My Honeymoon Travel Personality

I received an email from Emma informing me that this month’s
travel link-up topic was about our travel personalities at a very opportune moment. I’d just been talking to Rich about how wedding planning had completely eclipsed our honeymoon planning, and how disorganised I was feeling.

Luckily, Mr Sunshine-To-Be is far more relaxed about these kinds of things, and simply shrugged his shoulders. To him, once the flights are booked and the hotels secured, then we’re done. All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the ride once we get there!

And he’s right. That’s exactly what we should be doing – it is our honeymoon after all. It’s the one time in our lives when we should be able to completely switch off, and not worry about sticking to fixed itineraries or notions of what we ‘should’ be doing. Instead, this holiday is all about relaxation, enjoying each other’s company and basking in the fact that we have the whole of the rest of our lives to look forward to together.

Nevertheless, there are a handful of things which my old travel personality will refuse to let go of, and therefore I have ensured that we have at least some of each of the following covered on each leg of our journey across Italy:

I love to seek out a great viewpoint

The more I get into my photography, the more excited I get over breathtaking views and stunning vistas. We are planning to climb to the top of the Duomo to get a great view of Florence, and to enjoy the stunning coastline of the Amalfi Coast from the infinity pools at each of our hotels…hopefully with a glass of champagne in hand.


I don’t like to leave a place without soaking up the local culture

Be this history, architecture or simply enjoying the local cuisine, Mr Sunshine-to-be and I will be up and about most days, soaking up the sites. We’re planning trips to the Roman Forum in Rome as well as Pompei to see the ancient ruins, we’re booked into a few locally-acclaimed restaurants, and we’ve vowed to do most of our travel along the Amalfi Coast via sea taxi, so that we can see all that there is to see.



But I also love the excuse to relax and do nothing!

Aside from exploring, holidays give us a great excuse to sleep in, read books and generally laze around doing very little! Rich is going to need a lot of this, because by the time we get married he will have worked for 28 days straight on the TV coverage of the Copa America. What a hero! I have picked up a couple of good books for these lazy times and I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to get lost in them. Maybe while floating in one of those afore-mentioned infinity pools.


No matter how much I’ve loved my time away, it’s always good to be home

I love to travel. I adore everything about it, from the people I meet to the things I learn (and the inordinate amounts of sunshine that usually accompany a good trip away make it pretty special too!). But I am also a big homebody, and therefore I’m also always excited to return home at the end of each trip. For this reason, Rich and I have planned in a few days back in London to finish our honeymoon, when we will be visiting familiar places, seeing some familiar faces and soaking up some home before it’s time to fly back to Doha once more.

What’s your travel personality, and what’s important to you when you go away?

I am posting this as part of the monthly travel link-up with Emma, Kelly, Rebecca and their guest host Catherine. If you would like join in, head over to one of their blogs before the 7th July to link up your post!


  1. July 1, 2015 / 11:43 am

    I think we need to start a help group 'Extreme Travel planner anonymous' I can't wait to read about your wonderful honeymoon lovely 🙂
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • July 1, 2015 / 12:28 pm

      OH so much! At least we can empathise with each other until we get to setting one up on our 'to do' spreadsheets ;D

    • July 2, 2015 / 10:45 am

      I'm in too! Support groups are most definitely the way to go. Your trip sounds like it coming together so well though – that infinity pool sounds perfect.

  2. July 1, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    It's so essential to have a balance – my Rich is very similar to yours, but takes it slightly further in putting booking the flights off…!

    • July 2, 2015 / 8:26 am

      Ha, now that is extreme procrastination! At least they balance us out a little I suppose…

      Polly xx

  3. July 1, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    I completely agree with you about that feeling of 'coming home'. For me it's so satisfying to collapse into my own bed after a few nights (or months as we did for a while) away and just enjoy being home!

    • July 2, 2015 / 8:27 am

      Definitely! Travel makes me appreciate my own bed and home comforts so much more!

      Polly xx

  4. July 1, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Hi Polly, am a food blogger based here in Doha as well..Think I did see you at the BloggingME pre-Ramadan event @ Grand Hyatt, though we didn't actually talk.. Me and my husband are also too headed to Italy namely Rome, Florence and Sorrento in the mid of July for a week although we are not honey-mooners and about 4 years married..Am planning our trip obsessively that my husband thinks I have got a Italy OCD ! I am trying to stop myself from planning every day and to take it "with the flow". Arghhhh.. 🙂 Btw I blog sporadically at

    • July 2, 2015 / 8:29 am

      Ahh, I'm sorry that I missed you! I can't believe you're doing such a similar trip to us – our paths will definitely cross at some point! Haha, it's so hard to go with the flow when you're this excited about something though right?! I look forward to checking out your blog and meeting you sometime soon (who knows, maybe we'll bump into each other in Florence, Rome or Sorrento!).

      Polly xx

  5. July 1, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    We didn't get to the top of the Duomo but we did get a fantastic view of Florence from our hotel rooftop bar and also there's a lovely rose garden with sculptures on the way up to a basilica which has fantastic views – enjoy!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • July 2, 2015 / 8:30 am

      How lovely – thanks for the tip Suze, I will have to look out for that one! Looking forward to your Rome posts 🙂

      Polly xx

  6. July 2, 2015 / 6:32 am

    Such a lovely way to think of your honeymoon like that! Rich is so right, just go with the flow and enjoy being in each other's company as husband and wife!

    C x | Lux Life

    • July 2, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Thanks lovely! Yes, I'll let him be right about this one… 🙂

      Polly xx

  7. July 2, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I am totally like you Polly – even for a trip that should be just time to relax and enjoy each other's company, I would still be researching and planning and finding other things that we could do. Mr Ayla hates it and he'd be happy to just chill out and do nothing like Rich! Whatever you end up doing I'm sure it will be a beautiful honeymoon 🙂

    • July 4, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      Everyone I've spoken to about this seems to have a husband or other half that's the same! It must be a man v. woman thing! Thank you love, I'm sure it's going to be great 🙂

      Polly xx

  8. July 2, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Rome is a wonderful honeymoon destination – you guys will love it I am sure! (Although prepare to sweat, haha!). Also love that you're coming home for a few days at the end – will be so nice for your friends and family to see you in your happiest, most relaxed state 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

    • July 4, 2015 / 7:10 pm

      Do you think it's going to be suuuper hot now? I think we're lucky that we've got acclimatised to scorching weather after being in Doha for so long – we're well prepared! That's so true, and in a way it's a part of our honeymoon that I'm looking forward to the most 🙂

      Polly xx

    • July 4, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly! Not long at all…and I'm determined to enjoy every single minute!

      Polly xx

  9. July 3, 2015 / 9:18 am

    I'm the same with finding good vantage points now that I'm more into photography. I think it irritates people who travel with me who may not be into it so much, but I try to convince them by saying it'll be 'perfect for your Instagram' ;). Normally works a charm!

    • July 4, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      Haha thanks for the tip Kate, I will try that one! 😉

      Polly xx

  10. July 4, 2015 / 10:17 am

    Not long now!!!! Coming home is always lovely, apart from the grumpy bit at the airport before her flight home. Our bed is just the most comfortable and there's nothing like a cup of tea on the terrace at home!

    • July 4, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Aww that sounds idyllic! I completely agree with you on all counts.

      Polly xx

  11. July 5, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Enjoy your honeymoon, hun. Read, sleep, be happy, laze around in the sun. There's plenty of time for carefully planned holidays in the future x

  12. July 10, 2015 / 11:00 am

    Your future husband has the right idea enjoying each other's company and going with the flow. I am a planner for holidays and it drives everyone crazy Lucy x

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