Hello! Phillip Davis here. By now I am sure that everyone knows who I am: Kelsey’s fiance, “other half,” photographer for our NRW (New Restaurant Wednesday) excursions, vacation planner aficionado, and finally significant other. It’s great to finally guest blog on her website, and for that reason I am honored to begin my blogging quest with wedding decision number 18, the honeymoon!
This decision came to me as a surprise because I did not know where to begin. I have envisioned lots of different places and ideas that could all be very unique to our traveling experiences thus far. For instance, we could travel abroad and visit new countries over in Europe and make it a week-long excursion by “Euro” hopping around. We could keep things simple and do a domestic road trip around the Atlantic coastline with food and drink stops along the way. Or, we could make it a nice getaway to a Caribbean island and relax on the beach. It was very difficult and challenging to decide because my dialogue with Kelsey for the past year has been something like, “So, honey, where would you like to go for our honeymoon?” She’d respond, “Oh, it doesn’t matter…as long as we are together.” This made the decision more difficult in my mind because I would have hoped she could have envisioned the ideal spot for us to land for a week or two.
With the help from our AAA agent Renee, we decided to give her a visit during one of our vacation days away from work and grab some suggestions from her. Now Renee came highly recommended by our siblings Kyle and Kari since they used her to plan their two-week European excursion a couple of months ago. The family mentioned to us that “prices were good, “she was the best agent at AAA”, and “you won’t be disappointed.” Seeing that family is almost always right about these kind of decisions and ideas, Kelsey and I gave her a try.
When we arrived at the AAA office, the entire staff was very friendly and welcomed us inside. Renee, who was diligently typing away at her computer and finishing a phone call with a prior client, smiled at us and said, “You must be Kelsey and Phillip; please grab a seat.” Immediately Kelsey and I sat at the two seats at her desk and introduced ourselves. Renee’s first question to us was “So, where do you envision going for your honeymoon?” Kelsey began by responding, “Anywhere that is adult-friendly and has no kiddos around.” I nodded my head in agreement but wasn’t quite sure what to say after, so I let the ladies continue in conversation. Shortly thereafter Renee grabbed a large AAA destination handbook that literally looked like the Bible for vacationers! She flipped through the pages and came across some highly recommended resorts in the Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and the Cayman Islands. Notice the pattern? I may have mentioned to Renee that a Caribbean resort wouldn’t be such a bad idea, so she went on to peruse the typical spots that most adults had traveled to. Now I was excited and wanted to see which resorts would be nice for a relaxing time.
Of the countless options we saw in the book, Renee did in fact recommend a few resorts in the Dominican Republic (specifically the Punta Cana area) that would suit us perfectly. The options were adults only, all-inclusive, provided easy beach access, and included amenities and activities to do. Shortly after hearing the details of these resorts, Kelsey and I decided to leave the office and think about it together.
I did some more research on my own accord while Kelsey was traveling for work and came to a final decision that would be ideal for our needs. I decided on the perfect resort in the Dominican Republic that would an ideal spot for our first week as newlyweds. Besides, I wanted to ensure that Kelsey gets a massage or two while there and that we can go on a snorkeling excursion, which by the way is included in the resort package! To me it’s a win-win situation and I am sure that Kelsey will enjoy it, and that is all that matters to me.