When people think of planning weddings and honeymoons, they are thinking about something that usually occurs between just two people.
That may have been true in the past, however, families today take on different shapes and sizes. According to an article appearing in the Washington Post, the Stepfamily Association of America stated that nearly 65% of all nuptials for the 2.3 million couples that remarry each year, also include children.
A committed couple may have had children before deciding to get married, or they one or both partners may already have children from a previous marriage. Some couples may not be able to find a sitter in order to get away without the kids or they simply don’t want to. Kids are easily included in wedding ceremony in thing like carrying wedding bands or being flower girls, but what about honeymoons. While it might seem hard to believe, it is possible to have a fabulous honeymoon to celebrate your new lives as a couple and also to bring the kids along for the adventure. Some have cleverly coined the term “familymoons” to refer to these post-wedding getaways.
Here are some ideas to a fabulous time on your honeymoon as a couple and be able to include the kids, too.
- Have a Destination Wedding! – Many couples are opting for destination weddings. Taking their vows at a locale on a beautiful beach on the French Riviera, at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Hawaii, or on an island in the Bahamas can be a spectacular way to mark the occasion. While inviting their closest family and friends, inevitably such destination weddings mean that the kids are along, too. Why not take the time to explore and have a vacation to remember while getting to know each other as a family?
- Take the Family on Safari – What in the world could be more exciting than going on an African safari? The Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa in conjunction with the Born Free Foundation and the Shamwari Wildlife Hospital features a “Kids on Safari” program. These all-inclusive packages feature a stay at a traditional African lodge while giving families a rare opportunity to see elephants, lions, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo in their natural habitat.
- A Family Adventure in Costa Rica – Another destination familymoon might include exploring the rainforest in Costa Rica in a Familymoon Volunteer Adventure which allows guests to stay at a resort hotel or opt to stay with a local host family for a true Costa Rican experience to remember.
- Adventuring Closer to Home – When faced with the choice of no honeymoon or doing something that doesn’t involve long international flights, there are some wonderful destinations to see here! Some destinations include taking an exciting float trip down the Colorado River and exploring Arizona’s desert southwest. Popular stops along the river can include staying at a ranch or the Grand Canyon. Or you might find that a family stay at a Colorado dude ranch from the back of a horse is just the kind of laid-back adventure that will bring everyone closer together.
- Family Cruises – Most major cruise lines have family-oriented cruises that feature something for everyone. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers Family cruises with activities for adults and kids of all ages. These include an on-board circus school, Splash Academy, or even Late Night Port Play for kids to stay engaged and active and adults get some quality alone time.
Destinations for Disney Cruises include the California Coast, Alaska, or even Disney’s very own Castaway Island located in the Caribbean. Kids are engaged in lots of activities and entertainment as well as being able to hang out with Mickey and all their Disney favorites. Meanwhile, adults can spend some special alone time together or the whole family can spend evenings enjoying exploring ports of call or onboard entertainment.
Most transportation companies, cruise lines, and resorts offer packages that are designed to include kids. No matter where you choose to go, you are sure to find the perfect option for you and the family.
About the author: Sophia Moore – A passionate writer and a blogger leading her own blog at awebtoknow.com. She started freelancing as a way to connect to other people, to reach to their hearts and make a difference with her word. The blog was born out of a pure desire to connect… to have the freedom of writing what really matters, what actually makes a difference.