Ryan Shepard
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May 18, 2024

Why a Babymoon is Essential: Top Domestic and International Destinations for Expecting Couples

Let’s talk about babymoons. I know, I know—it sounds super bougie to even mention a vacation when you’re anticipating a significant increase in household expenses (kids are expensive, y’all!). Plus, considering that the U.S. isn’t exactly winning awards for parental leave and care, you might be facing a temporary pay cut. But hear me out: a babymoon is so much more than a frivolous escape. It’s a chance for you and your partner to hit the pause button, spend some quality time together, and prepare for the massive change heading your way.

First off, let’s talk about the benefits. A babymoon can be incredibly beneficial for your marriage. It’s a chance to connect on neutral territory, away from the usual stressors of work, home, and baby prep. You get to have those important conversations about parenting styles, hopes, fears, and everything in between, all while enjoying a change of scenery. This uninterrupted time together can strengthen your bond and help you face the upcoming challenges as a united team.

Now, before you start picturing a lavish trip to some far-flung destination, let’s get one thing straight: babymoons don’t have to be exotic or expensive. The point is to pause, reflect, and connect with your partner before your relationship shifts to welcome a new member. So, where can you go that’s amazing yet budget-friendly? Here are a few stateside suggestions:

  1. Maine: Cozy up in a charming bed and breakfast, explore the beautiful coastal towns, and indulge in some of the best seafood around.
  2. California: From the scenic drives of Big Sur to the wine country of Napa Valley, there are plenty of romantic spots to relax and unwind.
  3. South Carolina: Charleston offers a perfect mix of history, charm, and Southern hospitality. Walk hand-in-hand down cobblestone streets and enjoy some incredible cuisine.
  4. Colorado: If you’re into the great outdoors, the Rocky Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for hiking, hot springs, and stargazing.
  5. Florida: The beaches of the Gulf Coast or the laid-back vibe of the Keys can be incredibly soothing. Plus, there’s nothing like a sunset over the ocean to spark deep conversations.
  6. Arizona: The serene desert landscapes of Sedona are perfect for relaxation and reflection. Treat yourselves to a spa day or a gentle hike among the red rocks.

But if you do want to ball out, I love international destinations like Cabo (I’ve been aching to stay at the Thompson Hotel there), Playa Del Carmen, The Bahamas, and The Virgin Islands. These spots are all fairly accessible from the States and close enough that you could get back should a medical emergency (God forbid) take place.

The key is to find a place where you both can relax, recharge, and reconnect. It doesn’t need to be a luxury resort (unless that’s your thing, of course!). A cozy cabin, a charming inn, or even a local bed and breakfast can provide the perfect setting for your babymoon.

Remember, this time is about you and your partner savoring your relationship before it expands to include your little one. It’s about taking a breath, holding hands, and looking forward to the incredible adventure ahead.

So, whether you’re lounging on a beach or exploring a new city, make the most of your babymoon. Trust me, you’ll cherish these moments together before your world gets a little bit bigger and a whole lot more wonderful.

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