Welcome to the first edition of *Honeymoon & Mini Moon Heaven*.
I will endeavour to pinpoint the highlight of my travels as inspiration for honeymoons, mini moons, anniversary trips or just holidaying in general.
My most memorable trip you will not be surprised to hear was our honeymoon. It is such always a difficult decision knowing where to go on your honeymoon – there are just so many wonderful places that look so fabulous. Whilst flicking through the glossy pages of travel brochures, it can take you away to another world…the crystal clear waters and the paradise islands make a beach honeymoon look perfect. But then you see the stunning wildlife pictures of a safari or an exhilarating adventurous journey or a cool city break or a luxury cruise or a winter wonderland and this flummoxes you somewhat. How will you go about picking yours?
My husband works in travel and took the lead on creating our honeymoon itinerary, which he was incredibly excited about. We wanted to go everywhere and so came to the conclusion that we would have a honeymoon that combined a sightseeing city break with an exciting safari and finally a relaxing beach stay. Thus we confirmed a three week honeymoon combining a city break in Cape Town, a safari in the Sabi Sands in South Africa followed by a relaxing beach holiday in Mauritius. I will be featuring these in the next few editions of my Travel Thursdays blog.
We were not planning on having a wedding gift list but so many of our family and friends insisted that they wanted to give us something substantial that we changed our minds. We decided to have a honeymoon gift list with Trailfinders. They sent us little honeymoon cards to put in with our invites so that people could give a gift towards our honeymoon if they would like to do so. It was a very easy process and our family and friends liked the ease of being able to complete it online in advance of the wedding.
This made it really exciting when thinking about which hotels we could choose and what kind of things we wanted to experience during our honeymoon. We spent many happy evenings after a long day at work trawling through Trip Advisor reviews and looking through pages and pages of guide books so we could plan the perfect honeymoon. It was a really exciting process and did not feel stressful at all.
We flew on honeymoon the day after we got married. I remember vividly sitting in the British Airways lounge at Heathrow airport with my new husband just feeling so exhausted. We were obviously incredibly excited to be heading off on such an exciting holiday as a married couple but it was the first time we had stopped since a very long week of wedding preparations. With hindsight, maybe we should have flown a day later but you do not think about that when you are planning such a marvellous trip.
The honeymoon is supposed to be that one holiday when you can really treat yourselves. We found that it was so important to take a couple of days to recover from and reflect on the wedding but also to enjoy part of the honeymoon as a relaxing holiday interspersed amongst sightseeing and photo opportunities.
*Our Honeymoon Part One | Cape Town to follow next week…*