A Short European Sojourn

24 May

This week, Alex and I have been preparing for a much-needed, and highly-anticipated, honeymoon! WOOHOO!! We received some puzzled looks when we told everyone that we were waiting a year to take our honeymoon. But I actually believe that taking a honeymoon immediately after your wedding is a somewhat antiquated tradition. I mean, it’s great if you have the time to plan both a wedding and honeymoon simultaneously, and if you have enough PTO days from work. That really wasn’t an option for us. We only had an 8 month engagement so planning the wedding basically dictated my every waking moment, not leaving much room for anything else. And with having to take time off to fly to Thailand for our second wedding ceremony, I would have had 2 ½ days to allocate to our honeymoon. Super lame.

Actually, taking a belated honeymoon is becoming more of a trend. A belated honeymoon is when couples wait a few days, weeks or even months before jet-setting on their romantic getaway. A lot of times, planning a honeymoon gets put on the back-burner for busy couples who are too occupied choosing which wines to serve and what kind of cake to order. So much of your energy goes into planning what people will continually tell you is “the biggest day of your life” (no pressure) that planning the after-after party just doesn’t seem that important at the time.

Here are a few reasons why couples take a belated honeymoon, according to an article from TLC:

  • They can’t take the time off work.
  • They have their hearts set on a tiny island that gets hammered during hurricane season. (Note: Resort rates are typically less expensive during this time, but you might have to endure nasty weather.)
  • They’re too tired from wedding planning to make the most of a vacation.
  • Their wedding is during peak travel season, and resort rates are much higher than in other seasons. (Summer brides, we’re looking at you!)
  • They’re having a destination wedding, but they want privacy and their entire family is holding court at the resort for a week.

SEE GUYS, we aren’t the only ones waiting to take our dream vacation! It’s a trend, we’re progressive!

This week has just been exhausting. Packing for a European getaway is actually really hard. Should you go with comfortable or fashionable clothes? What color schemes? Brown or black assortment of shoes? Accessories? My solution has just been to bring everything I own with me, and figure out the rest later. I’ll let you know how that works out.

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And while I am extremely pumped to walk the streets of Spain and Germany, the long flight is not exactly appealing. So to help get me through the nine or so hours, my mother–in-law bought me this awesome book that I have been dying to read!

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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. It’s written by Ruth Reichl, who is a very renowned and well-respected food critic. The book includes tales of her experiences reviewing some of the most high-profile restaurants in the world, as well as recipes. It should be a great read.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates on our eating adventures (there will be many)!

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