Nick and I weren't thinking much about a honeymoon. Mostly, I was worried about him actually being at our wedding! Air Force training gets delayed all the time, and his original end date was only a month before the wedding. We were waiting until he graduated from pilot training and got his follow-on training dates before discussing honeymoon details. His training dates are pretty much non-negotiable, so we didn't want to chance having to reschedule or postpone. He got his dates a few weeks ago and we definitely have some time to go on a honeymoon. I have had such as stressful and weird year, that I would love to end the celebration of our marriage with a week alone together away from our house, TiVo, and computers, etc.
Originally, we were both leaning toward Hawaii. I spent an amazing two weeks on the Big Island during high school studying marine biology, and Nick had vacationed on Kauai and loved it. Plane tickets to vacation locations are surprisingly cheap right now, I'm sure due in part to the country's economic crisis. However, we hadn't been saving for a trip that much and at first glance it didn't appear to be inexpensive enough. If it were warmer, we would definitely head to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, our favorite vacation spot, but if we're going somewhere in the winter I'd like for it to be super warm. So we were still brainstorming...
A got a text from a good friend currently vacationing in NYC and something got me thinking, wow, it would be so cool to be in New York City for Christmas day. We could go to mass together, order Chinese food in. It would be incredibly cool and romantic to spend our first married Christmas all bundled up together in the city. I always thought I would move there after college, but Nick kind of changed my plans, so how cool to go together for my first visit. It wouldn't be too expensive, and we love exploring new places.
Then last might, Nick was checking on package deals on Hotwire and it looks like we could afford to go to Hawaii after all. Now, I am so torn. There are so many pros to both trips and I think both would make really memorable honeymoons for us. Hawaii would be so warm, and uber-relaxing for me after these next few stressful weeks. It might be weird to spend Christmas in such a warm place, but it is definitely our dream to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We so aren't prepared clothingwise, but a quick trip to J.Crew resort might fix that.
However, I just can't help thinking NYC in Christmas would be ah-mazing... just how cool. We might never get the chance to go to the city during this time of year again, and our favorite thing to do is explore new, cool places especially cities. New York would be the perfect location to do that! Plus, Christmas mass at a beautiful Catholic church in the city would be an unforgettable first Christmas. In the four years we've been together, we've never seen each other on Christmas day; I'm always in Indiana and he is in Missouri. What a great way to celebrate our first Christmas.
Sidenote: you know how some say you should go on a vacation with someone before you decide if you are meant for each other? Well, Nick and I are great together on a vacation. We might argue and bicker when we are at home, but send us away and we will almost immediately get along fabulously. It is so cool and one of my favorite things about us.
Nick has left the choice up to me and I have to decide between the two asap. What would you do? Take a winter city vacation? Or spend a week relaxing near an active volcano?
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