Do You Know Your New Spouse’s “Travel Q?”
One of the first big decisions a newlywed couple will make is where to take their honeymoon. Of course, some couples have made that often expensive decision prior to saying “I do!” Considering the ephemeral durations of many marriages today, that may not be a wise financial decision. However, if the couple waits to see the bottom line of their monetary wedding gifts, and sure that there are no surprises, (Google Yentl to see what I mean) then I suppose plans for the honeymoon can be solidified soon after the couple rides off, tin cans clacking in the wind, and love and hope rising into the clouds.
I realize that plane and hotel arrangements must often be made well in advance, especially if you want to avoid giving most of your hard-earned wedding gifts to the CEOs at airline and hotel groups. If you fall into this demographic, the below list applies to your advance planning as well.
This article is not going to list the “Top 10 Destinations for Honeymoons” or even the latest trend, the Mini-Moon. Instead, I am going to give my own wedding gift to every newlywed couple reading this post – the gift of my hard-won travel wisdom, my road-tested sagacity. The endurance of a marriage paired with love’s longevity, and the expense and life-fracturing stress of a divorce are two reasons to start with healthy communication from the start. When it comes to honeymoons, no matter how big or little, that means knowing your partner’s “Travel Q.”
What’s a “Travel Q?” It’s the vital information you need to know about how your partner lives, eats, sleeps and reacts on a trip. Knowing this means the difference between phone calls in the middle of the night to friends and relatives saying, “Oh my god, did I make a mistake with him?” or “I can’t stand another minute of her asking for gluten free soba noodles.”
Sit down prior to the wedding for a conversation dedicated only to your honeymoon and to figuring out each other’s Travel Qs.
-- Michael Alpiner