To Travel, or not to Travel, That is the Question…

When we think of romantic places for honeymoons what destinations come immediately to mind?  Hawaii, Tahiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Acapulco…  Warm, sunny places with oceans, beaches and palm trees.  No matter which state we live in, we always want to travel to faraway locations.

But why?

That’s what I asked myself when I saw a commercial for Michigan today…

Okay, yeah, the song is a little much, but as you can see, there are so many beautiful places here that I just can’t fathom spending a fortune to travel thousands of miles in search of the perfect romantic spot.

In fact, a long time ago I came up with a perfect honeymoon:  Athens, Paris, Norway, Holland, Moscow, Hamburg, and Greenland.  Yes, they are all cities, villages, townships and unincorporated communities in Michigan, but how much fun would it be to tell everyone you know where you’re going on your honeymoon?  Especially if you finished it all off by going to Hell.  Especially in the winter when Hell freezes over.  Okay, okay!  It’s a city…honest!

If you want to see celebrities, Michigan has concerts everywhere, in addition to  Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre, and our very own…Da Yoopers!   With the holidays upon us, check out one of their Christmas videos:

The metal detector in the beginning of the video is because Michigan’s Upper Peninsula gets a LOT of snow…and he’s trying to find his car.

So…  I admit that this suggestion is more for laughs, but doesn’t ‘romantic’ also include having fun?  I think so.

My point is…if Michigan offers a wide variety of destinations, from romantic, to silly, to…well, okay, Da Yoopers are kind of weird (but still fun), doesn’t every state offer similar things?  A weekend trip to a bed and breakfast five miles from home would do it for me.

I guess I just don’t get why a romantic getaway has to be expensive and elaborate.  It’s not where you go, it’s who you’re with.  With the right person, even a tent in the woods would be perfect.  Not for me, of course (remember my blog about mosquitoes?), but it would work for a lot of people.

In this song, even an empty bar is a romantic setting.  Throw Brad Paisley in there and yeah…I’ll just bet it is! 

So why do you think people like to travel to exotic locations for a honeymoon?  Maybe I’m just weird (okay, yeah…I am), but I just don’t see me being very interested in sightseeing if I were on my honeymoon.

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6 Responses to To Travel, or not to Travel, That is the Question…

  1. LOL…yeah, I have to say a beach wedding in December or January in Michigan might leave a little to be desired (like warmth!). Somehow I think being treated for frostbite on your honeymoon would kill the whole romance thing.

    I think you’re right that it’s been taken a bit too far. I remember going to weddings when I was a kid and all the families brought food to the reception. The thought of paying $30+ a head for catering would have been laughed off as a joke.

    If I had $20,000 laying around to pay for my daughter’s wedding when she gets married, I’d rather spend $3,000 on the wedding and give them the rest for a down payment on a house.

    But that’s just me. I wouldn’t pay over $20.00 for a purse either, lol. 🙂

  2. Although I do agree with you Kristy, there is something to be said for ambiance. You know, setting the mood. But perhaps people have taken it a little too far. Hello, that’s a new thought! LOL

    I do think it’s more important to be with that special someone, but Michigan? Seriously? In the winter? I’m joking! 🙂

  3. Oh I know! I’ve been stunned when people have shared with me what they’ve spent on their kids weddings I could make three house payments for what some of the dresses cost (just ONE dress). I think a great wedding would be a sunset ceremony on the beach, followed by a barbeque with burgers, potato salad and cake. Minimal expense, heavy on the romance…and likely convenient to a nice hotel, LOL.

  4. Lynn Kelley says:

    I’m with you. I don’t think you need to spend a fortune on a honeymoon (or a wedding, for that matter), but my kids don’t agree, so they paid for their own weddings (most of it) and honeymoons! LOL!

  5. Hmm…Hells Gate. If you see Sam and Dean, let me know. I’ll head right over. Might as well since we don’t have SNOW in Michigan yet. But I guess that means Hell won’t freeze over any time soon. 🙂

    And it is about the company. One thing I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, is that it doesn’t matter what you have, or where you go. It’s who you’re with. The wrong person can make it ‘hell’ on earth (right here in Michigan, lol). But the right person could make a cave a nice place to be. For me that would have to be a VERY special person because I have this thing about liking open spaces more. 🙂

  6. Debra Kristi says:

    You’ve got the right idea. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It’s about the company and what you make of it.

    Interesting fact: We have a Hells Gate over this way in Death Valley. I wonder if one must pass through there to get to Hell, Michigan. ;o)

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