The Pros and Cons of Multi-mooning

Earlier this week I wrote about the new honeymoon vocabulary and I thought to myself, since Jetsetter got to to make up some of their own honeymoon labels, why can’t I?  So ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the <<drum roll>> MULTI-MOON!

That’s right, the multi-moon.  I just made up the term, so I better offer a definition.  A multi-moon is a honeymoon that involves destinations in more than one country.  It seems to be a pretty popular option as there there have been many multi-moon combinations on this blog already, including honeymoons in Greece & Turkey, France & Italy, and my own honeymoon in Bali & Vietnam.

Destination #1: Ubud, Bali

Destination #1: Ubud, Bali

Destination #3: Hoi An, Vietnam

Destination #3: Hoi An, Vietnam

While I myself am a big fan of multi-moons*, I completely understand that they are not for everyone.  That’s why I created the following list of multi-moon pros and cons:

Pros:

  • What’s marriage all about?  Compromise!  Let’s say your ideal vacation is doing nothing on the beach while your spouse prefers active sightseeing.  There are some destinations out there that will allow you to do both (I foresee a blog post on this topic in your near future…), but you can also just choose to visit two or more destinations instead.
  • Even if you and your spouse do have the same vacation style, you may have a difficult time finding a destination that satisfies all of your requests.  For example, I really wanted to visit Bali but we hadn’t heard spectacular things about the food there, which was a big deal for us.  Vietnam on the other hand is known for its cuisine, so Bali PLUS Vietnam was our solution.
  • Going to more than one destination during your honeymoon gives you something to look forward to even when you’re midway through your trip.  Each time we arrived at a new resort, we got even more excited to see what was coming next.
  • If you need to do a layover on the way to your final destination, you can consider turning the layover city into a destination in and of itself.  Check out this previous post about how to make the most of a layover.

Cons:

  • Multi-moons can be exhausting!  After traveling many hours to reach a first destination, many honeymooners want to stay put and not step foot in another airport, train station, or ferry port until it’s time for them to go back home.  Totally understandable.
  • Not only can multi-mooning be tiresome, but it can also be a lot more expensive depending on the amount of travel necessary between the destinations and whether you need to purchase additional visas.
  • Getting between your destinations can take up quality beach time.  Between transfers and layovers in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City, it took us nearly 12 hours to get between Bali and Hoi An, Vietnam.**
  • Multiple destinations usually will require more research and planning.  This might be fine if you weren’t already simultaneously planning your wedding, but a lot of engaged couples want to avoid adding more stress when possible.

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* We went to two countries (Indonesia and Vietnam) and stayed in a total of four different cities: Ubud, Nusa Dua, Hoi An, and Nha Trang.  Aaron was hoping we could add a third country into the mix as well (Malaysia), but our travel agent talked us out of it.

** Was it worth it?  Oh yes.

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2 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Multi-mooning

  1. Fully booked and planned my multi-moon. 12 flight legs and 5 countries in 14 days. She has no idea what she’s gotten into.

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