Every couple deserves one, whether it's a quiet long weekend at an inn in Vermont or lounging around on a tropical beach for a week. You need some relaxing time alone together after all the wedding planning stress is behind you and all the family members have gone home.
You may have noticed that Mike and I didn't take off for ours right away. That is because as much as we talked to each other about what we want to do, we didn't actually get around to talking to a travel agent about it until after the wedding. Many people will tell you this is a big mistake. I'd say it is if you are on an extremely tight budget and are trying to take a trip you really can't afford. But if you are procrastinators like we are who have decent-to-good travel luck, it's not so bad. Yes, the prices are a bit higher since it's short notice during a busy travel season. But we have a limited amount of vacation time and this is what we really want to do. (And we were realistic with our estimates so the prices haven't been a surprise.)
For 3 weeks in August we'll be dirty backpackers in Europe! Not completely traveling off the cuff like real dirty backpackers should, since at this time of year planes and trains need to be booked in advance or else you get stranded. I like to know each night where my bed will be. (That's not too much to ask, is it?) We gave a travel agent a somewhat wonky itinerary ranging from Zakopane, Poland, to Salzburg to Edinburgh and she's working her magic. We're staying at a guest house in Zakopane, where we'll hike in the Carpathian Mountains. We're taking an overnight train ride, in a sleeper car, from Krakow to Vienna. Bussing through Bavaria. Sleeping at a hostel in Edinburgh. We like hiking in mountains and seeing old buildings, and we'll get to do a lot of it.
Hmmm, I see some travel tips posts in our future... :)