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.
- I want us to experience something new and exciting together. I want us to go somewhere we've never been.
- 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.
- I don't want to explore anything historical on this trip: no museums, no ruins, no tours.
- I want us to be surrounded by beauty. Stunning, heart-stopping beauty.
- I want us to be active: hiking, swimming, biking, strolling through quaint cities.
- I don't want to be cold.
- I want to eat good food.
- I want us to meet unique and interesting people.
- 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.)
- It would be cool if we could learn something new by taking a craft or cooking class.
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.