found it to be just the right amount of time). But would we regret not FULLY exploring Ireland if we let London eat up some of our time? Or are we right to think we might get a little restless? BONUS: My Aunt is a travel agent for the #1 Travel Agency in the world. She has done Ireland BUT specializes in Italy and has probably made about 20 trips. She likely has great connections and knows the best places (which would help me experience the country in a new way. Also, I’m not concerned too much about the language… while I’m no longer fluent in Italian, I can get by, and the only city I’ve been to where I had an issue in the past was Assisi (but that was an overall TERRIBLE experience, so we will be skipping that town this time). It would be GREAT if we could stay at a budget around 5,000, but that’s moderately flexible.
I am GENUINELY torn! I’ll be 29 and he will be 34. We will likely be having kids fairly soon, so future BIG trips aren’t really on the horizon anytime soon after the wedding.
So! What’s your pick and WHY!? Thank you!
- This topic was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by EnglishGardenGirl.