Post # 1
I am finding the Honeymoon choices overwhelming. There are pros and cons to every area. We are looking for somewhere warm and relaxing but we both love snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and hiking. We aren’t planning on taking our honeymoon until October (three months after our wedding) since we live in such a wonderful place already.
Thailand – Dream honeymoon. FH’s best friend and godson live in Bankok but we would also travel down to the beaches. Downside is the cost. I can get good deals on hotels but flights are costly.
Hawaii – I’m not too enthused about this since I have been to hawaii twice and FH has been twice as well. But I knwo if I found someplace not too touristy I would enjoy it.
Roadtrip in California – this would be way fun but wouldn’t really feel like a “honeymoon”. We would get to visit family though. Of course it may not be cost effective with the prices of gas.
South America – I must confess, South America wasn’t even on the board until the epiclly awesome honeymoon of Bella and Edward. Ooh dancing, beaching, jungle. But I am not sure about where to go. Definintely not wild about mexico. I want something a little more off the beaten path but not so off that I am encountering drug cartels.
Please help! If any of you have taking similar vacations/honeymoons and have money saving tips that would be awesome.
Post # 3
Have you considered Malaysian Borneo? There are some amazing resorts in the rainforest, and the Sipidan dive site is spectacular. My husband and I just did a 4 month trip around Asia, and it was my favorite place! (we also went to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and mainland Malaysia). The Borneo Rainforest Lodge and the Kapalai resorts are two we stayed at that we mind blowing! The other place we loved most was the Mulu national park – the higher end bungalows inside the park were really affordable (maybe $80/night, I think?) and were amazing!
Post # 4
It sounds like you might like Costa Rica! Really beautiful and lots to do. Fiance and I will probably honeymoon there.
Post # 5
My vote would be for South America – I’d go to Argentina and maybe Brazil. In Buenos Aires (Arg) you have one of the world’s most romantic cities (I haven’t been yet but I’ve done lots of research into it as it’s going to be my next big holiday) and it would be an awesome place for a honeymoon. You can also head south to see the glaciers of Patagonia, and sample some of the world’s best wine and beef regions in the world, also in Argentina. If you head north towards Uruguay or Brazil, you’ll have some beautiful beaches to relax on as well. October is heading into summertime in South America so the weather shouldn’t be too bad.
Depending how much time you have, you could start in Buenos Aires and cross the continent through Bolivia, ending up in Peru, or you could do a loop of sorts and end up in Santiago, Chile.
If you really want an adventure, I’d maybe look into some alone time in BA to start, and then hook up with a small group tour (G Adventures or Intrepid Travel) as you will get to visit a lot more places and have a more authentic experience as you can get off the beaten path. I’ve been on several tours with couples on their honeymoon and they’ve always seemed to love it…and most of them have tacked on a few days at either end of the trip for just themselves. Just something to think about.
As for Thailand – it can be expensive to fly there but once you’re there, everything else is dirt cheap. I’ve been there twice, once to go from Bangkok north to Chiang Mai to do a hilltribe trek (pretty awesome) and once to go from Bangkok south through Khao Sok National Park and hitting the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao (also awesome).
ETA: Somehow I forgot the part in your original post about wanting a relaxing holiday – in that case, maybe scrap South America and go to Thailand instead. Although I would second a PP’s suggestion of going to Borneo instead – much less touristy, home to the organgutans, beautiful beaches, and a gorgeous place to be!
Post # 6
I’d consider talking to a travel agent. They might be able to help you find a destination that would suit your needs and your budget. Sometimes a really good one can be helpful.
Post # 7
I voted Thailand, but I’d say either Thailand or South America. The only thing is that if you were already worried about the cost for Thailand, I only imagine S. America would be more expensive. Thailand would be SOOOO cheap once you get there – as long as you arent going to the 300/night tourist spots. There are a ton of nice local spots for cheap. Food is cheap transportation is cheap – I’m talking like 50cents to 5 dollars a good meal for 2. The only real worry is flights.
Post # 8
@khf777: That was a thought but my future husbands brother who just got married in October are going to Costa Rica. I really wanted to do something different. Bridezilla-ish I know. 🙂
Post # 9
@crayfish: I will definitely look into going to Borneo. I really wanted something different. This sounds like it could be it.
Post # 10
FH and I are going to Costa Rica. We’re beyond excited about it!
Post # 11
@nataliegrace90: my vote is for Thailand.
To help you cross one of your options off the list: we did a California road trip for our honeymoon and it was just too much driving. We are both Southern Cal natives and chose to do it because we didn’t have the money to do a real honeymoon. We drove up to Monterey the first day, stayed a couple nights, then made our way down – staying at various spots we wanted to hit along the way. While it was nice to get away, I would NOT recommend it. I was so sick of being in the car. Plus, if you are visiting family, it’s not the same as being by yourselves in a little honeymoon cocoon.
Post # 12
I know I am loving the idea of Thailand but any tips for a 24-30 (!?!?!) hour flight? That just seems like ages. Thats a whole day on one plane.
Post # 13
@nataliegrace90: Movies. Dont watch movies for a few months and catch up on them all on the plane. My husband who complains during a 3 hour plane ride to Florida did not make a peep flying to New Zealand. He watched movies the whole time!
Post # 14
It sounds like you really want to go to Thailand, so I would say go to Thailand. It’s far, the flights are long and not so cheap, but it’s stunning, and it will feel very special. I highly recommend Ko Tao (but it depends on the time of year). If you do a diving course, hotels can even be free.
PS: tripadvisor.com — never fails!
Post # 15
Check out Friendlyplanet.com, I got my Thailand honeymoon there! I’m so excited to go!!
Post # 16
@nataliegrace90: Bring lots and lots of books and magazines; also, book a flight on a good airlines. Thai Airways is lovely, as is Malaysian Airways, Singapore, and Cathay Pacific. Fly one of the Asian airlines instead of the American airlines and you will have a better experience. Not that I’m trying to take business away from American companies but their long distance planes just don’t measure up to the Asian airlines in terms of comfort, food, and entertainment systems.
I fly all the time between Australia and Chicago – a 29 hour journey minimum, sometimes longer if the connections aren’t great. I always bring my Kindle, a paperback book, a couple of magazines, my iPod (with games in addition to the music), and lots of snacks, although I ususally don’t end up eating most of them. It’s not the end of the world and the time goes by fairly quickly. It’s most definitely worth the inconvenience of losing a day and spending 24+ hrs on an airplane to explore parts of the world you would otherwise never see.
Oh and water…. drink lots and lots of water! Yes, you will get up to use the loo all the time but you won’t get as dehydrated which goes a long way towards keeping jet lag at bay and helping you feel like a normal human being when you get off the plane.
ETA: You might lose two days when you fly west to Asia. I always lose 2 days when I fly back to Australia. The Australian flights leave late in the evening on a Monday (for example) and arrive in the morning on a Wednesday in Australia. Just an fyi.