(Closed) Japan for a work trip, or honeymoon, or both? Can’t decide!

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Which should we do?
    Find a way to send me to Japan, honeymoon next year. : (14 votes)
    52 %
    Honeymoon! Quality time is important, and that's a *really* expensive plane ticket. : (13 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 4
    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If the ticket to Japan for just you is that expensive, I’d just go now.  Imagine you dont go with him this time and you still want to go in the future, then you have to pay for his ticket too and hotel, which would all be covered by the company for this trip.  I’d do Japan now, enjoy it by myself or whenever he’s free (can he extended the trip to make sure he as at least a few days at the end free to spend exploring with you?) and “honeymoon” later.

    Post # 5
    3220 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I would go with him– and I agree with @pinkshoes about maybe having you both spend a few extra days there afterward?

    You’ll save money because his ticket is covered and he’s got to sleep somewhere, so you’ll see him at night!

    Post # 6
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I agree with pinkshoes as well, but it sounds like you can barely cover the plane ticket to Japan now anyway. Yes, it would save you money to tag along with him on his business trip, but a vacation is not a good excuse to borrow money from relatives OR to empty your savings account.

    Post # 7
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

    Can you go to Japan now and then downscale your honeymoon later? Either pick a less expensive location for the timeshare or maybe stay somewhere more local to save on plane tickets? That will allow you to rebuild your savings while still spending some quality time together.

    I’d definitely tag along to Japan, especially if you really want to go. What a great opportunity.

    Post # 9
    4771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think spending so much money to tag along on a buisness trip is a waste.  As far as I know buisnesses don’t send people over to other countries to vacation, but demand a lot of work.  Especialy in Asia where the working hours are long.  So basically your hubby’ll be working and you’ll be stuck in one place, and if spouses are not specifically invited you’ll most likely also be having dinner alone too most evenings.

    I don’t think this trip would be what you imagined, save the money, and hopefully one day you guys can go there on vacation for real.


    Post # 10
    3402 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I would wait to have a “real” honeymoon. I just worry that if it isn’t the vacation type honeymoon, with the nice resorts, awesome adventures ect, you will be disappointed.

    I say this because I moved to Israel with my Dad when I was younger thinking it would be a big vacation. WRONGO. Without the touristy aspect, it’s no vacation at all.

    Post # 11
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Do you have airline miles? A one way ticket on American (and American partner airlines) to Asia is only 35,000 miles. Ususally if you get a CitiBank AAdvantage credit card, the welcome bonus is at least that many miles, if not more. You have to spend a certain amount in a set # of months (I think it was $4000 in 6 months when we did it). We just used the card for all our everyday purchases and paid it off each month.

    Post # 12
    1747 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Atalanta:  I agree. I think he’ll be spending long hours putting in time for his paid business trip. There is a reason why they are sending him, after all. Even though you’ll have the weekends, I think he’ll be exhausted and it just won’t have the same spirit of an actual “honeymoon”.

    I say keep saving your money towards Italy, even if it takes longer. Since you potentially have this estate money, it might help a little.

    Post # 15
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee

    If you don’t want to spend time at home without him, because you don’t have many friends there, and don’t want to go out and do things by yourself, I don’t think putting you in the same situation in a foreign country is the solution.

    Enjoy your time home alone, treat it like a holiday.  Go out do stuff by yourself, watch whatever tv shows you want. 

    Keep saving for the real honeymoon, and not a trip that will be by yourself most of the time. 

    Post # 16
    3402 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @sweetpea87:  I think there was confusion for many of us. I was under the impression that if you went to Japan, it would be your serrogate “honeymoon,” so no push-back’s, just NO honeymoon.

    If you have the option of doing both, I say why not? You seem to be easily convincing yourself that you want and should have both anyways..

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