The Honeymoon that won’t be

1 Mar

Our honeymoon doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. We need your help on picking a location that will actually work.

So we’ve looked at honeymoon stuff for a while. We are getting married in July but because of a summer work contract, we plan on going in September or October.

We looked at tons of locations. We thought about Egypt, but then there was a revolution, and who knows who will be in power come September. We looked at Peru and Macchu Picchu, but it’s winter and rainy in South America in September.

Then we decided. Tahiti. But it doesn’t seem like it’s meant to be.

From Tahiti-Tourisme

From Tahiti-Tourisme

It’s a splurge we can really only do once in a lifetime and a honeymoon was our excuse. We had picked out a cruise and everything. I called the travel agent today. NINE months in advance. Everything but the expensive rooms are sold out. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea. It’s a big honeymoon destination and July/August/Sept/Oct is high season. Now we can’t go there either, because hotel rooms are $600 a night if you don’t stay on the boat. Here’s what the travel agent said about Tahiti: “there simply is no better place on Earth for this kind of trip and of this importance.”

Now we can’t even afford to go there anymore, and don’t know where we should go now. Anyone have a great honeymoon somewhere and have a suggestion?

We enjoy meeting people from different cultures, and seeing nature we are not familiar with in eastern North America (like coral reefs or deserts).

We’ve already done part of Australia and New Zealand together, and parts of Europe each on our own.

We’ve always wanted to go to Dubai, Jordan or Morocco, but are afraid something will happen there with the Middle East being in shambles right now.

What we don’t want: the U.S., or Canada. And we’re not so keen on the Caribbean. So many North Americans go to the Caribbean for March Break or whatever. If you can go there for the weekend, I feel like it isn’t a special destination for a honeymoon.

I just ask that I don’t have to worry about Malaria (I get bug bites no matter how many precautions I take) or other diseases while we try to relax on our honeymoon.

Where should we go for our honeymoon now? Got suggestions?

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8 Responses to “The Honeymoon that won’t be”

  1. Alex Hazlett March 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Did you think of Thailand? There’s in island in the east called Koh Chang, that’s breathtakingly beautiful. Koh Samui or Phuket are also wonderful destination spots. The plane tickets are expensive but actually being there is dirt cheap. Sorry to hear about your honeymoon travails. Good luck.

  2. Ariella March 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    I’m sorry your honeymoon is becoming so stressful. Why don’t you try speaking with other travel agents or doing some online travel shopping yourself. We’re going to Italy and on our budget a travel agent said it basically can’t be done. But, with the help of a family friend in Italy, we were able to score a great hotel in the center of the city for way less than what we expected. Travel agents are great tools, but they might have limited resources since they’re essentially working on commission.

    In terms of other suggestions, my ideas are way less exotic than you would like. I have a friend who is in Bora Bora right now. Maybe that’s something to consider. Would you consider Japan or a place like that?

  3. cris of kiss my tulle March 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Have you tried this site: http://www.offandaway.com/ – truly AWESOME deals. Some are just the hotel and some are all inclusive. We’re doing this for our honeymoon – just checking every day for a cool locale that will let us book during our HM time – then we’ll bid!

    Good luck!

  4. Lem March 2, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    What about China, Japan, or Thailand?

  5. Emma March 3, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Oh poor you, sounds like it’s been very stressful. It’s a shame about Tahiti, but it’s not the only place for fantastic honeymoons, and wherever you go will be amazing, honest!

    You can have a look at a few of my suggestions here:
    http://www.thehoneymoonproject.com/2011/02/11/where-to-honeymoon-september/
    http://www.thehoneymoonproject.com/2011/02/17/where-to-honeymoon-october/

    It might also be worth looking at Malaysia – it’s the tail end of the rainy season on the west coast, but that shouldn’t impact too badly on things. Good luck – and feel free to contact me if you want any more help.

  6. eyeronic March 4, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    Would you consider any of the following?
    1. Postponing by a couple of months and going to Tahiti a bit later?
    2. The greek isles?
    3. The galapagos islands?
    4. Belise? I know a few people who have gone lately and really enjoy it.
    5. Ditto Honduras. One of our mutual acquaintances totally fell in love with it recently, in fact.

    I really hope you find a trip that can make up for the outrageous experiences you’ve gone through in the run-up to the big day!

  7. Jennifer March 4, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Here are some suggestions:

    The Maldives

    Cape Verde Islands

    Bora Bora

    Fiji

    Bali

    and I have to throw in Portugal of course, LOL!

  8. spindlephotography March 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Our honeymoon was a very brief few days in San Francisco after our city hall wedding….so we’re planning a trip to Europe this August (I guess it’s a 2 year anniversary trip?) either way, I’m excited.

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