Trip of a Lifetime


How do you celebrate after the greatest and most important day of your life?…With a honeymoon trip of a lifetime!  What exactly does that mean? How about a 2 week trip visiting 5 countries (my wife will say 4, does being on a river in Zambia and seeing elephants count as visiting a country?).  This included visiting one of the seven wonders of the world, seeing one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and going on a week long safari.


Lucky for me, I married someone who loves adventures.  Not surprisingly her biggest adventure wasn’t our honeymoon, but was allowing me to completely plan our honeymoon.  I constantly teased her that we’d be staying in hostels and eating Peanut Butter sandwiches the entire time in order to afford the trip.  But since it was our honeymoon I decided to trade in the tents and hostels for hotels and switch the PB&J’s out for restaurant food.  Uh, staying in nice, comfortable private rooms and eating amazing cuisine…What has marriage done to me?

Honeymoon Tip: Just two quick pieces of advice:  1. If you’re planning a honeymoon, I highly recommend you wait a couple of weeks after your wedding so you can be rested and fully able to enjoy your honeymoon.  2. If you can afford it, take a trip that you’ve both always wanted to take, no matter how crazy, long, or expensive.  Now is the time to take that dream trip because you never know what will happen in the future…like getting pregnant half a year into your marriage…not speaking from experience.


Trip Idea:  My love of Africa, which came from spending 4 months in South Africa, combined with Courtney’s love of the Lion King resulted in our idea to go on safaris in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Trip Summary: I wanted to show Courtney a little of South Africa before our safaris so I booked our flight from Houston to South Africa.  For $100 I routed our flight through Egypt with a 2 day layover so we could see the pyramids and other sites.

Travel Tip: Find flights that have a layover in another place you want to visit and then do an extended layover.  This often costs very little so it’s like taking 2 trips for the price of 1.

We spent 2 days in South Africa and then flew to Botswana.  After 4 days of safaris we drove to Zimbabwe for another 3 days of safaris.  In addition to the safaris, we did an elephant ride, visited Victoria Falls, and walked with lions.  For us, mixing in other activities in between safaris was the perfect combination.  This may seem like a jammed pack trip with a lot of traveling, but we did everything we wanted to and still made sure we had plenty of down time to relax.


Our honeymoon was the perfect way to get our adventure together started.  The next few posts will be about our trip of a lifetime.


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