Honeymooning for a Living: The Globetrotting Bride

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New York-based publicist Lyla Gleason has what most would consider to be a dream job-she jet sets around the globe, showing off destinations to journalists who write for the glossiest of travel magazines. Who wouldn’t want to fill her shoes (or at the very least, carry her bags?).

Recently, this PR maven embarked on a very different kind of journey: she took a trip down the aisle. While preparing for her wedding and the honeymoon that followed, she discovered the few online resources were really devoted to the intersection of marriage and travel. So Lyla decided to create her own blog, The Globetrotting Bride which features travel destinations for bachelorette trips and honeymoons, travel-friendly beauty products, wedding/honeymoon fashions, gift ideas, expert travel tips and more. Here’s how her latest project got off the ground….

Lyla: I’ve always had a passion for travel. Between my yearly trips to Florida to visit my grandparents, teenage visits to Europe, a college semester abroad and dozens of girlfriend getaways, couples vacations and family trips, I’ve always said “yes” to a fun-filled getaway.

Spending spring semester of my junior year in Rome was one of my favorite travel experiences. Getting to take art classes and actually visit the famed works of art was unbelievable. And, don’t get me started on all the yummy pasta and gelato, amazing fashions and cute guys. Since then, I’ve explored much of Europe and my favorite cities remain: Rome, Istanbul, Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels.

As it became time to choose a career, my travel addiction helped lead the way to my becoming a travel publicist in New York. I’ve worked in several PR firms where my clients included hotels, resorts, destinations and airlines around the world. While this sounds very glam (and it sometimes was), there were definitely flight delays, cranky journalists and long, grueling itineraries. And to think, my mom thought I was a “travel agent” while my friends thought I was really going on “vacation” every time I packed my bags for a press trip.

All in all, I got to see some amazing countries and I met lots of interesting people. Some of my career highlights include going on South African safaris, playing croquet with Robin Leach in Antigua, learning to fly-fish in California and flying to Jamaica to help couples “test drive” a one-day honeymoon.

When I was planning my summer 2008 wedding I realized how few wedding blogs really covered topics related to the honeymoon and all of the other fun wedding-related trips like bachelor/bachelorette trips, pre-moons, scouting trips for destination wedding, etc.

To me, getting married meant getting a travel partner for life so the honeymoon (or honeymoons) was at the top of my to-do-list. In fact, since I met my husband three years ago, we have been on many fun-filled road trips and far-away getaways. Sometimes we go for romantic, kinda fancy getaways like Riviera Maya in Mexico, sometimes it’s a spa getaway like our St. Lucian mini-moon and now and then it’s a road trip to visit friends and family (he drives, I sing and take pictures). And when you think about it, weddings are all about romance, and what’s more romantic than an exciting trip shared with your partner? So traveling together can also be a fun way to bring back the romantic magic of your wedding, even many years later.

I dubbed myself the Globetrotting Bride and started blogging to share my passion for globetrotting, travel and packing tips, suggestions for romantic and bachelorette getaways (my girls took me to Bermuda) and scoop on travel-friendly products. Whether you’re a bride-to-be or a travel fan like I am, you can visit me at www.globetrottingbride.com. I’ll be sharing reviews from my personal travels including the hopefully two more honeymoons we’re planning to take this year.

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  • previously.bitten says:

    Ai ya – like I need more travel blogs to read =p

    well there’s another for the RSS. Danke.

  • Globetrottingbride says:

    Thanks for the fabulous write up ladies!!! Love it!!

  • The Flying Pinto says:

    Sounds like “the life” to me:)I’ll be checking out her blog, thanks!

  • The Reality of Happily Ever After says:

    Fantastic! Who wouldn’t want to travel the world, whilst doing all things inspiring!

  • Elegant Myra says:

    Why can’t life be a series of honeymoons. Sounds like there would be a lot more happy couples out there. Good for Lyla and David.

  • April says:

    What a wonderful idea for a new blog! It’s an excellent way to merge your the things that interest you the most into a successful new creation. Best of luck to you on your new blog and your new marriage!

  • @Dk says:

    Best of luck to you on your new blog and your new marriage thnx for

  • Deidre says:

    I just love that you say “honeymoon or honeymoons” my partner and I just went to Vanuatu for our honeymoon and we kept saying “when do we get another one” I am so glad that it is an acceptable thing to take more than one 🙂