Are honeymoons overrated? Well, it doesn’t matter what kind of answer you gave to this question; there is something that’s completely unique and original, and even though you don’t like honeymoons you will definitely like this idea. Going to a certain place for your honeymoon is definitely a cliché, especially if that place can be visited any other time of the year. So, if you got married, haven’t organized an exotic honeymoon yet and love trying something new and exciting, make sure to plan a road trip for your honeymoon.
This is definitely something you won’t get to do together once the kids come your way, so the best time to do it is now. Not only is it super interesting, but you can get to see more things than on an actual honeymoon. On the other hand, organizing a road trip might be a bit more challenging, and that’s why we’re here. Take a look at all the things you need to know/make sure about before you set off on your unforgettable honeymoon:
1. Allocate the time you will spend there
You cannot plan anything if you don’t know the exact time you will be spending outside your city. Most honeymoons last for about 10 – 14 days, which is a great time limit for your road trip. There are plenty of things that you will see during these 14 days, and more places to see (if you plan on spending 2 nights at each location, this brings you up to a total of 6 or 7 different destinations).
2. Choose your location
In order to choose your location, you first need to think about the time you can spend in your car. For example, if you can survive a 10-hour drive, then you will probably be able to choose better locations. However, if both of you are driving, you won’t have any problems in this department. Moreover, think about the country you want to road trip in. It could be the USA, Australia, or even some of the most magical European countries – there are so many great road trip destinations for a honeymoon. Finding one place, for example, Sydney, Australia, and starting east or west from there might be a great option, especially if you plan on going to a city by plane and then renting a car there for the road-trip purposes.
Before actually packing your stuff for the road trip, make sure that you have all the essentials. If you are doing a road trip you should first check your car. In Australia, a land famous for road trips, you can hire a fantastic mobile mechanic in Sydney, and start your road trip from there. If you plan on travelling long distances by plane to go on a road trip, then make sure that you have your plane ticket and all the booking confirmations that you need. This is something you won’t be able to repurchase.
4. Plan a multi-city road trip
When you choose your starting point, try to see what other cities you have in the vicinity, and make your route based on this. Not only will this make your trip more magical and interesting, but it’s always good to see new towns and cities that you would otherwise never visit.
5. Do your homework
Once you have everything planned, and when you know all the stops you will be making, go online and try to find different activities that you could be doing there. Sightseeing and visiting different museums might be a great starting point, but don’t forget to research the restaurants and coffee places so that you could have the best of the best. It’s also a good idea to try something authentic of that city or region, and also find a couple of romantic places where you could take nice honeymoon photographs.
6. Document your trip
This goes without saying – make sure to bring your camera and document the whole experience! First of all, it will serve as a great memory of this magical journey, but it will also be something that many friends and family back at home would want to see. If you’re good with technology and apps, you can also make a type of vlog that you won’t be sharing online, but rather have it in your own personal collection. Imagine sitting in 20 or 30 years and experiencing your honeymoon once again!
Honeymoon is not only about travelling with your loved one. It’s seeing something unique and original, something that neither of you have visited before and something that you won’t otherwise go for in a couple of years. A road trip is definitely an experience that you won’t repeat – at least not the same route!
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter