Not surprisingly, the locals and many other travelers assume T & I are on our Honeymoon. Hawaii is an exotic island chain, full of romance and intrigue, it is also so regularly chosen as a honeymoon destination that there are websites dedicated to just that. I’d like to think that, if T & I were to get married, we wouldn’t pick such a stereotypical Honeymoon destination. That said, right before we left, we confessed to each other (I can’t remember who brought it up first) that it felt like we were leaving for our Honeymoon. While there hasn’t been any class of a ceremony, we feel sure that we’ve met our life partner. As T and I say, ‘it took a long time for us to find each other, but we finally did.’
Wikipedia has this to say about Honeymoons:
Honeymoons in the modern sense (i.e. a pure holiday voyage undertaken by the married couple) became widespread during the Belle Époque, as one of the first instances of modern mass tourism. This came about in spite of initial disapproval by contemporary medical opinion (which worried about women’s frail health) and by savoir vivre guidebooks (which referred the public attention drawn to what was assumed to be the wife’s sexual initiation). The most popular honeymoon destinations at the time were the French Riviera and Italy, particularly its seaside resorts and romantic cities such as Rome, Verona or Venice.
While we may have forgotten our savoir vivre guidebook, we are having our own wild kind of initiation.