I included my family on our honeymoon (And why you should do it too)

Tools Needed:

  • Smart phone with group messaging capabilities
  • Small sentimental item that can fit in your pocket or bra (don’t judge)
  • Imagination and a zest for life!

Total Project Cost:

  • Nearly $0

Total Project Timeframe:

~ 6 minutes a day for 5 days

For our honeymoon, my husband and I decided to spend 10 days touring the Capital, South Coast, and Highland Outskirts of Iceland. It was incredible. It's also incredibly expensive to vacation there. BUT

we had to get to Iceland.

There was no changing of destination. No, that was not an option. My husband has always wanted to see Iceland. And that was that.

So, like the good SuperWoman bride that I am, I got creative. I started with forgoing the traditional registry and created a honeymoon registry through

Next, I started deal searching like crazy. Hours, maybe even the equivalent of days (in hours) were dedicated to this. Then for my bridal shower, my sister and future sister-in-law set up a honeyfund jar. They put money in the jar as well and my sister was sure to write her name on a $1 bill and her husband Cory on another $1 bill.

Know where we're headed now?

Fast forward, we're married and in Iceland. Halfway through the trip I realize I have my "Cory Dollar" (I'd already spent the “Tina Dollar”. Sorry sis). We had limited access to wifi and because we're travel geniuses, we didn't purchase an international plan. So I couldn't call my family much but wanted them to feel like they were a part of the trip. That's when I got the brilliant idea to take a picture of my "Cory Dollar" at every stop we made. On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 9:43 AM minutes from Reynsfjara Beach, Iceland,

"Where's Cory?" was born.

The plan was simple, each time we made a stop somewhere, I would take a picture with my Cory Dollar. Selfie's get boring after a while and this was a fresh replacement. After each stop, I would send a group text to the fam telling them about where we were at.

This was taken around midnight. They are lupens, but we called them Icelandic Bluebonnets!

Welcome to Gjain, land of the fairies.

Want to see all the photos? Visit the Where’s Cory? Album here.

To save on international cell phone expenses I had my cellular data turned off (one of my many travel tips). Because of this, I didn't get to see anyone's responses until I got home. This was actually nice because:

  1. I was able to enjoy my vacation with my spouse without getting distracted while maintaining constant contact with my family.
  2. I didn't let their conversation drive how and where I took the photos.
  3. It was a ton of fun playing catch up when our plane landed. Their entire conversation flooded my phone and I had to figure out which comments went where

Everyone loved the activity and the comments were hilarious. They said it made them feel like they were there with us the whole time. In fact, we had so much fun we have decided that Cory is coming with us on future vacations. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of this, the goal is to take our photography to new heights in the future. Who knows where he’ll end up!

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Where do you think we should take him next? Let us know in the comments or on the Facebook Group and Cory thanks you in advance.

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