The world is bigger than we could possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. I am inspired by each of your stories, just waiting to be told.Six years ago my husband and I (along with his brother and sister-in-law) spent our honeymoon touring through Greece. It was a stunningly beautiful trip and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but there are a few things I learned from our trip that might come in handy if you are planning a similar vacation. So here are a few tips for honeymooning in Greece…
1. DO fly smart
It’s a long flight! Get up and walk around some! I did not– this was bad! I figured I could keep myself asleep and not have totally weird time issues if I just stayed prone and didn’t get up. And that theory worked- I pretty much slept the entire plane ride over. However, when getting up to get off the plane my feet felt really strange. They were swollen to the size of whole hams for the first three days of the trip. One, it was scary, and two, it made walking for the entire day really uncomfortable.
2. SAVE IT FOR LATER
This is the advice I give to friends when they ask if we loved Greece… YES! But maybe save it for sometime other than your honeymoon. We figured we should go on our honeymoon, because it was the perfect excuse to splurge big. While this is still true, I would recommend tucking some of that honeymoon $$ away into a “Go to Greece” account and pick a more laid back destination instead. After your wedding you are most likely going to be exhausted. Rest is not something you should expect on a trip to Greece. You are going to want to see everything, do everything (and you should!), but it doesn’t allow for a lot of time to take it easy. Trust me, you are going to want that on your honeymoon! Pick a destination where you can get a good mix of exploration and adventure AND a large dose of lying in the sun, sipping on a cold beverage!
3. ISLAND CRASH!
The main reason I wanted to go to Greece was to see Santorini. If we could go back and do it again we would have chosen to spend the 3 nights on the island and left on the cruise from there, which would have had us spending just 1 full day in Athens. Athens was great, but it was also like any major city (just add in the history and the fact that Greece has worked hard to maintain their ruins). When you only stop in Santorini for one day you can’t truly experience it. You are only really permitted to walk the main walkway. Access down the cliffs, towards the water, isn’t permitted unless you are actually staying on the island. I really wanted to jump in the sea from a cliff (yes, for all you Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants lovers, that is where it’s from), but alas, that didn’t get to happen.
4. DO jump in the Mediterranean Sea
Seriously, you just have to! While I may not have gotten to do it from a Santorini Cliff, I did get to do it from a diving platform. The water will be cold, but man will it be worth it! You can find the diving platform in Rhodes; you take a gorgeous walk through the old city to get to the beach.
5. DON’T compare a Mediterranean cruise to that of an American cruise!
A Mediterranean cruise (at least the one we were on) is more so a means of transportation, as opposed to a destination in and of itself. It had some perks, but the never-ending food and ample activity options are not really what you should expect to find if you are used to cruising from the states. The sights are beautiful though, because you are almost always looking at land in the distance (bring binoculars)! You also shouldn’t expect to catch a lot of sun on a Mediterranean cruise. Due to the fact that you are so close to land the majority of the time it is very windy, making it really difficult to lay out on the deck. If you really want to lay out in a bathing suit you have to fight for a lounge at the back of the ship, where the wind gets broken up. It was still great, just don’t go in with “cruisin’ glory” in mind.
6. DO go to Mykonos!
Mykonos was my favorite island on the trip. Santorini might have been, if I could have seen more of it, but Mykonos surprised me. It was stunning and quaint and everything you dream of when you think of a Greek island- plus there was sea glass along the shoreline, which makes a great, free souvenir from the trip.
7. DON’T skip out on Turkey!
When we were first looking into the trip and I saw the stops for Istanbul and Ephesus I was hesitant and tried to find a trip that didn’t include them. I had envisioned only Greece. Given that this was my first out of country trip I was nervous to begin with and wanted to know where I was going and the only place I had planned on going was Greece. I am so THANKFUL that I didn’t find a trip that worked without including the two stops in Turkey. Outside of Mykonos, the Turkish stops were my favorite! They beat Athens by a long shot! The colors and vibrancy of Istanbul was unexplainable. Ephesus had so much history my mind could hardly take it all in!
8. DO just enjoy yourself!
Travel is wonderful, but it can also come with it’s own stresses; especially out of the country where you are trying to figure things out in a language you don’t know. Just take it as it comes and breathe it all in! Have a beautiful time!Melanie has always loved to travel, but since “adopting” their travel trailer, Flo, she and her husband have been trying to ease their serious case of wanderlust as often as possible. She shares her RVing adventures on YouTube, as well as on her blog Life’s Sweet Words. You can join her on the second Tuesday of each month for a #TravelTuesday linkup. When she’s not out trying to see as much of the world as possible, you can find her curled up with a good book or coming up with some new plan that will allow her to hit the road full-time.
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