Sunday, 27 May 2018

How We Chose Our Honeymoon Destination


This may sound bizarre, but I felt a lot of pressure when it came to booking a honeymoon; I feel like everyone expects you to either go on the most amazingly exotic holiday of your life to the Maldives or go travelling across a different continent. When people asked the question 'so where are you going on your honeymoon?' I felt the need to impress, to say something that would make people go 'oh wow'. Because of this, I wound myself up looking at Iceland, New York, Canada, but realistically, on top of both wedding planning and costs, we needed something easy and affordable and none of those places were that. So having ruled out the three places we most want to go in the world, we decided to take the pressure off. After all, a honeymoon is just another holiday and there will be plenty of time in years to come to visit all the other places we'd like to go. 

So how did we decide on a destination? Well, we didn't; Skyscanner decided for us. We entered our dates, searched for the cheapest places we could fly to and spied a cheap flight to Pisa and a cheap flight home from Venice. We booked them pretty much immediately and started to hatch a plan based on those. It didn't take us long to figure out an easy route between the two; we're starting with a night in Pisa, moving onto Florence and ending in Venice (there was talk at one point about a stop in Bologna too, but we decided we'd rather have longer in the other places).

 Just by chance, we've found completely new places to explore we've both never been to before and have ended up with the kind of holiday that's very 'us'; after our French Riviera adventure last year I'm getting very into this travelling by train from place to place business. I know your honeymoon is 'supposed' to be super relaxing, but we're not really beach holiday kinda people; sun, beautiful architecture and good food sounds pretty relaxing in my book anyway. I haven't ventured much out of Europe, in fact I've only ventured out of Europe once in my life (to Japan, on an exchange when I was 16 if you're interested) and as much as I'd love to visit other places in the world, I really do bloomin' adore Europe and I can't wait to explore more of it.

So please do let me know if you have any recommendations (aside from the obvious) for Pisa, Florence or Venice (specifically really nice food places or hidden gems off the beaten track!)

Amy x   
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  1. This sounds so exciting! I adore Italy, and would love to see more of it myself. Enjoy! x

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    1. I can't wait! I've been to Rome and Milan before but never any of the places we're going! xx

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  2. I love how you're choosing to explore while on your honeymoon, rather than just lay on a beach all day - I'll probably do the same when my time comes around!

    p.s. loving the coffee art, Amy!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Thanks lovely! Yeah it was just more us to explore! xx

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  3. I've never really sat and thought about this before but you are so right, there's a definite pressure to go on "the holiday of your lifetime" when you plan your Honeymoon and you do start thinking about destinations that ticks that box rather than places you actually want to go to!

    Your trip sounds amazing! I did Italy a few years ago with a friend - we travelled by train between Venice, Pisa, Florence and Rome and it was THE best holiday! OMG just wait until you try the proper Italian ice-cream, it is SO good! Unfortunately this is quite a few years ago now so I can't really remember any of the places we went to but you will have an amazing time! Florence and Venice are both absolutely fantastic, Pisa is a little disappointing - the tower is so cool to see but there's not a lot else there.

    x

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    1. Yeah we're only doing Pisa for a day because I've heard you can do it all in a day! Can't wait to explore Florence and Venice though! xx

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  4. Sounds like it will be an amazing trip, I really like Siena and San Gimignano near Florence!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Oooh thank you for the recommendations, I'll have a nosey at them! xx

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  5. Ohh it sounds lovely! I really need to explore more of Italy! x

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  6. Hey, I love your blog and absolutely love your coffee art! I have recently set up my blog after one too many months off - check it out at https://throughmylens.life - would be grateful for some feedback. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Ross x

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