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Friday, August 22, 2008

Planning the Honeymoon

It's time to start planning Halloween and the honeymoon.

No, those two H's aren't related. Those just happen to be my next two projects, now that the wedding is over.

It only seems appropriate to talk about the honeymoon on this wedding-minded site, but I'm sure I will slip in Halloween once in a while.

The first thing I do when planning something is start with the end in mind. It's one of the seven habits of highly effective people, according to Stephen Covey. I think about my end goals. I think about what I want to say about the experience once it's over.

So, honeymoon:
  1. I want us to experience something new and exciting together. I want us to go somewhere we've never been.
  2. I want us to spend quality time together: reading, running, playing Scrabble. I imagine Matt doesn't want us to spend too much time traveling to different places. He likes to settle (although a train ride would be nice). And I can't bear the thought of going to a new country and only seeing one spot.
  3. I don't want to explore anything historical on this trip: no museums, no ruins, no tours.
  4. I want us to be surrounded by beauty. Stunning, heart-stopping beauty.
  5. I want us to be active: hiking, swimming, biking, strolling through quaint cities.
  6. I don't want to be cold.
  7. I want to eat good food.
  8. I want us to meet unique and interesting people.
  9. It would be great if we could make the world a little better through our travel (I hate being an obnoxious American consumer of other cultures.)
  10. It would be cool if we could learn something new by taking a craft or cooking class.
Hm...maybe Patagonia (see photo)? Maybe Italy? Canada? Hawaii?

I have accumulated more than 100,000 frequent flier miles over many years (from traveling for work), so that should certainly help us keep our expenses down.

Plus, our honeymoon is likely to be at the end of March or June, so we definitely have time to save.

And plan! I need to run my ideas by Matt and see what he says.


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

patagonia = cold. just a warning.

Carrie said...

We went to the Big Island and Kauai, Hawaii. I hightly recommend it, although the flight was really long. Highlights: local fruit and fish, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, running, walking, relaxing, plenty of quality time, minimal historical stuff (Volcano National Park and petroglyphs were really it), cultural luau, ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, lush and green (esp. Kauai), very interesting people and about 85 every day. No "quaint cities", however. If you're interested, I can give you the contact for the B&B where we stayed on the Big Island--all you can eat fruit, all you can drink coffee (a coffee plantation), and our room was basically a big screened in porch surrounded by banana trees! -Carrie

Laura Slater said...

I may be biased (being a Canuck myself) but you both just sound like the perfect people to become honorary Canadians for a week.

My reccomendation: fly in to Ottawa (which also happens to be Canada's capital) and settle in a B&B or hotel downtown. Enjoy the cosmopolitan aspects of the city (great art, food, music and architecture) then take a few side trips. There's great mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking etc. all within an hour or so from one of the greenest cities in the world. You can also jump on the train from here an in two hours be in Montreal and experience the amazing culture of Quebec!

Whatever you decide, I hope it's fantastic.

Blablover5 said...

I don't have much advice on honeymoons, we're looking at Minnesota of all places, but I do so love halloween.

So I'm curious what all is up your sleeve with that.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Since you asked about Halloween...

Initially, I was trying to come up with an idiomatic expression to dress up like (such as "Don't count your chickens before they hatch"). Nothing sensational came to mind, so I think I'm going to dress up like my favorite board game: Scrabble.

I thought I could easily procure Scrabble fabric with which to make a dress, but my Google search did not fulfill my deepest desires. Strange! I would have put money on the fact that I could find Scrabble fabric over the internet.

Alas. I think it will actually help my costume be even more original.

The current plan is to make a dress out of tan fabric and sew on blue, pink, and red squares. I think they'll actually be pretty big squares, so I can use those iron on black letters to spell things like "Double Word Score." Then I'll get big, flat wood squares on which to paint the letters. I will glue those onto the dress.

Of course I'll have to make earrings out of regular Scrabble tiles.

All of it is still in the works right now. I'm glad it's only August!

Allie.C said...

patagonia isn't cold in the winter (southern summer)! My fiance and I are moving to Chile in a month, so we're spending xmas in Pumalin Park. You know you want to vacay there too!

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