A Trip of A Lifetime

If you know me at all, then you know how much I love to travel and explore. It’s a really important part of my life, which is why I am SO grateful for this job that I have, that allows me to do just that. If you look through my social media you will see that my husband, David, and I are frequently going places and on adventures, so you might be surprised to find out that we never went on a honey moon. We got married over 5 years ago, when David had just gotten back from being all over the world on a deployment, so we were just happy to have him back on US soil again. For those of you that don’t know, there also is a LOT that you have to do right after you marry someone in the military, compared to a civilian marriage. There is so much paperwork, getting yourself enrolled into DEERS, Tricare, getting your military ID, applying for on base housing…the list goes on and on.Β  So between all of that, and me packing up my life and moving to a whole other state to be with him, there was just no time for a honeymoon. Let’s also not forget the fact that we were just 19 and 20 and your typical young, broke married couple that could no way afford a trip like this.

Fast forward to April of this year, I was trying to plan a small trip for us for our 5 year wedding anniversary (and 8 years together), and David didn’t seem too excited about my ideas to local places just an hour or two away. I jokingly said, “Fine, you pick us a place to go then” and he said “Okay, Ireland.” I thought he was kidding. I’m over here saying things like ‘Phoenix’ or ‘Sedona’ and this guy suggests a place all the way around the world?! David has wanted to go to Ireland though for as long as I’ve known him, but we’ve just never made it happen. He started doing all kinds of research on vacations to Ireland and trying to find us some deals. Well, after a few days of intense Googling, looking over our bank account about a 100 times, and a few phone calls to travel companies, we made. it. happen. After we officially booked it, sitting at our kitchen table, we were just like “We’re going to Ireland…..” As if neither of us could believe what we just did. After that initial shock wore off, the excitement set in real quick. For the past few months I have been reading books on Ireland, looking all over Pinterest on the “things to do in Ireland” pins, and asking some of our friends that have already been, a ton of questions, because I’m just so eager to go!!

I am SO excited to see everything and to capture all of the beauty of it with my camera while I am there! I would love to have you join in on the fun and follow us through Ireland in real time on my Instagram page!

Sure we have been on a lot of little trips together over the years, but this is our first time ever going somewhere out of the country together, and even somewhere where it takes more than 2 hours to fly there. This is a huge deal for us and really a dream that has finally come true. I am so proud of how far we’ve come when I think back on that young, broke married couple that had no idea what their future was going to look like. It may have taken us 5 years to get here, but it just makes it that much sweeter that we finally get to go TOMORROW!!!


man and woman wearing blue clothes hugging each other outside


  1. Karen says:

    This is an amazing story!! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to see the pictures!!😘

    • Dalaney Mason says:

      Thank you so much!! I can’t wait for all the amazing pictures I will get to take there! And you have fun on your trip too!! ❀️

  2. Carrie says:

    I’m so incredibly excited for you two! You’re going to have a beautiful time making amazing memories together ❀❀❀❀ I love you both so much! 😘

  3. Margie says:

    I am SO excited for the the two of you, finally taking a grand honeymoon vacation!! I am also planning a trip to the emerald isle, so will be doubly excited to read and see your adventures, taking notes on your experiences!! Bon Voyage Mr. & Mrs. Mason!! 😊😊

    • Dalaney Mason says:

      Thank you so much!! We are beyond excited!❀️ Omigosh you are?! Awesome!! Yes hopefully I will be able to share some tips and some of the cool places that are must sees there! 😊

  4. Shelby says:

    I’m so excited for you!

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