That’s right, kids. We’ve been engaged for all of 19 days, and people are already asking about the honeymoon. Is that normal? I really have no idea. Maybe I shouldn’t judge, though, since it’s gotten us thinking about where to go.
Here’s the deal: neither the FI nor I are ocean-beach people. We’re big fans of lakes, don’t get us wrong, but the ocean just doesn’t do it for us. And though we started dating during the summer, it’s not our favorite season– we’re much bigger fans of fall and winter.
Here’s the cue for the “against the grain” motion. Take one hand in front of you, palm up. Take your other hand and rub it against the first perpendicularly. Like your fingers are the grain, and you’re going against it, get it?
At least we’re together on this one. When we first started talking about the honeymoon (who am I kidding, it was the morning after we got engaged when we were washing the dishes from our pancakes at the water pump near the campsite), the FI declared that we should take the “moon” part seriously. As in, take a month-long trip. I was totally there with him. And we agreed on the not-beach destination.
Hey, I can see the eyeball-rolling and head-shaking through the screen. A month is a long (expensive) trip to take. We get it. But we’re seriously considering a two-week trip. To the Alps.
If we could time-travel shortly after the wedding, we’d reverse time a little bit and go to Oktoberfest in Munich. Alas, we’re about 3 weeks late to the party. But we still want to go to Munich. And other parts of Germany. And Austria. And Switzerland. And maybe Northern Italy. And anywhere else in that region that has mountains.
Ok, now I can hear you saying “Who the hell goes to Germany for their honeymoon?! If you’re going to Europe, you go to Paris or various parts of (more central-to-southern) Italy. Duhhhhhhh.”
And I hear you. But we’re against-the-grain like that. So right now we’re looking at options like this one (Jewels of Alpine Europe) and this one (Best of Central Europe: Germany, Switzerland, and Austria).
The price tags are a little steep on these ah-maaaaaaaazing trips, but we think they’re probably worth it after all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning.
We’re also considering a tour of the British Isles, including Great Britain, Ireland, and Scotland. A friend of ours’s mom lives in the Cambridge/Oxford area and loves to have company, so we might take him up on his mother’s hospitality. The same company with the awesome Alps-centric trips has British Isles trips, too.
Anyone want to weigh in and tell us we’re crazy for our honeymoon ideas? Or have any suggestions for places that might be comparable but less expensive? Or have a secret source for cheap vacations? I want to hear ‘em!