International, Travel

“Two Roundtrip Tickets to Spain, Please.” Part 1

In August of 2010, my then fiancé and I were headlong into planning for our October wedding when we started planning the fun part – our honeymoon!

Allow me to set the scene: We had just graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and moved down to Miami Beach to work in the family business.  Money was tight considering we were fresh out of college and the country was knee-deep in a recession, but we were determined to make it work.

University of Florida Class of 2010
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

With the kind generosity of our families and some budget friendly moves on our part, we were able to account for everything without quite breaking the bank.  In thinking about our honeymoon – I wanted to travel to Europe.  Yeah, I know … this sounds crazy given the aforementioned circumstances, but this trip was something I had basically been obsessing over for as long as I can remember, it was going to happen. 🙂

My fiancé, being very well traveled himself, understood this desire and was all too happy to figure out a way to get us there.  So we did what every irresponsible couple does and applied for a credit card to pay for the trip.  Yes, Yes, I know this sounds like a bad idea, but bare with me here.

About a month out from the wedding date, I found two roundtrip tickets to Madrid, Spain for $800 each!  This was great, considering the majority of the flights I’d been seeing were in the $1,000 range, so I jumped on it!  So there we were one month out from our wedding with roundtrip tickets to Spain.  To say that I was excited would be an understatement.

Fast forward to October – the wedding was amazing!  We had family fly in from all over the world, the food was great, the parties were amazing and I married the most wonderful man in the world.

Wedding Day
Photo Credit: Geraldine Pavan

Then it suddenly dawned on me – we had tickets to Spain, but hadn’t actually booked a hotel or planned what we would be doing … I’d been so wrapped up in getting everything for the wedding sorted that I completely neglected to actually PLAN the honeymoon.

Thus begins our adventure …

 

 

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