Trip vs. Vacation: The Dalmatian-moon Wish List

I realize that my posts lately have been a bit all over the place, but in all honesty, that is pretty much where I am in the planning process. We are getting close enough that I have transitioned from trying to think of things to add to my DIY project list to trying to cross things off of said list. But we are far enough out that we are still dealing with nailing down some of the bigger ticket items, including”¦ THE HONEYMOON!

As I sit here on this cold January night wrapped in a fleece blanket, sporting a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and using Echo as a 9-lb canine heater, I cannot think of a more appealing topic to discuss than our honeymoon plans.

Not my most attractive look, but a pretty typical scene here in our apartment.

When Mr. Dalmatian and I discussed our honeymoon, it was a very quick and easy conversation – a welcomed anomaly in the wedding planning world! To sum up our want list:

1) A Vacation, Not a Trip: This has become an important distinction in our relationship when it comes to travel. The issue came about a few summers ago when we were on a cruise. I was forcing Mr. D to get out of bed to do things like go swimming with dolphins or take a walking tour of Key West. According to him, the presence of alarm clocks and itineraries contradicted the concept of a vacation.

This type of travel, my friends, is a trip. He has taught me that a vacation means sleeping in, relaxing, and having no timeline to follow or places to be. While this is not always my traveling style, I wholeheartedly agreed that if I were ever to take a vacation instead of a trip, our honeymoon is the time to do it.

During the walking tour of Key West – The Southernmost Point in the U.S.

2) Hot and Sunny: I am kind of a baby when it comes to the cold. Seriously, I have to wear leggings under my scrubs just to handle what everyone else seems to think is an appropriate temperature for a doctor’s office. People always say to me, “But you’re from Chicago!”

Yes, that means I experienced a lot of cold weather growing up—it does not mean that I handle it well! Mr. Dalmatian is also a sucker for warm weather—he gets his fill of the cold during Christmas vacations with my family. So, we will NOT be taking an alternative honeymoon to see a gorgeous glacier in Alaska or stay at a cozy ski lodge in the mountains. The only cold we want during our honeymoon will be in the form of frozen pina coladas as we bask in the sun in our bathing suits, thank you very much!

Mr. D ready to face the Chicago winter.

3) Water, water everywhere: Speaking of bathing suits, I love swimming. While I am embarrassingly horrible at the activity in the form of legitimate exercise, I am an all-star when it comes to wading in the pool and dipping into the ocean to cool off from tanning (I realize how pathetic this sounds, but we are embracing the total relaxation concept, remember?). Thus, I would love somewhere that has a gorgeous beach as well as amazing pool options. While I love drooling over photos of resorts with private plunge pools, our budget likes to slap me in the face when I do so—but hopefully we can find a place that offers stunning pools, even if there are other guests swimming in them too.

4) No thinking allowed: When I jumped aboard the all-inclusive train for our venue, I had no idea that this would be echoed by our travel plans. But sure enough I realized that the convenience I have experienced with our venue is something I crave very much for our honeymoon. I love the idea of not having to figure out where to eat meals, how much to pay for these meals, whether or not to get drinks, etc. When I relax, I want to be full-blown lazy. To top it off, Mr. Dalmatian and I are not foodies. Give us a Hot-n-ready pizza and a bottle of Orange Fanta and we are good to go. This is not to say that all-inclusives do not offer impressive dining options, because from what I have heard many of them do. It is just to say that while some people make travel plans around trying certain cuisine, we will be easily satisfied with anything that tastes good and doesn’t require a lot of thinking.

So, that was our basic honeymoon wish list. Stay tuned to hear how easily we were able to book a VACATION that met all of our criteria!

What were your honeymoon must-haves?

Do you and your significant other like to take adventurous trips or relaxing vacations?

* All photos personal.


Mrs. Dalmatian

Nashville, TN
Wedding Date:
May 2012
The Lighted Tree
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    RobynD99 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:05 pm

    We are wanting to go to Napa Valley in March! But the flight prices jumped almost double today! Hopefully it was just a Monday morning price hike :(

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    Crabbabs 1030 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:06 pm

    Never thought of it as a trip vs vacation – but I like how you described it!

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 1:16 pm

    I TOTALLY agree with Trip vs. Vacation. Europe = Trip. Gotta get up, must see things, plan, plan, plan. Cruise/resort = Vacation. While you can plan a few things on a vacation, generally there isn’t planning. Or at least, my plan is me + beach + book + cocktail.

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    alleycat 661 posts, Busy bee @ 1:21 pm

    Your four must-haves sound amazing. Please tell us what you ended up choosing, because I may want to steal your idea :)

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    pixiepea 35 posts, Newbee @ 1:29 pm

    Your requirements seem a lot like ours were… we decided on a cruise to the Caribbean. :)

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    Vanessa, Guest @ 1:37 pm

    I know EXACTLY what you mean! We wanted a vacation for our honeymoon and we found it! We did Playa Mujeres – Excellence – an all inclusive and it rocked! We did nothing but lounge and eat – food was great – service was excellent and loved the vibe of the whole place. Price was right too.

    My second favorite “vacation” was a cruise we took a few years back. Also very relaxing – but there were distractions!

    So for us the best bet as far as relaxation was an all inclusive in a remote spot! Good Luck!

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    hockey girl 58 posts, Worker bee @ 3:07 pm

    Ha….we’re doing a combination of both……..a trip and a vacation. Both of us have been to Hawaii before (separately, 25 years ago) but we decided to go to Oahu to do the touristy stuff that we didn’t get to do then and then to Maui for what I call “the relaxing part of our honeymoon.” We’re not really lay around on the beach or at the pool kind of people (we’re both fair and burn in the shade….haha) but we’re gonna try and relax….stay tuned.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:36 pm

    Love the distinction between vacation and a trip.. I never thought of it that way!! Thinking back, I definitely make things into more of a trip, but I do love me some true vacations. I’m hoping we can do a nice mix of both for our ‘moon!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:45 pm

    A vacation is a must after your wedding; you’ll just want to relax and will need reviving. Can’t wait to see where you are going!

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    oneheartoneway 80 posts, Worker bee @ 5:54 pm

    We’re thinking Punta Cana, DR — and you’re so right about All-Inclusive. We’re definitely going that route.

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    lionlove 412 posts, Helper bee @ 6:51 pm

    Those were our exact criteria too! We went with a CRUISE!

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    Midgely 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:37 am

    I liked the interesting way you descibed ‘trip vs vacation’!
    I’m a trip type person who gets easily bored relaxing too much. We’re not getting married for years but I’d love to do a 3 week tour of the Hawaiian Islands and mix the trip with the vacation

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:27 pm

    Looking forward to hearing where you chose that fit all your requirements – possibilities seem infinite!

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    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 3:43 pm

    I’m ALL about the vacation honeymoon versus trip king. I want to vegetate and not do a THING or think about a THING when I get off that plane!

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