Becca & Mike will be spending their honeymoon on an epic Amtrak adventure across the USA. We plan to take in the sights of New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco.

When is it?

We are going for 3 weeks in November (9th-29th) 2013. We will be posting regular updates on this blog so keep coming back to check out our booking progress and also how much fun we will be having whilst we are there! We also wanted to write a blog on our trip to help others who are looking to organise something similar.

Where did this idea come from?

Mike took Becca on her first overnight train to Berlin back in February 2009 and Becca’s been hooked ever since! Becca blames her love of trains on her Dad – as Sam (Becca’s brother) once said “why does every family holiday have to involve a cathedral and a steam railway?”

We’ve travelled to Spain, Italy, Copenhagen, Budapest, Bruges by rail and always try to take the train at least one way on our holidays. Since then we have been frequenters of the Man in Seat 61 website and we’ve always dreamed of doing one of the more long-distance international routes on there.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity!

Our wedding giftlist

We’ve lived together for about 4 years now and therefore didn’t need any of the traditional household stuff so we decided to put together a really different giftlist. The first weekend that Becca was out of hospital after her back operation last year we sat down with a big pile of guidebooks and the Amtrak website and planned out a rough route. Becca then put together a website via the Zankyou platform. We decided that we would pay for the flights and hotels ourselves but that we would ask our guests to contribute towards our spending money. We worked out a rough cost of various things like meals, entrance to museums and galleries etc and then put these amounts up on the website. They ranged from £2.50 (a chilli halfsmoke in DC)  to £25 (part of the ticket cost for our longest train journey). We broke the bigger items (like the all-important train tickets) down into £25 units.

Take a look at our giftlist here: http://mikeandbecca.zankyou.com/uk/wedding-list/index

The plan is to have a photo taken of us doing each thing which we will then convert into a personalised thank you card for the people which bought us each item.

It was a massively time-consuming process but it is really personalised and will mean that we can afford a once-in-a-lifetime trip that we wouldn’t otherwise have done!

So a HUGE thank you to all our friends and family who have contributed so generously to this!

Further info: http://www.seat61.com

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