A babymoon is your last chance to travel before you transform from just a couple, into a family. It's a chance to get away and spend some quality time together, so you will want to choose a destination that's fun, interesting and maybe a little glamorous.
At the same time, choosing the right destination for an international babymoon can be kind of a headache. There are many factors to consider, including your personal comfort level, the limitations of your pregnancy and the ever-present specter of Zika, which rules out about half the globe.
Here are a few interesting destinations for a great, grown-ups only international trip before your family gets a little bigger.
Japan is a bucket list destination for many thanks to the thousands of years of history contrasted with cutting edge modernism. With strong tourism infrastructure, helpful people and lots of English speakers, it's accessible even for first time visitors to Asia. It's also an extremely pregnancy-friendly destination thanks to the ubiquitous public bathrooms, excellent public transportation and snacks on every corner.
Even if you're avoiding sushi (check with your doctor), there are so many delicious things to eat in Japan, and food safety is not a major concern. The only drawback? Smoking is allowed in some restaurants and bars, so check before you sit down for a meal.
If an extra long plane ride while pregnant doesn’t fit into your idea of a relaxing vacation, consider a visit to our neighbor to the north. There's no need to worry about Zika, and you are still fairly close to home in case of an emergency. It's extremely safe, there is no language barrier (mostly), and culture shock is minimal, making this a very easy way to go abroad without much hassle.
The real challenge will be figuring out where to go. Canada has cosmopolitan cities like Vancouver and Toronto as well as sparkling natural beauty in places like Banff and the Maritimes. Montreal and Quebec City even have old world European charm.
If the heat of summer is just too much to bear, escape somewhere cool and green, like Ireland. This country is rich in centuries old history, with castles, churches and folklore to dig into. There's also brilliant natural beauty from the windswept Cliffs of Moher to the Ring of Kerry and the Coast of County Donegal.
Ireland is a fairly hassle-free place to travel as everyone speaks English and they use the Euro for currency. You can rent a car and design your own perfect mix of city and country vacation.
It's a long way to travel, but if you long to discover somewhere exotic, South Africa is a good choice. Unlike most of Africa, it's Zika-free and malaria free. Although parts are dangerous, most of the tourist areas are very safe and modern. It's also full of fascinating destinations from the beautiful city of Cape Town to gorgeous beaches and the world famous Kruger National Park.
Where to go in the cold weather if most tropical destinations are off the list? Bundle up and head to Germany to explore the Christmas markets. December in Germany is chilly, but cozying up with a hot cocoa among the twinkling market lights will feel like something our of a fairy tale. Plus you can fill your pregnant belly with lots of delicious holiday snacks. Germany is a very safe country with lots of hospitals and great tourism infrastructure so you can feel totally at ease.
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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