For years I’ve been wanting to go on our honeymoon to Tahiti – the water bungalows, the remoteness of the islands, the beauty and the sense of adventure from travelling so far. Sadly, when it came to booking we realised it was realistically out of our budget. I was really disappointed, however I also couldn’t justify spending up to £2000 a night on some of the hotels on Bora Bora.
So, I began researching further, and we have settled on an active adventure honeymoon (but with plenty of beach and relaxation too). We’re going to be visiting San Francisco, then flying to Hawaii (Oahu and Maui islands), back to LA then driving back to San Francisco (flights to Oakland, SF are about half the price of the flights to LA!).
So far we have very little planned, other than watching the Giants vs Dodgers baseball game which happens to be on when we’re in San Fran. I’m also hoping to do a tour of Alcatraz and perhaps venture out to Napa. Of course, as it’s activity we’re after we’ll run along the Golden Gate Bridge and I might even sneak an early workout in with the SF November Project!
In terms of Hawaii, I want a real mixture of activity and pure relaxation, with some hiking, water sports, and beach time, alongside the incredible fresh food I’ve heard about. This will be the beachy side of the holiday, but we’d love to explore the local areas and earn our ice-creams 😉 We’re probably spending 10 days in Hawaii to make the most of the long flight.
Coming back to LA, the plan is to spend a day in the city- I’ve been before but Tom hasn’t (might have to join my friend Abby for a Soul Cycle class!) before driving up the West Coast highway via Santa Barbara, Big Sur and Carmel back to Oakland.
As with the wedding, sometimes I worry that the media has blown the idea of a honeymoon out of proportion, however I’m excited to explore, relax and spend time with Tom after the craziness of the wedding (and wedding prep). It’s also an excuse to travel further, and spend a little more than we would on a typical holiday.
So… I’d love some tips if you’ve travelled to any of these locations, and I’m also really interested in what your dream honeymoon would be? Or if you’re married, where did you spend your honeymoon?