DH of 5 mos and I went to Aruba. Got lots of comments about Natalie Holloway, as we booked the trip during the hight of publicity. It was a great trip, nice balance of relaxation and exhausting touring.
I’m pretty tough to impress, and probably wouldn’t go back due to the cost of flights there. Would rather spend it to see more in Europe. I was too paranoid about burning my virgin-white skin:p and keep my waist-length hair from tangling horribly to truly enjoy the constant breeze (read GALE FORCE WINDS) and temperate 90 degree weather. I say that with humor and truthfulness. You don’t notice the heat so much with the water and wind.
The scenery was beautiful. We rented an ATV and drove through the desert to the undeveloped side of the island in their nat’l park, and the rough dusty ride was totally worth it.
The only thing I can say about hitting Paris, Venice, and Rome in two weeks is that the traveling will wear you out a lot faster than anything. A friend and I toured S. France, N. Italy, Barcelona, Fatima, and Santarem, Portugal in 3 weeks and were totally beat the entire time. It was certainly on par with my honeymoon, and I didn’t even spend that one with my dreamy husband.:o
We were able to plan our entire trip as we went with the exception of Cinqa Terras (sp?) where we never did find a hotel and ended up having to sleep on some rocks on the edge of a cliff, literally. This was a great way to do it since it allowed us to see things at our own pace, not when we were too exhausted to truly enjoy it.
Do your research ahead of time TOGETHER and plan out what you want to see and do. Plan a rough order, both chronological and prioritized, then see how you feel. You may want to “sleep in” some morning or “turn in early” some night;) . This worked for DH and I, only DH wasn’t in on the research and planning so it was a little more pressure on me to come up with things to do.
Also plan and stick to your budget. Don’t make too many visits to the ATM or you’ll be nickel and dimed in transfer fees.