*guest post – written in collaboration with Emily Jones*
One of the perks of being pregnant is having an excuse to go on holiday before baby arrives. It’s totally a thing and it’s called a babymoon! Oli and I went to Venice back in March without the kids and it was so lovely. Babymoons are a great time to relax and connect as a couple before baby comes along and you have no time to even think about a holiday. I have a lovely guest post today, it features some wonderful Italian destinations for your babymoon and there are lots of tips to help you get the most out of your babymoon too. Enjoy!
Tips and gorgeous Italy destinations for the perfect babymoon
Ahhh, the babymoon. Something that anyone who has gone on one will tell you, ‘you need to go on one’.
What is a babymoon?
A babymoon is a trip dedicated for a couple to connect one-on-one before having a baby, or for any mum to simply relax.
Why should you go on a babymoon?
If you are a single mum, or you have a partner, it is a dream to connect with yourself and with your partner, before your (demanding) little bundle of joy adds a +1 to your dynamic. This is the time to travel and relax before the inevitable stress of being parents kicks in.
5 destinations for a lovely babymoon in Italy
Sicily is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that is different than anywhere else in Italy. There are three main airports on the island, so getting there is quite easy. You can rent a car and wind your way around the island. Also, to take your relaxation to a whole other level, try looking into renting a private accommodation. In Sicily villas with a pool are very common and websites like Wishsicily can help you find the perfect one. You will be pleased to discover that they are also very affordable.
The Cinque Terre are five fishing villages on the Ligurian Coast. The colorful little villages are set on the cliffs, reaching out to the blue waters of the sea with the backdrop of green hills. Monterosso al Mare is one of the five villages that is flat and does not require walking up and down stairs to get around the village and down to the sea. There is also the train that you can take to pop over to another village.
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is well known for its gorgeous sand beaches and transparent blue water. It sets the tone for a relaxing babymoon where you can simply enjoy the beach, wade into the sea as you far as you’d like, explore cliff trails, and spend time with sun coverage and sea views.
The Amalfi Coast, located in the Campania region of Italy, is well known for its coastal cliffs, picturesque multicoloured towns, turquoise waters and stunning sunsets. It is a naturally romantic backdrop that adds an extra something special to a babymoon.
Rome is the capital of Italy and a rather large city, but you can ‘do’ it in a way that makes for a wonderful babymoon destination! The city is an outdoor museum and if you plan ahead, you can set yourself to explore the picturesque streets, go to markets, spend some time in the parks throughout the city, and indulge in all the food, culture, art and timeless energy that the city offers.
Tips for a memorable trip
- Do go somewhere that is practical and will be lovely for a babymoon, not for example, your dream foodie destination where you won’t be able to indulge as much as you might like to
- Do go when the weather is manageable and safe while pregnant
- Do stay in a location that doesn’t have excessive stairs, etc.
- Don’t travel too early or too late in your pregnancy
- Don’t go somewhere that is difficult to get to
- Don’t put pressure on your babymoon being anything other than exactly what you want it to be.
So a babymoon? It is a wonderful way to relax and take part in some dedicated self-care and couple-care. You deserve it, especially before you shift into parent mode.
Oh Venice, take me back!
Are you pregnant and planning a babymoon? Where are you going? If you’re already a parent, did you take a break away before your baby arrived?