First of all, what’s a babymoon? A babymoon is a newly coined term for a relaxing vacation that parents-to-be take together before the arrival of their baby.
There’s all sorts of things to consider when planning one and deciding where to go. After much research and mulling it over, these are the reasons we chose Oahu.
Reasons To Go To Oahu For Your Babymoon
Especially if you live on the west coast of North America, flights can be pretty reasonable in length. We got a direct flight from Vancouver and it was only 6.5 hours.
I was able to work half a day at the office, leisurely head to the airport, fly over the Pacific, land in Hawaii, and check into my hotel before the clock struck midnight (local time of course).
If you’re flexible with dates you can score yourself some crazy good deals on flights. I’ve seen them as low as $300 return from Vancouver. Unfortunately we were firmly set on our travel dates so we didn’t luck out on a killer deal.
Truth be told, it was actually cheaper to fly to London UK, which was the original plan. Buuuuut….
It’s as relaxing as you want it to be.
Fun fact: I needed approximately 20 hours of sleep a night while I was pregnant to feel even remotely alive. No way could I have done London with such little energy reserves. So Oahu it was!
On Oahu, no one will judge you for taking a nap on the beach. Or next to the hotel pool. Or at the restaurant table. Okay, they miiight for that last one.
But what I’m trying to say is that many people come to Oahu to relax. You won’t feel any judgement in doing so to the extreme.
No Zika outbreaks, dengue, or whatever current scary disease seems to be floating around out there making it unsafe for pregnant women to travel. (Note – this was the case when WE went. Obviously check for yourself if you’re about to go).
It’s not too much of a culture shock.
Don’t get me wrong, I love going somewhere new and completely out of my comfort zone and being exposed to new cultures. But when you’re pregnant and have strong food (and smell) aversions, being culturally adventurous isn’t always the best decision.
Hawaii is a state in the USA, and with that come certain familiarities. Both in terms of food standards, plumbing & sewage, general cleanliness (and therefor smells).
It’s predominantly English.
Now hear me out before you jump to conclusions on what I mean by this. Should there have been, heaven forbid, any complications while we were on vacation, I wanted to be certain I could properly communicate with a doctor and medical staff.
It was not the time to be using translation apps and acting out charades. That brings me to the next point…
High medical standards.
I knew that if I needed medical attention, it would be at the level I was used to back home in Canada.
It’ll be cheaper now than later.
It’s no secret that Hawaii is expensive. It’s also no secret that alcohol can eat up a big portion of a travel budget. Since you won’t be drinking on your babymoon in Hawaii, you’ve just unintentionally saved yourself a nice chunk of change.
It has big city conveniences.
Oahu is home to Honolulu, the state’s capital. And is definitely the most populated island in the area. Over 950,000 people live there. The second most populated island in Hawaii only has a little over 180,000 people!
Oahu definitely has some big city conveniences that you won’t find on all of the islands. Like a good transit system and walk-ability in the main areas. You can take The Bus all around the island. And if you’re staying in Waikiki you can walk pretty much everywhere. There isn’t a need to rent a car of its not in your budget.
There’s also never-ending dining options, and competitive prices at many of the restaurants.
You won’t feel guilty for eating whatever you want.
Kalua pork, shave ice, baked treats (like malasadas). These are all normal fare here. You won’t get any funny looks for polishing off a ‘plate lunch’ and then going for dessert.
There are lots of healthy food options.
Being pregnant isn’t a free pass to eat unhealthy all the time. In fact we’re told to eat as healthy as possible more often than not. It’s quite easy to do on the island of Oahu.
You’ll find tons of delicious, fresh, and local fruit. Acai bowls are very popular. And some hotels, like the Holiday Inn Express, offer free breakfast buffets with healthier choices like egg white omelets, Turkey sausage, and Greek yogurt.
You can also purchase your own groceries and whip up healthy meals in your hotel room. Providing you have a kitchenette, that is.
Taking a babymoon is a great way to recharge and come home ready to take on the last few months of pregnancy. Even if you choose to go somewhere super close to home, I’m sure you’ll be able to find the relaxation you seek.
But if the above reasons strike a similar chord with you, perhaps consider going to Oahu for your babymoon.
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