Honeymoons are amazing for the obvious reasons. You’re newly married, so you’re super in love and sappy. As in, staring dreamily into each other’s eyes during dinner. Then there’s the fact that you got to travel to an awesome place. For some, that might be somewhere tropical. For us it was Ireland! But it’s not just a vacation! Your honeymoon is the beginning of your marriage. If you’re going on your honeymoon right after the wedding, the honeymoon is truly the first few days of your marriage! So in addition to relaxing on a beach and staring dreamily into each other’s eyes, think of some steps you can take to make your honeymoon the perfect start to your marriage!
Put away your phones
This is the #1 biggest piece of advice I would give to anyone going on their honeymoon! If you don’t do anything else on your honeymoon to connect more with your spouse, do this. When Dave and I got on the plane for Ireland, we put our phones on airplane mode. And we didn’t take them off airplane mode until we landed back in the States. That’s right. We went two weeks without our phones. That means no texting, no phone calls, no blogging, no social media. And it was the best decision we made.
When we went to dinner, we focused entirely on each other instead of each of us browsing social media while we wait for our food. I was more concerned with enjoying the sights with my new husband than with posting them on Instagram. We didn’t talk to a single other person we knew, besides a quick email to my mom at an internet cafe to let her know we had landed safely.
And, we used a paper map. That’s right! My mom has been scolding me for years about not knowing how to properly navigate with a paper map. Well, mom, I’ve now managed to navigate myself across an entire country with GPS.
Turning off the phones was the best decision we could have made on our honeymoon, and definitely, the perfect way to start our marriage.
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When you’re traveling internationally, planning ahead is obviously essential. But you don’t have to plan everything ahead. Before Dave and I left for Ireland, we only booked a rental car and 3-4 nights of lodging. The rest we planned as we went, and found hotels or Bed and Breakfasts as we arrived in new cities. Honestly, it was the perfect way to travel. We made last minute decisions and changed our itinerary more than once. We were able to spend two days in a town we had no intention of visiting, and spend just an afternoon in a place where we planned to spend three days, but got bored quickly.
Dave is a spontaneous person, in many respects. But me? Not at all. One of the things I found most enjoyable about this aspect of our honeymoon was that it pushed me out of my comfort zone, which marriage often doesn’t.
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Try New Things
Trying new things and sharing new experiences together is an amazing way to bond! Whether it’s trying a foreign food that slightly scares you, or taking a class to learn a new skill, try a few things on your honeymoon that are new to both of you. Dave and I, though neither of us have a long history with horses, decided to schedule a three-hour trail ride through the Killarney National Park. Was it scary? Heck yes. Was it amazing and totally worth it? Absolutely. Was I sore for days afterward? Unfortanately, yes.
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Plan Down Time
Try not to plan activities for every moment of every day. Set some time aside to just be with your new spouse. Talk about your relationship, your marriage, what you’re excited about and what you’re nervous about. Just because you’ve been together for years, doesn’t mean there isn’t more to get to know about them. And what more perfect setting to do so than an amazing vacation just the two of you?
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How was your honeymoon the perfect start to your marriage?
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