A honeymoon road trip is a great way to celebrate your marriage. There is no better way to spend quality time together than by taking a road trip. Where to go and how to travel can make the difference between a great honeymoon and a complete disaster. Before you pack up your bags and hit the road, consider these tips and tricks to ensure that you have a vacation that will leave you two more in love than ever (not trying to kill each other).
Make Travel Time Part of the Fun
First off, think about how much time you want to spend in the car. This might sound silly but it’s good to put some numbers on the road trip. Some couples don’t even flinch at the idea of being in the car for 10-hours while others can only handle 3 hours at a time. When figuring out your road trip itinerary, sit down and talk with your loved one to see just how much you two can (and want) to handle in one day. In fact, think about how many days you want to spend driving as well.
For a fun and spontaneous adventure take the trip in a campervan or rent an RV for the occasion. This way you can take your time and get off the beaten path. What’s better is you are travelling with your own little love nest. You can bring your favorite snacks and beverages to toast each other on the beach at sunset, or have breakfast in bed before exploring somewhere new.
Think about your destinations
Think about what you’re looking for in a destination. Is there somewhere special that pertains to you two as a couple? Do you love the idea of strolling around historic sites or would you rather spend your time soaking up the nightlife? Do you like big cities or small suburbs where everyone knows each other’s names? Knowing these things will help you when it comes time to plan an itinerary.
For destinations, there are so many choices both domestic and international. With the advent of global RV rental sites, there are few places left in the world where you cannot plan a road trip. Some popular romantic road trip destinations include:
- Lake Erie Wine Country.
You don’t have to go to exotic places and spend tons of money to have a great honeymoon road trip. The region along Interstate 90 from about Geneva, OH east to Buffalo, NY is known as Lake Erie Wine Country. This area is dotted with numerous vineyards which are bathed in a near perfect Lake Erie influenced climate. With the exception of Erie, PA and Buffalo, NY it is also mostly rural, making it a great place to get some romantic personal time. Aside from the wineries you’ll also find Lake Chautauqua and Niagara Falls in the region, known for its laid-back vibe, beautiful scenery and the Chautauqua Institute. This world-renowned art destination features instruction, seminars, lectures and artistic performances during the summer months. The area is also home to the Southern Tier Craft Brewery and Distillery which offers tours, food, entertainment and great beers and spirits. The town of Bemus Point is a great little walking town with some nightlife right on the shore of the lake.
There are many campgrounds in the area. Starting on the west end in Geneva, Ohio, Indian Creek and the Thompson / Grand River Valley KOA are great locations. Indian Creek is a huge park just off the lake and not far from the Geneva Strip which is an old-time beachfront type entertainment area. The KOA is quieter with a laid-back country hills feeling. At Lake Chautauqua you can’t go wrong at Camp Chautauqua. It offers great proximity to the Chautauqua Institute, Bemus Point and Southern Tier. On the east end is Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort. This first-rate campground is only a few minutes from the American side of Niagara Falls and offers a great base camp for exploring the region.
- South Island of New Zealand.
The South Island of New Zealand offers great road trips for adventurous or outdoorsy newly-weds. Known for its unparalleled beauty, many of the sweeping outdoor scenes of the Lord of the Rings movie series were filmed here, this area can offer trips that will satisfy anyone’s need for adventure from mild to wild. The island is small enough that you can do a lot in a week or two trip. The small size also means you can quickly go from the exciting downtown metropolitan environments of Christchurch or Queenstown to remote no-frills campgrounds in just a couple hours. A large percentage of the island is national park land and there is a very vibrant RV/road tripping scene there so obtaining a rental RV is very easy.
- Maui, Hawaii.
Most people don’t think of camping or road tripping when they think of a Maui honeymoon, but it can actually be a great way to see the island in a unique and personal way. Maui is a driving island. It is home to the Road to Hana and the Haleakala Highway, two of the most amazing drives you may ever do. The majority of resorts and hotels on Maui are on the western coast and are not that convenient for exploring the island as a whole. By road tripping the island you will have much more time to experience everything the island has to offer. Aside from a rental RV you’ll need a camping pass for the public campsites located across the island. There are also some private campgrounds with everything from small RV/Tent sites to high end cabins. The Haleakala National Park also operates two campgrounds. One on the mountain and another just south of Hana in the Kipahulu district.
Get your car checked
Okay, so you’ve finally figured out where you want to go. That’s only half the battle. If you’re looking to travel for an extended period of time, it’s wise to get your car checked. You’ll want to check fluid levels, filters, and make sure that you don’t need an oil change. You will also want to inspect your windshield wipers, your tire pressure, and tire treads. Make sure that you’re prepared for the weather you’re heading to, rain, snow, sunshine, you name it. Consider travel insurance or roadside assistance so you can travel with peace of mind.
If you’re driving for long hours at a time, it’s easy to become quickly bored which makes the drive feel like it’s longer than it really is. Prepare some on-road entertainment like car games, story time, and a killer playlist that will have you and your honey singing and dancing the whole way. Once you’re home, you’ll be able to associate the songs with your honeymoon and it’ll have you swooning all over again.
Plan a few splurges
Just because you are road tripping doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice luxury experiences. Make room in your budget for splurges like spa days, dinner at a fancy restaurant, or an expensive souvenir that you both have been eyeing. For a few nights at least, choose a high-end resort where you can soak in a jacuzzi, enjoy a spa day or take some time to indulge in something you both really enjoy.
Document your trip
I know what you’re probably thinking right now. “Duh, why wouldn’t I document our trip?” I’m not saying you wouldn’t. But there’s something magical about looking back at pictures of a road trip with a loved one that brings the memories flooding back. Now’s the time to use a fancy DSLR camera and a fancy lens. If you don’t have one yet, add it to your wedding registry. You know what they say after all. A picture lasts a lifetime.
I can’t tell you how to pick the perfect honeymoon itinerary or create the perfect road trip playlist but following these few tips will help make sure that you’ll have a honeymoon road trip you’ll never forget.