When planning a wedding, the couple spends plenty of time tasting cakes, trying on dresses and tuxedos and listening to countless bands. But don’t forget about the celebration after the celebration: the honeymoon. Eighteen years ago when my wife and I got married, I was in charge of coming up with honeymoon ideas and planning our romantic getaway.
Because we were (and still are) young at heart, the first leg of our honeymoon took us to Walt Disney World. I planned a three-night trip there, which included a stay at what I consider a nicer, more adult resort on the Disney property, Port Orleans. After hopping from park to park and overdosing on the Disney magic, we packed our bags for the longer portion of the trip, four nights at Sandals Resort in the Bahamas.
Beach getaways tend to be popular with honeymooners. Sandals is an all-inclusive resort with locations in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados. The tropical setting lends itself to a romantic atmosphere, and the resorts are for couples. There’s plenty to do including amenities on the beach, golf and scuba. Something that didn’t matter to us back then that would today is the promise of free Wi-Fi on unlimited devices.
European honeymoons have been popular among many of my newlywed friends. A week or more visiting places like Paris, London and Dublin can offer once in a lifetime opportunities and a chance to see many historic places in a few days time.
Some couples would rather climb aboard the Love Boat and cruise for three days or more on their honeymoon. We took our first cruise about four years after we got married. Like the Sandals Resorts, this particular cruise line was all-inclusive. With breathtaking views and memorable ports of call, this trip was one that made for the perfect second honeymoon.
Your budget may not allow for an excursion out of the country or even out of your state. That’s okay too. It’s my belief that all newlywed couples need to take a few days to get away from the grind of daily life and enjoy some alone time as man and wife. A one-tank road trip, even if it’s just overnight, will give you and your spouse a chance to reconnect and eliminate the stresses that may have come up during the wedding planning. If you have a common hobby like golfing, then you could take a couples golf vacation within your state or a couple states south.
One last word of advice, whether you’re getting out the passport or just packing an overnight bag, seek the advice of a travel agent. They’re a valuable resource and can offer tips and ideas that you may have overlooked. Congratulations on your marriage and enjoy your lives together.