November 9th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
As temperatures continue to dip, we think it’s only right to dispel any forthcoming winter blues with a holiday-related post.
A fairly recent phenomenon, the not-so-humble minimoon fills the gap for lots of couples between a big blowout honeymoon at a later date and the need for some serious downtime after the wedding planning whirlwind. Maybe you’re leaving the Caribbean until after the stormy season has passed, or you’re putting off that trip to Iceland until you’ve got a decent chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Or perhaps after following Rachel’s recent advice and splashing your cash on the dress of your dreams, you’ve simply got some pennies to save. Either way, a minimoon can be the perfect way to chill and indulge a little if money or time is short.
So, to help inspire where you can go for a little romance, rest and relaxation after the big day, here’s our round-up of top minimoon ideas…
There’s little more indulgent than a spa, and in the UK you’ll have plenty of luxury day or spa hotels to choose from. Many spas have specific minimoon packages, meaning you’ll get a great deal too. Also, you’ll have flexibility – a couple of nights with ‘basic’ access to the sauna, steam room and swim facilities is a great way to unwind, or you can treat yourselves with a bespoke Mr and Mrs. Just gown up, lay back and float away…
The seaside is synonymous with holidays, and so where better to head for your minimoon than the UK coast? Reluctant grownups can release their inner big kid at the beach, heading for the arcades and the candyfloss stands, running wild on the sand or paddling in the balmy (OK, perhaps ‘icy’ is more realistic, but bear with me) waters. Long romantic walks, plenty of opportunities to write your new married names in the sand – plus, what tastes better than real fish and chips with lashings of salt and vinegar out of a paper, especially after a pre-wedding healthy eating campaign? I rest my case.
We actually did this – three days after getting hitched, a ‘proper’ minimoon in Northumberland coming up and a big honeymoon in India on the horizon in winter, we headed to the local campsite for a post-wedding night away. And I can recommend it on the following basis: camping creates the instant sense of an uber-romantic adventure. There’s just the two of you alone with only the elements and a starry sky for company – plus, you know, the convenience of an electric hook-up and local pub. There’s also the opportunity to test the strength of your newly-forged marriage by putting a tent up together. If you can survive that one, readers, you’re onto a winner.
Grab a map of the great British Isles – where haven’t you been? Where have you always fancied but life got in the way? What’s stopping you? In this great age of the internet, book your train, your hotel or AirBnB, and head off into the sunset together. The history of Bath, the dreaming spires of Oxford, the bustle of our nation’s glorious capital – it’s all there waiting to be discovered. After all of the wedding madness has died down, remember what it feels like to go on a non-manic shopping trip, to enjoy dinner and cocktails or a trip to the theatre.
Oh, and there’s always the abroad option. Arguably no more expensive than a UK trip and with the added excitement that clutching a passport in your sweaty palm brings, in a matter of hours you can find yourself somewhere wonderfully ‘other’. It’s astonishing where a budget airline can transport you for 70 euros – you can be sipping wine in Bordeaux, climbing the Dom in Cologne, gazing at art in Vienna or boarding a tram in Lisbon – just you, your other half and the memories of a fabulous day.
Begone, seasonal blues! I feel a holiday booking coming on…
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Laura is a true Northophile: she married Adam in Durham in 2011 accompanied by 200 Northumbrian lamb shanks and a Mackem 1950s tribute band who did a rockabilly cover version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On. They honeymooned in Northumberland in a 1972 MG convertible, went surfing in Alnmouth and made it to the Edinburgh Fringe (let's ignore the fact that it rained all week). Her big mantra is 'no regrets'...but if she could travel back in time and wear a wedding dress with a Peter Pan collar and pockets, she'd pretty much die happy.
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