Sep 5, 2014

FRESH FACE FRIDAY [& Blog Hop!]: Greatest Trip of My Life


Is it cliche to admit I still count our honeymoon as the greatest trip of my life? Sure, I've traveled all over Europe...I've even done mission work in South America, but nothing compares to going on vacation with your husband for the very first time! D and I got married on a hot summer day in July of 2007 at the ripe young ages of 20 (me) and 21 (D)--hello child bride! When we were planning our wedding, I knew I wanted to honeymoon somewhere tropical and we both wanted to add stamps to our passports. After weighing our options with a travel agent, Jamaica ended up being the perfect spot to do both!


Guys, that vacation. It was single most relaxing, blissed-out trip I've ever taken. If you've ever planned a wedding, you know how stressful they are. We were even crazier planning one while we were still in college! After it was all said and done and we both had those shiny rings on our fingers, we were SO ready to blow off some steam and enjoy some time alone away from all the world. We stayed at Sandals Grande Riviera Ocho Rios Resort and had the best time ever. I had never been at such a luxurious resort (hello, honeymoon penthouse suite and personal concierge!)...all-inclusive, beautifully landscaped, secluded...they catered to our every whim. As two young kids with hearts in our eyes and nothing but the world ahead of them, we soaked up every ounce of pampering, spending hours at the beach day-drinking and every evening dining on mind-blowing meals and dancing the night away. When we weren't mooning over one another by the pool, we did leave the resort to climb Dunn's River Falls (so fun!) and explore Jamaica's Fern Gully. We even squeezed in a couples massage on the pier at sunset one evening. Talk about a dream! Even with the crystal blue water and the warm tropical breezes, our week in Jamaica was most memorable because it was the first time we'd ever traveled without our families--just the two of us. It was the beginning of a new and exciting chapter of life and we reveled in every sweet moment. I remember crying the morning we were rolling our suitcases down the hallway of the resort to go home. I knew no vacation would ever be able to compare. Since then, we've traveled to some pretty amazing places, but still, our Jamaican honeymoon stands out in my mind. 7 years later and I still beg D to take me back to Sandals!

Is there a trip you've taken that still reins supreme in your memory? Write up a post all about it and link it up to the Fresh Face Friday Blog Hop! Don't forget to visit my first two fabulous Fresh Faces below and read where their greatest trips have been! And now, the writing prompt for the next Fresh Face Friday is:

--Share three of your irrational fears--

See you back here September 26th! Happy weekending!

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FRESH FACE FRIDAY BLOG HOP!

Hosted by: Casey @ We Took the Road Less Traveled

This week's writing topic: 
Tell us about the greatest trip of your life!

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15 comments:

  1. Traveling with your partner is so wonderful!

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  2. We honeymooned at a Sandals, too! We were at the Bahamas, though, instead of Jamaica. I still think about that trip and how I wish I took even more advantage of how relaxing it was. I vote you guys go back for your next anniversary!

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  3. I totally have a similar post coming up in a couple weeks about the best trips I've been on and our honeymoon is totally one of my favorites too! :)

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  4. I didn't have a honeymoon. Due to my husband left for the army 10 days after we go married

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    1. That makes me so sad Amy!! I hope you guys get the chance to go away together somewhere nice someday.

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  5. Awww. Really, the best holidays are just the ones where you can spend quality time with the people you love making memories that will last a lifetime. Doesn't need to be extravagant or on the other side of the world to be amazing!

    That being said...my favorite holiday was the time we went on Safari in Kruger National Park South Africa. We even shared a private plane with Tony Blair! Random awesomeness. Seeing the animals in the wild has put me off zoos forever. So much beauty in the world.

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  6. I am going to be dreaming about being at that pool all day!

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  7. We actually went to Ocho Rios for our honeymoon too! Dunn's River Falls was really beautiful, though the hocking of trinkets in and out was a little much for Matt to handle!

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  8. I've been wanting to go to a resort with my husband so bad! Do they have any in Germany that you know of? Maybe we can cross it off our list over there!

    Sunflowers & Love

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  9. My honeymoon was one of the best trips i've ever taken too. we just went to destin, florida but i was just soooo overjoyed!

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  10. I have never been away without Tim although he has gone away without me a few times

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  11. Aww this is so sweet, Casey. I totally get the getting married at 20 and having to plan during college stress! (We actually ended up having two ceremonies because we couldn't find a place that would accommodate 600 people.) I wouldn't change it for the world, though! :)

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  12. I love this post! It hits home because at the beginning of summer my husband and I took a quick and spontaneous trip to Jamaica. It was our first time there and after having traveled to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, I have to say Jamaica was hands down my favorite Caribbean destination. And thinking back to being 20 years old, I'm pretty sure if I had traveled there at that time I'd still have a huge place in my heart for it still!

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  13. I also think our honeymoon was the best trip we took together, even though we had travelled tons before even moving countries together but it was just so special feeling being on a real actual honeymoon!

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  14. I cried when we had to go home from our honeymoon too!!! We did a Caribbean cruise and it was amazing.

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