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Traditionally, a honeymoon was the first real opportunity for newlyweds to ‘be together’ and get to know each other on a more intimate basis. Nowadays, with couples living together before marriage – that philosophy is long gone.

Hub and I have been living together for close to 7 years and we definitely know each other well. We travel 2-3 times per year together anyway…

Do we really need to go on a honeymoon?

Absolutely!  100%!  This is a celebration of our love and neither of us feel we are too settled in our routines and our life. And that’s the point of all of this – it’s about keeping it special and creating sparks. I can’t think of a better opportunity than our honeymoon.

I will NEVER get tired of expressing my love for Hub and my gratitude for all the wonderful moments we have created together. Keeping our relationship a priority and celebrating it when we can, is part of our strategy.

So, where do we go?

Yet another challenge was presented to us. We have both lived full lives and traveled extensively, so where can we carve out a little piece of Hub and Sandra travel adventure?

We explored our bucket lists where we each would love to go and ideally somewhere neither of us have been before. We looked at a map of the world and started to explore different locations.

We would like to have an adventure – to explore new cultures as well as have a relaxing time.

Some people love to schedule every minute of their vacations so they don’t miss anything and then they come home exhausted.  That’s not us.  Once we chose our location, we each identified what we really wanted to see and experience.

Then we spent about 6 hours, looking at the different spots we planned to visit and figure out how long we wanted to spend at each one. Then we mapped out a route, determined if we would drive or fly to each spot and then finalize our schedule. Next came the hotels and we have chosen some stunning properties.

The planning was a lot of work and a lot of fun. We booked most of our honeymoon last March and I am glad we did because we did run into some situations where our hotel choice was sold out.

My Dad owned a travel agency when I was younger and I was fortunate to be able to travel a lot. I love airports, flying, learning about new places and I have a special spot in my heart for hotels.  I spent 12 years of my career in the hotel industry and loved every minute of it.

When Hub and I go to Las Vegas, part of our time is spent walking through the elaborate lobbies of the hotels on the strip.  They are quite breathtaking and creative. So, the excitement and the experience of staying in different types of accommodation is definitely part of the fun.

Hub and I like similar experiences and where we differ, we make sure that each of us gets to see what we want. That way, we also broaden each other’s perspective.

The final part is arranging our flights. Booking a destination that has a connecting flight can be problematic if there is a delay. We are traveling right in the snowy season so we have a high probability of experiencing weather-related delays.  We have chosen to allow 2 days between our initial flight and our connecting flight so that a snowstorm will not interfere with our plans.

It is now 3 months until our wedding.  I’m getting super excited and working on the finishing touches – more about that next month. The wedding planning is a huge undertaking and so is our honeymoon.

We are so glad that it is all booked, confirmations in hand, passports are ready to go and now we just have to wait!

We will never settle for the status quo and just go through the motions of living together. That’s easy and uneventful. We try to show our appreciation for each other on a daily basis and when the opportunities present themselves, we try to create fun experiences. We celebrate our love through our wedding and we continue with a spectacular honeymoon!

Honeymoon? Bring it on! We are about to create some incredible memories……..Stay tuned – details to come……