Real-life couple Siân and Callum had an incredible honeymoon travelling around California – and best of all, their guests helped pay for it with Buy Our Honeymoon! Read on to find out more about their trip and why they chose to have their guests contribute…

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Where did you go?

For our amazing honeymoon we went on a road trip of California over 22 days, visiting San Diego, Palm Springs, Anaheim (Disneyland!), Los Angeles, Pismo Beach, Monterey, Yosemite, Napa and finishing off in San Francisco.

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Why did you choose California?

We originally set out looking at Hawaii as our honeymoon destination, but after finding out that to get there you have to change planes in California, we thought “ooh, California! That could be interesting!”

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We have always loved the idea of visiting all of America so what better way to start than our honeymoon. What started out as a two-week holiday turned out to be a 22-day tour of one of the most amazing places we could ever imagine.

The more research we did, the more places we wanted to visit and things we wanted to see – I don’t think we even scratched the surface. It was months and months of planning and we changed our itinerary so many times! We would do exactly the same trip again in a heartbeat — the planning really did pay off!

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What did you do there?

How long have you got?! We did anything and everything you could think of – dining in the most amazing settings, watching the sunsets, visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo, hiring a private speedboat (Callum got very accelerator-happy!), going to a drive-in movie and sheltering from the 120-degree heat in Palm Springs (!).

We spent far too much money in Disneyland (one of the highlights of the trip), and we also got to see the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame and Universal Studios in LA. We spent the most amazing 4th July in Santa Monica cruising Venice Beach on a tandem! We also drove along the Pacific Coast Highway and saw some of the most unbelievable views, and managed to catch a glimpse of a blue whale while whale watching.

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We visited the Monterey Bay aquarium, climbed waterfalls in Yosemite, travelled on the wine train and had a private lunch and wine tasting in a vineyard in Napa, saw the sights of amazing San Francisco including Alcatraz, visited the giant redwood forests and Sausalito – and, finishing off with probably the best moment, flew UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge in a helicopter! I could carry on for days but they are the highlights….

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What was your most romantic moment?

For a bit of downtime we had a stop off in Pismo Beach to break up the journey up the coast. We researched things to do in the area and came across a little spa in the middle of nowhere in a town called Paso Robles – we hired a private hot tub, bought a bottle of fizz and just relaxed together. It was amazing and is bringing a lump to my throat just writing about it now. It’s the little things you find away from the crowds that made us realise just how lucky we were.

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It’s great for honeymoons because…

Its great for honeymoons because there is so much to do and see. It’s not a beach holiday, so if you want to just relax it’s probably not the place for you (though we did get a lot of relaxing in too!), and best of all you can then say you’ve done all these amazing things and experienced everything with your new husband or wife. It was the best start to married life and has made us want to do more travelling together. What more could you want?

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Why did you use Buy Our Honeymoon?

We’ve been living together for years and, as clichéd as it sounds, we had everything we needed in the house. So instead we thought we would focus on a dream honeymoon and after finding the Buy Our Honeymoon website I was adamant that it would be perfect. Callum was unsure at first but, as a good fiancé does, he trusted me!

Building the site was so easy, and you can make it look exactly as you want. We think by finding things to put on our list we ended up doing more than we would have done without it and it genuinely made our honeymoon. When the invites went out we were anxiously waiting for RSVPs but the excitement started when we started receiving emails about people buying things off the list!

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The generosity of our guests was unbelievable and every single person has said what an amazing idea it was. When we returned we put photos of what each person had paid for in our thank-you cards so they could see where their money went. It was so much more personal than people just giving money towards a holiday and our guests loved seeing everything we had planned. Our best friends are getting married next year and they have already started setting up their list!

Want more honeymoon inspiration? Check out our Honeymoon section for more planning advice – or go to Buy Our Honeymoon to start setting up your list!

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