Okay, so, the original plan for our honeymoon was a cross country train trip. Somehow that evolved into a week in San Diego. It is now further evolving into a week....somewhere that hurricanes and the oil spill are not.
I'm not too picky about where we go, as long as it is interesting, not stressful, and not someplace I would rather go with my friends or either of our families or as part of a longer trip.
But I am trying to honor my social conscious with this trip. That means, in part, picking an eco-friendly destination. It means trying to pick someplace to go that our tourism dollars might be necessary. It means not staying at a Marriott. It means not renting a car and making the most of public transit, if possible. It means not going on a cruise or to a beach that has dredged the sand from the ocean. It means not going to an all-inclusive resort where I can pretend that the country that surrounds it isn't crumbling under it's own poverty.
I'm using a lot of "I" language, not because these things are not important to Mark. But some of these tenants are from my own personal sense of ethics and promises I made myself when I was very young (like 13) about how I would live my life. So it is what I bring to the table in our honeymoon discussions.
At the same time, for this particular trip, I want to go someplace where I don't have to worry about the quality of the drinking water. Where I don't have to worry about the mosquitoes. Where I can take a hot shower if necessary, or lie on a beach. I don't want to spend a day on an airplane, make twelve stops, or ride a puddlehopper. I'd rather stay someplace with 3 hours or less of a time difference. I'd rather go someplace warm or sunny or temperate.
So suggest to us some possible honeymoon destinations. Tell us how you are soothing your sense of self-righteousness, social justice, or environmentalism with your honeymoon.
P.S. This isn't intended to guilt anyone out of going to Sandals for a week, or on a fantastic cruise, if that's your thing. I am a consumerist and enemy of the environment in many other ways, and the best that any of us can do is to be aware of our choices and make them with intent.