It’ll be hard, especially considering just how wonderful honeymoon destinations can be. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of five tips to help you bring a little piece of your honeymoon back home with you. It’s your first memory as a married couple, after all, and the start of many more, so why not commemorate it? Here’s how:
1. Map Out Your Journey
If you and your honey covered some ground on your honeymoon — say, you followed an extensive road-trip route across the country — you can come home and commemorate it with a travel map. There are plenty of options, depending on the distances you have travelled or plan to travel. For example, you can find scratch-off maps of the world, which allow you to scratch off the countries you visit over the years. You can also create your own with pushpins to denote the cities you’ve visited, or cover each state or country with a picture you took there until the whole map is full. Don’t worry, you have your whole lives to complete it!
2. Add Some Art
Art is a hard souvenir to transport. Either you have to figure out how to roll it up and carry it home without damaging it, or you have to shove a bulky tube or package into a suitcase that’s presumably full already. That’s why it’s totally fine to buy a post-vacation souvenir: a piece of art that depicts the place you visited. Whether it’s a vintage poster or oil painting, you’ll always look at the piece you purchase and remember your first trip together as a married couple. It’ll also be a talking piece that you’ll be excited to discuss with guests.
3. …Or Snag Some Post Cards
Perhaps you want to pick up something while you’re on your actual honeymoon… or you want something a bit cheaper than a completely new piece of art. If so, you can pick up postcards with images of all of the city walls you walked, coves you snorkeled or mountains you climbed. There are countless ways to transform these little mailers into works of art. Much like the map idea discussed above, the great thing about a postcard art display is that you can add to it over time as you travel more together.
4. Return With a Relic
Some honeymoons will take you to far-flung places with a culture completely different than your own. If that’s the case, bring a piece of décor home with which to decorate your shared nest. For example, imagine you’ve visited Morocco with your honey. This country just so happens to be known for its incredible textiles, including rugs. These rugs carry a wealth of symbolism and stories shared in Berber tribes for decades. You two could find a rug with a story that speaks to you, bring it home and have it anchor your living space.
It could also be pottery, dishware, a statuette or furniture… the possibilities are endless! Of course, the packaging or shipping could cost a little extra, but it’s worth it: you can come home and create the entire look and feel of your room from the one piece you bought on your first post-union trip.
5. Start a Saving Jar
Finally, a great way to get over your post-honeymoon blues is to start saving for your next adventure. While you might be able to do this online with your bank, it could also be fun to make a savings jar labeled with something along the lines of, “Our Next Honeymoon.” You can dump loose change or bills in at the end of the day and watch as it all adds up. And, with the word “honeymoon” to inspire you to save, you’re sure to be jetting off on your next vacation in no time.
You only get one honeymoon, and that’s what makes it so special. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy it and bring a physical piece of it back with you to cherish for years to come. No matter what you choose, you can rest assured that your memories are the best souvenir of all. Now, go pack your bags and go make them.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.