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When I was explaining a babymoon to my spanish friend...she was a little confused.
“A baby moon?! What is that?”
“It’s like honeymoon, but you know instead of marriage it’s baby….baby. moon.”
She smiled and nodded but wasn’t all that convinced!
So it got me thinking…I mean I only heard the term babymoon like maybe a few months ago…but I totally jumped on the bandwagon!
I mean, who wouldn’t want a chance to chill & relax with their hubby (partner, so, etc.) before the shit hits the fan (…or at least you know the changing table…)?
Read on if you’d like a step-by-step guide to planning out your perfect babymoon. Ripe with pictures of gorgeous beaches & cute preggo bellies!
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Decide when you’re going
Talk with your OB or Midwife
Before you decide on travel dates talk with your doctor or midwife and find out when the best possible time to travel is.
For most women it will be late 2nd trimester, early 3rd trimester. That way you have a visible bump for taking cute photos, but you’ll also be clear of late 3rd trimester discomfort.
Also you should get the all clear from your doc or midwife to travel, especially if you’re planning on flying or if you have any pregnancy-related risks.
Get the Timing Right
There are a couple of factors you should pay attention to when booking your babymoon: work schedules, national holidays, & low season (for hotels & tourist stuff).
Firstly, make sure that you and your partner can get the time off needed to travel from work. It may help to plan your babymoon on or around a national holiday, but be ware that prices may increase.
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decide where you’re going
Car, Plane, or Train?
When considering where you’re going for your babymoon, think about the pros and cons of the different methods of transport. For example, airplanes might not let you on if you’re very far along. Cars may be uncomfortable for long periods of time. And trains might not be cost effective nor do they always go to your destination!
Type of Adventure
What type of experience do you want to have? Most might opt for a relaxing babymoon rather than a party atmosphere, but to each their own!
Personally, my hubby and I opted for a city visit to Granada, Spain (about a 6-hour drive from our house) and a visit to the nearby wolf refuge.
It was a little bit of what mommy wanted: to see the city, and a little bit of what daddy wanted: to see nature!
So it might help to each research seperately and come up with some suggestions.
Proximity & Cost
Two other very important things to consider!
How much do you have in the budget for the trip? We were on a tight budget so we knew it would have to be driving distance from home.
If you have a more ample budget for your trip you could consider far away destinations.
But in general I’d stay where they speak your language, and where you insurance is still valid (don’t wanna get caught up in a bad situation).
What to do when you’re there
Airbnb vs. Hotels
Pros of Airbnb include, having your own kitchen (generally) which is good for budget. Though Airbnb’s aren’t always much cheaper than hotels. They’re really geared towards groups of people that’s when you really see the savings.
Hubby and I stayed in an Airbnb for our babymoon and saved a ton of money on eating out since we could cook in the kitchen.
Hotels have better amenities, so if you have the extra money to spend, then you should definitely enjoy things like room service, spa treatments, and even a pool!
Free & Cheap Activities
Things like nature, public shows, architecture, & just roaming the streets are all free.
If you look into the local town hall of your destination you’ll be sure to find discounted shows & events that they put on for the locals.
Otherwise just having a day at the beach with a picnic will make for some instagrammable shots & a wonderful memory just as much as a shopping trip to Dior.
Spa, spa, & spa! Maybe a little bit of shopping & fine dining. If you’ve got the extra cash, it’s 100% worth it to make these last few memories as a twosome instead of a threesome!
make the most of your trip
Take lots of Photos
I’m not always the type of person to remember to take lots of photos but it’s totally worth it! Even schedule perhaps a sunset walk to take some gorgeous photos of you and hubby with a little baby bump in the middle :D
Sleep & Relax
Take advantage of this now! Maybe even see if you can’t get a late checkout :D. And don’t feel badly about deciding to stay in the hotel one night. This is your final trip to enjoy each other’s company before shit gets real!
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