I went shopping for attire for my honeymoon today. This was very different from shopping for my last big trip, which was to Thailand. That trip involved a jaunt to REI for hiking socks, versatile zip-off at the knee pants, and fast-drying underwear. This time my shopping spree included a white “bridal” bikini and underwear that says “Just Married” across the back.
I’m enough of a bride to be quite excited about my cute bridesy purchases, yet the difference was not lost on me, mostly because our honeymoon plans mean I’ll be spending a lot of time in that swimsuit.
Our Honeymoon decision? All-Inclusive all the way.
I’ll be in my swimsuit a lot because our honeymoon is going to be spent on the beaches of the Caribbean Sea and I cannot wait — which surprises me. I’m excited to be sipping margaritas and lounging by the pool and folicking in the water. I’m excited to have alone time with my husband when the stress of work, school, and wedding planning isn’t monopolizing our days and I’m almost delirious with anticipation for days of doing absolutely NOTHING except relaxing.
Part of me feels a bit guilty about that though. Here it is, the perfect excuse to get a decent amount of vacation time off and to splurge on a vacation and we’re going to two different all-inclusive resorts. Sometimes I think we’re crazy for not taking advantage of the special circumstances a honeymoon brings and jet off to Halong Bay in Vietnam or go hike the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu or other things that are much higher up my bucket list than unlimited drinks and oceanviews.
Yet the closer the wedding gets, I’m more relieved than anything with our honeymoon choice. Planning a wedding is hard work – and stressful.
My fiance and I are planning our wedding on our own and it has been fun, but a bit more stressful than we were expecting. There are just so many details to keep track of that right now! I’m sure there are four or five that should have gotten some attention this week even that I’m just forgetting about. The thought of having to plan an itinerary, and sleep on buses and in cheap hotels, barter for tuk-tuks, and hike mountains and get lost along city streets sounds simply exhausting at this point.
Turns out, the rumors everyone tells you about how you’re going to want to do nothing except relax and unwind after the wedding are proving to be based in fact. I’m ready for that now and there’s still a lot of wedding to-dos to check off my list. I’m more than willing to exchange lists and action-based adventures for margaritas and lounging by a relaxing sea.
I’m thinking for our second honeymoon, though, (you can have another one later, right?!) we will definitely be hitting up Machu Picchu.
What did you do for your honeymoon? I’d love to hear!