I am actually looking forward to the honeymoon slightly more than the wedding itself. And honeymoon is the only topic that Zai and I can talk about for more than 10 minutes when it comes to the wedding. I don't travel anywhere far with my family, the furthest was to Bandung last year. Or else we just frequent anywhere in Malaysia or just KL cause that is where my Mom's side of the family lives. Neither do I get the chance to travel with friends much, except to KL and Batam for a few times. My furthest destination so far was to Gold Coast with school when I was in P6. And I drive to JB on a daily basis but I'm sure that doesn't count haha.
So, all along I have this urge to see new places. So curious how some places really look like in real life cause they look so beautiful in pictures, I just had to see for myself. I framed up a big (about A2 size) picture of Eiffel Tower in my room, above my bed. I even shipped in the poster internationally because I couldn't find a decent picture of Eiffel locally. All because a stranger once said to me, if you really want something, put the picture up in your room where you can see it every day. So that was what I did. And yes I really want to see Eiffel Tower among many other places.
When Zai and I first talked about honeymoon, I came up with the two places I reeeaaaalllyy want to see badly, putting aside the fact that it can be expensive.
1. Eiffel Tower
They are two very common but also very different destinations altogether. But we need to choose one! Either we backpack and explore or we lay back and relax. If only we can do both! Most couples fall into either one of the two types of honeymoon destinations. Some of us prefer to walk around and see while some prefer to slack and enjoy the view. Of course there are cheaper alternatives to the above two destinations. So many places to explore in our Southeast Asia region itself and so many nice islands and beach resorts in our neighbouring countries that I would love to go myself.
We're leaning towards the exploring kind of honeymoon though. We thought that we can do beach holidays when we're married, older and lazier. When we just want to take a break from our hectic lives. Right now, since we don't have kids (I pray for a few one fine day) and much commitments yet, it is convenient to explore and see new places without dragging the kids along. It is also cheaper to travel without kids and you don't have to slot in kids kind of places in the itinerary. I'm not saying it's not a good idea to bring kids for some exploration and sightseeing. But from what I heard, kids themselves prefer the beaches to buildings and sightseeing places. Plus, they get cranky if the weather is bad. Those are just our opinions. And if we want to explore more of the world in many years to come, we have to eventually bring the kids along some day, anyway. Who knows it might be even more fun with them along.
But nothing is confirmed yet. We're planning to only book our flights four months before the wedding. Let's see if our budget allows anything like backpacking through Europe if not, road tripping in US would be okay too. Quite ambitious considering how much we're spending on the wedding!
Next thing is, to go with tour or free and easy? Tour package is a lot more convenient, not much research needs to be done. The only downside is, you will go with a bunch of other people. Planning for the wedding can be quite hectic so a tour package saves you the hassle of researching and booking everything by yourself. But like I mentioned before, Zai and I are looking forward to exploring the cities, so free and easy appeals more to us. Still some time before we decide on this.
Another thing to consider is, when to go for honeymoon. That night itself, the next day, a few days to a week later? Or months later after you've saved more? And for some people they can only go months later due to work commitments.
I'll probably go a few days later. I just cannot bear to leave everybody and everything behind on that night itself or the next day. Haha. And knowing me, I always pack last minute. I'm very sure my bag won't be packed yet. I will feel bad leaving so soon while my family members are still feeling exhausted from the wedding. So I will go a few days later I guess. Settle everything, thank everyone, pack bags and then travel for that week or two! Can't wait to decide on the destination, whether near or far, and start looking for accomodations etc.