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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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  1. Sanibel Island! Beautiful, not too expensive and amazing blue water and shells. I had never been as I grew up overseas, but my husband spent a lot of time vacationing there as a child. Good luck and I’m sure it will be amazing.

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    June 11, 2012
  2. thanks for sharing! it was amazing (we returned to the states end of may) next post will detail our adventures there πŸ™‚ i’m following you now to read more about your adventures πŸ™‚

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    June 11, 2012
  3. Neither one of us really wanted to go somewhere hot in August so that ruled our most beaches, etc. We had both never been to Maine, but wanted to, so we were able to take two weeks including the leisurely drive there and back with stops at bed and breakfast places and we stayed at a home which had been converted from an old country church. This belonged to friends so they let us stay for free! We spent some time in Acadia National Park, ate at great restaurants and just took things easy as we started out our lives together. Great memories.

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    June 12, 2012
    • sailboatmiss #

      That sounds like a very fun relaxing honeymoon, with some exploration as well! We hope to road trip through some of New England this and the coming summers. I’d love to see pictures of the country church-house! Sounds very cool!

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      June 12, 2012
  4. Leigh Henry #

    We were planning on going to Ocean City, because that’s what we could afford, and we already had some great memories there together. But my parents suprised us with a trip to Bermuda. They didn’t have a wedding or honeymoon, so they picked where they would have gone. We stayed at Elbow Beach. I normally hate for people to spend money on me, but I am glad they did, because I think a special trip encouraged us to respect what a big deal marriage is. It is a big deal. It was August, so the water was nice.

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    June 15, 2012
    • sailboatmiss #

      wow! what an awesome wedding present! I too love Ocean City, but Bermuda is fun, and not an every summer kind of thing!

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      June 15, 2012

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