(Closed) Narrowed our choice down to three spots – help pick :)

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which location for our Honeymoon
    Paris : (35 votes)
    48 %
    California : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Hawaii : (29 votes)
    40 %
    None of the above but I know the perfect place : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I voted Paris because it sounds like something totally new and special!

    Post # 4
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If I had to choose, I would pick California. I’ve never really had any desire to go to Hawaii and Fiance and I anticipate going to Paris a few times in the next couple years (his business partner lives there) so we wouldn’t waste our Honeymoon on it. We’ve always wanted to go to California and it was on our short list of Honeymoon destinations. I’m sure wherever you choose will be awesome. 

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m in a similar slump too!  We are getting married in October and our choices are: backpacking thru Paris because its romantic and when else are we ever going to get another opportunity to go, Hawaii-Maui & Kauai because we’ve never been and its the more romantic islands and weather is constantly good all year round or so I assume, and lastly, Thailand because my relatives are there and I havent been there or seen them since I was a little girl..and they also have lovely beaches and really cheap good food.

    If neither of you have ever been to Paris, and you mentioned having teenaged kids, well this is your opportunity to go off and celebrate a romantic honeymoon!  But if you are concerned about  time constraints and/or money is an issue, then I vote Hawaii.  I feel like you would spend 2 days traveling so then you would really only have 5 days? If you can do like at least 7 full days in Paris, that would make it more worthwhile…either way, if you can afford it, want romance and good food and romantic sightseeing…then splurge! Laughing

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Paris!  It’s beautiful and romantic.  I think it’d be a great experience for a honeymoon.  The weather may not be that bad yet.  I went during Nov/Dec a few years back and it was cold and rainy a few days, but that didn’t take away from it at all.  It’s impossible to time a trip based on exchange rate, so I’d leave that out of the equation.

    California?  Like you said, its only an hour away and you’ve both been there.  For something that close, I’d make it a quick weekend anniversary getaway in the future instead if you really wanted to go there again.

    Hawaii?  If you’re not into “just” beaches, it could still work.  Depending on the island there’s quite a bit more to do than just beaches.  If you do Hawaii, I recommend Big Islands so you get a good mix of beach and volcano hikes and lava field exploring.

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @dianeanthony: If you decide to do Thailand, maybe you could try to do a few day lay over in Hawaii.  Not sure how to do that if you are purchasing tickets yourself, but when I went to Hong Kong, the travel agent was able to book me a fews days layover in Hawaii for no extra charge.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I live in California, It’s boring. Well, for me anyway, and yes way overpriced. The great part of California is that you have tons of variety on what you can do, from the beach to wineries to the mountains, it’s ll at your fingertips.

    I love hawaii, yes it’s just the beachbut it’s relaxing, sexy and so much fun. You have tons of activities to choose from.

    I wouldn’t choose paris cause their is so much to see and learn about. I don’t know about you but I want to be all about my new husband on our honeymoon…Wink

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I think a honeymoon should feel more special than other vacations, and the best way to do that is to go somewhere that both of you have never been before and aren’t likely to go to again unless it’s a very special occasion (like a major anniversary). Given your choices, I’d go with Paris for sure. Hit California and Hawaii on your anniversaries as they come.

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’ve been torn between Paris and Hawaii, too! My fiance wants to go to Hawaii because it’ll be more relaxing for us and I really want to go to Paris because it’s always been a dream of mine. I love the history and the romantic feel of it! But, regardless of which one we pick (it’s looking to be Hawaii right now because our honeymoon is in December.. BRR). We made a pact that each year we were going to go someplace new for our anniversary and then when we have kids and they are old enough, they’ll turn into family vacations. I’m very big on seeing the world. I think no matter what you pick, you’ll have so much fun.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I picked Hawaii because you can relax but there is still things for you to see and do.

    If you do happen to do Paris though, I recommend that you do your research. Paris is extremely expensive, but there are great ways to save money. Although I know a trip to Paris wouldn’t be that relaxing because you’d want to be going everywhere and doing everything.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I picked Hawaii because of your limited time.  Like you said about Paris, you’ll want to do a lot of sight-seeing which is fun, but you might want to spend time on your honeymoon basking in each other and relaxing instead of running around.  Even though you said you just went, the islands are all different so if you were to go to the Big Island for example, I’m sure you’d have a very different experience than what you had in Oahu.  I’ve only been to Maui (loved it!), but I’d love to see the volcanoes on the Big Island or experience the lushness of Kauai.  Whatever you do, you’ll have a great time! 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m kinda curious why everyone is saying that Hawaii is “just the beach”.  We’re Honeymoon for 5 days in Maui and 5 in Oahu and I’m not sure that we have enough time to do and see all the things we want to do and see!  There’s a LOT more to Hawaii than just the beach. 

    In Maui we’re planning on snorkeling Molokini, driving the Road to Hana, golfing in Kanaapali, going to the Old Lahaina Luau, and trying to fit in some just beach time…as well as sampling tons of amazing and fresh food!

    In Oahu we’re planning on seeing Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, surfing, checking out the North Shore, tasting some delicious fresh pineapple, shark diving, and again, enjoying the beach. 

    There’s a lot more we could do but we do want some relaxing time as well.  As you can see my vote is for Hawaii, especially considering you’ve already seen lots of Cali and Paris will take too long to get there leaving you with not enough time to enjoy. 

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    unixfairy: You are right, it is very easy to get caught up in the sight seeing – where you need a vacation from your vacation ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Set on only a few places you want to visit, and keep it casual. I’ve been twice and we wanted to have that balance of sight seeing and relaxing, so it can be done, haha! And one of the most romantic nights we had there was getting a blanket and a bottle of wine and laying in the park in front of the tower at night, just enjoying the view – awesome!

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