LOOK RICH, SHOP CHEAP:
By Denny Balmaceda
Honeymoon destinations can be varied. Some couples prefer some time away to relax, others seek adventure. For Gia and myself, we like a bit of both. In considering destinations, we knew that we wanted to spend a few days in the US and then, plan a larger vacation in London for the following year. After some thought, we decided on New Orleans and were intrigued by the live music culture, great eats and resilience of the city. Also, as non-drivers, a walkable city is really ideal. We've begun the planning process and are looking for fun local hangouts and dives so that we see the city from the natives' perspective. Hopefully the weather is lovely and not too humid for our October trip.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON A BUDGET?
We really wanted to do something fun and not too far away from an immediate honeymoon and then plan a larger trip to London for our first anniversary. For this reason, the initial honeymoon needed to have a tighter budget. Gia and I don't drive and so a walk-able city is important. It also ensure's that we don't have to spend too much on transportation. Ultimately, we decided on New Orleans in part because you can have a ton of fun on a dime.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE A REBEL BREAKING AWAY FROM
THE TYPICAL BEACH BASED HONEYMOON?
No, we don't really feel like rebels breaking from the beach based honeymoon. We've never been beach people and so it wouldn't make sense for us to just sit in the sun and roast for a week. Then again....we've never tried it so who knows!? Maybe we ARE beach people.
WILL YOU USE AN AGENT OR BOOK
We've decided to book independently, however we are pulling from friends as travel resources. Fun Fact: I was a travel agent for a few years after high school and I began blogging by taking pictures of my outfits during my lunch hour.
WHAT’S ON YOUR LONDON MUST-DO LIST?
Of course we want to hit some tourist destinations, museums, the palace...but what do we really want to do? THRIFT ALL DAY. How can you go to London and not get lost in the shops? Gia is also really excited about apothecaries and UK skincare and spas.