In theory, I’m planning a wedding. On February 18th my Australian fiancé and I will have been engaged for a year. At the time, I said to him, “I don’t want to be one of those couples who are engaged for years before the wedding.”
In that year, we’ve finished working in South Korea, traveled through South America, and come to the US, where we’re putting together a de facto partner visa application so I can get to Australia.
Once that’s approved, we’ll get down to business on the wedding. Like, setting a date. And deciding which country we’ll get married in. But then you get all the messy details like catering, venues, flowers, color schemes; all the stuff that doesn’t interest me.
So I allow my mind to wander to more fun things.
Like our honeymoon.
Among all of the questions we get about our cross-cultural marriage, people are constantly curious about the honeymoon.
“But you’ve been to so many places. What’s left?”
And that is where they are wrong. There are plenty of places left. And it’s our honeymoon, so I figure we’ve got a license to splurge on some luxury. Right?
So I get lost in travel websites like Exsus, imagining what it would be like to let someone else take over the planning. To sleep in a fancy room with windows and fluffy pillows, have everything paid for in advance so we’re not thinking about the budget every day. A vacation in pure, unadulterated, luxury.
Drumroll, please: I now present you with my top three fantasy honeymoon destinations.
As in, the whole continent. I haven’t narrowed it down to a country yet, but here are some of the things I want to see:
- One of those blazing sunsets where the sun takes over the whole sky and multiplies in size to the point where you can’t believe the sun is this big and you’ve never seen it like this before
- Animals. Specifically lions, elephants, or giraffes, doing their thing in the wild. The real wild. Not a fancy-schmancy zoo that looks like the wild (although I am a sucker for those, too).
- Victoria Falls. Though whether or not I’d get into that pool on the edge remains to be seen.
- Morocco. Everything in Morocco from Marrakech to romantic and luxurious Casablanca.
That’s it, really. Any suggestions for exact locations are welcomed.
I realize that ‘whale sharks’ is not a country. But I feel like anywhere that has whale sharks has other desirable aspects, like clear blue waters, tropical climates, and secluded beaches. Countries that could satisfy this requirement include Borneo, Belize, Mexico, and Madagascar, but I’m flexible. Ideally, we’d be able to surf there, too, because it’s only fair that the honeymoon be about both of us.
I know. It’s generic, but I’ve never been there. Except for once, in college, when I went to the Bahamas with a group of friends. We stayed at a rundown spring break resort that had crazy happy hour specials and plenty of drunk students crowding the postage stamp-sized pool. One time I got on a bus and the driver was swigging from an open beer. Taking a trip to the Bahamas or even another island like Anguilla or Antigua would be just plain nice.
I was thinking somewhere a little more swanky for a honeymoon. Not much, but a little.
Help! Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Did you go luxury or backpack?
I’m not married and thus not gone on a honeymoon yet, so I’m probably not the best person to answer you’re question, but I think that if ‘it’ would ever happen, I’d like to go somewhere a bit luxurious.
Why? Because I don’t think I’d want to worry about anything.
Boyfriend and I normally just book a room somewhere and then arrange all the rest ourselves, but that also means the occasional sucky lunch or having to look for an hour before finding dinner (you see, food is important to me:-)).
Now that I’m writing this I think I actually prefer searching and exploring than ‘having’ to eat at the hotel all the time.
Maybe go for a combination?:D
A luxurious hotel WITH the opportunity to get out and explore? Hence, no all-in formula?:D
I like your solution!
I pretend like I don’t need luxury for my honeymoon, but in all honesty I want it. I want one of those little bungalows that sits on stilts over the water, breakfast on a balcony, fluffy white towels, the whole shebang. BUT, I’m like you and still need the freedom to make my own choices. Don’t want to end up somewhere with a bunch of other couples all doing the same thing – I was in the airport in Fiji as a layover from Australia, and was completely surrounded by newlyweds. It was so weird.
We’ve been thinking to same and are also having trouble pinning it down to one or two countries to see in Africa, but we def want to go there. You photos are amazing btw!
Africa is rapidly climbing to the top of my travel list in general, not just for a honeymoon. We know several people who have recently been, and it sounds fantastic!
Sadly, only the first photo is mine! The rest are Creative Commons images – if you want to see more by those photographers, check the image link at the bottom of the photo!