For the whole wedding trip/honeymoon, the plan would be to fly to Gibraltar (or maybe Malaga), spend a few days on Gibraltar and get married there, then go into Spain and hire a campervan, which we'd travel around in for maybe a couple weeks.
A few years ago I started looking into getting a campervan, but could never save up the money for one. I was really keen to do a campervan holiday though. OH had been planning to travel around Europe in a campervan too (this was all before we knew each other), so on our first date, it was one of the things we talked about wanting to do. For our first holiday together, which was about 4 months after we started dating, we hired a campervan in France, and travelled around in it for 2 weeks. We decided that we'd get our own campervan, but since neither of us are knowledgable about mechanical things, we decided we didn't want a retro one like we had in France, but instead a more modern one. So, now we want to hire a newer one to see how we like that before buying one. We also need to look into what it would be like to go on campervan holidays with babies and toddlers, because if it's just going to sit in the drive for a few years, we'll probably just wait.
I'm not sure where we'd go in Spain with it. One of the things we liked about our trip to France was going through the little villages that we wouldn't have normally seen on a regular holiday, so we want to do something similar in Spain.
There are a lot of monkeys on Gibraltar too apparently! My friends were there for a wedding and were warned to keep their hotel windows closed because of them.
I had an unexpected holiday in Spain about 5 years ago- I went for a weekend for a conference and had hoped to extend it to make it into a holiday, but couldn't with my teaching schedule. But, then the volcanic ash cloud came and I was stranded in Spain for a week! I was originally in Grenada, then went to Madrid for a few days, then Barcelona for a few days, then got an overnight bus to Paris, where I had a day, then went to Caen where I got the ferry back to the UK. Although I wish I had been more prepared (I had only packed for the conference and for 3 days, and also was low on money at the time), it was a really fun adventure. We'll probably at least go to Grenada again because OH has never been to the Alhambra. I'm not sure if we'll go to Barcelona since his cousin is moving there in July, so we'll have other opportunities to go, but we both love Barcelona and have wanted to go there together for ages.
I've just ordered my birth certificate from NJ! I need to bring my driving license into work tomorrow and scan and send it too, but hopefully it won't take too long! I've also got a form for my divorce certificate too, so hopefully that won't take too long either! Those have been the biggest obstacles. The next one will be to see what's going on with OH's possible new job and if he'd be able to take a few weeks off work.
I remember the ash cloud incident. Hubster has managed never to travel abroad and we plan to remedy this asap (2016-ish). I was an army brat that grew up in central Europe and have traveled to most of central and western Europe as an adult. But the brat life also taught me to keep copies of everything in my current residence - I can't believe you don't have copies of your birth certificate, woman! But very glad to hear that collecting all required items is going well, sometimes government offices can be nightmarish to deal with. I hope things continue to go smoothly!
My mom has all that stuff in a safe deposit box. It would be easy if I could just ask her for it! I really regret not having the foresight to ask for it while I was applying for citizenship last year when it would have been a legitimate request, especially since we were already thinking of eloping.
Where would you travel in 2016ish? We might end up doing a bigger trip too- to Japan or South America- depending on what happens with TTC. When I got the BFP, I think OH had a bit of a panic about what was on his better-to-do-before-we-have-kids list.
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