(Closed) Non Traditional Honeymoon!?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
296 posts
Helper bee

I think this is a great idea!!! I haven’t done it, but have friends who have and they had a great time!!!

Post # 3
2 posts
  • Wedding: November 2016

Hey there!

This is amazing! I haven’t done a honeymoon like this as I’m not married yet! 🙂

But my plan is similar to your! We are going to spent one week in Orlando at one of of the Premiere Condo vacation homes (http://phpremierecondohotel.com/suites/ ). Then we are going to take a rental car and we want to drive through New Orleans to the Grand Canyon with some stops for sure! Our roadtrip will be about 3 weeks long and then we are going to fly back home from Las Vegas!

Post # 3
2176 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I did san fran to LA in June with my DH as an early anniversary trip (usually we go away for our anniversary but because of new jobs this year we can’t take a vacation at that time)


we had a really great time – we did a 3 night airbnb in san fran mission district w 2 other couples , a night by the ocean in santa cruz, 2 nights in big sur, a night in santa barbara, a night on the sunset strip in LA and the last night in malibu


I think that to go on the trip you are planning you would need at least 3 weeks maybe 4 or it would be a bit rushed and not really a fun trip so take that into consideration (as I am not sure you have that much vacation) I have done the san fran to seattle trip in the past and then san fran to LA trip this time and each one of those was about 10 days and that was skipping yosemite (since that is about 5 hr drive from the coast)


if you want more info PM me your email and I can send you the agendas that I made for the trip with all the hotel and restaurant info

Post # 4
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I don’t have any tips since I have never been to California, but just wanted to say that this trip sounds amazing!! 

Post # 5
7472 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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Beeee13:  We went non-traditional and did a ski trip to CO for 2 weeks. My DH loves to ski, and we already spend a lot of time each year in tropical locals for his job – so we didn’t feel the push to go to a beach local. 

Post # 6
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We did something similar – flew into San Francisco, rented a car and drove down the coast to Big Sur and back. We camped most nights, except the couple of nights we stayed in SF. 

I think being flexible is really important when you are traveling and especially when you are covering a lot of areas. Having an itinerary is helpful but leave room for some spontaneity and change if things don’t go as planned. You’ll have a great time! 

Post # 8
2370 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

Mine was non-traditional, in that it wasn’t in a faraway exotic place we had to fly to.

I got married in March 1993, we live in NJ, and me & hubby drove to Inner Harbor in Baltimore MD. It was a ritzy hotel, and there was so much to do, all in walking distance. Loads of good restaurants.

I don’t know what it is like today but for us it was perfect.

Post # 9
6240 posts
Bee Keeper

Ive had a holiday a bit like that. It was amazing. We stayed a week in San Fran (flew from London).  We hired a car and went down route one. Stopped off on Pacific Coast beaches, stayed a night in a log cabin in big sur, shopped in Carmel, went to the university marine centre in Monterey and we visited Santa Cruz too. If we’d had more time we’d have loved to have kept driving south. I think it would be a great honeymoon trip! 

Post # 10
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Beeee13:  My fiancé and I had a trip booked to go to Nepal and do the 3 week trek to Mt. Everest base camp for our honeymoon! Unfortunately the earthquakes in that region cancelled that trip for us so we are now going to Thailand for a month instead. But I still think about my perfect and non traditional honeymoon trek 🙁

Post # 11
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Beeee13:  We did “non-traditional” and went on a 3 week trip to South America, complete with camping along the Inca Trail, staying in hostels, and taking overnight buses! Probably not the typical “romantic” trip but it was a reflection of us and the types of trips we like to take together. 

If your honeymoon is what the two of you want to do and experience, that’s all that matters! One thing we did to make it more “honeymoon-ish” was in our last place, we splurged on a nice hotel, and went for massages one day, as well as had a really nice fancy dinner. You could do something similar in one of your locations!

Post # 12
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

We get free airfare and a condo in Clearwater Beach, Fl! And we will go to Disney and Universal for a couple of days in Orlando. 

Post # 13
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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Beeee13:  WE ARE TOO! We are staying in a cabin in northern Washington, then road tripping to Portland. Our stops are along the coast at several local breweries.

Post # 14
21 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015

We’re doing a Pacific Coast Highway Honeymoon!  We booked our flights so we have our start/end points (San Diego, San Fran) and we are each picking 1-2 things that are “must see” and everything else we are winging. We aren’t even booking hotels. We figure we can decide each day where to stop, as long as we are in SF in time to catch our flights!  I am so excited!

Post # 15
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

Not a honeymooon, but we did just drive across the country for a job change. I highly recommend the Roadtrippers app and website. It shows points of interest along whatever route you take. 

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