Honeymoon countdown is ON! In just two days we’ll be leaving the states and heading off on our biggest adventure yet: first to Tanzania and then Dubai.
I only just started pulling together outfits for our trip this morning, but here you can see a few of them! Last week I ordered up a storm from Nordstrom.com. Some of the new arrivals were just too hard to resist! I snagged a few cute swimsuits (one pieces & bikinis) colorful flowy dresses, sandals, a new pair of comfy travel sneakers and jewelry– mostly statement earrings & dainty necklaces. Since the safari portion of our trip is going to be relatively casual and low-key, most of what you see here I’ll likely rock in Dubai! Can’t wait to share more 🙂
PS I included a Honeymoon Q&A at the bottom of the post! I explain more about where we’re heading and how we chose the destinations!
So why Tanzania and Dubai? Well, a trip that combines an African safari with a visit to the Middle East has always been on both our bucket lists. Neither of us has ever done anything like what we have planned so it was an easy decision. This is also the first time Nick is taking two full weeks off from work for a trip, so we really wanted to take advantage of the extra time and go somewhere far away. This is the longest trip we’ll have ever taken together— nearly three full weeks!
Why the three month delay post-wedding? This is another question I’ve been getting a lot on Instagram. A few reasons!
1. We didn’t want to deal with the stress of having to pack and pay for a long trip directly after our wedding.
2. We wanted an excuse to escape the cold. January is probably my least favorite month of the year to be home. There isn’t a lot going on and the weather tends to be miserable.
But you went to Paris right after your wedding? We did and had the best time! Two days after our wedding we flew to Paris where we spent three nights in the city and two nights exploring the Loire Valley. It was a bit of an impulse trip and not something we’d originally intended to do when we started our wedding planning journey.
A few weeks before our wedding we remembered that Nick had an extra day off from work for Columbus Day, so we went ahead and booked it to extend the post-wedding excitement. We love Paris and had already been there twice so it was really easy for us to plan. Packing would be simple too since the weather would be the same as at home.
Traveling has been a huge priority for us the last three years and we’re very pro-spending on experiences over material things. While it may seem a bit extra to take essentially two honeymoons, to us these trips are something we’ve always had in mind and likely would’ve done anyways regardless of being newlyweds. We are both very grateful for our jobs and it’s not lost on us just how blessed we are to be able to afford and travel as much as we do.
I also absolutely plan on creating travel guides for both Tanzania and Dubai following our honeymoon! You’ll be able to read both here, however in the meantime definitely following me on Instagram for daily updates in real time!
Big thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!