Selecting a Honeymoon Destination
In my relatively short life I’ve been blessed with the fortunes of travel. Lots of travel. Born in Colorado and lived there for my early childhood, then off to Germany and tours of Europe for three years, then back in the States living on the East Coast but road tripping north, south and west, not to mention trips to enjoy both the mountains of the West and the islands of the Caribbean capped off with an adulthood semester in London working, traveling and enjoying the vast differences in Great Britain, and a short stint in both France and Egypt.
I have this not-so-secret wish to visit all of the continents but Antartica (though once I’ve hit 6 I’ll probably want to hit Antartica too, simply to say I did), and as many countries in the world as I possibly can before I die. I simply love traveling, and I think due to my expereince with planes, trains and automobiles as I child I don’t get easily lost, overwhelmed or confused when it comes to finding my way around. (It’s either this expereince or the inherent ‘map-in-my-brain’ I’ve inherited from my father and his father, we may never know.
Needless to say choosing a honeymoon destination was semi-hard, and all of the above explains why we chose the destination together. Bryan was born in Africa, but once his family returned to the US he never left North America, so he wanted to leave the country. We wanted a place I hadn’t been to before, so we could both experience something new, and we wanted something that would provide some adventure, and plenty of time for relaxing. Even though it would have been amazing to sight-see of a lot of cool places we knew we’d be tired and just wanting to relax. Relaxing and jet-lag don’t often go hand in hand, so all of those stipulations ruled out pretty much everything other than the Caribbean. (Though we did briefly consider Central American Costa Rica, there were too many snakes to consider it. Yes I have a fear of snakes.)
Breaking out the map of tropical destinations in our relative time-zone we immediately ruled out Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Aruba, and the British and US Virgin Islands. These were ruled out due to either political and socio-economic climate, cold ocean temps (Bermuda!), or past travel. Most listings of Caribbean countries also include Central America, but not many of them drew our eye.
Instead we seriously considered Antigua(known for sailing), St Lucia and the Bahamas.
There were other islands we could have looked at, but at some point you have to stop including everything! We also had a budget to consider, so we were looking to get the best bang for our buck. Hours were spent on tripadvisor.com, allinclusiveoutlet.com, and expedia.com.
Discovering that the big sailing expo would happen the week before, literally our wedding day was the end of it, we decided we’d save Antigua for another trip, when we might actually experience a little of the fun. That left us between St. Lucia and the Bahamas. Our research has pointed out that St. Lucia had a bit more adventure, but only on one island, while the Bahamas had more than one island and lots to do everywhere. Eventually the multitude of islands in the Bahamas led to us selecting St. Lucia as our destination. That way we would be sure to have seclusion, adventure, and allow us to sight see, without the risk of missing anything by being stuck on this or that island.
Did you help your husband select the honeymoon spot? How did you choose where to go? What were you looking for?
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