Travelers: Rhea and Geoff
Type: Domestic travel
Budget: Midrange ($1000-$5000)
Where did you go? We chose to go to Orlando, Florida because one day I said “Hey, Geoff, can we go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for our honeymoon?” And he said “Um, of course!”
I am obsessed with Harry Potter and thought it would be a perfect vacation. We waited until after my school semester was done and made it our first Christmas/New Year’s together and our honeymoon. Plus Legoland had just opened, and that’s Geoff’s obsession, so it was super-perfect timing!
What did you do? We rode roller coasters almost every day and our favorites multiple times in that day, our hotel was a seven minute walk or a cute little water taxi ride away from Universal and Islands of Adventure.
We had a nice and delicious Christmas dinner at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. We spent New Year’s in Harry Potter world because it’s beautiful at night, then went up to the room and drank the champagne we chilled in our sink. Classy.
We found a beer tour at Orlando Brewing. They had amazing beer and were super knowledgeable, and they are also certified organic! We watched the New Orleans Saints games in bars where we found other fans or rivals who were super nice and we had fun teasing with.
We went to Legoland and learned everything possible about Lego. And we spent as much time in the Wizarding World as possible. The food was really good there.
What would you have done differently? I would have had asked more strangers to take pictures of us. We had a tripod but it was hard to bring anywhere (even though it was small) so all of our pictures are at arms length. Other than that, which isn’t a huge deal, it was perfect.
What’s your best travel advice for other offbeat travelers? Take lots of pictures, even of inanimate objects that you liked. Dress comfortably and pick a location you’ll always remember and maybe will want to take your family to one day.
Enjoy every moment, even if the weather’s bad, your head hurts, or any other thing that happens, because once it’s over you’ll miss it!