Post # 1
Hello everyone! So we cannot decide where to go for the honeymoon and I would love some advice/recommendations. Our wedding is May 18th, so I think we’d be likely to get better prices if we started booking early. honestly i’m not even sure where to start with a budget, so this may be part of the problem. How did people budget for hm? We are graduate students, so poor but willing to save to enjoy ourselves (like i think $2000 is definitely doable, but if an extra 1000-1500 will get us someplace internationally i think we could make it happen).
We live in the US in the midwest, so it seems like flights anywhere outside the US add up quickly. I would love to leave the country, but I think the timing either coinsides with rainy seasons and Fiance is afraid we will get kidnapped in Mexico (everyone suggests Mexico and he will not move on this). I’ve been seeing some great deals on Groupon – around $2000 for to to ireland, there was one for italy etc —has anyone gone on these? Did they work out well/as advertised? Fiance is suspicious (me too, but I’m kind of willing to go with it and make the best of whatever)
Second dilemma – i think he and i want different activities. I want to relax and lay around, i imagine we will be stressed with the wedding and all of the out of town family to coordinate, so I don’t want to go go go. Some place with sights would be nice of course, but not like i have to see 15 landmarks in 4 days (I actually ruled out Italy for this reason and suggest we go when we can afford afford a lengthy stay and hit several cities). Fiance grew up taking vacations you need a vacation from, so he thinks we need to go go go (i think he’s underestimating the desire he wil have to relax after the wedding).
What magical place has a relaxing atmosphere, but also some activites like local sites/historical sites (FI’s interest) in addition to maybe some excursions.
Are there magical places in the US that I’m just not thinking of? if you live in one, please share!
Sorry, this post is terribly long and indecisive, but it’s so frustrating to search for trips when really you don’t even know where you are going! Please help me bees 🙂
Post # 3
“Are there magical places in the US that I’m just not thinking of? if you live in one, please share!
Well I think the West is pretty cool! In the month of May, you could hit the red rock desert and go skiing in the mountains all in one trip!
Post # 4
St. Augustine, FL is relaxing, beautiful and has nifty historical landmarks as well. Also check out cheapcarribean.com they have all inclusive packages that could fit your budget to the Dominican Republic and such.
Post # 5
First off, I think the Groupon deals are pretty amazing. I bought one to supplement my honeymoon to Tahiti and paid for our excursions with it. You really can’t beat paying 500 for 1000 worth of stuff. My good friend booked her Tahiti honeymoon using a Groupon package and she and her husband HAD A COMPLETE BLAST!
So I hope that answers your first part of the question.
The next suggestion I have is along the west coast. I live in SF area and SF is a pretty cute/romantic city. Along with Seattle/LA/SD we have some great cities with AMAZING food on the west coast. You can also go up to Napa and Lake Tahoe to be snuggling snow bunnies or catch some sun down in SD. We have a good amount of historical stuff here too! Also Washington DC/Philly/NYC/Boston seems to have a lot of fun historical stuff if you want to look on the east coast.
Post # 6
We have been looking at Living Social and Groupon for a year, and have not seen a deal as good as the one we found through bookit.com. A friend told me about it, so I checked it out and we ended up booking our honeymoon! Riviera Maya, Mexico at Akumal Beach Resort! We are staying 4 days and 5 nights in an ocean front room, and it is all inclusive! Our flights, passports, rooms, meals, etc. is going to be cost about $2,000.
I would definitely recommend checking it out!
Post # 7
Have you thought about going on a cruise? Prices arent too bad around May. You get to relax by the pool and also do as much or little excursions as you want once you port.
Post # 8
thanks for all your feedback and suggestions ladies! definitely checking out some of those websites you mentioned.
last night we made some lists and ruled out many of the places in carribean bc i think may/june starts the rainy season – the whole point is to be outside by the sand and pool, right?
I may try to change his mind on places in mexico bc so economical – ladies what resorts have you stayed at that you recommend?
I’m glad for the feedback from those who used groupon bc honestly i think it’s a great way to get deals-and likely the only way we can plan a trip to western europe (at least knowing that others have had success may change his mind – yes, i totally tell him…”well i checked the wedding boards and the bees say….”
we are also contemplating a tour of the west coast – we love san fran and sonoma so may start there and head north – he wants to check out seatle area and oregon wineries. Fiance suggested taking a train bc he knows i don’t really want to drive – but we will see – I told him I think a long train ride in the US will be nothing lke the one’s we were on in Europe (I keep thinking of movies where the shower is on top of the toliet…)
Post # 9
I’m going to SF & Napa Valley! I have never been to Napa but I’m excited. SF for just a night or two as I have been there but there are some fun places to see there and my fiance has never been.
We are actually starting the vacay in San Diego then making our way up the coast but the majority of the stay will be SF/Sonoma/Napa.
We’re going to stay in a luxury B&B with a huge bathtub, double headed shower, luxury bed, flat screens, etc. within walking distance to some wine bars, restaurants, etc. There is so much to do there, not just wine..but definitely lots of wine. Good restaurants, hot air ballooning, relaxing!… We’re going to have a driver take us to all the wineries one day so we can sit back and enjoy. I honestly just want to relax in the room and take a bubble bath, getting drunk with some wine and my future husband! That’s my idea of a fun time.
I have been on vacations where I need a vacation from my vacation and the relaxing ones, too. I enjoy both and generally have a healthy balance of both but I gotta agree – you will want to relax after the wedding week of festivities.
Also – In My Humble Opinion I have to advise against Groupon for something as important as your honeymoon. For a restaurant or a maybe a haircut? No problem.. but… I am a business owner who was one of the first businesses to ever run with Groupon (years ago!) in the midwest. They were great in the beginning but now are exceptionally shady! I stopped running deals with them last year and now have switched over to Living Social… I know others have gotten good deals, but I know others have not.
I suggest Living Social instead, but also doing your research. I myself almost bought a package from Groupon for somewhere in the Caribbean and I ended up searching for the hotel myself and found it cheaper on hotels.com ! The add ons they list (like it was a special package just for the deal) were included in the stay regardless! It could work, just make sure you research and read reviews!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 10
@bluemartini6: I have to agree with your fiance. Mexico is just not safe.. I used to go once a year but stopped a 3 years ago because it was just too much. Definitely could tell a difference. But, if I really needed to go there, I would stay at Secrets Maroma! Mmmhmm!