Post # 1
Please help me decide where to take our honeymoon!
Long time reader & engaged for 13 months! We are getting close & are having a ton of trouble deciding. We live in southern california. Honeymoon will be end of September, early October for 3 weeks.
We LOVE europe, both of us have been several times and took a big trip there together to 6 different countries a few years ago. We are thinking about going back, but to new countries (greece, portugal, iceland). But we might want to try something new.
About us: We love to explore, not big on super fancy things, but also don’t want to slum it for our honeymoon. We want it to be romantic, but we aren’t super into fancy dinners, going out drinking, and definitely not interested in laying on the beach for more than a few days. We love activities and tours. We love being tourists. Our favorite things we have done are a bus tour through Tuscany, Colliseum tour in Rome, snorkeling and canyoning in Costa Rica, skiing, etc.
We want to go to Asia, but we are worried it will be too much “city.” We already live in a huge city and don’t find that kind of trip to be very memorable or romantic. We want culture and history, not another metropolis like we live in now. but we could be all wrong since we have never been there. I know Japan has beautiful areas outside of Tokyo.
Finally – cost. If cost was no object we would be doing an African safari + week on the coast. But we want something affordable.
Tell me where we should go!
Post # 2
Another SoCal bride honeymooning in Europe in September! 🙂 Fi has been but I haven’t, so we are trying to decide where to go because Oktoberfest in Germany seems like it would be fun, but we also want to do Italy. I don’t have personal experience, but…
My brother went to Iceland a year ago and said it was incredible – and his pictures showed it.
FM&FIL said a Baltic Circle cruise was the best cruise they’ve ever done, and that Prague was the most beautiful city they’ve seen (and they do a lot of traveling)
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2017 - Sunset Beach Resort, Siesta Key
We live in a very tropical place, so we didn’t necessarily need to go somewhere to lay on a beach. We love to travel and adventure but also wanted the romantic aspect as well. Here is what we’re doing –
Paris (this will be the shortest stay)
We’re staying in airbnbs in Avignon and Cinque Terre – I was surprised at how affordable they are!
We want toexplore, drink lots of wine and not do anything touristy like museums, etc.
I had never even heard of Cinque Terre before we started planning the honeymoon and it looks so unique and ambsolutely amazing.
Can’t wait to hear where you decide to go!
Post # 4
Have you thought of going somewhere like Bali? We were looking into that originally, seems there are lots of “touristy” things to do and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. While it may cost you a bit to get there, I heard lots of people say that it’s relatively inexpensive once you’re there and there is plenty to do! It also doesn’t have that “city vibe”. I think your honeymoon should be a place that you wouldn’t really go for just a “regular vacation”! If you like Europe and have been a few times, I would try somewhere new. That’s just my two cents 😊
my fiancé and I are very similar to you, we both love outdoors, not big drinkers and don’t like lounging on the beach much. We prefer to explore and road trip! I found an AMAZING airline deal through air Tahiti so we are doing 2 weeks Australia, one week north island of New Zealand and then taking one week of “relaxation” in moorea (Tahiti). It will be a very busy honeymoon but i can’t wait!
Post # 5
Japan was the most amazing place I’ve ever been, and so many types of activities are possible. If you like hiking you can do a hike of mt. fuji, Kyoto has tons of history and Tokyo is really just an amazing place. It has incredible food and there is so much to do. We did Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka for our honeymoon (2 weeks ended costing us about 10K CAD) we spent about 200/night for nicer hotels and that also included train passes that we could use for 2 weeks that were 500 dollars each but save you money in the end if you will be using the bullet trains between cities. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
we are also huge nerds and spent about 900CAD each on geeky stuff to bring home so you can subtract that from the total if you won’t be doing much shopping :p
Post # 6
honeyBee17 : Thailand has a ton of beaches and it’s not too “city-ish”. There’s a ton of specials that exist at the moment; what I’ve found anyway. Here’s a great offer in Thailand, which includes beaches (it’s a Canadian site, but it would most likely be cheaper for Califonia departures!?): http://www.downunder-travel.com/asia/thailand/thailand-longstays.aspx
Post # 7
dawnsrad : We spent a week in Cinque Terre last time we traveled to Europe. It is incredible! so excited for you. We also stayed in an Airb&B there and it was perfect.