Lately, I’ve been envisioned our honeymoon as the light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, wedding planning has been amazing and fun, but a year-and-a-half long engagement has led me to a bit of a breaking point.
I asked Eric to take the lead on planning our honeymoon. He amazes me when it comes to planning trips; researching the best neighborhoods to visit, scheduling gorgeous hikes, and finding out where to invest our time, all while finding plenty of time to relax. Plus, it came down to picking out wedding invitations and table clothes so it seemed best to direct Eric’s interests elsewhere.
The decision on where to spend our honeymoon involved some thought, discussions, and research. If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you’ve realized that my fiancé and I are pretty adventurous and enjoy the outdoors, so we wanted a honeymoon spot that could cater to our interests. One important—though almost overlooked—factor was the time of the year we would be honeymooning: Fourth of July weekend. This quickly eliminated traveling south, because of heightened temperatures. We also thought maybe we should find a resort or destination that was far from kid-friendly—and maybe even one that didn’t celebrate our nation’s independence: Canada.
I have never been to Canada, but just a quick image search of Alberta and I was sold: Mountains for hiking, lakes for canoeing, gorgeous scenery, fresh air, and no fireworks. It’s like spending Thanksgiving with your vegetarian sister—maybe an odd way to spend this particular holiday, but every now and then, you need a break from the norm.
We decided to work with the same travel agent my sister used for her honeymoon and who my family has used for previous vacations. Booking a vacation is definitely convenient and easy through the Internet now, but travel agents still have a little leverage and can usually find cheaper flights and fix just about any problem while you’re away. We plan to travel around the vicinity of Alberta: I’ll relax in Jasper, soak up Lake Louise, and take in Banff with my husband. I can’t wait to enjoy some well-needed time with each other as a married couple.
What swayed your honeymoon destination decision? What was the favorite part of your honeymoon location?