What Makes a Good Honeymoon?
My fiance and I are in the middle of planning our honeymoon. Actually, that’s not really accurate: we’re more at the beginning of planning our honeymoon, and the reason is this: we just can’t decide where to go.
Say the word—go on, say it out loud, I’ll wait—and it immediately conjures up images of deserted white sand beaches and hammocks strung up between palm trees, right? At least, that’s what I picture when I picture a honeymoon. And at first I thought that would be pretty great: two long weeks of lying on the beach in the middle of nowhere, occasionally rolling over to rub in a little more sunscreen or order another margarita. Perfect, right?
Well, maybe. Because the more I thought about it, the more I figured that I might find that just a little….what’s the word I’m looking for here? Oh yes: boring. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good beach just as much as the next girl, but I figured if I was going to go a fairly long way for two whole weeks, I’d want to do a little more than just lie on the sand all that time. And besides, what if the weather bailed on us? Then we’d have two weeks of playing scrabble in our beach bungalow.
So just like that, the Maldives were out. (Well, to be honest, the Maldives were pretty much out from the start: it’s rather pricey to stay in an over-water bungalow, even if that has always been one of your Travel Musts.) And so we started thinking about locations that would combine a little bit of beach-time and a little bit of city-time, places we’d always wanted to visit and to which neither of us had ever been before. South Africa, we thought? Greece? India?
They were all strong contenders, but for now we seem to have sort of settled on Australia—at least for the moment. We could visit Syndey and Melbourne for some city time and then head to Cairns for that week on the beach, sunbathing and sipping drinks with umbrellas in them, and diving the Great Barrier Reef.
What I’m curious about, though, is how you chose your honeymoon destination. Where did you go and why? What were the most important factors in deciding on this Great Big Trip To Cement An Important Moment In Your Life? And if you haven’t taken a honeymoon, where would you choose to take one?
Be warned: I’m basically going to be stealing all of your ideas.