Get married now, travel later

travel-weddingJames Gjaltema writes  on travel for The Armchair Mayor News.

COLUMN — Getting married is exciting, but planning a wedding can be stressful. The best advice my wife and I were given is not to get bogged down trying to please everyone; remember the day is about the couple making a commitment to each other; the guests are secondary.

Gjaltema, JamesAfter the wedding is the great travel tradition – the honeymoon. Originally, the “bridal tour” would leave after the ceremony and the intention of the trip was to visit relatives who were not able to attend the ceremony.

These days the trip is usually more about the happy couple going somewhere special together than visiting relatives. The newlyweds don’t have to leave before the reception is finished. While the marriage may be the sweetest (like honey) during first month (moon), it may not be possible to get away on a dream trip right away; that shouldn’t stop you from planning and dreaming about a romantic escape.

My wife and I had envisioned a honeymoon in New Zealand or an island in the South Pacific like Tahiti or Fiji. Due to the usual constraints of time and money we were not able to go. We did, however, make it to Maui for a week.

Eight years later, we finally took our “second honeymoon” and spent a month touring around New Zealand and managed to include an amazing stopover in Fiji as well. Still a happy couple, we survived the seven-year itch and had the chance to spend quality time together along with our young son. We had the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company while escaping daily stresses of work and other distractions. (Airfare from Kamloops to New Zealand and Fiji is available in November for $1,759)

I strongly encourage couples to take the concept of date night to another level, and make time to take romantic trips on a regular basis. Whether it is your first honeymoon or you’re celebrating 20 or even 50 years of marriage, it’s time to start anticipating a dream trip together.

A very romantic trip idea is Paris and the Maldives. Fly from Kamloops, spend a week in Paris including a scenic cruise on the river Seine to see the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. From Paris, fly to the Maldives and enjoy a week of all-inclusive bliss with an overwater bungalow on the Indian Ocean. This package would cost around $6,500 per person.

Another great idea for an awesome honeymoon trip is Europe with a cruise from the Mediterranean across the Atlantic. Fly from Vancouver to London, stay two nights, enjoy a champagne ticket on the London Eye. Fly to Rome, stay two nights, take a walking tour including priority admission to the coliseum. Fly to Barcelona, stay two nights, go on an electric bike city & tapas tour. Cruise 15 nights through Spain, Portugal and on to Tampa, Florida before flying back to Vancouver. This package is available Oct.25 – Nov.16 for $2,500 per person.

Start dreaming and discussing your ideas with a travel professional who can help turn dream into reality.

James Gjaltema is a founding member of the Kamloops Travel Club and a Flight Centre Associate who works from his home office. He can be reached at 250-879-0873 or through his web-site:

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