My husband and I haven’t been on a just-the-two-of-us and for-no-other-reason-than-to-relax (read: not for someone’s wedding) vacation since our honeymoon, which was in August 2009. So we decided (I decided?) that we’re doing this babymoon thing.
We talked about a cruise initially, but I tend to be biased against cruises as being in international waters seems to invite tragedy, and I don’t want to end up on the Today Show discussing the HORRIBLE THING that happened on the cruise ship. Worse, I don’t want to be the person who is victim of that HORRIBLE THING. So, no cruise, not this time.
We talked about going out of the country, but cost-wise and pregnant-wise that seemed daunting. I don’t want to deal with overnight flights, language barriers, or unfamiliar food. So in the U.S., we shall stay.
Narrowing it down to the 48 continental states is actually a good thing. Rarely do we vacation based on no other reason than, “Here’s a place we’d like to go.” We're usually traveling for family, for friends, for weddings, for races. Not just because we'd like to check a place out.
I, the official vacation planner, started looking at cities. My criteria: 1) It must be accessible via Southwest Airlines so we can use our miles and not actually pay for the flight; 2) It must be warm; 3) There must be a pool and/or beach; 4) The food options must be epic.
Yes, epic. Have you met my husband? He likes to eat.
After lots of time on TripAdvisor, I came up with three choices:
- San Diego, CA
- Austin, TX
- Charleston, SC
So it’s official, we’re trying to finalize the dates, but we’ll be spending our Babymoon in Austin. Since I am lazy and don’t believe that a vacation should involve a lot of schlepping around, pregnant or not (Seriously, do not expect me to run from museums to monuments to historical whatevers, I don’t care if I’m in EUROPE.), we’ll be splitting our time between staying in Austin, near the action, and staying at a spa about 30 minutes outside of the city. And we’ll be eating--based on the list of restaurants recommendations I’ve received--a lot.