Extended Honeymoons: The Hottest Newlywed Trend
Traditionally, a honeymoon lasts about a fortnight. Newlyweds bask in the joy of marriage for a couple of weeks before resuming their regular schedules. However, a new trend is taking over, and we think it's definitely the way to go. Couples are deciding to spend the first several months, sometimes up to a year, after marriage on the road. This is called the mega-moon.
One such mega-mooning couple explained how they decided to spend their "just married" months overseas: "The idea of an around-the-world trip was seeded when we met in college. One day about two years ago we started saving. We were doing well in our careers and were confident we could get jobs when we returned," they told New York Magazine.
While fulfilling your globe-trotting dreams with the love of your life may sound like a magical whirlwind, it's important to plan ahead and know that this wandering lifestyle is right for you. Scroll through for tips on how to plan the ultimate mega-moon.
via Get in Travel, pictured Montenegro
You may think that you need to hoard your vacation days in order to take a prolonged absence or to make your employer think highly of you. This is not the way to go, especially when you’re considering a year on the road with your significant other. Before you fully commit to your extended honeymoon, try taking a prolonged vacation from work and see how you respond to the lifestyle. Not everyone is meant to travel freely, and you might as well find that out on a two-week vacation than on your second week of a 10-month affair.
via Tourism e Voyage, pictured Cuba
Keep a blog as you travel with your partner. It will act as a digital scrapbook and travel journal for you both to turn back to throughout your decades of marriage, and it’s also a wonderful update for your friends and family to see what you’re up to as you travel the world.
via Shutterstock, pictured Zamibia
iPhone photos are great, but when you’re committing to more than a couple of weeks on the road, consider becoming a master of photography and investing in a real piece of equipment. You’ll want to return to these pictures again and again.
via Charter World, pictured Puglia, Italy
One of the best parts about long-term travel is the opportunity to really learn a new culture. If you have the time and the desire, consider keeping your list of places on the short side and your time spent in each spot on the longer side. That way you can really learn about the lifestyle, cuisine, and maybe even some of the language of the place you are visiting.
Courtesy of Vik Retreats, Chile
Create a capsule wardrobe for yourself. That means everything you pack works together in dozens of different combinations. You don’t need to worry about accessorizing, but do consider all of the different climates you might be in. Also, never forget a swimsuit or a warm outer garment. You never know when you might need these articles.
Peter Donaldson, pictured Belize
It’s wonderful to fly by the seat of your pants, but when you plan to travel for a long period of time, there are some logistics you should figure out before you go. First of all, budget. Have an estimate of how much you’re going to spend per day per region, and figure out the length of your trip from there. Second, know the general areas you want to see and a little bit about their transportation, culture, and cuisine. You definitely want to plan for spontaneity, but you can avoid a lot of major missteps by knowing the gist about where you’re heading. On that note, always keep someone at home abreast of your whereabouts. You don’t want something terrible to happen in the middle of nowhere and have no one know where you are.
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