Have you ever been sitting around the table with friends and the honeymoon topic gets brought up, “Oh, I want to go to Fiji on my honeymoon.” (not sure if this happens as frequently when guys get together, actually I’m sure it doesn’t, but believe me many girls have planned out their wedding in their head and of course everything pertaining to it) This friend may not be engaged, maybe not even be seriously dating but has an idea of a perfect place to honeymoon.
I guess a few years ago if you asked me what my dream honeymoon destination would be I would have said, “the Grecian islands.” And I went on that trip earlier this year with a good friend. I’m so glad I didn’t wait until my honeymoon to visit. I’m not knocking anyone’s dreams or telling you not to make lists of honeymoon adventures you’ll go on but please also go on adventures now!
While of course it would be a wonderful experience to share with a special someone, I don’t want to wait around for that. When a friend couldn’t take time away this year I even did some solo travel. Solo travel is probably the greatest gift I’ve ever given myself. Timing is everything and if I waited for the perfect time, I may never have gone. I guess I realized you only get so many trips around the sun so why not see it from as many countries as possible…
I met many couples while traveling who were recently retired “empty nester’s”. One woman told me she’d been waiting her whole life for this trip and had been talking about it since high school. I was happy she was going on her adventures now although I couldn’t help thinking.. you’ve waited until you’re in your 60’s to travel. Looking back on my own travels, if I had been older I would not have had the same experiences, perhaps wouldn’t have been as happy staying in humble lodgings or been as willing to take risks or do that 6 mile hike.
These experiences have shaped me so much I’m encouraging everyone to travel and not to wait until you meet the perfect romantic partner or until you’re retired. It wasn’t until I experienced all these life changing trips that I realized just how important they are. The world is out there waiting and there’s oh, so much to see.
(T-shirt available on etsy. ) *update – I had to take the shirt down but will hopefully be listing some other fun things here soon!