7 months ago, we took the plunge (click here for pictures and videos from the wedding)
4 months ago, we took the Honeymoon Compatibility test....and barely passed (click here to take the test yourself)
1 minute ago, we took a dice, rolled it, concluded to cross off Item #1 on my travel bucket list and call it a honeymoon. Hehe.
I was kidding with the last one. But yes, in spite of #babybaby's attempts of destroying my list (click here for video proof!) we’ve finally agreed on a honeymoon. Woohoo!
So “calf land” it is! [*The name Italy comes from the word italia, meaning “calf land”]
Neither of us have been to that part of the globe so it will definitely be an adventure. Haha.
While I intend to eat my way around the country that invented the thermometer**, all my husband can think about basically revolves around the fact that the automobile is probably one of Italy’s greatest products. So yes – cars, circuits and anything to do with speed. Oh and golf. If applicable, that is. How romantic.
We’ll figure that out later but for now, we’re excited about planning this very much-anticipated getaway. We’ve finally got our schedules cleared, which means we’ll be on a proper vacation or honeymoon (whatever you want to call it, lol). Oh joy!
We’re currently working on our basic travel checklist (have travelled a bit for work but not sure how honeymoon travels differ, so this will be the first):
- Flights – found a really good deal online, but we’ll have to leave in less than 3 weeks
- Visa & Passport – No visa required for Malaysians staying up to 90 days, minimum 6 months passport validity.
- Accommodation – sorted. Using a combination of bookings on Airbnb, Booking.com, Agoda and an independent apartment website. Will do a review of the experiences on all these booking engines after the trip, for your reference.
- Activities/Tours (if applicable) – work in progress. Deciding between Viator, The Roman Guy and a few other operators for sites that involve long waiting lines (like the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Pisa, etc). Do you have experiences with any of those tour companies (would love to hear from you)?
- Inter-city transportation, airport transfers, etc – expensive to drive in Italy so we’ve decided to train around the major cities.
- Basic Italian words – hoping item #7 will be of help. Lol
- Useful travel apps – trying out the Ulmon, Tripadvisor and Museum app. Oh and Lingolook Italy.
- Pocket wifi – currently considering a few options. Will update after the trip.
- Packing list – the challenge of bringing enough for the October weather (to last a month), yet saving some space for souvenirs (and Italian cheese) within the 30kg luggage allowance. Yee-ha!
We’ve got the camera at the top of our packing list, so will do our best to document the trip with unbiased reviews of our Italian escape when we get back. Meantime, if you have any Italy travel tips to share (must-eats, where to eat and the usual travel stuff), we’d be most grateful.