Honeymoon Part 1 – Planning The Trip!

honeymoonplanningAfter all of the buildup and excitement of our big day, it was now time to start our honeymoon and boy was I excited. It had been a dream of mine to visit America for as long as I can remember, I am a big fan of TV and films so I expect a lot of it came from that.

We chose to go to America for several reasons however Rach new how much I wanted to go and the more we looked into where to go and what to do, Rach had fallen in love with it to. We both also wanted to go somewhere on our honeymoon that neither of us had been to before, which made this even more perfect.

Many months before the our big day we sat down and planned out what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go. We booked our honeymoon via Kouni but did go to a number of places to price it up and also get a feel for what they offer/suggest. I was always under the impression that Kuoni were expensive but to be completely honest I thought the price was reasonable. It could have been done cheaper if we booked everything ourselves IE flights/hotels etc but I worry about things too much so was better to go through a company.

So where would we be going?

Rach and I sat down and discussed what we wanted to do and see, I had 3 things I MUST experience and that was Las Vegas, Los Angeles and drive a Mustang. Rach really wanted to visit New York and this was something she had always wanted to see. We sat with the rep from Kuoni and came up with the plan to fly to San Francisco for 3 days, drive down to Los Angeles for 3 days and continue on from there to San Diego for another 2 days.

From San Diego we will then drive to Las Vegas for an additional 3 days and then fly to New York for the final 3 days and then return home. Including travel time it would work out at around 16 days in total, which we felt was plenty of time. Prior to the honeymoon we were very much beach visitors, most of our holidays consisted of holidays around the beach but we really wanted to do something different and this holiday would be just that!

The planning is not over…..

I am a planner, I have to literally plan everything and have things organised. We had where we were going sorted but my brain started asking questions…

  • How are we getting to a certain place?
  • What are we going to do this day?
  • Where are we going to eat?

Don’t get me wrong I think it’s important to have a little surprise and I didn’t want to have everything planned to military standards, however I did want to plan a good % of it so that we got the most out of the limited time we had in places.

I got my laptop out and opened up a word document, I typed the cities we are visiting and made these bold. Under each one I put Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, this was so that we could plan what was happening on each day.

There were a few things that we had to do in certain areas such as visit some nice restaurants, warner brothers etc. The things that we wanted to make sure we did I put down on the days and then saw how the plan was looking, I made sure to give us a few days where we had nothing specific planned so we could just explore and see where the day took us.

Now that it was all planned, a few restaurants booked and tickets had been purchased to a few experiences it was time to wait….and wait…and wait…

Check out the next post to see what we got up to in San Francisco!!!

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