From the desk of: Veronica
Did anyone else watch Newlyweds: The First Year
on Bravo? No? Just me? What can I say, I’m a sucker for reality TV; especially Bravo.
One couple on the show did something different instead of taking a typical honeymoon, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Tina and Tarz decided to forgo a big trip and, instead, do one activity a month together that would put one or both of them outside of their comfort zone. The only two things I remember were getting tattoos and getting “nude” photos taken together (no parts, just lots of skin).
I think this once-a-month thing is a great idea and I could see it playing out in so many different ways. It’s just so unique, and since some people will be able to take big fancy trips throughout the rest of their life (ahem, not me, being all poor and whatnot), so this could be a fun and different way to not only celebrate their wedding, but the entire first year of marriage.
Here are a few ways you could tailor this idea to your personalities, budgets, and lifestyles:
- For adrenaline-junkies and/or people who wish they were more adventurous: Plan one adventure a month. Sky-diving, race car driving, bungee jumping. Pick your poison.
- For those who are new to the area/state: Visit a different “highlight” your state has to offer to learn more about your surroundings.
- For you crazy campers: One campground a month. They can be wildly different, in far-flung locales, or maybe they all have a theme. (If my husband were choosing, that theme would be “rustic; no toilets allowed.” Kill me.)
- For those who want to travel more in the continental US: Visit a different state every month. This would be especially do-able for those on the east coast in all those tiny states. A bunch of states would only be a tank of gas away!
- Music-lovers who never go to concerts or haven’t for a long time: One concert a month – within driving distance or far away! Make it as cheap or globe-trotting as you want.
- For couples who already have families/no time alone: Maybe the best and most relaxing thing would be to book a room in a nice hotel once a month. Like any of the other traveling ideas, you could make them nearby or far-flung, expensive or inexpensive, but the main idea is to get away, get some sleep, have some uninterrupted time, and perhaps some fluffy bathrobes and room service.
What do you think? Would the promise of extending the honeymoon over an entire year be enough to do things a little differently? Is it something you would consider?