we have not been able to take a honeymoon for three reasons:
two: travel (airplanes, more specifically) is a huge pollutant.
three: we donated the money that we had saved for our honeymoon to the NO ON PROP 8 campaign.
now that i can take a break from work in march, obstacle one is out of the way, so lately i've been dreaming about a honeymoon again. i really feel like i would like to get away from los angeles, the car, the dogs, work, the tv, computer, etc. but i'm very torn about travel. that brings me to obstacle two:
travel is the worst for the environment & although i know we can buy carbon credits, it still makes me weary to fly and contribute to all that pollution. i've looked into amazing places in our own state (we do live in beautiful california, after all!) that we can drive to (i run my car on biodiesel, so not as much of a pollution concern) or that we could take the train to. i've always wanted to take the train, maybe just up the coast to santa barbara...
that said, i've been dreaming about visiting these lovely eco cabanas in tulum, mexico. they are free from phones, tv's, internet and no electricity. they are very rustic, right on the beautiful beach. i've visited tulum before, for one day when i was in cancun scouting and i've always wanted to go back. i've also had friends who've visited there and even lived there & they have raved about it and they were the ones who recommended cabanas copal. there is an on-site spa, where they do in-room massages and yoga on premises every morning at 7:30 am. dreamy. (they are even gay-friendly! they've performed same-sex marriages at their resort & they have a gay flag on their website.) patty has never been to mexico & i've shown her the website--she thinks it looks great. she's not as excited about the no tv, but it's our honeymoon, after all. and it's fairly inexpensive, which brings me to obstacle three: money.
i've searched all over for something similar in hawaii, but anything comparable is at least three times as much. we have a trade worked out with someone for taking care of our dogs, so we don't have to worry about that expense. we could afford the eco-cabanas, too since they are so reasonable, and i know from experience that mexico is very affordable. we even have airline miles we can use.
so while i'm very hesitant about the airline travel, i'm really seriously considering the tulum vacation. i really want to get away from it all, no tv, electronics, etc. and i think the only way to do that is to completely remove ourselves...while i'd love the train trip, we would still be here with our computers, cell phones, tv's, etc. i haven't taken a break from work in at least three years and patty and i have NEVER taken a trip like this together...
so i guess i have to look in to carbon off-sets...