Post # 1
I think trying to figure out our honyemoon is stressing us out even more than planning the actual wedding! There are SO many places that we want to travel with. Our budget is approx. $5k with airfare, etc. Here are our choices so far…
1. Mediterranean cruise of the Greek Islands leaving out of Venice. We would stay in Venice 2 nights before the cruise & then cruise for 7 nights. Flights to Venice are approx. $900 each
2. Hawaiian cruise – 7 nights but A LOT more time on each island & again we would stay in Honolulu for 2 night before the cruise left. Airfare is approx. the same as Venice.
3. Stay in Santorini for 5-6 nights at a hotel and explore the island.
We’ve been to the caribbean & mexico multiple times. I looked into costa rica and/or st. lucia but feel that hawaii or europe would be a lot harder to do down the road…w/children.
Any suggestions would be great!!!
Thanks ladies 🙂
Post # 3
Well, I love cruises BUT, the European one is gonna be tough. I’ve been to Europe and there’s a lot of walking/sightseeing/excursions. Which is great, but you might be so tired after the wedding that you may be too tired to truly enjoy it. Believe me, overseas wipes you out! We were gonna do Europe after our wedding but we went with St. Lucia, hope we love it! I like the Hawaiian cruise though. Because Hawaii is more about relaxation even when you’re sightseeing. We also we considering Costa Rica but the reason we went with St. Lucia was because we knew several people who had been to both and they each said St. Lucia has the same things i.e volcano’s, rain forest, zip lines, but the travel time is far less. So in Costa Rica, if you want to go visit something you’ll be off the resort for the entire day whereas in St. Lucia its a half day trip. Make sense? I swear I’m rambling! Lol. My vote is the Hawaiian cruise or St. Lucia 🙂
Post # 4
My vote is for whatever is the easiest with the least amount of flying and/or walking. You’ll be tired. Go for something beautiful but easy.
Post # 5
We’re going to Costa Rica. We wanted a nice balance of doing something and doing nothing. And we wanted a direct flight from Houston.
Ask friends who have honeymooned and ask what they liked and didn’t like about their honeymoon. That might help.
I had a friend that honeymooned in Hawaii and she said it was a lot more expensive than she thought. Renting a car was something crazy like $100 per day and all meals, activities, etc were a lot more expensive than she thought. She had fun, but they went WAY over budget. You might want to think about all the other costs (since they apparently vary) when you are doing your budget.
Post # 6
Agree with TexasMeredith. All I’ve heard about Hawaii is that everything is insanely expensive once you get there. And depending on where you’re coming from, it’s a LONG flight. Usually with transfers and all that nonsense.
My vote is for the Meditteranean or Santorini.
Also @texasmeredith – we’re going to Costa Rica too!
Post # 7
We can get a car rental for free for that no problem and if we do a cruise all of the food is included so we don’t have to think about those costs either. I mean we might go out to dinner one night on the island.
I just think that Costa Rica/St. Lucia/Caribbean/Mexico are all rather close in distance and are cheaper/easier to do later in the future and/or have been done before which is why we’re thinking of Hawaii or the Mediterrean. The flights to both are about the same travel time & price wise
Post # 8
@texasmeredith: I LOVE COSTA RICA! we celebrated our first anniversary there, and i secretly want to have a destination wedding there. LOVED IT!
About europe, don’t completely write it off. check for packages on booking websites and you can find some pretty amazing deals. and you don’t have to try to see all of europe while you’re there, picking even just one place to relax in for a week is a great choice, plus you’ll become really familiar with your surroundings. If you did like, Florence, you can easily see parts of tuscany, sienna, and rome and venice are honestly just day trips away…then you’ll see 3 major cities in italy, but still have time to relax and take it all in.