Luke Sims – 10xTravel Contributor
About a year ago my fiancé summoned me to the dreary wedding planning dungeon and placed a task on me so heavy my knees nearly buckled at the weight, “plan our honeymoon.”
Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s how I remember it. I was 22, so I hadn’t traveled much and I certainly had no experience figuring out what were the top priorities to consider for the most important trip of our lives (let’s be honest, sex was the only priority I could think of).
Choosing our destination was the first step. So, like with everything I do in life (even choosing the right bug spray) I started with an absurd amount of research.
I spent weeks drowning in “top 10 honeymoon” lists and rather unhelpful advice from family and friends. What I discovered is that there is plenty of information out there about what destinations are most visited for honeymoons and what spots have the most romantic views, but there is little about how to choose the right one for you.
So, I’ve developed a list of tips to ease your pain. This won’t be a step-by-step manual that leads you to the perfect destination. But, in a sea of unhelpful honeymoon information, I hope these tips simply help you narrow it down. (And I’ll sprinkle in some points/miles advise as a bonus)
Let’s face it, your honeymoon is a big damn deal and those U.S News Travel top 10 lists just aren’t cutting it.
Happy Friday Travel Junkies,
Today I want to take a moment to introduce you to 10xTravel’s new Editor-in-Chief, Spencer Howard!
Spencer is a veteran of the points and miles world and an expert on all things travel. He has been with us at 10xT for a few months already and has been a hit with our growing number of readers.
From this point forward Spencer will be overseeing all of the written content published on 10xT in addition to helping all of you with award bookings, travel recommendations, and any general questions that you may have.
You can reach Spencer by email at Spencer@10xTravel.com. Please join me in congratulating Spencer on his new role!
Do you remember how you felt as a kid when you got a new toy?
I know I certainly do.
I don’t remember every experience, of course, but I do remember that feeling of unbridled excitement. The world just seems a bit brighter when you opened the wrapping and saw something so new. Your mind ran with ideas of how you would play and your creativity flowed without limits.
But day by day that excitement waned. The toy became just another meaningless object in your endless box of toys and you were on to the next new thing.
The same phenomenon occurs when traveling.
Most travelers could experience this new excitement every single trip, but they don’t realize it. Every year they go to the same place, stay in the same hotel (even the exact room) and call it a “vacation”.
This is the old way of thinking about traveling. Choosing what is known and safe over adventure and excitement.
I want to encourage you to do the opposite.
Hi Travel Junkies,
Today I want to introduce you to longtime 10xT reader Jarrod, who is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps based out of greater Washington, DC. Jarrod has really taken well to the points/miles game and just got back from Bucharest, where his wife was able to visit him on deployment using points and miles.
So I invited him to come on to the blog and tell you how he did it. Take it away, Jarrod.
While I was deployed to Romania for 9 months, my wife and I knew that she would come to visit. The only problem? How to pay for it all without fronting the money.
The solution? Bryce Conway and his 10xTravel tips! How I did it: