travel recommendations - the babymoon

Friday, May 15, 2015

the Babymoon

It seems to be a rite of passage prior to the arrival of a baby,  particularly your first baby: the Babymoon.

The idea of a babymoon is one last 'hurrah' as a couple. The celebration of your relationship and the farewell to your child-free status.

So what do you do on a babymoon? Here are some things to consider:

What do you want out of your babymoon?

Realistically, a babymoon is just a good excuse to plan some intentional time together as a couple. Perhaps you're already really good at making a point to do this, if so, don't stress about a babymoon (unless of course you want another excuse for more one-on-one time, in that case: go for it!). Also, if this is something you're already doing, DON'T STOP when baby arrives.

If you're like the rest of us, a babymoon is a great opportunity for you to spend some time together doing something you both want to do but might not otherwise have the chance to do. I'm thinking some deliberate relaxation, baby shopping, enjoyment of the outdoors... the options are essentially endless. The BIGGEST thing is to figure out what you BOTH want in a babymoon, this conversation will help will all the rest of the planning.

How pregnant are you?

This is going to impact planning greatly. If you're getting close to that 8/9 month mark, you're going to probably want to stay relatively close to home just in case and your mobility may be limited as well.

Ideally, if you're hoping for an action-packed babymoon, you'll want to plan for the 6/7 month mark so that you (hopefully) aren't dealing with the physical discomfort that often accompanies the third trimester.

How much do you want to spend?

Another huge factor to consider. Perhaps, you've got money to burn and a destination babymoon is right for you. That's lovely; however, this won't be the case for everyone.

There are a TON of options for every budget it just requires some creativity of you and your partner.


Babymoon Ideas

If plane travel is still an option for you (depending on how far along you are) and if you have a heafty budget, your options are endless. Fly somewhere amazing for a few nights and enjoy. The rest of us will be jealous.

For those looking for something a little more budget-friendly, here are some ideas:

Beach weekend - depending on where you live this could be a day trip or and overnight one. If you're close to the beach, you could plan a day trip. Sun, sand, relaxation. Partner tip: if your lady might be missing the cocktails, come up with a fun virgin drink to enjoy during your picnic!

Camping - if you like the outdoors and the weather is right, this could be the babymoon for you! Cost effective, potentially very secluded and ideally lots of peace and quiet.

Spa - think couple's massages, facials and pedicures in those fancy chairs! Yes PLEASE! You could even plan a home-spa experience if you're trying to be kinder to your bank account.

Be a tourist in your own city - every city/town has those tourist destinations that everyone knows about but that typically the 'locals' don't go to. Pretend to tour your city as if you've never seen it before. Have you been to the museum? The parks? Try a restaurant that's been around forever but that maybe you haven't been to yet.

Sports - do you love baseball? hockey? football? Get some tickets and enjoy a game-day together. Sure, you can bring babies/children to the games, but it's a little different, a little more high-maintenance if you will.

Visit a city nearby - there has to be a city within driving distance that you've never been to or haven't spent a lot of time in and that has some fun tourist things to do.

Food, food and more food - this could be as budget friendly or as extravagant as you choose. Spend a day enjoying food. Use this as an opportunity to spend some time cooking together and enjoying the finished product OR eat out a few meals and revel in having someone cook and clean after you (and you'll soon be taking on that role for a little one!).




Whatever it is you decide to do, make it special and memorable. Try and get a little relaxation in and enjoy each other's company as much as possible.

Did you take a babymoon? Any memories or regrets?

Is there an awesome babymoon option not on the list?









27 comments:

  1. I would have totally done this if I had thought of it! A couples spa weekend and lots of food!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. yes, now if only I could get Brent on the spa train!

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  2. We went to tofino on Vancouver island 6 weeks before Grady was born. It rained the whole week. We played board games and rested a lot. It was perfect.

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    1. that actually sounds lovely!! I'd love to go to Tofino and I'm a HUGE boardgame fan lol!

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  3. My co-worker took a babymoon to Italy and left her toddler at home. She had a wonderful time!

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    1. omg in my dreams!!! though, I couldn't rationalize going to Italy if I couldn't enjoy wine lol

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  4. I wish I had done a babymoon! It totally wasn't a thing when I had kids (This makes me sound so old.)

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    1. lol Brent and I went to Niagara first time around! so fun, not sure we'll get a trip in this go around!

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  5. Great ideas! Logistically, I am thinking about being really pregnant and camping - I can't imagine sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag - but I guess now, everyone has cots or inflatable mattresses.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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    1. lol, I'm not a huge camper to begin with, I have an irrational fear of bears BUT they do have some fancy contraptions for sleeping if camping is your thing

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  6. We did a babymoon before Lucia to San Francisco..it was a blast!

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  7. I never did a babymoon. Can I request one now? I would totally go to the beach and relax.

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  8. Love this post. I have never heard of a babymoon but it is such a great idea. I just recently heard about those presents women getting for labor...push presents or something like that. Heck I didn't even get a single flower from Brennyn and Lauren's dad. I love the idea of being a tourist in your own town. And I have been toying with the idea of grabbing PC and going somewhere for appetizers and drinks, somewhere else for dinner and a third place for dessert. That would be like a mini-babymoon. Great post, Shaunacey!

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    1. lol I didn't get a 'push present' either, that baby was gift enough!
      that sounds like a fun idea - the apps, drinks, dinner and dessert and actually might be doable for us!! thanks for sharing!

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  9. Great post!! I really hope you get the chance to escape and do something fun before baby #2!!

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    1. now I just need to figure out if we're going to do one and what?!

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  11. I didn't take a babymoon, but wish I did. It would have been nice to have one last vacation just the hubby and I before baby arrived. Great suggestions!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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    1. it seems to be the thing to do these days!

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  12. I'm not pregnant but a babymoon sounds fabulous! I want to go on one of these adventures now :)

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    1. says the woman always on a fun adventure!

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  13. Chauncey and I didn't do a babymoon because we just didn't have time, but I wish we would have!

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